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Study an Environment MSc at Cranfield

Designed to meet the increasing demands to manage and restore degraded land as close as possible to its original status, this course aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to bridge the gap between damaged land and fully restored ecosystems. Cranfield graduates are will gain career opportunities in consultancy, research, education, the public and private sector. Why study Environment at Cranfield? - hear from Tim Brewer.


Why study Land Reclamation and Restoration video

Overview

  • Start dateFull-time: October
  • DurationOne year full-time
  • DeliveryMSc taught modules (six core and two electives) and 40%, group project 20%, individual thesis 40%.
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time
  • CampusCranfield campus

Who is it for?

Land reclamation and restoration MSc is suitable for ecology, science, geography and engineering graduates, or professionals from either a science or technical background.

The course comprises eight taught modules, an integrated group project, and an individual thesis project. It provides the skills to assess, plan and implement strategies needed to restore, reclaim and remediate degraded land in order to support ecosystems functions and services.

The course is designed to respond to the industry demands of highly-trained engineers and science professionals able to implement appropriate, innovative and sustainable soil and land management strategies. There is an emphasis on analysis of real problems with practical field work to reinforce learning. This provides the tools required for the group and individual projects.

Your career

On completion of this course, you will have career opportunities in consultancy, research, education, public and private sector industry.

Successful graduates have been able to pursue or enhance careers in a variety of key areas such as:
Consultant Engineers, Conservationist, Environmental and Design Planners/Consultants, Land and Sustainability Managers and Advisors and Academic Researchers.

Employers include statutory agencies and ministries, conservation trusts, environmental companies, international development organisations, land and natural resource management businesses, large agri-food companies, local authorities, non-government organisations (NGOs), and research organisations.

Previous students have gone on to jobs within prestigious institutions including:

  • Soil Scientist, Wardell Armstrong, UK
  • Soil and Water Engineer, ADAS, UK:
  • Project Manager / Reclamation Specialist, SNC-Lavalin Inc., Canada
  • Assistant Restoration Managers, Tarmac, UK
  • PhD Research, Cranfield University  UK
  • PhD Lancaster University, UK
  • Research Assistant, Cranfield University, UK
  • Planning Officer, Maryland Department of Planning, Maryland, USA
  • Monitoring Officer, Listers Geotech, UK.

Cranfield Careers Service
Our Careers Service can help you find the job you want after leaving Cranfield. We will work with you to identify suitable opportunities and support you in the job application process for up to three years after graduation.We have been providing Masters level training for over 20 years. Our strong reputation and links with potential employers provide you with outstanding opportunities to secure interesting jobs and develop successful careers. The increasing interest in sustainability and corporate and social responsibility has also enhanced the career prospects of our graduates.

 Hear from our alumnus: 

  • Alex Cooke - Alex studied her Master's at Cranfield in 2012 and worked in industry before returning to us to study for her PhD.
Andrew Dickinson, MSc Land Reclamation and Restoration

The MSc programme is one of only a handful of reclamation specific programmes around the world, and stood out for me because of Cranfield’s expertise in soil. With my industry background, I was also impressed by the practical approach of Cranfield’s course and the University’s strong industry links.

Andrew Dickinson, Project Manager / Reclamation Specialist

Why this course?

The postgraduate level Land Reclamation and Restoration course integrates new scientific understanding of environmental processes with relevant engineering and management skills. These skills are then used to develop new, integrated land management solutions at relevant scales including field, city, catchment, national and global.

  • Hands-on practices and visits to relevant land reclamation and ecological restoration sites form a major part of the programme.
  • Close relations to industry, providing practical experience through group and individual projects in collaboration with relevant organisations.
  • Outstanding learning environment with an access to market leading geospatial technologies and state of the art soil and plant research laboratories associated with Agri-Tech Innovation Centres.
  • In depth understanding of principles that influence soil reclamation and restoration in an ecosystem context.

Graduates from this programme are highly sought after by government agencies, businesses, consultancies, and non-government organisations (NGOs).

The following topic is related to LRR:

Evaluation of mining lagoon silt as a suitable medium for restoring land to arable conditions.

Informed by Industry

Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. These include:

  • P A Consulting
  • Joint Research Centre, Ispra
  • Adas
  • Cresswell Associates
  • Chartered Institute of Waste Management
  • Chartered Institute of Water and Environment Management
  • Geospatial Insight
  • Oakdene Hollins
  • Health Protection Agency
  • Astrium Geo-information Services
  • Unilever
  • Landscape Science Consultancy
  • WRc PLC
  • Highview Power Storage
  • Nomura Code Securities
  • Environment Agency
  • FWAG
  • RSPB
  • ERM
  • GIGL
  • WRG
  • Enviros
  • Golder
  • Neales Waste
  • Natural England
  • National Trust
  • Trucost
  • SLR Consulting
  • Tarmac
  • The Coal Authority

Accreditation

Land Reclamation and Restoration MSc/MTech/PgCert/PgDip is accredited by Institute of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) and Landscape Institute.

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Course details

The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through written examinations and assignments. These provide the tools required for the group and individual projects.

Group project

This project provides students with the opportunity to take responsibility for a commercially-orientated, consultancy-type project with a UK-based industrial partner, while working in teams under academic supervision. It involves survey design, data collection and analysis, and synthesis and presentation of results to the client. This provides experience equivalent to a real life working environment aiming to provide a solution to a problem faced by industry in an integrated approach drawing upon mixed expertise across various disciplines. 

The topic for the group project changes on an annual basis as appropriate. Previous groups projects have included:

  • 2015/16 - Integrated assessment of Quarry Restoration for Broom and Finningley : Funded by Tarmac
  • 2014/15  Valuing & enhancing carbon sequestration 2014 Coal Authority Integrated Group project: Funded by the Coal Authority.
  • 2014/15  Integrated Assessment of Quarry Restoration for Dene and Darlton, Derbyshire: Funded by Lafarge-Tarmac.
  • 2012/13 Towards a framework for evaluation of the ecosystem services provided by Coal Authority passive treatment schemes: Funded by the Coal Authority.
  • 2012/13 – An integrated assessment of the Mancetter quarry restoration: Funded by Lafarge-Tarmac.
  • 2011/12 – Integrated Management Plan for Houghton Regis Chalk Pit  for Wildlife Trust of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.
  • 2010/11  Increasing the value of re-cycled products and ecological services of Naunton Quarry for Huntsmans Quarries Limited.

Individual project

This project provides an opportunity to concentrate on a particular aspect of land reclamation and restoration. It also allows students to demonstrate their ability to research independently, to think and work in an original way, to contribute to knowledge, and to overcome genuine problems in this specialist area of land management. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations.

Assessment

MSc taught modules (six core and two electives) and 40%, group project 20%, individual thesis 40%.

University Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory modules and (where applicable) some elective modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2017–2018. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2018 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Compulsory modules
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

GIS Fundamentals

Module Leader
  • Tim Brewer
Aim

    GIS is an important technology for handling geographic data and has wide application for studies of the environment. GIS is used widely by students in the courses listed above in other modules and their group and personal projects and therefore this module provides the opportunity to develop GIS skills that will be of use within a student’s course and in later employment.  

Syllabus
    • GIS theory - data structures; data formats; data storage; data standards; spatial and non-spatial data; spatial querying; analysis techniques – reclassification, overlay, proximity, mensuration, visualisation, map algebra; hardware and software; system specification; projections; datums; spheriods.
    • ArcGIS - overview of ArcGIS, ArcMap, ArcCatalog; ArcToolbox, Spatial Analyst.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Describe the functional components of a GIS;
  • Define system specifications including projections, data and process modelling;
  • Organise, using appropriate data structures, geographic data within a GIS;
  • Analyse data and prepare digital databases using GIS software.
  • Summarise, using maps and tables, the results of GIS based analyses. 

Soil Systems

Module Leader
  • Dr Jacqueline Hannam
Aim
    Food security, environmental protection and landscape restoration depend upon effective management of soil, plant and water interactions in the environment.  This module will focus on a fundamental understanding of the science of soil systems and how decisions in land management affect the soil functions related to food production and land restoration.
Syllabus
    • Soil functions, ecosystem goods and services
    • Plant responses to solar radiation, temperature, drought and aeration stress
    • Soil texture, , bulk density, soil moisture t, porosity and structure
    • Soil chemistry: Nutrients, pH, CEC, salinity and the carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles
    • Soil organisms: diversity and functional importance
    • Soil sampling and soil diversity in the field and landscape (LRR)
    • Soil-based concepts of ecological restoration and principles of Agricultural Land Classification (LRR)
    • Land capability for agricultural production, inputs and yields (FFS)
    • Innovations for agricultural production (FFS).
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Describe the role of soil systems in the context of soil functions and ecosystem services
  • Explain the principal responses of plants to the climatic environment.
  • Quantify key soil physical properties
  • Assess the role and contribution of soils in nutrient availability and cycling
  • Describe the functional role of soil biology in soil systems.
  • Evaluate the impact of soil management and agricultural innovation in agricultural production (FFS)
  • Create a soil assessment in the context of land restoration (LRR).

Soil Engineering, Contaminant and Nutrient Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Sarah De Baets
Aim

    Land restoration and reclamation practices in relation to improving soil structural conditions for optimal crop growth and prevention of soil resource losses must be grounded on an understanding of principles form soil science, bio-science and engineering. In addition, effective land restoration and reclamation must also consider the theoretical and practical principles underlying the successful management of soil organic carbon and the application of nutrients and organic manures to land.

Syllabus
    • Reasons for tillage and soil management in land restoration and reclamation
    • Basics of soil mechanics: shear strength of soil & Mohr-Coulomb equation, effect of texture, moisture content and bulk density on soil strength; Soil plasticity, Consistency and Atterberg limits
    •  Defining and assessing soil structure. Mechanics, assessment and alleviation of soil compaction
    •  Soil Bio-EngineeringMicrobiological, chemical and physical changes in soil during storage;
    • Risk assessment and treatment of contaminated land
    • Contaminated land and remediation technologies
    • Dynamics and management of soil carbon nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and other nutrients in the context of effective land restoration and reclamation
    • Organic manures, properties and management; Risk assessments of wastes spread to land contaminant sources, loadings and impacts.
    • Principles of Phytoremediation 
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Quantify soil strength and slope failure and apply this to the physical management of soil.
  • Assess soil stability and plasticity.
  • Quantify soil compaction and advise strategies to minimise compaction and/or rectify the problem.
  • Describe the routes to soil physical and biological damage and devise strategies to minimise degradation and ecosystem disruption.
  • Evaluate suitable technologies for the remediation of different types of contaminated land.
  • Evaluate the dynamics of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus as major nutrients in soils.
  • Identify the pathways of contaminants in soils and their impacts to the ecosystem.
  • Implement suitable strategies to reduce pollution in soils taking into account the associated risks.
  • Identify organic wastes, their nutrient contents and risks associated with their application to land.

Landscape Ecology

Module Leader
  • Professor Ronald Corstanje
Aim

    “Landscape ecology emphasizes the interactions between spatial patterns and ecological processes, that is, the causes and consequences of spatial heterogeneity in a range of scales” (Turner et al. 2001).  Landscape ecology provides a foundational framework for problem solving, decision making and planning in land restoration, ecological conservation and natural resources management.  It covers topics related to structure, function and change and it provides the necessary tools to select the appropriate methods to test spatial hypothesis and solve problems at multiple scales. This module is designed to introduce students to a variety of tools that measure and quantify landscape components at different scales and to understand them in the context of their field of expertise priorities and regulations.

Syllabus
    • Introduction to landscape ecology
    • Landscape elements (e.g. mosaics, corridor and patches)
    • landscape metrics (e.g. spatial pattern metrics)
    • Landscape fragmentation, connectivity, scale and hierarchy
    • Species population and sampling, and National vegetation classification
    • Introduction to point pattern analysis: Ripley’s K Function
    • Spatial aggregation
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Explain the key elements of a landscape.
  • Discuss the importance of scale in landscape ecology related questions
  • Design strategies to quantify spatial patterns, spatial structures, and species at the relevant scales.
  • Select the appropriate quantitative methods to test spatial hypotheses, solve problems, inform monitoring programs, and interpret the findings in the context of conservation priorities and conservation law.
  • Evaluate monitoring data to guide decision making in ecosystem management.

Ecological Restoration

Module Leader
  • Professor Jim Harris
Aim

    Successful ecological restoration and rehabilitation requires an integrated understanding of the ecological parameters of a site, together with the physical, chemical, and biotic factors that may influence desired outcomes. However, restoration objectives also need appreciation of the historical context of the site as well as possible social considerations that may limit the desired outcomes. In short ecological restoration is frequently ‘the art of balancing the possible’. This module covers the breadth of considerations required for ecological restoration and gives the opportunity to undertake analysis of management planning at both site and landscape scales.

Syllabus
    • The principles of ecological restoration.
    • Abiotic and biotic controls on community composition.
    • Practical techniques for effective habitat creation and restoration.
    • Habitat management for faunal conservation.
    • Effects of changes in climate and land use on conservation practices.
    • Habitat case studies; for example wetland, grassland, woodland, heathland, riparian buffer strips.
    • Importance of scale for reconstruction of habitats.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Discuss the principles underlying restoration ecology and ecological restoration in local, national and global contexts;
  • Identify the environmental and biological controls on plant community composition and ecosystem structure;
  • Describe the mechanisms underlying natural successional patterns in vegetation communities, as well as human-induced changes in habitat-type.
  • Relate habitat management to ecosystem function.
  • At different scales, plan ecosystem creation or restoration based on the biotic and abiotic context of the area.
  • Design and assess the feasibility and appropriateness of a habitat restoration scheme.  

Soil Erosion Control: Principles and Practices

Module Leader
  • Dr Robert Simmons
Aim

    The control of water pollution and sedimentation needs to be based on the correct identification of source areas of sediment, a knowledge of the processes by which water and sediment are moved over the land surface, and an understanding of how these processes are affected by the physical environment and socio-economic factors.  Soil conservation can be achieved through within-field and catchment management by targeting erosion control measures at critical locations in the landscape, producing appropriate designs and gaining the support of interested groups and organisations for their implementation. 

Syllabus
    • Definitions and agents of water and wind erosion
    • On and offsite consequences ad impacts of erosion
    • Erosion processes: Detachment, entrainment, transport and deposition
    • Rainfall erosivity
    • Soil erodibility
    • Slope and landcover/management factors affecting erosion
    • Role of grass roots for erosion control
    • Soil compaction and role in runoff generation
    • Socio-economic, regulatory and policy contexts of soil erosion control
    • Soil conservation approaches including, soil management, agronomic measures, waterway design, cover crops and terraces
    • Soil conservation planning integrating technical and consultation-based multi-stakeholder approaches. 
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Describe the processes of soil erosion, and of sediment transport and deposition.
  • Define the environmental impacts of soil erosion, and the need for erosion control and soil conservation.
  • Evaluate erosion risk at a field and catchment scale and identify potential sources and sinks of sediment.
  • Make appropriate decisions on selection of soil conservation approaches to control erosion, based on a fundamental understanding of erosion processes.
  • Select appropriate input parameter values to apply erosion models to predict current erosion status and evaluate different conservation measures.
  • Design an erosion control strategy for an individual farm, taking account of its location within a catchment and socio-economic conditions.
  • Manage a soil conservation project, set by an external client, which requires, using problem solving techniques, writing a consultancy-style report and meeting deadlines set. 

Elective modules
A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Principles of Sustainability

Module Leader
  • Dr Paul Burgess
Aim
    Human population growth and increased resource use per capita is placing unsustainable demands on the global ecosystem. This module explores sustainability using three approaches.  The “Ecosystem Service” approach provides a framework for society to address key environmental issues such as food production, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, and water use.  The “Circular Economy” approach refers to the development of “restorative” industrial systems that are grounded on the lessons of non-linear, feedback-rich ecosystems.  The third approach is to explore the nexus between renewable energy, food, and other ecosystem services using per capita energy and food consumption. This module introduces and critiques the three approaches and examines their application to resolve real-world problems and create commercial opportunities.
Syllabus
    • Moving from an “Empty World” to a “Full World”
    • The Ecosystem Service Approach (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and UK National Ecosystem Assessment)
    • Ecosystem processes and succession; the role of energy; feedback systems; biodiversity and system restoration
    • Using an ecosystem approach: quantifying trade-offs and synergies; improving water and nutrient management, reducing greenhouse gases emissions, enhancing stability, resistance and resilience
    • Introduction to the circular economy: opportunities for businesses; opportunities for consumers.
    • How design, manufacturing practice and management can contribute to a circular economy
    • Case study: trade-offs, synergies, and opportunities to enhance well-being and ecosystem service provision in terms of energy, food, feed and wood for a case study area.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Critique the “ecosystem services”, “circular economy”, and “per capita energy use” approaches
  • Critique associated terms such as “human well-being”, “sustainability”, and “biodiversity”.
  • Explain the role of energy and feed-back systems in natural systems
  • Explain how an ecosystem service approach can help society to identify and make decisions regarding the use of ecological resources, with a focus on biodiversity, greenhouse gases, nutrient loss, and water use.
  • Explain how we can enhance the stability, resistance and resilience of natural systems.
  • Explain how the “circular economy” provides commercial opportunities
  • Explain how industrial activities such as design and manufacturing can promote a circular economy
  • Use a per capita approach to explore the synergies between food, feed, wood, and renewable energy production to guide decision making and identify opportunities in the context of a case-study.

Aerial Photography and Digital Photogrammetry

Module Leader
  • Tim Brewer
Aim

    Deriving digital elevation models and ortho imagery is an important application of remote sensing data for many areas of spatial work. This module introduces techniques for the extraction of topographic information from remotely sensed data using digital photogrammetry techniques. Image interpretation is also a vital skill required in many image based mapping projects. The concepts and techniques of image interpretation will be introduced and practised.

Syllabus
    • Topographic maps and remote sensing images: map scale and content, image sources and interpretation methods, accuracy issues. 
    • Aerial imagery in the context of other remote sensing systems. Physics of light: principles of recording the image. Stereoscopy and parallax. Geometry: scale variation, relief displacement, tilts.
    • Geometry of vertical aerial imagery: geometry, co-ordinate axes, scale, measurement. 
    • Digital photogrammetry.  Digital elevation models.  Structure from Motion.
    • Satellite photogrammetry.
    • Air photo mosaics and orthophotos.
    • Interpretation: principles and factors.  Applied interpretation: geology, geomorphology, vegetation, soils, urban structures.  Flight planning.  API project management and implementation.
    • Recent developments - UAV imagery, scanning existing photography.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Explain the geometry and spectral properties of vertical aerial photographs
  • Explain the basic principles of digital photogrammetry
  • Use aerial photographs in the interpretation of the physical and human environments
  • Extract elevation data from stereo pairs
  • Derive orthophotography from standard frame aerial photography

Land Engineering and Water Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Lynda Deeks
Aim

    Improvement of land quality and the reclamation of degraded land are needed to ensure the sustainable delivery of ecosystem goods and services. Landscapes can be engineered to deliver these services by application of a base understanding of fundamental environmental properties and interrelationships of soil, vegetation and water. This understanding is grounded in basic soil physics, hydrology, hydraulics, geotechnics and agronomy. Land managers and engineers can design and implement appropriate land, water and vegetation management through interventions such as drainage, soil conservation, slope stabilisation and irrigation. This understanding and skills set are also the basis for management of projects involving land forming, reclamation, restoration and protection, which require selection, design, engineering and maintenance of appropriate structures.

Syllabus
    • Managing plant and soil water status through estimates of crop water requirements; development of field water budget. Evapotranspiration, drainage, runoff, seepage, soil water storage, and capillary rise
    • Concept of land capability and land quality, criteria used for assessing land capability and its classification. USDA scheme, Canadian Land Inventory.
    • Slope stability; mechanisms of slope failure. The stability of shallow slope failures, Taylor’s stability numbers.
    • Slope stabilisation principles and processes
    • Landscape design, land forming, earth moving and landscape modification. Top and sub soil management and vegetation establishment. Design of earth embankment storage dams.
    • Hydrology; peak and catchment yield, design of runoff
    • Hydraulics calculation of channel discharge capacity using Manning‟s Equation (and others). The design of channels, waterways weirs, spillways, culverts and control structures
    • Drainage; drainage machinery selection and performance, types of drainage problems and their recognition. Design for water table control: use of Hooghoudt and Glover Dumm equations and the Ernst equation for sub irrigation design; the Miers approach; practical issues of drainage design: selection of materials, drainage maintenance, pipe surround, backfill and pipe sizing
    • Managing plant and soil water status through estimates of crop water requirements; development of field water budget. Evapotranspiration, drainage, runoff, seepage, soil water storage, and capillary rise
    • Crop responses to salinity and sodicity; management of saline and sodic soils; the leaching process.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Explain the concept of land capability and carry out land capability classification.
  • Calculate the stability of slopes and design of simple support and stabilisation processes
  • Undertake an erosion survey and risk assessment
  • Design earthworks for landforming, landscaping and water storage.
  • Calculate runoff and yield for catchment
  • Design channels/ waterways and simple hydraulic structures.
  • Design appropriate water table control systems for drainage and sub irrigation
  • Calculate irrigation requirements for crops and soil water deficits in different environments

Land Resource Planning

Module Leader
  • Tim Brewer
Aim

    Land planning and its "human dimension" are fundamental aspects of managing the physical and human environments.  Knowledge of and correct application of land planning methodologies and solutions is vital for sustainable management of what are often limited resources.  Management of the landscape requires evaluation of potentially many options. Constraints and opportunities are provided by the physical and human environment and this module will highlight different methods that can be used to provide land resource planners with the data required to formulate sustainable plans. Often a range of options are possible and techniques to select optimum solutions will be covered.

Syllabus
    • Planning context for land resource planning
    • Ecosystem services as part of land resource planning
    • Land classification systems: Land capability classification, land suitability classification, Agricultural Land Classification, parametric methods, landscape assessment.
    • Erosion survey and risk assessment
    • Incorporating a modelling approach: soil erosion modelling.
    • Resource optimisation methods to inform planning options
    • Horizon scanning for future land resource planning.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Assess the planning context within which land planning will operate
  • Design surveys to address land planning issues.
  • Practice techniques designed to provide data for land planning.
  • Evaluate classification systems to identify appropriateness for issues of interest.
  • Formulate land planning recommendations, adopting standard practice.
  • Select optimum use of resources within the context of landscape management
  • Demonstrate teamwork to fulfil exercise objectives and practice oral presentation (as part of the module)

Fees and funding

European Union students applying for university places in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (21 April 2017).

Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.

MSc Full-time £10,250
PgDip Full-time £8,200
PgCert Full-time £4,510

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

MSc Full-time £20,500
PgDip Full-time £16,605
PgCert Full-time £8,300

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

Funding Opportunities

To help students find and secure appropriate funding we have created a tool which allows you to search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. Visit the funding finder.

GREAT China Scholarship
The GREAT Cranfield University Scholarship China is jointly funded by Cranfield University and the British Council. Two scholarships of £11,000 each for Chinese students are available.

Butterfield Postgraduate Environment Scholarship

A USD$25,000 scholarship for students pursuing a postgraduate degree in study related to the protection and improvement of island environments. Applications close on 28 April 2017.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for a Commonwealth Shared Scholarship which includes tuition fees, travel and monthly stipend for Master’s study, jointly supported by Cranfield University.

The Cranfield Scholarship

We have a limited number of scholarships available for candidates from around the world applying for the 2017 intake. Scholarships are awarded to applicants who show both aptitude and ability for the subject they are applying. Find out more about the Cranfield Scholarship

Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance England

A Postgraduate Loan is now available for UK and EU applicants to help you pay for your Master’s course. You can apply for a loan at GOV.UK

Santander MSc Scholarship

The Santander Scholarship at Cranfield University is worth £5,000 towards tuition fees for full-time master's courses. Check the scholarship page to find out if you are from an eligible Santander Universities programme country.

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year master’s at Cranfield university. The scholarship includes tuition fees, travel and monthly stipend for Master’s study.

Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Countries

Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship which includes tuition fees, travel and monthly stipend for Master’s study.

Future Finance Student Loans

Future Finance offer student loans of up to £40,000 that can cover living costs and tuition fees for all student at Cranfield University.

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS)

The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) is a funding programme providing affordable tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time UK/EU students studying technology-based MSc courses.

Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia)

Cranfield offers competitive scholarships for Mexican students in conjunction with Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) in science, technology and engineering.

Marshal Papworth Scholarships

Marshal Papworth provide opportunities for students from developing countries to gain the agricultural and horticultural skills needed to achieve a sustainable future for themselves and their communities

Delta Foundation Chevening Scholarships Taiwan

The Chevening/Delta Environmental Scholarship Scheme is designed to promote environmental awareness and increase future activity to tackle environmental issues, in particular climate change, by offering two joint scholarships for students from Taiwan.

Entry requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline such as engineering, agriculture, environmental science or physical geography, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

How to apply

Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at this time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.