Information for Chinese students wishing to study a postgraduate programme at Cranfield University.

Cranfield University has a vibrant international community and has a number of Chinese students studying here across a range of subjects.

As the UK’s only wholly postgraduate university, Cranfield represents a unique offering for Chinese students thinking of studying in the UK. Chinese 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. Cranfield provides a professional working environment but our Chinese students also enjoy campus live and get involved in a wide variety of clubs, societies and associations.

We have strong links with a number of excellent Chinese universities including Wuhan University of Science and Technology (WUST), East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) and Jiangsu University.

For a number of years now, Cranfield has worked closely with AVIC I (Chinese Aviation Industry Corporation I) to train 150 of the company’s engineers in aircraft and jet engine design.

In the academic year 2014/15 there were 197 Chinese students registered at Cranfield.

For help making your visa application to study with us in the UK have a look at this Chinese visa application video by We Are International.

China is an important partner for Cranfield. We are committed to strengthening our global reputation in higher education and research through collaboration and innovation. 

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 China

  • Bachelors degree

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

Students from China may apply for a Chevening Scholarship for taught Masters courses or to the China Scholarship Council for PhD programmes.

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

The following agents represent Cranfield University in China:

Beijing New Oriental
Floor 7, No. 6 Haidian Zhongjie
Haidian District
Beijing 100080

T: +86-10-6260-5566

Dalian Xinquan
RM 2315, New World Minglong Building
No.43 Renmin Road
Zhongshan District
Liaoning 116001

T: +86-411-8255-1686

Golden Arrow
1st Floor, Mansion 3
231 Nog, Lv Di Avenue
Huaqiao Intl. Business Park
Jiang Su Province 215332
PR China


International Education Services
48 Derwent Rise
MK45 1QS
United Kingdom

T: +44 7785 574039

JJL Overseas Education Consulting & Service Co. Ltd
5th Floor, Mi Yang Tower
Yong An Dong Li
Jianguomenwai Avenue
Beijing 100022


Additional offices in: Tianjin, Jinan, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Taiyuan, Tangshan, Lanzhou, Hohhot, Shijiazhuang, Shenyang, Dalian, Xi’an, Harbin, Changchun, Shanghai, Wuhan, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Kunming, Hefei, Changsha, Suzhou, and Xiamen.

Power Academy Co., Ltd (part of OxBridge Holdings, Inc.)
Suite 802
Block A Ziguang Development Tower
No.11 Huixin Dongjie
Chaoyang District
China 100029

T: +86-10-5979-9010

Additional offices are in: Shanghai, Chengdu and Xi’an.

UKEC China Headquarters
2402-2403, Tower B, Jinsha Winera Plaza
No. 1 Shujin Road, Qingyang District
Chengdu City, Sichuan Province

T: +86-(28)-6133-3945

Additional offices are in: Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Chongqing, Changsha, and Harbin.

Country visits

Representatives from Cranfield regularly visit China. We attend education exhibitions, visit universities and talk to prospective students and their families.

Events in China Cranfield representatives will be visiting in 2017:

March 2017

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.