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.

Have a look at our Sub-Saharan Africa Facebook and Cranfield Africa Twitter pages!


Academic requirements

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

To study for a formal award at Cranfield you will need to demonstrate that you can communicate effectively in English in an academic environment. For full details visit our English language requirements page.

Agent representatives

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Globally Focused Education CC
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Global Education Johannesburg
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Park Town North, 
Randburg, 2193             

Additional offices:
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Waterfront, 
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Country visits

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.

Funding Opportunities

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.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme: Students from developing countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the UK can apply for Commonwealth Shared Scholarships for master’s study, jointly supported by Cranfield University.

Please visit our fees and funding web page for further details.