MSc Timber Engineering Scholarships

Edinburgh Napier University has industry funded scholarships available on its MSc Timber Engineering and MSc Timber Industry Management – for September 2015 starts - both unique courses in the UK and addressing a long-acknowledged skills gap in the sector.

The MSc Timber Engineering covers topics including timber design and construction, environmentally sustainable design and project management. The MSc Timber Industry Management covers sustainable buildings, management, timber construction, risk analysis and building performance.

Prospective students will receive £3750 towards course costs, with a number of the available scholarships also offering a one-off sum (eg. £500 to £1200) to help cover living costs.

Scholars will be assigned a 'company mentor' who can assist with career development, and will have the opportunity to engage with the sponsor company to gain valuable industry insight and experience during their studies, which could lead to employment opportunities. There are no "tie-in" clauses with any of the student's arrangements, meaning the scholarships are not provided merely to ensure the student joins the company upon graduation; this is a welcome arrangement which provides flexibility all round.


The expectation is that applicants should be domiciled (ie. reside or be based) in the UK and should be eligible to work in the UK.

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Summary of Scholarships

The Accsys Technologies Scholarship

Offers £3,750 towards course fees and £500 stipend towards living costs for someone interested in the impact of modified woods in building design and the architectural side of woods and building materials.
Company location: Windsor
Manufacturer of Accoya, modified wood, Accsys Technologies is a company focused on ‘sustainability’ via the development and commercialisation of a range of transformational technologies based upon the acetylation of solid wood and wood elements.

The Arnold Laver Scholarship

Offers £3,750 towards course fees
Company location: Sheffield
Established in 1920, Arnold Laver is a specialist timber and materials supplier with a focus on innovation across a range of products and services.

The BSW Timber Group Scholarship

Offers £3,750 towards course fees
Company location: Earlston, Berwickshire
BSW Timber is the most technically advanced and progressive sawmilling company in the UK with six domestic sawmills and one in Latvia. Our two industry leading brands: Easi and Timeless Timber are distributed throughout the construction, fencing, decking, sleeper and pallet and packaging sectors.

The Consolidated Timber Holdings Scholarship

Offers £3,750 towards course fees and £500 stipend towards living costs for someone interested in the future patterns of distribution of softwood & panel products over the next five years.

Company location: Shepperton, Greater London

Company contact: Nick Meyer, Chairman
Consolidated Timber Holdings Ltd is a group of customer focused, innovative, forward thinking companies, which import, distribute and process sustainable timber and timber products.

The Crown Timber Scholarship

Offers £3,750 towards course fees and £1,250 stipend towards living costs
Company location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Crown Timber was founded in 1983 and operates as a specialist just in time distributor of strength graded softwood and engineered wood products to the roof truss and timber frame manufacturing industries, as well as to timber and builders merchants.

The James Jones and Sons Ltd Scholarship

Offers: £3,750 towards course fees
Company location: Head Office, Larbert, Falkirk – sawmills throughout Scotland
A fifth generation family business, James Jones & Sons is Scotland’s largest independent sawmiller and one of the leading suppliers of British timber in the UK. Its Timber Systems Division is the largest domestic producer of I-Joists used in floors, walls and roofs. Its subsidiaries, Larch Ltd and Unit Pallets operating from four sites, are major pallet producers and the Group has a joint venture, Stella-Jones Inc, which is North America’s largest wood treatment company.

The Kingspan Timber Solutions Scholarship

Offers £3,750 towards course fees
Company location: Great Gransden, Bedfordshire

Kingspan Potton is Europe's leading manufacturer of quality timber-based structural systems, delivering high performance energy efficient solutions into private and affordable housing as well as the commercial and public sectors.

The KLH Scholarship

Offers £3,750 towards course fees
Company Location: London
A specialist supplier of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, KLH is a young company which provides consultation, design (architectural drawing services and structural design), supply and erection services to the construction industry. KLH has expertise in CLT construction from design concept to on-site completion, taking initial set of architectural drawings to find a KLH ‘timber solution’ for the building.

The Norbord Scholarship

Offers: £3,750 towards course fees and £1,250 stipend towards living costs
Company location: Cowie, Stirlingshire
Norbord is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of engineered wood-based panel products which are used extensively in the construction, DIY and furniture industries. Norbord employs more than 900 people in Europe and 2,000 throughout the world.

The Oregon Timber Frame Scholarship

Offers £3,750 towards course fees
Company location: Selkirk, Scottish Borders
Oregon Timber Frame Ltd is one of the UK’s largest independent timber frame manufacturers. Established in 1998, Oregon specialises in the design, manufacture and erection of timber frame structures for the construction industry.

The SEMA4c Scholarship

Offers: £3,750 towards course fees for a student interested specifically in timber design.
Company location: Sevenoaks, Kent

SEMA4c is a new software company that brings together the robust product offering of timber frame and timber component design software from the German Software House SEMA and the structural and building physics expertise of the UK and French based company C4Ci. SEMA have close to 30 years of expertise in the creation of market leading structural timber and timber frame system software.

The Timber Trade Federation Scholarship

Offers: £3,750 towards course fees and £1,250 stipend towards living costs
Company location: Central London
The Timber Trade Federation is growing the use of wood through innovative industry representation and growing business support for its members. The TTF is regularly consulted by Government, NGOs and sister organisations on issues affecting the wood industry and is helping to shape a successful future for its members.

The UK Timber Frame Association Scholarship

Offers £3,750 towards course fees
Company location: Alloa, Clackmannanshire
The purpose of the UKTFA is the promotion of structural timber products and systems within the UK construction industry, with the growing understanding that timber construction is the way forward in terms of energy efficiency, time saving and flexibility.