Information for students from the United Arab Emirates 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 the UAE.

As an exclusively postgraduate university with a student to staff ratio - 5:1 that is one of the best for any university in the UK and the world, Cranfield represents a unique offering for students from the UAE thinking of studying in the UK. Students from the UAE studying 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. 

Cranfield provides a professional working environment and students from the UAE also enjoy campus life and get involved in a wide variety of clubs, societies and associations.

In academic year 2015/16 (from the court stats 1st Feb 2016, for Taught and Research combined) there were 19 UAE students registered at Cranfield.

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 UAE

  • Bachelor degree with 2.1 to 2.6 out of 4 GPA

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

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses 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 may reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low. Some courses may specify higher test scores so please check the details of your course for the English language requirements you will be expected to meet.

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 will also need to meet the UK Home Office Tier 4 (General) student visa English language requirements . The UK Home Office are not currently accepting TOEFL or TOEIC tests for Tier 4 (General) visa applications. Other restrictions from the UK Home Office may apply from time to time and we will advise applicants of these restrictions where appropriate.

What can I do if I don't meet the English language requirement for my chosen course?

If you have not met the appropriate English language requirement for your course, you could consider one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. They are offered to international students who do not meet the minimum scores as described above.

Working with a team of well-qualified and experienced tutors, we will help you:

  • Improve your English language skills to satisfy our entry requirement,
  • Develop and improve your knowledge and use of academic English,
  • Prepare for the kinds of assignments you will complete on your course,
  • Gain the confidence and skills needed to succeed in your academic studies,
  • Introduce you to life in the UK and to UK culture.

We offer winter and summer courses each year, with students enjoying a choice of three course lengths, over 20, 10 or five weeks.

The winter programme has been designed for applicants for research programmes starting in the summer. Applicants for courses starting in September/October are strongly advised to apply for the summer English programme. Applicants must provide their most recent UKVI IELTS test to be considered, as we are unable to consider an international applicant who has taken an alternative English language test.

Applicants who have not met the standard entry requirements for any of the above courses should contact the Pre-sessional team further advice and guidance. All applications are considered on their merits, on a case-by-case basis.

If you need any further information please get in touch.

Funding overview

Funding available to students from UAE 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.

Agent representatives

Agent  Address  Contact information 
Alpha I Education

Inner Universe #107, UBL
Building Bank Street
Bur Dubai PO Box 46791, Dubai
T: +971 56 6040125
PO Box 413458
Office Number 1811
Goldcrest Executive Tower
Cluster C, Jumeirah Lake Towers
T: +971 44559388 / +971 44559378
Education Global
(EduGlobe Ltd)
EduGlobe LTD,
AlKhaleej Estate,
No. 200, Jubail Industrial City,
Jubail 31961, Saudi Arabia
T: +97455898151
Future Graduates Ltd. 188 Freshfield Avenue
Greater Manchester
T:+44 7477 880085
PFL Group
International Ltd
Office #1302, Fairmont Dubai,
Sheikh Zayed Road,
PO Box 34288,
Dubai. U.A.E
T: +971 43 559573
Global Study UK 1 Great Cumberland Place,
2nd Floor,
T: +44 (0)20 7486 4762
I Q Education Consultants

Suite 403 Office Court Building, 
Opp Oud Metha Metro Station, 
PO Box 126232, 
Oud Metha, 
United Arab Emirates 

We also recruit from: Oman

T: +97142594478 


Country visits

Representatives from Cranfield regularly visit the United Arab Emirates. 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.

Why study at Cranfield
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Nadine Itani

The approach the university takes on the Air Transport topics is progressive and empowering. The PhD degree added a brand to my competencies in the workplace and I am recognized among my peers, co-workers as being the one who knows how to find answers. It means a lot to me to sustain my relationship with Cranfield University as I take pride in being part of Cranfield big family overseas.

Nadine Itani, Managing Partner at Aviation Minds, Transport Systems, PhD, 2015