The Universities of Edinburgh (UK), Ghent (Belgium) and Lund (Sweden) submitted a winning proposal for an Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Fire Safety Engineering. The initiative is carried by Prof. Bart Merci (Ghent University, co-ordinator), Prof. Jose Torero (University of Edinburgh) and Prof. Robert Jönsson (Lund University).
The curriculum concerns a two-year programme. The classes in the first semester, covering basic topics in Fire Safety Engineering (FSE), can be attended in Ghent or Edinburgh. All students spend the second semester in Lund, where emphasis lies on enclosure fire dynamics, risk analysis and human behaviour. In the third semester, classes are again taught in Ghent (for general FSE) or Edinburgh (with focus on structural engineering in the context of FSE). The fourth semester is devoted to the Master’s thesis, hosted by one or more of the three institutes.
The programme starts for the first time in September
Scholarships for Non- European students Erasmus Mundus-scholarships for non-European students are to be considered as “full scholarships” covering all necessary costs of the student during his/her study period in Europe. Over 2 years, the total amount of the scholarship is € 48,000. This amount of € 48,000 includes a fixed contribution of €8,000 to travel and installation, a contribution to the EMMC participation costs of € 8,000 per year (covering the annual tuition fees), and monthly installments of € 1,000 per month.
European students The Erasmus Mundus-scholarship for European students is considered as a “financial contribution”. Over 2 years, the total amount of the scholarship is € 20,000. This amount of € 20,000 includes a contribution to the EMMC participation costs of € 4,000 per year (covering the annual tuition fees), and monthly installments of € 500 per month.
The minimum graduate admission requirements are:
A Bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution (minimum 3 years full-time study or 180 ECTS credits) in civil / structural / mechanical / electrical / chemical / industrial engineering, material sciences, chemistry, physics, applied physics, architecture, urbanism and spatial planning or a related discipline. Students in their last year of such a Bachelor programme will however also be considered.
Sufficient English language ability.
English language ability is a basic requirement, therefore the applicants must provide us one of the following certificates as a proof of their knowledge:
An official certificate from your university stating that the standard language of instruction in your Bachelor and/or Master degree was English (if applicable);
or a recent (= maximum two years old) TOEFL Certificate: minimum score is 570 (paper-based), or 87 (internet-based) or higher. The institution code for Ghent University is 2643; or a ‘test report form’ (TRF) from IELTS, maximum two years old, with a minimum score of 6.5;
or a recent First Certificate in English of the University of Cambridge;
or a recent Certificate of a University Language Centre testifying that the student masters the necessary knowledge of English to function academically (specify CEF-level) - The minimum CEF-level is C1.
Pre-selection and admission decisions are based on a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, a motivation statement, letters of recommendation, test scores, language skills and relevant work experience, if any.
The most important criteria are:
obtained degrees. Applicants are also recommended to provide additional information (short course description, course credits) on the modules they have taken during their previous studies, especially in the fields of thermodynamics, physics, chemistry, mathematics;
a transcript of records;
a certificate of English language ability;
a motivation statement;
any relevant publications, dissertation, project work;
letters of reference.
A large number of East-European and Asian students whose institutions are not always well-known and whose coursework is sometimes difficult to benchmark, are expected to be attracted to the course, therefore we will also take institutional reputation (e.g. via post-doctoral researchers) and international league tables into account. More easily measurable admission criteria that will be used are grade point averages, winning of prizes, TOEFL scores and details of course and project work completed. We will also seek references from reputable sources, but we have, in the past, found these to be universally positive, i.e. difficult to judge objectively.
Erasmus Mundus IMFSE Administrator: Elise Meerburg Ghent University Department of Flow, Heat and Combustion Mechanics IR03 St. Pietersnieuwstraat 41 B-9000 GHENT, Belgium E-mail: IMFSE@UGent.be Erasmus Mundus IMFSE Coordinator: Prof. dr. ir. Bart Merci