In celebration of the recent £7.2m investment in the Forensic Programme at the Cranfield campus, Cranfield University are awarding five scholarships to attract the most talented UK (home fee) postgraduate students to study for an MSc degree on our world-leading Forensic Programme. Each scholarship awards £4,000 towards the Home Tuition Fee for 2022/23 entry. Awards are made for a maximum duration of one calendar year for full time study.

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 Honours or 2:1 degree in a relevant subject area. Please note Erasmus funded students are not eligible for this scholarship.

The five scholarships will be competitively awarded according to academic ability and leadership potential within the field of Forensic Science.

Successful applicants will be announced by 30th June 2022 and will be expected to act as Ambassadors for the Forensic Programme which will include contributions such as social media blogs on their Student Experience, open days, marketing activities at conferences and becoming an active Alumnus that engages with the University and prospective students following this award.

At a glance

  • Funding value£4,000 toward tuition fees
  • Suitable for Applicants fromUK
  • Deadline27 May 2022
  • Funding provider(s)Cranfield Forensic Institute

What it covers

£4,000 toward tuition fees for home fee status students.

Who can apply

Applications are open to full-time Home students who have applied and received an offer from Cranfield University to study on an applicable Forensics course for the intake starting October 2022 and have paid a deposit to secure their place.


Further information

Please contact for further information after consulting the below FAQ's.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does the CFI 2022 UK Excellence Scholarship covers all my financial needs?

The CFI scholarship funding does not cover all the costs needed to study in Cranfield, only a contribution to the course fee of £4,000.

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

The Funding Team of Cranfield University has information on the following 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 the CFI UK 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 Forensic Programme and have accepted your offer and paid the deposit to secure your place.

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 a lot more about what forensic courses are offered on our website.

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

Cranfield University’s recent investment of £7.2 million into the latest forensic equipment, teaching spaces and experienced and industry relevant academic staff means that 2021 will be a new and exciting horizon for the department. 

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

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.

At the new location for CFI on the Cranfield Campus 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 Component Standards; Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence, Laboratory Analysis and Crime Scene Investigations.

What happens if I do not receive the scholarship?

Many students have completed a Forensic 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 and paid the deposit to secure your place.  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 27th May 2022

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 Forensic Science. 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 Forensic Master’s Programme, and why Cranfield is your first choice of university to study the particular forensic 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 video interview in May. 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 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 6 digit Student ID once we have received and processed your application form.

Applications for the Cranfield Forensic Institute 2022 Excellence Scholarship should be made online by Friday 27 May, 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. It is recommended that you draft your Justification of Support statement before commencing the online scholarship application form so you can copy and paste your statement into the form at the appropriate section.

The Justification for Support shall be evaluated based on:

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

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Shortlisted candidates shall be interviewed by telephone or video conference during June 2022. Successful applicants shall be informed by 30 June 2022 of the award. The decision of the panel is final.