In celebration of the £3.5m investment in the Forensic Programme at the Cranfield campus in 2020, Cranfield University are awarding five scholarships to attract the most talented postgraduate students to study for one of our world-leading MSc degrees. Each scholarship awards a full tuition fee waiver to cover the course fee. Awards are made for a maximum duration of one calendar year for full time study. Read more Read less

For further funding opportunities please check the relevant course page or see our Fees and Funding page.

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, the equivalent of a UK first class or 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject area. Please note Erasmus-funded students are not eligible for this award.

The five scholarships will be competitively awarded according to academic ability and leadership potential.

Successful applicants will be announced by 31 May 2020.

At a glance

  • Funding value£10,000 (full fees)
  • Suitable for Applicants fromEU, UK
  • Deadline30 Apr 2020
  • Funding provider(s)Cranfield Forensic Institute

What it covers

£10,000 (full fees) for UK/EU students.

Who can apply

Applications are open to UK and EU (Home) students who have applied and received an offer from Cranfield University to study on an applicable Forensics course for the intake starting October 2020 and have paid a deposit to secure their place.

Further information

Please contact for further information after consulting the below FAQs.

Frequently asked questions

Does the CFI 2020 Excellence Scholarship covers all my financial needs?

The CFI scholarship funding does not cover all the costs needed to study in Cranfield, only the course fee of £10,000.

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

For further funding opportunities please check the relevant course page (linked above) or see our Fees and Funding page.

Does everyone on the Forensic Master’s Programme have a scholarship?

Not every student on the Forensic Master’s Programme receives a scholarship. Only five students will be awarded one.

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

You need to hold an offer of study for one of the eligible courses in the Forensic Programme (listed above) and have accepted your offer and paid the deposit to secure your place before applying for a scholarship.

Will I get a refund of my deposit if my scholarship application is unsuccessful?

The deposit required when you accept your offer of admission is non-refundable.

What is the Cranfield Forensic Master’s Programme?

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

How does Cranfield's Forensic Programme compare with other UK forensic courses?

Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) is a world-class teaching department for the many forensic-related disciplines at the 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 allows access to a range of facilities not found in any comparable academic institution. Students have access to our purpose-built outdoor research forensic fieldwork facility, which has been specifically designed to enable research into animal decomposition, taphonomy and excavation of buried remains. We also have unique microscopy services and facilities, as well as analytical and biomechanics laboratories.

Four of our five MSc courses have been formally accredited by the internationally renowned Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, under the following Component Standards: Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence, Laboratory Analysis and Crime Scene Investigations.

What happens if I do not receive the scholarship?

Your place will still be secured based on the offer and acceptance of your original application. You may want to seek alternative sources of funding. For further funding opportunities please check your course page or see our Fees and Funding page.

How do I apply?

Firstly, you need to hold an offer of study in one of the eligible courses (listed above), have accepted your offer and paid the deposit to secure your place. We then ask for a separate Justification for Support document of about 2,500 words in PDF format to be submitted via the website by the deadline of midnight on the Thursday 30 April 2020.

What do you look for in submissions?

Beyond having top academic achievement, we are looking for evidence of excellence potential. We want to understand your vision of the future. We look for justification on why your study is good for your future plans. 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 Forensic Master’s Programme, and why Cranfield is your first choice of university to study the particular forensic MSc course you have applied for.

What is the selection process?

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

When do I hear from you following submission?

An acknowledgement will be sent to you once you submit an application. We will then get in touch after the final decision.

Can I email my submission?

The online form linked at the bottom of this page is the only means of submission.

What if I have more questions?

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

How to apply

You should firstly submit an application 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 six-digit student ID once we have received and processed your application form.

Applications for the Cranfield Forensic Institute 2020 Excellence Scholarship should be made online by midnight on 30 April 2020. The online form is the only means of submission and you must submit a Justification for Support statement of about 2,500 words in PDF format. 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 statement will be evaluated based on:

  • Academic achievement,
  • Evidence of excellence potential,
  • Vision of forensic future,
  • Communication ability.

Apply now

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by telephone or video conference during May 2020. Successful applicants will be informed by 31 May 2020 of the award. The decision of the panel is final.