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

Updated On - October 18th 2019By -  Ashutosh Chandra

Cranfield University is a postgraduate-only university that offers more than 150-degree programs and around 450 professional development courses in the fields of Science, Engineering, Technology, and Management.

Cranfield University is ranked 45 in QS World University Rankings by Subject k for Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Manufacturing Engineering

  • The college has specific requirements for international students.
  • Application to all the courses is made through the official website.
  • Applicants for Research courses have to submit a research proposal
  • There is no application deadline, applications are received on a rolling basis.
  • Courses at Shrivenham campus have to submit a security clearance application.


Application PortalApplication Portal
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Application FeeThe university does not charge any application fees.
Intake SeasonsFall
Financial AidScholarships are available to all students.
GRE/GMATFor Management courses

Cranfield University Admission Deadlines

Cranfield University accepts applications for admission to all its programs on a rolling basis, however, international applicants are required to send in their applications at the earliest possible date so they can proceed with the accommodation and visa process at the earliest.

Cranfield University International Admissions

International applicants are required to fulfill academic, language, and financial requirements to be eligible to study at Cranfield University in the UK.

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • Details about previous qualifications and education submitted to the application portal
  • All the Official transcripts along with certified English translation (for graduate admission)
  • Country-specific academic requirement;
  • Evidence of financial support for at least a year: Letter of sponsorship by government or sponsoring agency and/or Bank Statement

English Language Requirements

International students must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing scores of any one of the following tests given below to be eligible for admission at Cranfield University:

Exams acceptedMinimum required score
IELTS6.5 overall
Pearson PTE Academic65
Cambridge English Scale180
Cambridge English: AdvancedC
Cambridge English: ProficiencyC
Trinity College London integrated Skill in English IIIA minimum overall score of pass.

International Students who require Tier 4 Visa must also ensure that they meet the English language requirements set by the UK Visa and Immigration.

Visa Requirements

International students from the Non-Europen Economic Area (EEA), admitted in a course of duration longer than six months, are required to apply for a Tier-4 student visa to study in the UK.

Requirements for Tier-4 student visa

  • CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) issued by Cranfield University
  • Biometric Data: fingerprint and face scan (to be submitted at the nearest Visa Application Centre)
  • A current passport/travel document
  • Information about accommodation in the UK
  • Financial Statements
  • Health Certificate

Cranfield University Graduate Admissions

Cranfield University offersmore than 150-degree courses at the Graduate level in a vast range of scientific and technological fields to all the applicants. Application to all the courses are received on a rolling basis, international students are advised to apply early to increase the chances of selection.

Where to apply:Official Application Portal

Academic Requirements

Some of the popular courses along with their academic requirements are given in the table below:

Course NameCourse RequirementsEnglish language proficiency requirements
MSc Applied BioinformaticsMinimum of a first-class honors degree or equivalent in life science or computer science or with professional work experience.TOEFL: 92
IELTS: 6.5 overall
MSc RoboticsMinimum of a first-class or second class honors degree or equivalent in Aeronautics or Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Pure Mathematics, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Information Technology, or with lesser scores and considerably relevant work experience.TOEFL: 92
IELTS: 6.5 overall
MSc Computational and Software Techniques in EngineeringMinimum of a first-class honors degree or equivalent in Applied mathematics, Mechanical, Electrical or Aeronautical Engineering or Computer Science or with lesser qualifications but relevant work experience.TOEFL: 92
IELTS: 6.5 overall
MSc Finance and ManagementMinimum of a first-class honors degree or equivalent in relevant fields or hold a professional degree with a minimum of 5 years of post-qualification work experience.TOEFL: 92
IELTS: 6.5 overall
MSc ManagementMinimum of a first-class honors degree or equivalent in relevant fields or hold a professional degree with a minimum of 5 years of post-qualification work experience.TOEFL: 92
IELTS: 6.5 overall
MBA (full-time)A degree in any field of study with 3 years post qualification work experience and Minimum GMAT score of 600/Minimum GRE scores in the 80th percentile for both verbal and quantitative sections/ Cranfield Test ScoreTOEFL: 100
IELTS: 7.0 overall
MSc Advanced Mechanical EngineeringMinimum of a first-class honors degree or equivalent in Physics, Mathematics or Engineering or with professional qualifications or relevant industry work experience.TOEFL: 92
IELTS: 6.5 overall
Defence and Security (Engineering)Minimum of a first-class or second class honors degree or equivalent in Science or EngineeringTOEFL: 92

Documents Required

  • All the Transcripts from previous schools and colleges
  • English Proficiency Test Score
  • GRE/GMAT Score
  • CV
  • 2 Letter of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Research Proposal(for Research Program)
  • Security Clearance(if required)
  • Supporting Documents: Verified financial bank statement, Proof of financial support or sponsor.

Security Clearance

Some of the courses offered by Cranfield University are delivered at the UK Defence Academy in Shrivenham, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) site. All applicants to the courses that will be wholly or partially delivered at Shrivenham must complete the UK Government’s Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) prior to registration, or must already hold security clearance to this level or higher. BPSS checks may involve confirmation of the following:

  • Photo ID,
  • Nationality and immigration status,
  • Employment/academic history (covering the past three years),
  • Criminal record

Applicants who are unable to fulfill the requirements can also opt for a pre-masters course offered by Cranfield University. Successful completion of the pre-masters course will make students eligible for entry into the master's program. All the documents must be uploaded on the application portal.

Cranfield University usually gives applicants access(username and password) to the application portal within 2 days after submission of the application, and 2 to 3 weeks to make the admission decision after they have received all the documents.

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