Content last updated: 10 February 2021

Information for our prospective students for academic year 2021/22

For students joining us between now and October 2021, we look forward to welcoming you to our Cranfield community and providing you with a highly distinctive postgraduate experience. You can expect to receive a highly applied, business-focused postgraduate education and access our staff directly through a variety of methods.

For those interested in studying with us, applications are open and our academics and support staff are ready to assist you with any questions you may have about our courses.

We have a support team dedicated to assisting you with any questions you may have. This team will either be able to help you directly or put you in touch with the appropriate specialist support or an academic from your chosen course. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with them at: study@cranfield.ac.uk.

We have also produced answers to some key questions below. We will continue to update these pages with relevant information, so please do continue to check them.

From all of us at Cranfield, we hope you and your family are safe and well. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Cranfield and making our contribution to your future success.

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Q&As

March 2021 intake

How will my course be delivered?

We know how much our students value face-to-face teaching. That’s why our plans are to provide as much of the face-to-face elements of your course in this way as we are able to, working within UK Government guidance.

During the current national restrictions, we have been delivering our teaching online and will continue to do so until 8 March, which is the current date that the UK Government has said that universities can recommence face-to-face teaching.

What happens if I’m not able to arrive in time for the start of my course?

We understand that, in some circumstances, you may not be able to arrive in as much time as you may have hoped, so please talk to your Student and Academic Support team if you are unable to make your start date. This has been highlighted below. They will then ensure you have access to relevant materials to enable you to catch up.

Please note the latest dates that you can start your face-to-face lectures in the table below. You will need to have completed any quarantine period before these dates.

Course Course start date and when
face-to-face teaching will begin
Latest date you can start
face-to-face lectures
Aerospace Manufacturing 8 March 2021 29 March 2021
Engineering and Management
of Manufacturing Systems
8 March 2021 29 March 2021
Aerospace Vehicle Design 15 March 2021 6 April 2021
Thermal Power 15 March 2021 6 April 2021


Who can I talk to about accommodation?

If you have not yet arranged accommodation, our accommodation team will be happy to assist you. You can contact them at: oncampus@cranfield.ac.uk

When will my course induction take place?

Your Student and Academic Support (SAS) team is a key point of contact during your studies. They will be in touch with you very soon, so please look out for their email introducing themselves. They will share with you key information such as the registration process, where to find your timetable, your induction programme and the opportunities to meet your fellow students and course team.

Is COVID-19 testing being offered to students?

Through our dedicated NHS testing centre on the campus, we have been offering lateral flow testing to staff and students since December. We will be in touch with you nearer to the start of your course about testing.

Our courses in 2021/22

How will courses be delivered in 2021/22?

We know how much our students value face-to-face teaching. That’s why our plans are to provide as much of the face-to-face elements of your course in this way as we are able to, working within any UK Government guidance applicable at the time.

We have worked extremely hard to ensure that our sites are COVID-secure. The number of positive cases at Cranfield continues to be significantly lower than the UK higher education sector average and we committed to be completely transparent, publishing a weekly tracker of staff and student cases on our website.

The UK is also making good progress on its vaccination programme and, so far, is one of the leading countries in the world for the speed of its roll-out.

We have remained committed to providing as much face-to-face delivery as possible over the lifetime of our courses in 2020/21, including during the group project and thesis phase. We have also retained all the elements that our students and industry partners tell us make a Cranfield degree special – hands-on and applied learning in small tutorials, highly applied group and thesis projects and opportunities to develop your study skills working with your peers, without compromising your safety.

We will always be committed to providing you with the best possible student experience.

How do I accept my offer?

You do this by going to our online portal, Eve. You will not be required to make your deposit payment until 30 June 2021. Please note, there is a different deposit deadline for the MBA and Advanced Motorsport Engineering courses and the date will be highlighted in your offer letter.

When do I have to pay my deposit?

Once you have accepted your offer to study on either a taught or research degree, you now have up until 30 June 2021 to pay your deposit as we have extended the deadline. Please note, there is a different deposit deadline for the MBA and Advanced Motorsport Engineering courses and the date will be highlighted in your offer letter.

You can, of course, choose to pay your deposit earlier than this. Doing so will enable you to get your Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) sooner which gives you longer to apply for your visa. You can apply for you visa six months before your course start date.

Are sources of funding available?

Yes. Information on the many different types of funding can be found on our funding page, including details of Student Finance England Master's and Doctoral loans.

Will I still be able to access specialist software needed for my course?

Yes. There will be arrangements in place for you to be able to access the software you need during your course.

What IT equipment should I bring with me?

Most students arrive at Cranfield with their own PC or laptop. In exceptional circumstances where you are not able to bring your own device, we have a small stock of loan laptops which may be available for a short period of time.

If you are purchasing a laptop, we recommend that it is a Windows 10 device with 4GB RAM (no more than six years old) or MacBook, iMac, Mac running OSX Catalina minimum. We also recommend that it has in-built video camera/audio functions or you have an external webcam/headset.

What would happen if there is a lockdown/national restrictions imposed after I begin my studies?

We would always take all the appropriate steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our Cranfield community.

If a future lockdown was to be imposed by the UK Government during your studies, we will adapt our arrangements for teaching and assessment to ensure that you are able to complete your course in a timely way. This may mean some face-to-face teaching being replaced by online delivery for a short period of time. We will always be committed to providing you with the best possible student experience.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, we have developed our live online approach very rapidly to ensure that we retain an interactive approach between the teacher and student and encourage peer-to-peer learning through the use of breakout groups and student-led activities such as group presentations. Our live online approach ensures strong engagement with academics and the active participation of students in their learning.

How the University has adapted during the coronavirus pandemic

How has Cranfield adapted its courses during the current pandemic in 2020/21?

For the vast majority of our courses, we have aimed to offer as much of our learning as possible face-to-face physically on site.

We made a commitment to all full-time MSc applicants and offer holders due to study on the Cranfield campus in the 2020/21 academic year that at least 70% of the hours that would normally be face-to-face over the duration of their course would remain face-to-face.

At Cranfield, we have a huge breadth and depth of experience in providing education through many different methods, including innovative approaches that are unique to our University.

Social distancing restrictions meant that some of those learning and assessment activities that would normally be done in large groups such as lectures and exams have not been possible in the usual way. Face-to-face learning has taken place in smaller, socially distanced groups. Lectures that involved numbers that are too large to sufficiently social distance have been delivered via live interactive webinars supported by subsequently available video recordings. We have used this approach for other large group activities such as computer practicals and some exams.

We have ensured that face-to-face interaction with academics, technicians and academic-support staff has taken place in safe, socially-distanced ways. A small number of Cranfield’s courses have been fully online in 2020-21, either because that is the format best suited to the learners (part-time learners who are working) or to offer an alternative learning mode for students who could not or preferred not to do a campus-based course. Fully online courses have used a blend of live online, recorded material and guided independent study.

Our research students have continued to meet regularly with their two research supervisors. This has been face-to-face, while following social distancing guidelines, as well as virtually via Zoom or Teams.

Some courses have been delivered by a blend of face-to-face and online teaching – what does this mean?

For the 2020/21 year, the majority of our courses were re-designed to maximise the amount of face-to-face teaching possible, while adhering to social distancing requirements to ensure a safe and hygienic campus experience.

Face-to-face teaching has been carried out in small socially-distanced groups. Where face-to-face sessions have not been possible, they have been delivered by live webinar (e.g. using Zoom or Microsoft Teams).

Cranfield is a relatively small, specialist postgraduate university and we are experts in small group teaching. Our students learn in a safe environment, and benefit from the highest possible engagement and interaction with lecturers, our business and industry partners and our learning support staff.

Large group learning has still been a part of the learning mix, but has been delivered by webinar through videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, we have developed our live online approach very rapidly to ensure that we retain an interactive approach between the teacher and student and encourage peer-to-peer learning through the use of breakout groups and student-led activities such as group presentations. Our live online approach ensures strong engagement with academics and the active participation of students in their learning.

Face-to-face and live online learning is complemented by self-paced study. We are using our new virtual learning environment (Canvas) to create a structured environment to guide and support you through your independent study.

What steps have been taken to ensure the health and safety of students on site?

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, we made an unwavering commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our Cranfield community. We made sure that the best interests of our students, our staff and the local community were at the heart of all the decisions we made.

Read about the measures we have taken to keep our community safe.

Visas and ATAS certificate

When can I apply for my visa?

Once you have paid you deposit and met all the conditions of your offer, we will invite you to apply for your Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which you will need to apply for your visa. The sooner you receive this, the longer you will have to apply for your visa.

You can apply for your student visa within six months from your course start date. For example, if your course start date on your CAS is 01/10/2021, you can apply for your student visa after 01/04/2021. You should try and apply for your visa as soon as possible within the six-month period.

Who can I talk to if I have visa-related queries?

Our student immigration team is here to help you with any issues you may have. You can find their details on our Visas page.

Do I require ATAS clearance?

You do not require ATAS clearance if you are a national of any of the following countries, even if it’s stated that your course requires ATAS clearance:

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Canada
Croatia
Republic of Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United States of America


If your course requires ATAS clearance and you are not a national of one of the countries listed above, then you will require ATAS clearance.

I have received my visa (3 month) but cannot travel to the UK because of travel restrictions - how does this affect my course registration and arrival in the UK?

It may be possible to register on your course and attend remotely if your supervisor or course director approves. Once the travel restrictions have been lifted you can then travel to the UK if your visa is still valid. If your vignette has expired, then you should apply for a replacement (another vignette) to travel to the UK.

Our student immigration team are here to help you with any issues you may have - you can find their details on our Visas page.

I have applied for a visa from outside the UK and I am unable to obtain my passport because the Visa Application Centre is closed, how does this affect my course registration and arrival in the UK?

It may be possible to register on your course and attend remotely if your supervisor or course director approves. Once the Visa Application Centre is open and you receive your visa you can then travel to the UK if your visa is still valid. If your vignette has expired then you should apply for replacement (another vignette) to travel to the UK.

Our student immigration team are here to help you with any issues you may have - you can find their details on our Visas page.

Will I benefit from the immigration reforms announced by the UK Government?

In 2020, the UK Government announced reforms to the immigration process for international students from 2021 as part of their new research and development roadmap. Some of these rules are now in place. Existing and new students will benefit from these changes.

The key changes laid out in the new roadmap include:

  • Under the new graduate route (which expected to be in place in Summer 2021) PhD students will be able to stay in the UK for up to three years after they complete their studies; while students who complete a master’s degree will be able to stay for two years.
  • The new student route (which is already in place) provides greater flexibility, including the ability to switch visa types from within the UK, a longer application window for students to submit their visa application (you can apply for a student visa within six months from your course start date), removing study time limits at postgraduate level, no requirement to submit evidence of funds when applying for visa within the UK and have had a previous visa for more than 12 months, no requirement to submit evidence of academic assessment when sponsor do assessment, exemption of certain nationalities from ATAS requirement, etc.

Further information is available on the UKCISA website.

What healthcare services are available to me in the UK if I’m from overseas?

As part of your visa application, you may be required to pay the immigration health surcharge. This payment means that you will be able to receive free health services from the National Health Service (NHS) should you become unwell while in the UK. It entitles you to the same access as a UK citizen.

You can use the Home Office Immigration Health Surcharge checker to check if you need to make this payment and how much it will cost.

Further information about the surcharge, including how and when to pay, can be found on the UK Government website.

English tests and pre-sessional courses

Which English tests can I take?

A list of the English tests we accept and minimum entry requirements can be found on our entry requirements page.

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

We understand 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 which are available online.

  • 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). 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).

What Pre-sessional English courses do you offer?

Our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are open to international students who do not already meet the English language entry requirement or who wish to gain an insight into academic life before starting the postgraduate course.

A full list of courses and entry requirement can be found on our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes and our School of Management pre-sessional courses.

Arrivals and registration – autumn 2021

How will I be kept up-to date with details about my course and coming to Cranfield?

After you receive an offer to study at Cranfield, you will be given access to the pre-registration area on our virtual learning environment, Canvas. You will receive a communication from your course team once this is available to you (this will be around April time). You will receive updates through the pre-registration area on Canvas and also from your course team.

The pre-registration area will also help you to familiarise yourself with the University and Canvas (if you haven’t used it previously) and will include details of any IT requirements, pre-reading or online tutorials to help start your Cranfield journey, such as preparing to study at Cranfield and a variety of study skills.

When do I register?

As soon as our processes for registering have been finalised, they will be displayed on the pre-registration area of our virtual learning environment, Canvas.

How will induction be conducted?

Details of induction will be confirmed nearer the time.

After you receive an offer to study at Cranfield, you will be given access to the pre-registration area on our virtual learning environment, Canvas. You will receive a communication from your course team once this is available to you. It will help you to familiarise yourself with the University and Canvas (if you haven’t used it previously) and will include details of any pre-reading or online tutorials such as preparing to study at Cranfield and a variety of other study skills.

If you are a research student, you will have the opportunity to join a face-to-face induction with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Director of Student Experience and Director of Research, while adhering to social distancing guidelines should these be in place later on in the year. This will be in addition to a live online session. At your local induction, you will get to meet your supervisory team and learn more about our doctoral network, the research community you have joined and the opportunities available to develop your personal and professional skills through our research core development programme.

What support is available to me if I have learning support needs or medical/mental health conditions?

Help and support is always close at hand and we encourage you to draw on this support as and when you may need it. Read more about our support services on our web page.

What happens if there is still a requirement to quarantine on my arrival and this falls during registration and the start of my course?

If this were to be the case, we would encourage you to speak to your Student and Academic Support (SAS) Lead so that they can make alternative arrangements for registering on your course and to discuss how we can support you.

You will have access to Canvas, the University’s virtual learning environment, where you’ll be able to complete any pre-reading or online tutorials to help start your Cranfield journey, such as preparing to study at Cranfield and a variety of study skills.

As we have done for our 2020/21 cohort, we would always ensure you are looked after during any periods of quarantine.

What happens if I’m not able to arrive on time to start my course?

You should discuss this with you Student and Academic Support (SAS) team or email study@cranfield.ac.uk.

Living in on-campus accommodation

Living in on-campus accommodation

As well as all of the other health and safety measures in place on our COVID-secure site we have enhanced our normal cleaning regimes in our accommodation, and are regularly cleaning entrances, door plates, staircases and other repeat ‘touch points’ with anti-viral spray. Sanitising units are also positioned in the entrances to all accommodation blocks. The kitchens are also temporarily closed to students whenever they are being cleaned to help protect students and our cleaning staff.

The number of positive cases at Cranfield continues to be significantly lower than the UK higher education sector average. We have committed to being completely transparent by publishing a weekly tracker of staff and student cases on our website.

Will I need to self-quarantine?

March 2021 intake – if you are arriving from overseas, you will need to have proof of a negative COVID test to travel. Even though you will have taken a test to enter the country, you will still need to self-isolate for 10 days when you arrive. We have published information about the support available to you during this period, whether you are living in our on-campus accommodation or private accommodation locally. There is also information about the UK Government’s ‘test to release’ scheme.

We also recommend that you talk to your landlord about the possibility of arriving earlier. You may also wish to make arrangements for any internet connections to be set up so that you can connect when you arrive. The UK Government has also published information on how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK.

If you find you are unable to secure a flight due to travel restrictions, or you are in a country on the UK Government’s ‘red list’, please get in touch with your SAS team in the first instance.

Autumn 2021 intake – if your course is starting in autumn 2021, it is too early to say whether there will be a requirement to quarantine when arriving in the UK. If it were to be the case, we would provide further information about all of the help and support available to you.

On our website we have published information for current students who have had to quarantine which you may find of interest.

Can I arrive earlier if I have to self-isolate, so as not to miss the start of my course?

Yes, you will be able to arrive early should the quarantine guidelines remain in place. So that we can ensure your room is ready for your arrival, we ask that you provide us with as much notice as you can of your intention to arrive early by emailing oncampus@cranfield.ac.uk.

What if I cannot arrive early to quarantine? Will I still be able to start my course?

Yes, we will support you and identify the best solution for you depending upon your circumstances and the specific nature of your course.

Will rooms with shared bathrooms be available – if so, will there be additional cleaning?

Where there are shared bathroom facilities these will be within what is considered a 'household'. We have enhanced cleaning regimes in place.

What is your policy on shared kitchens?

We continue to offer shared kitchen facilities in line with the latest Government advice. Our shared kitchens are within what is considered a ‘household’. This applies once quarantine periods have been completed.

Living in off-campus accommodation

Do I need to self-quarantine?

March 2021 intake – if you are arriving from overseas, you will need to have proof of a negative COVID test to travel. Even though you will have taken a test to enter the country, you will still need to self-isolate for 10 days when you arrive. We have published information about the support available to you during this period, whether you are living in our on-campus accommodation or private accommodation locally. There is also information about the UK Government’s ‘test to release’ scheme.

We also recommend that you talk to your landlord about the possibility of arriving earlier. You may also wish to make arrangements for any internet connections to be set up so that you can connect when you arrive.

The UK Government has also published information on how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK.

If you find you are unable to secure a flight due to travel restrictions, or you are in a country on the UK Government’s ‘red list’, please get in touch with your SAS team in the first instance.

Autumn 2021 intake – if your course is starting in autumn 2021, it is too early to say whether there will be a requirement to quarantine when arriving in the UK. If it were to be the case, we would provide further information about all of the help and support available to you.