In celebration of the £7.2m investment in the Cranfield Forensic Institute at the Cranfield campus, Cranfield University are awarding two scholarships to attract the most talented international postgraduate students to study for an MSc degree on our world-leading Counterterrorism Programme. Each scholarship awards £8,000 towards the International Tuition Fee for 2023/24 entry. Awards are made for a maximum duration of one calendar year for full time study.


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Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, the equivalent of a UK First Class Honours or 2:1 degree in a relevant subject area. Please note Erasmus funded students are not eligible for this scholarship.

The two scholarships will be competitively awarded according to academic ability and leadership potential within the field of Counterterrorism.

Successful applicants will be announced by 30th June 2023 and will be expected to act as Ambassadors for the Counterterrorism Programme which will include contributions such as social media blogs on their Student Experience, open days, marketing activities at conferences and becoming an active alum that engages with the University and prospective students following this award.

At a glance

  • Funding value£8,000 toward tuition fees
  • Suitable for Applicants fromEU, Rest of World
  • Deadline26 May 2023
  • Funding provider(s)Cranfield Forensic Institute

What it covers

The £8,000 scholarship goes towards an MSc in Counterterrorism tuition fee.

Who can apply

Offer holders who have applied and received an offer from Cranfield University to study on an applicable Counterterrorism course for the intake starting October 2023.

Further information

Further information

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the CFI 2023 International Excellence Scholarship cover all my financial needs?

The CFI scholarship funding does not cover all the costs needed to study in Cranfield, only a contribution to the International course fee of £8,000.

Are there any other scholarships or bursaries for the Counterterrorism Master’s Programme?

The Funding Team of Cranfield University has information on the following page:

Does everyone on the Counterterrorism Programme have a scholarship?

Not every student on the Counterterrorism Master’s Programme receives a scholarship. Only two students will be awarded the CFI International Excellence Scholarship.

I have a study offer from Cranfield University; can I apply?

You need to hold an offer of study in one of the eligible courses in the Counterterrorism Programme and have accepted your offer.

What is the Cranfield Counterterrorism Master’s Programme?

The Counterterrorism Master’s Programme is a modular programme which includes our two themed MSc courses. We have alumni in senior positions in all parts of the world. You can find out a lot more about what counterterrorism courses are offered on our website.

How does Cranfield Counterterrorism Programme compare with other UK Counterterrorism courses?

Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) has a long history of providing the next generation of experts in the field, and alumni have gone on to work around the world for a multitude of public, private and government services. We also have recently invested £7.2 Million in extensive expertise and exceptional facilities in a wide range of forensic sciences and counterterrorism specialities. Our education and research is unsurpassed.

Cranfield’s Counterterrorism programme is the first of its kind in the UK, offering a rare combination of subjects and a unique location of studies. CFI was established as the home for the many forensic-related disciplines already active at Cranfield University, such as ballistics, explosives, materials science, engineering failures and forensic computing. CFI is a world-class teaching department for the many forensic-related disciplines at Cranfield University, such as archaeology, ballistics, engineering failures, explosives, and materials science. Our superb facilities and excellent industry links provide students with highly desired standards of education and research, making CFI unique within the postgraduate education sector. Our unique relationship with the UK Ministry of Defence also allows access to a range of facilities at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, not found in any comparable academic institution.

What happens if I do not receive the scholarship?

Many students have completed a Counterterrorism Master’s Programme degree and have gone on to build a successful career

How do I apply?

Firstly, you need to hold an offer of study in one of the eligible courses and have accepted your offered.  We then ask for a separate Justification for Support document of about 2500 words to be submitted on the website by the deadline of midnight on the Friday 26th  May 2023.

What do you look for in the submission?

Beyond having top academic achievement, we are looking for evidence of potential excellence within the field of Counterterrorism. We want to understand your vision of the future. We look for justification on how your chosen study route will help you achieve your future plans and career. Most importantly, we want you to demonstrate your communication ability. The Justification for Support should not be a tick box set of answers. We are looking for an expression of personality and why you would excel on the Counterterrorism Master’s Programme, and why Cranfield is your first choice of university to study the particular counterterrorism MSc title you have applied for.

How is the selection done?

After the submission deadline, we shall have a shortlist evaluation.  For the people who pass the shortlist stage, they will be invited to a telephone or Skype interview in June. The panel evaluate the performance of the candidate and make the final decision.

When do I hear from you after the submission?

An acknowledgement shall be sent once you apply. We shall then get in touch after the competition closes.

Can I email my submission?

The webform is the only means of submission. 

Can I ask questions?

If you have any questions that have not been answered on this webpage, please contact us at 

How to apply

You should apply for one of the eligible courses. Application links are available on the course pages, which are linked to above. Your online application will form part of our evaluation of your academic achievement. We will send you your 6-digit Student ID once we have received and processed your application form.

Applications for the Cranfield Forensic Institute 2023 International Excellence Scholarship should be made online by Friday 26th May 2023, midnight. The online form is the only means of submission and you must submit a Justification for Support statement of about 2500 words. There is no pre-defined format for the Justification for Support statement, and you are encouraged to prepare this to best reflect your personality. 

The Justification for Support shall be evaluated based on:

  • Academic achievement
  • Evidence of excellence potential
  • Vision of Counterterrorism Future
  • Communication ability

Shortlisted candidates mY be interviewed by telephone or video conference during June 2023. Successful applicants shall be informed by 30th June 2023 of the award. The decision of the panel is final.

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