Scholarships and Student Funding

Drysdale Scholarship

The Drysdale Scholarship has been created by the University of Edinburgh to support the study of the Fire Engineering Science

The Scholarships are named after Emeritus Professor Dougal Drysdale. Professor Drysdale was one of the founding members of the University’s Department of Fire Engineering in (first intake 1974) and has been a driving force behind Edinburgh’s research and educational efforts since that time. Professor Drysdale’s Introduction to Fire Dynamics is one of the foundational textbooks for the field, and is used by students and practitioners (not to mention academic staff) all around the world. Each year, up to seven Drysdale scholarships will be awarded: five domestic (UK) scholarships, and two international scholarships. Applications are open to individuals from any background, provided they can meet the criteria. Applications for students commencing their studies in September 2023 are now open. The deadline to complete an application for one of these scholarships is 31st March 2023. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications no later than 31st May 2023. It is important to highlight that applicants must also apply directly to the University of Edinburgh’s MSc in Fire Engineering Science by 31st March 2023. Scholarship applications from candidates who have not also directly applied to the programme will not be reviewed.


The Scholarship covers successful applicants’ tuition fees. On commencement of study, scholarship awardees will also receive a copy of Drysdale’s Introduction to Fire Dynamics.


To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must hold an offer to study on the Fire Engineering Science MSc at the University of Edinburgh OR have an offer presently under review within the University applications system.


Fire Engineering Science is a multidisciplinary endeavour. While a science or engineering background is likely to be a benefit within this programme, is not a required prerequisite. We will assess applications using the following criteria: (1) Academic merit – evidence of high academic achievement. (2) Interest – fire engineering science is multidisciplinary, so the applicant must explain how their previous academic or professional experiences have influenced their choice to study this subject. (3) Background – we are keen to bring talent from a range of backgrounds into the field of fire engineering science so applications from underrepresented groups are encouraged.


The deadline for applications is 31 March 2023.

Please check your eligibility before making an application.  Awards may be withdrawn if we later become aware successful scholars have not met eligibility criteria or to have provided false information.

As part of the application process you will be asked to confirm the following information:

  • Full name
  • Student number (e.g. S1234567) or if not known your UCAS number   
  • Programme of study
  • Name of School or College you are currently attending
  • Email address
  • That you hold an offer to study on the Fire Engineering Science MSc at the University of Edinburgh OR have an offer presently under review within the University applications system
  • That you have you uploaded your CV (maximum two pages A4, size 11 font) to your Admissions application
  • That you uploaded your personal statement addressing the above criteria and any other information that applicants consider relevant to their application (max two pages A4, size 11 font) to your Admissions application?
  • That you have you uploaded a certified copy of your Higher Education (Bachelor/Master) transcript of records, along with a certified English translation (where relevant?) to your Admissions application?
  • You will also be asked to provide two names and contact information for two referees we can contact

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview to discuss their aspirations and to answer any questions they have. Further information and guidance will follow.



Decisions will be made by May 2023.

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