Information for South African students wishing to study a postgraduate programme at Cranfield University.
Cranfield University has a vibrant international community and is historically a popular destination for students from South Africa. We currently have 11 students from South Africa studying with us.
As an exclusively postgraduate university with a student to staff ratio - 7:1 that is one of the best for any university in the UK and the world, Cranfield represents a unique offering for South African students thinking of studying in the UK. South African students at Cranfield benefit from excellent teaching delivered by our world-renowned academics, state-of-the art facilities and real-life industry projects with leading global organisations.
The UK imports 327,000 tons of fresh fruits from South Africa each year. Cranfield is undertaking case studies in South Africa and the UK to enable insights into the motivations and concerns of farmers, suppliers, retailers and consumers, and to help identify where resilience and efficiency might be at odds. Read more about our research project.
Cranfield provides a professional working environment but our South African students also enjoy campus life and get involved in a wide variety run by the Cranfield Student Association.
Our general entry requirement is a UK Honours degree (minimum second class lower) or international equivalent. Our Admissions Office staff have extensive knowledge of a wide range of qualifications from all over the world and will assess your qualifications against our UK entry requirements. Applications are considered on an individual basis and the information provided here is intended as a general guide. Holding this level of qualification does not guarantee entry and some programmes may have higher entry requirements.
Requirements for individuals from South Africa
- Second Class Bachelor degree with Honours
Full entry requirements for individual courses can be found on the individual course pages. Please read them carefully as there can sometimes be additional requirements.
English language requirements
You will need to provide a satisfactory English test result that meets the requirements for the course you have applied for. Some courses require a higher test score, please check the course page for details. Our minimum requirements are as follows:
- IELTS Academic - 6.5 overall
- TOEFL - 92
- Pearson PTE Academic - 65
- Cambridge English Scale - 180
- Cambridge English: Advanced - C
- Cambridge English: Proficiency - C
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III - minimum overall score of pass
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).
What can I do if I don't meet the English language requirement for my chosen course?
If you have taken a test but not reached the required score you may be able to attend one of our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders:
Funding opportunities available to students from South Africa wishing to study at Cranfield include:
For further Information and advice on funding and finance, including how to pay your fees and useful references for international applicants, please visit our Fees and Funding page.
Globally Focused Education CC
Global Education Johannesburg
Representatives from Cranfield regularly visit South Africa. We attend education exhibitions, visit universities and talk to prospective students and their families.
Please view our events calendar to find out when we will next be visiting.
If you are already studying in the UK, our Open Days provide the ideal opportunity to visit the campus and meet staff and students.
Cranfield partners with a number of in-country funding bodies, Government agencies, academic institutions and NGOs to set up dedicated Scholarships. These are in addition to Scholarships offered by the British Council. Please visit our fees and funding web page for further details.