In celebration of the £7.2m investment in the Forensic Programme at the Cranfield campus in 2020, Cranfield University are awarding six scholarships to attract the most talented postgraduate students to study for one of our world-leading full-time MSc degrees. Each scholarship awards £10,000 towards the International Tuition Fee for 2021/22 entry. 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 European Partnership Programme applicants are not eligible for this award.

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

Successful applicants will be announced by 30 June 2021 and will be expected to act as Programme Representatives, which will mean contributions for content and social media on their Student Experience following this award.

At a glance

  • Funding value£10,000 toward tuition fees
  • Suitable for Applicants fromEU, Rest of World
  • Deadline28 May 2021
  • Funding provider(s)Cranfield Forensic Institute

What it covers

£10,000 toward tuition fees for International students.

Who can apply

Applications are open to full-time International students who have applied and received an offer from Cranfield University to study on an applicable Forensics course for the intake starting October 2021 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 2021 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 International course fee of £10,000.

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 six students will be awarded the CFI 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.

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 a lot more about what courses are offered our website.

How does Cranfield's 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 are 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?

As you will have accepted your place on the Forensic Master's Programme, you will still have your place on your chosen course regardless of not receiving the scholarship. For further funding information please visit:

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 in PDF format to be submitted on the website by the deadline of midnight on the Friday 28 May 2021.

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 title 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 video conference during June 2021. The panel evaluate the performance of the candidate and make the final decision. Successful applicants shall be informed by 30 June 2021 of the award. 

When do I hear from you following submission?

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

Can I email my submission?

The webform is the only means of submission. 

Can I ask more 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 2021 Excellence Scholarship should be made online by Friday 28 May 2021, midnight. The online form is the only means of submission and you must submit a Justification for Support statement of about 2500 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 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 2021. Successful applicants shall be informed by 30 June 2021 of the award. The decision of the panel is final.