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Cranfield University 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Supriya Sarkar Supriya Sarkar
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Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university with expertise in technology and management. They are truly a global school as they have students from across 110 countries. They have been welcoming Indian students since the 1940s. It also has a legacy of partnering with the Indian defence industry. Moreover, in the past, the institute has partnered with Indian institutes like Manipal University, IIT Kharagpur, Govt. of Telangana, and many more to provide research. With a student to staff ratio of 7:1, Cranfield is a great place to learn. Currently, it hosts 219 Indian students. Cranfield University Technology Park, adjacent to the University campus, is a centre for innovation and home to around 50 companies which makes the students professionally advanced.

  • No application fees are charged by the Cranfield University
  • Letter of Recommendation is required for a few courses, statement of purpose, CV, and essays are not required.
  • The institute also offers our own admissions tests as an alternative to GMAT, for candidates who are able to come to Cranfield for an interview. There are two paper-based tests, designed to assess candidate's numeracy and problem-solving skills.
  • Only electronic copies of documents are accepted.
  • Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of the Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
  • No application deadline, applications are received on a rolling basis
  • Applicants have to submit a security clearance application for courses at the Shrivenham campus.

COVID -19 Admission Updates

  • From September onwards the sites will be open but only within strict guidelines. Both face to face and online classes will take place
  • Research laboratories will be accessible only when practising social distancing
  • Face coverings or masks will become mandatory
  • In wake of COVID, IELTS indicator, TOEFL IBT special home edition, Linguaskill, Languagecert are also being accepted as English proficiency requirements


Type of institutePublic
Number of campuses2 – Cranfield and Shrivenham
Application modeOnline
Mode of programsOnline and face to face
English TestsIELTS indicator, TOEFL Ibt special home edition, Linguaskill, Languagecert
Work experienceOptional

Admission Deadlines

The University has no deadlines as such but students especially those seeking a residence on campus are recommended to apply as soon as possible. The PG research courses have intake months in February, June and October.

Cranfield University International Students Admission

Application portal: The students have to visit the Online Application page and fill the application for their selected course.

Application procedure:

  • view your application and personal details,
  • check the status of your application,
  • upload documents, if required, in support of your application,
  • request a change to your application,
  • update your contact details,
  • withdraw your application (prior to receiving a decision),
  • Ask for a deferral (if you have received an offer).

Minimum entry requirements:

  • UK first class or second class honors degree in a relevant subject area or
  • An equivalent international qualification or’
  • Relevant work experience in combination with a degree below second class honors.

Basic documents required:

  • Official transcripts
  • Degree completion certificate
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Record of previous employment

English Proficiency Test Scores

All the international students need to provide a satisfactory score in the following exams:

ExaminationMinimum Score for Taught ProgramsMinimum Score for Research Programs
IELTS Academic6.5 Overall7.0
Pearson PTE Academic6568
Cambridge English Scale180190
Cambridge English AdvancedC-
Cambridge English: ProficiencyC-
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English 3Pass required.Pass required.

Note: In addition to the minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. Due to COVID, more online-based tests are being accepted.

Visa Process for International Students

  • Indian students applying for study at Cranfield receive special assistance from our Visas and immigration offices to support them through the application process of UK student visa.
  • On July 6, 2020, Visa Application Centers are expected to resume in India
  • UK Government has announced a new two-year post-study work visa, expanding opportunities for international students
  • All international students who join Cranfield in 2020/2021 will be eligible for the new scheme. Under this scheme, all students who have successfully completed their course from Cranfield and have a valid UK immigration status will be allowed to work for two years after their studies get completed.

Documents required for your application

  • Passport
  • Biometric Resident Permit (if your visa was issued in this format)
  • Police Registration Certificate (only if you are from a country required to register and it must be up-to-date)
  • 2 brand new passport size photos on a grey or light cream background
  • Bank statements
  • Degree certificate
  • Certificate of Sponsorship (Cos)

The student immigration and funding team can offer support and advice in various areas.

In case of any issues, Indian students seeking admissions can contact Jasminder Khanna- Representative for South Asia at- or Rohit Kumar Mohite – Deputy South Asia Representative at-

Cranfield University Graduate Taught Admissions

Aerospace, Design, Energy and Power, Environment and Agrifood, Manufacturing, School of Management, Transport Systems, Water are based at Cranfield, and Defense and Security are based at Shrivenham.

Application Portal: The students have to visit the Online Application page and fill the application for their selected course.

RequirementsMBAM.Sc. Environmental EngineeringM.Sc. Finance and ManagementM.Sc. Astronautics and Space Engineering
Qualification requiredA good degree and/or professional qualificationA first or second class UK honors degree in a relevant engineering or science-based discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications.First or a second class UK honors degree in a relevant discipline, or International degree - the equivalent of UK qualifications.A first or second class UK honors degree or equivalent, in mathematics, physics or an engineering discipline.
Start dateSeptember 28, 2020Full-time: October, part-time: OctoberSeptember 28, 2020October 2020
Duration of the program13 months1 full-time, 2-3 years part-time12 months12 months and 2-5 years (Part-time)
AdditionalGRE/GMAT/University Entrance Test and 3 years of work experience
Optional GMAT scores over 600, Average currently is 680; Optional GRE minimum score is 80th percentile for both verbal and quantitative reasoning
Other relevant qualifications together with industrial experience may be consideredOther relevant qualifications, together with significant experience (5 years), may be considered.None

Cranfield University Research Degree Admissions

The institute offers PhD and Executive DBA programs. The admission details are given below:

Application Portal: Online Application

Application deadlines: No deadline but students are recommended to apply as early as possible. Intake only in 3 months; June, September, February

Application process

  • Submit the online application
  • College to send in a confirmation
  • Within 2 working days, you receive a username and PW to access portals
  • Provide all the supporting documents to fasten the process

Admission Requirements:

The requirements for both are given below:

RequirementsPhDExecutive DBA
Start date28 September 2020January 2021
Duration3 years of full-time4 years (Executive and Part-time)
Academic requirementsA first or upper second class UK Bachelor’s degree, a taught Master’s degree, or an equivalent international qualificationAn MBA or equivalent business-related degree
AdditionalResearch ProposalA minimum of four years of managerial experience

Overall Cranfield is known for the extensive research programs it provides. The faculty-student ratio maximizes learning. The institute only requires electronic copies of these documents during the application process. Photocopies sent by post will be scanned and uploaded to the electronic record. Please do not send hard copies of your original documents but keep them to hand as you may need to show them to us at registration when you arrive.

Students applying for the taught degrees have no deadlines but should apply as early as possible, especially students seeking a residence off-campus. Due to COVID, the campus might restrict physical classes but depends on the course.

Students should also note that in light of COVID, tests that can be taken from home and online are also being accepted. If applicants don’t meet the minimum entry requirements set by the university, they should showcase their past research projects, impressive career graphs or work experience which prove their skill, the admission is based on pure merit


Ques. When do I have to pay my deposit?

Ans. The institute understands that, with so much uncertainty at the moment, you may not currently be able to pay a deposit - particularly in some countries where there are issues in paying deposits when banks are closed. With that in mind, we have extended the deadline for paying deposits until 31 July 2020 for most courses. If your acceptance deadline is later than this date, the later date will apply to you.

Ques. I'm having trouble accessing English tests such as IELTS, what can I do?

Ans. The institute understands many of you are experiencing difficulties taking IELTS or other Secure English Language Tests (SELTs). We are now also able to accept the English tests listed below - some of these are available online. We may also require you to undertake an informal online interview with a member of Cranfield staff to validate your test score.

  • IELTS Indicator- Requirements are the same as standard IELTS test scores, please check the course page for requirements.
  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition- Minimum score of 92. Some courses may require a higher test score, please check the course page for details.
  • Linguaskill (Cambridge Assessment) Minimum average score of 180 (for courses that require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall).The minimum average score of 190 (for courses that require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall).
  • LanguageCert - B2 Communicator with a ‘High Pass’ (for courses that require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall). C1 Expert with a ‘Pass’ (for courses that require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or a score of 7.0 overall).
  • Cranfield Online English Test - online skills testing via Password Solo and individual interview*.

If you are unable to access any of the above tests, our Cranfield Online English Test is available to applicants already holding an offer for an MSc course starting this year. You will be required to attend the test at a specific time, which will then be administered by Cranfield staff. Candidates should allow 3 hours 30 minutes for the test, which will include a break. On receipt of your test result, our team will then advise whether you will be required to attend our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course and/or attend an interview. Please complete this webform to register.

Ques. When is my registration date?

Ans. Registration is an important step in becoming a Cranfield University student. The institute has published the dates that each course will register on our arrivals and registration pages:

If you are studying on the Cranfield campus, your registration date will fall during Welcome Week, which is being held from 28 September to 2 October. Please click the link above for your actual date.

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