This specialist course can be used as a stepping-stone to an exciting career in engineering and will prepare you if you do not meet the pre-requisite entry requirements for many of our MSc courses. It is an intensive, full-time course delivered through a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and design exercises, over 10 months.

At a glance

  • Start dateOctober
  • Duration10 months
  • DeliveryTaught modules (70%), Individual research project (30%)
  • QualificationPre-master's
  • Study typeFull-time

Who is it for?

  • Those who wish to take their career in a new direction and advance their skills in engineering
  • Professionals who have been out of education for some time and wish to get back into the study routine before commencing an MSc programme
  • Graduates with an undergraduate degree in engineering, physics or mathematics that do not meet our standard entry requirements
  • Holders of a UK Ordinary/Pass degree (or equivalent for overseas students) who have industrial experience and cannot be admitted directly
  • Overseas students wishing to enhance their technical English language skills before entering a Cranfield MSc course.

Why this course?

The Pre-Master's in Engineering is designed as a bridging programme with the following objectives:

  • To enable direct admission to selected engineering Masters degree courses from Cranfield University
  • To learn the personal and professional skills needed both for masters-level study and in future career development
  • To refresh and enhance the understanding of engineering related science and mathematics skills
  • To understand the methodologies, philosophies and tools used within industry and provide valuable experience of working on open-ended projects.

This course can be used for entry into the following MSc courses:

Your teaching team

You will be taught by staff with many years of academic and industrial experience from across Cranfield University.

Course details

The modules cover many aspects of general engineering applications.

The Pre-Masters Course in Engineering is an intensive, full-time course delivered through a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and design exercises.

Individual project

The individual project is comprised of design exercises or a research project related to the chosen MSc course. It aims to enhance research methodology as well as develop engineering knowledge in your chosen field. Project topics are usually chosen in collaboration with the MSc Course Director.


Taught modules (70%), Individual research project (30%)

University Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the core modules and some optional modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2016–2017. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Core modules

Mechanical Design

Module Leader

    To introduce the students to the design process for mechanical systems and components.


    Power transmission systems

    • Shafts – power transmitted, torque speed shaft size relations, whirling, bearing support and lateral damping, torsional natural frequencies and damping, design examples based on helicopter tail rotor transmissions, shaft couplings – types- simple and constant speed – limitations
    • Friction belt/chain transmission systems – flat belts, vee belts, chain transmission kinematics – applications in aircraft and helicopters
    • Gears and geared systems – kinematic requirements for tooth form geometries, Sang’s theorem, cycloidal and involute tooth forms, and contact stresses, Helical gears and effects on contact ratios, special tooth forms – circular arc gears, spur bevel, spiral bevel, worm and hypoid gears, simplified methods for gear size estimation, types of gear train systems – Spur, helical, double helical, simple and compound, epicyclic and various inversions calculation of overall ratios, ‘star’ gearing, examples of applications, advantages/disadvantages, power losses and the effects of oil system heating in geared systems.


    • Elastohydrodynamic lubrication principles - liquids for lubrication
    • Bearings and types and applications - rolling element types ball, roller, taper roller, angular contact
    • The effect of preloading to control contact deflection
    • Lubricated journal bearings
    • Mitchell thrust bearing
    • Application of the Navier Stokes equation to lubricated sleeve bearings
    • Sommerfeld and Ocvirk solutions
    • Journal bearing as a mass spring system
    • Use a damping medium in shaft vibration problems
    • Examples of the use of ESDU Data sheets in tribology in transmission systems.

    Thermal power applications

    • Basic thermal laws
    • Application to the heating and cooling of systems and components in aircraft systems – cabin, and EW systems.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students should have an introductory knowledge of fundamentals of mechanical design , power transmission systems, lubrication principles, and thermal power applications.

Propulsion and Power

Module Leader
  • Professor Pericles Pilidis

    To provide an introductory understanding of the basic principles underpinning the operation of the gas turbine engine. This includes a familiarisation of engines for aircraft and industrial applications and major issues associated with both..



    • The T-S diagram, basic thermodynamics
    • Ideal gas turbine cycles
    • Isentropic flow in a duct of varying cross-sectional area
    • Compressors
    • Combustor and turbine efficiencies
    • The real cycle

    Jet Engines

    • Thrust equation
    • Specific fuel consumption
    • Nozzle exist conditions
    • Reheat 
    • Turbojets 
    • Turbofans
    • Low specific thrust engines

    Industrial Gas Turbines

    • Simple cycle
    • Cycles with reheat
    • Intercooling and heat exchangers
    • Combined cycle gas turbines

    Engine Selection

    • Specific fuel consumptions
    • Specific thrust/power diagram 
    • Analysis for different bypass ratios

    Gas Turbines Design

    • Description of different gas turbine engine models and their fitness for the mission at hand.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students will be able to:

  • Recognise the different types of gas turbines
  • Appreciate the selection of equipment for different applications
  • Be able to carry out thrust, power and efficiency calculations
  • Understand the basic operation and function of the components.

Aeronautical Engineering

Module Leader

    To provide an introduction to the whole field of aeronautical engineering, to set the context of the industry to which students will belong.

    • Civil aircraft types
    • Military aircraft types
    • Types of freighters and helicopters
    • Types of guided missiles
    • The design and production process
    • Structure principles
    • Propulsion  systems
    • Mechanical systems
    • Flying controls
    • Avionics
    • Formulation of requirements
    • Derivation of specification
    • Interpretation of specification into project design
    • Analysis of design solution.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students will be able to:

  • Have some knowledge of all facets of the aeronautical industry
  • Understand the reasons which lead to the choice of configurations of civil and military aircraft, helicopters and guided weapons
  • Be familiar with the layout of aircraft structural systems and components
  • Be able to make simple calculations as part of an aircraft conceptual design process.

Basic Aerodynamics

Module Leader

    To provide non-specialists with a basic knowledge of fluid properties and characteristics and their interaction with exposed bodies, leading to a basic understanding of aerodynamic principles across a wide range of engineering fields.


    Fluid Properties and Basic Flow Equations

    • Definition and examples of a fluid, liquids and gases, pressure, density, temperature, gas laws, energy, momentum, thermodynamic properties, flow conservation equations, viscosity, Reynolds number, compressibility, Mach number
    • Hydrostatic equation, Bernoulli’s equation. Static, dynamic and total pressure
    • The Pitot-static tube

    Aerodynamic Analysis 

    • Importance of the non-dimensional form versus dimensional data. 
    • Geometric terms relating to aerofoil and other immersed bodies (streamlined versus bluff)
    • Characteristic area, speed, density
    • Aerodynamic pressure distributions - dimensional and nondimensional - leading to force and moments coefficients W.R.T incidence 
    • Reynolds number, typical low speed aerofoil and bluff body characteristics - pressure distribution - the six components, emphasizing lift, drag and pitching moment

    Viscosity and the Boundary Layer

    • Boundary layer concept and structure
    • Laminar and turbulent flow and transition
    • Growth of boundary layer on a flat plate
    • Shear stress and skin friction
    • Boundary layer thickness (displacement, momentum), Reynolds number dependence
    • Body profile dependencies
    • Effects on pressure distribution and rorces produced
    • Components of Drag


    • Axes, controls, force and moment components
    • Vortex flow and aerofoil circulation
    • Vortex structure
    • Vorticity and circulation 
    • Aerofoil starting vortex
    • Aerofoil circulation and lift
    • The link between viscosity, vorticity and circulation
    • Low speed 3D wings, span and aspect ratio effects, spanwise loading, vortex models
    • Drag components and characteristics
    • Wing stall and stall control - high lift devices - types and how they function - effects on lift, drag and pitching moment with incidence

    Low Aspect Ratio wings

    • Comparison with medium/high aspect ratio wings - example of uses and essential characteristics
    • Compressibility and isentropic flow relationships, compressible form of Bernoulli’s equation
    • Effects on flow development and lifting surface characteristics
    • Transonic Flow Characteristics
    • Transonic flow regime
    • Drag divergence and Critical Mach number
    • Shock wave development on 2D aerofoil. Linearised similarity rules, leading to the basis of supercritical wing design
    • The Supersonic flow and onwards

    Modelling Methods

    • Simple ‘everyday’ methods/approximations
    • Wind tunnel, 2nd Generation models and CFD Modelling


    • Comparison with Autogyro
    • Aerodynamic characteristics at zero & forward speed
    • Design features to manage rotational domain with forward speed
    • Governing equation for hover and forward movement
    • Examples of solutions - rotor types, tandem rotors, etc
    • Alternative solutions (tilting wing, jet/fan lift etc) and their efficacy

    Ground Vehicles

    • Cars, lorries, etc
    • Significance of aerodynamic effects with speed, drag development and relative importance - example data. Cross wind - vortex loading effects


    • Buildings, Bridges, Wind Turbines, Environmental Systems. Importance - example case history
    • Typical building/bridges’ loading data
    • Pipe & duct flow characteristics
    • Wind turbines - relationship to swept area and wind speed, available power, practical constraints


    • Gliders, hang gliders, parachutes, birds, boats, ships, hovercraft etc
    • Open forum for Questions and Answers.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students will be able to:

  • Comprehend the fundamental nature of fluids including the distinction between liquids and gases
  • Have an appreciation of aerodynamic properties & how these are handled in combination, when characterising a flowfield and the mutual effects between the flow and immersed bodies.

Engineering Stress Analysis

Module Leader
  • Liu, Dr Wenli W.

    To introduce students to the techniques of detail stressing as practiced in the aerospace industry and to develop a professional approach to the execution and presentation of airframe stress analysis.

    • Introduction: Function of the stress office
    • JAR’s and MOD requirements
    • Concepts of limit, proof and ultimate conditions
    • Material strength definitions
    • Equilibrium of plane components
    • Reserve factor
    • Bolted joints, principles of design and classification
    • Three dimensional equilibrium, loads within bracket systems
    • Combination of shear and tension on bolted attachments
    • Strength prediction for riveted joints, application to cleats
    • Joints with offset load, elastic load distribution, effects of yielding
    • Strength of lugs, bearing, tension and shear-out
    • Effects of pin bending
    • Lug combinations
    • Review of beam theory
    • Construction of shear force and bending moment diagrams, determination of maxima and minima
    • Point and distributed loading
    • Review of Engineer’s Theory for prediction of bending stress
    • Second moment of area, parallel axes theorem
    • Application to club foot fittings and stress pads
    • Shear and torsion of thin-walled sections
    • Complementary shear stress
    • Derivation of shear flow
    • Strength of attachments in fabricated sections
    • Stress resolution, principle stress, and maximum shear stress
    • Application to combined bending and shear stresses in beams, combined bending and torsion of shafts
    • Buckling of struts, use of data sheets
    • Consideration of control push rods
    • Effects of eccentricity and lateral loading
    • Local instability of thin sheet, effective width.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students will be able to:

  • Determine the load path through a component or sub-assembly of components
  • Define Limit, Proof and Ultimate load cases and apply the appropriate civil or military factors of safety
  • Select critical conditions and conduct detail-stressing work to establish Reserve Factors, making use of appropriate analytical and empirical techniques as practiced in the aerospace industry
  • Produce the work in a clear and concise form and summarise in a form suitable for Aircraft Certification.

An Introduction to Engineering Materials and Failure Analysis

Module Leader
  • Dr David Ayre
    • Enable the students to understand the basic structure of engineering materials and how the structure determines the properties of the materials and the applications for which the material is selected
    • To provide an understanding of the theories of fatigue and fracture mechanics, and show how those concepts are applied to the design and testing of aircraft structures.

    An introduction to materials: Classification of materials; atomic structure and interatomic bonding; structure of crystalline solids; mechanical properties of materials; processing of metals, ceramics and polymers

    Material properties and selection: Selection principles; classes of material properties; design limiting properties

    Failure modes and deformation: Yield criteria

    Fatigue analysis: S-N curve approach; mean stress and notch effects; Miner’s cumulative damage rule

    Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM): Concepts of stress intensity factor, fracture toughness and fracture criteria, residual strength calculation; prediction of fatigue crack growth using the empirical laws.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of material structures on a micro and macro scale and be able to relate microstructure to mechanical performance
  • Understand the range of properties which may affect the selection of a material for a particular engineering item
  • Have a broad knowledge of how the chemical composition and microstructure influence mechanical properties
  • Be aware of composite material failure modes and the cause of these failures, and the threats of different failures to structural design
  • Be aware of the importance of design against fatigue, especially for the aircraft structures
  • Command the basic knowledge of Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics; Know how to use the theory of LEFM to estimate residual strength and crack propagation life of a structure.

Mathematics I and II

Module Leader

    To revise and enhance the students’ mathematical understanding, confidence and skills, as relevant in the fields of their proposed MSc courses and engineering in general.


    Mathematics I

    The students will have met much of the material in this module as part of their undergraduate study. The module will therefore give them an opportunity to revise previous skills and then to expand their knowledge of the topics to a greater degree.

    • Matrices Elementary matrix algebra, transpose and inverse, application to solution of systems of linear equations. Iterative methods of solution.
    • Revision of Differential and Integral Calculus
    • Complex Numbers Complex arithmetic, the Argand diagram and simple locus problems, De Moivre’s theorem, roots of complex numbers
    • Standard Elementary Functions Elementary Taylor and Maclaurin series, ideas of limits and convergence, curve sketching
    • Polynomials and Polynomial Equations Basic properties of polynomials, relationships between coefficients and roots, Newton-Raphson method for numerical solution of non-linear equations, polynomial interpolation, curve fitting (least squares method)
    • First Order Differential Equations Separable, homogeneous, exact and linear types. Basic numerical methods of solution

    Mathematics II

    Previous knowledge of the topics in this module is not expected.

    • Second Order Linear Differential Equations with constant coefficients
    • Laplace transforms Transforms of elementary functions and derivatives, use in solving differential equations. Convolution theorem and its applications
    • Further Matrices Determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors and some applications
    • Functions of Two or More Variables partial derivatives, the chain rule, stationary values, double integrals - evaluation, change of variables, Jacobians
    • Elementary Theory of Fourier Series
Intended learning outcomes

Mathematics I: At the end of the course the student should:

  • Have sound algebraic skills and be familiar with the standard elementary functions
  • Appreciate the concepts of convergence and error and the importance of checking the validity of any approximations used in calculation. Be able to find and correctly use the series representations of functions
  • Understand the concepts and applications of the differential and integral calculus and be able to use the various processes involved correctly and confidently
  • Be used to recognising complex numbers in the various different forms; be able to manipulate them and understand something of their use in solving problems involving real variables
  • Be able to solve certain first order differential equations and appreciate different methods for obtaining the solutions. Be aware of problems in which the mathematical modelling leads to a differential equation
  • Appreciate the use of matrices to represent data and systems of linear simultaneous equations. Be able to use matrix algebra correctly and the various methods for solving these equations. Be starting to appreciate the concept of linear dependence and independence and its implications for the solutions of equations.

Mathematics II: At the end of the course the student should:

  • Understand the concepts of differentiation and integration as applied to functions of several variables and situation which require these processes. Be able to estimate errors resulting from tolerancing, find stationary values of these functions and implement changes of variables
  • Understand the concept of an eigenvector. Be able to use analytic techniques to find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a matrix in simple cases and use them to solve certain problems
  • Be familiar with elementary Laplace transforms as one case of an integral transform. Be able to solve certain second order differential equations and integral equations
  • Understand the idea of expressing a periodic function as an infinite trigonometric series, in particular a Fourier series and know how to achieve this.

Computing Aided Design (CATIA)

Module Leader

    To give students an understanding of Computer Aided Design, how it is used in the design process and to give students ‘hands on’ experience using a leading CAD/CAM/CAE system.


    Introduction to CAD

    • What is CAD?: introduction to the main tools and techniques of CAD. Different types of CAD models and how they are created
    • Advanced CAD tools: surface and solid modelling techniques and new developments in CAD. Maximising the value of CAD models by integrating with other CAE tools
    • Integrated Product Development: introduction to some of the broader issues associated with successfully implementing CAD/CAM/CAE in industry

    Introduction to CATIA

    • CATIA Functionality: introduction to the CATIA user interface and CATIA essential concepts
    • Hands on workshop sessions: practical sessions introducing CATIA and covering the following modelling areas: 2D and 3D wireframe modelling, surface and solid modelling, producing engineering drawings
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students will be able to:

  • Understand what computer aided design is and its role in the design process
  • Have an appreciation of other computer aided engineering tools and how they can be integrated with CAD
  • Understand the different techniques which can be used to create CAD models and be able to select the appropriate modelling technique for a given product
  • Have an appreciation of how cad is implemented in industry
  • Use CATIA to create simple wireframe, surface and solid models, as well produce engineering drawings.

Computing Course

Module Leader
  • Madani, Dr Irfan K.M.I.

    To give the student an understanding of the range of calculation and programming methods available, the ability to choose a suitable one for any particular problem (with an emphasis on engineering applications), to solve problems in two languages and of the importance of documenting programs.

    • Introduction / Selection of appropriate tools: Different range of solution methods for computational problems including for example; a calculator, Excel spreadsheets, Excel with VBA, Matlab, 3rd generation languages (e.g. Fortran), object oriented languages, 4th generation languages. Choosing between solution methods for a particular problem
    • General programming principles: Formulating a problem into a logical structure suitable for solving programmatically; logic flow in programs; variables; the importance of loops; programming algorithms. Structure and design of programs
    • Visual Basic and Visual Basic for Applications: Layout rules; simple program structure; variables; input/ouput; loops; conditionals; error checking and processing; dialog boxes; dialogs. VBA will mainly be taught linked to Excel for calculations
    • Matlab: Introduction; matlab toolboxes; environment; layout rules; simple program structure; variables; input/output; interactive tools; computation; visualising data; analysing data. Particular reference will be made to the various intrinsic functions built into Matlab to make calculations simpler
    • Documentation: User documentation; program documentation [To be taught in conjunction with VBA and Matlab sections]
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students will be able to:

  • Choose an appropriate method of solving a particular computational problem
  • Apply programming algorithmic principles which will be applicable to programs written in any language
  • Apply good programming structure applicable to programs written in any language
  • Use Visual Basic for Applications such that he or she is then able to write programs to perform suitable calculations
  • Use Matlab such that he or she is then able to work interactively or write programs to perform suitable calculation, analysis or visualisation tasks
  • Produce good detailed documentation accompanying any program.


Module Leader

    To provide an introduction to the whole field of aeronautical engineering, to set the context of the industry to which students will belong.


    Universal Laws

    • Energy conservation
    • Momentum conservation
    • Mass Flow Continuity
    • Entropy


    • Distinction between compressible and incompressible flows
    • Equation of state for gases
    • Speed of sound and definitions of Mach number and Reynold’s number

    Generalised Compressible Flows

    • Qualitative treatment of flows with area change, friction and heat or work transfer

    Specific One Dimensional Compressible Flow 

    • The energy equation; adiabatic stagnation temperature
    • Stagnation and static pressure
    • Pressure ratio as a function of Mach number for isentropic flow
    • Critical pressure ratio and choking
    • Mass flow continuity and swallowing capacity, use of compressible flow tables and charts
    • Steady adiabatic flow in parallel ducts with friction, the Fanno line
    • Steady frictionless flow in parallel ducts with heat addition, the Rayleigh line

    Boundary Layers

    • Physical description of shear flows at surfaces
    • Boundary layer thicknesses, flow development for laminar and turbulant cases, transition
    • Flow development over flat plates and in ducts
    • Measurement of surface friction

    Specific One Dimensional Incompressible Flows 

    • Special form of the Energy Equation, Bernoulli’s Equation and measurement of stagnation and static pressure 
    • Measurement of velocity
    • Estimation of pressure loss due to friction in incompressible flows, the Moody diagram with effects of Reynold’s number and surface roughness

    Tutorial Exercises

    • All sections of the course will be illustrated with worked examples chosen to reflect the general technology interests of the student body as a whole
    • Additional tutorial exercises will be set for students to undertake on their own
    • These will not be assessed formally, but worked solutions will subsequently be supplied on request
    • The latter examples will be of specialist type to reflect the “intended” interests of the individual student or group of students
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the students should have an introductory knowledge of fundamentals of thermofluids universal laws, equation of state for gases, specific One dimensional compressible flow, friction and heat or work transfer and boundary layers.

Academic English Language

Module Leader

    The primary aim of the course is to prepare students for the demands of academic study in the UK by improving their ability and confidence in listening, pronunciation, reading, speaking, vocabulary and writing.



    • Introduction to lectures
    • Identifying key ideas
    • Supporting evidence, and reasons
    • Note taking
    • Distinguishing fact from opinion
    • Identifying register, non-linguistic clues and language of persuasion


    • IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet)
    • Vowel sounds
    • Consonant sounds
    • Diphthongs
    • Connected speech


    • Reading strategies (including scanning, skimming, critical reading)
    • Intensive/extensive reading
    • Identifying main points
    • Text mapping
    • Extra-textual information
    • Recalling a text
    • Identifying register and style
    • Identifying the intention/purpose of a text
    • Interpreting information from charts and graphs
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this study the student should be able to show improvement in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing which will enable them to participate in their academic courses of study much more effectively. In particular they will show improvement in:

  • Listening to lectures, distinguishing between main points and supporting points and taking relevant notes
  • Acquiring an extensive academic vocabulary using tools such as corpora, concordances and the AWL Highlighter.

Research Methods

Module Leader
  • Dr Jim Nixon

    To facilitate the use of basic research methods techniques and fundamentals of statistical analysis.


    Research Methods

    • Qualitative interviewing - approaches, structure, basic qualitative analysis
    • Questionnaire design - including content, phrasing, response formats
    • Survey administration - self completion, interviewer administered, practical considerations
    • Introduction to experimental design - basic designs, maximising experimental variance, experimental control, and minimising error variance
    • Reliability and validity - fundamental to psychological measurements
    • Sampling - including probability and non-probability methods.


    • Descriptive statistics – central tendency and dispersion; levels of measurement
    • Distributions – sampling distributions, sample distribution, normal distribution; Z scores
    • Probability and confidence - Type I and Type II errors; confidence intervals and limits
    • The principles of statistical tests - the power of statistical tests;
    • Parametric statistics - the independent and related t-tests
    • Analysis of variance - partitioning variance; one way and two way independent and repeated ANOVA, mixed and random models
    • Simple correlation
    • Simple and basic multiple regression.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Appraise and select various research methods and statistical techniques in application to different research needs
  • Critically evaluate research from any methodological domain in terms of its suitability and effectiveness
  • Formulate and demonstrate practical application of research methods in the theoretical design of a study
  • Propose and apply analysis and interpretation skills appropriately to a substantial dataset.

Fees and funding

European Union students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year and the 2018 to 2019 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (21 April 2017).

Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.

Pre-master's Full-time £7,500

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

For further information regarding tuition fees, please refer to our fee notes.

Pre-master's Full-time £15,000

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A deposit may be payable, depending on your course.
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

For further information regarding tuition fees, please refer to our fee notes.

Entry requirements

Candidates will be individually considered and may be required to undertake this course as a condition of entry onto an eligible MSc programme.

Typical prerequisites include an ordinary degree or HND (with 3 years’ experience) in engineering and physical science disciplines. Previous experience, aptitude and level of academic achievement will be assessed.

Students must have familiarity with elementary mathematical functions (polynomial, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic for example), a sound working knowledge of algebra, and understanding and competence in basic calculus (differentiation and integration). A basic knowledge of the application of mass, force and moments as well as a fundamental understanding of SI units are required for stress analysis.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. 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

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).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

Your career

Engineers work in a dynamic environment where new technologies, methodologies and processes are being developed. The Pre-Master's in Engineering course covers many aspects of general engineering fields including aerospace, automotive and offshore.

After successfully completing this course, you will meet the entry requirements for several of our postgraduate programmes.


Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at this time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.

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