Cranfield welcomes applications from students from all over the world to join our diverse and dynamic research community.

The latest research opportunities for students are available now across our eight thematic areas. In addition to these funded opportunities, we also welcome applications from prospective students who have a research proposal or idea that they would like to develop. 

A member of staff from the Cranfield Doctoral Network will be happy to discuss your options with you. Our academic staff are internationally recognised leaders in their fields and this allows us to support students from a range of backgrounds and with varied research interests. 

Our programmes are highly competitive and although there are no set application deadlines we recommend applying as early as possible to secure your place. This is particularly important if you also want to apply for on-campus accommodation or need to apply for a visa to study in the UK, as these activities will take additional time after your course offer has been made.

Research students at Cranfield register on three main intakes throughout the academic year.  By registering research students on set intake dates it allows them to be able to feel part of the wider Cranfield Research Community straightaway.  

Research students receive a high quality induction programme, providing information on degree management and the exciting research and networking opportunities available, such as those available through our Doctoral Training Centres.

How to apply for a Cranfield campus course

The following themes are primarily located at the Cranfield campus, and an online application is available for applications related to these.

Cranfield campus application process Once you have submitted your online application we will email you to confirm that we have received it. Within two working days, we will also provide you with a username and password so you can access the student portal, EVE. In EVE you will be able to:

  • view your application and personal details
  • view the progress of your application
  • upload additional documents, if required, in support of your application
  • request changes to your application
  • contact us with any questions you may have about your application
  • update your contact details
  • withdraw your application (prior to receiving a decision)
  • request to be considered for a deferral (if you have received an offer).

To help speed up the application process, please provide your supporting documents (e.g. degree certificate) as soon as possible.

We only require electronic copies of these documents during the application process. Photocopies sent by post will be scanned and uploaded to your electronic record. Please do not send us hard copies of your original documents but keep them to hand as you may need to show them to us at registration when you arrive.

We only require electronic copies of these documents during the application process. Photocopies sent by post will be scanned and uploaded to your electronic record. Please do not send us hard copies of your original documents but keep them to hand as you may need to show them to us at registration when you arrive.

Visiting Students

The University offers opportunities for students registered on an award-bearing course at another institution to  spend time at Cranfield, either undertaking modules and/or research, to make use of our facilities in support of your current studies.

If you are interested in becoming a Visiting Student please contact Admissions to discuss your suitability:

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Defence and Security at Shrivenham -

How to apply for accommodation

Once you have been offered a place on one of our full-time courses based at the Cranfield campus, you will be eligible to apply for accommodation. 

With your course offer you will be sent a login and password for the student web portal (EVE), where you can apply for accommodation online.

Our accommodation is very popular and we strongly recommend that you make your application as soon as you receive your EVE login information.

We will begin to accept accommodation applications for the 2016-17 year from late January, or February 2016.

We offer accommodation in the order the applications are received and they are prioritised as follows:

  • Special consideration for medical reasons**
  • New students
  • Current students

** If you feel your application requires special consideration due to a medical condition, you must make us aware at the time you apply for accommodation. We will ask you to supply a current medical letter from your doctor which explains why your application for on campus accommodation should be prioritised on medical grounds.

Returning to Cranfield

Did you know that if you hold a Cranfield Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma awarded within the last five years, you may be eligible to complete your studies towards a Master of Science degree?

This opportunity is available to all former students on both campuses. If you would like to enhance your existing qualification with us, please contact the Admissions Office and include your former student number in your email so that we can look into your request further.

Accumulating credits through short courses

If you have previously attended one of our credit-bearing short courses and now wish to study towards a higher award with us, it may be possible for you to use the credits you have already gained towards your new award. When you complete your application form, please provide details of the short course(s) you have taken in your Personal Statement and ask for your existing credits to be transferred. Find out more about accumulating credits through short courses.

Admissions feedback, complaints and appeals

Admissions feedback

Applications may be unsuccessful for a number of reasons. Sometimes there are more applications than places on a particular course, or an application may not meet the standard entry requirements.

We don’t routinely provide feedback to applicants on the reasons for our decisions. If you wish to request feedback on an unsuccessful application, please email our Admissions Office (for courses based at Cranfield campus, Bedfordshire) or our Academic Registry, (for Defence and Security courses at Shrivenham).

Complaints and appeals

We are committed to ensuring that all applications are considered fairly and within our defined procedures. Where applicants require sponsorship under the UK’s points-based immigration system, we are subject to external restrictions and requirements, which may affect our offer decision.

We will therefore only consider appeals or complaints in the following circumstances:

  • a) if you believe there has been a significant failure in the admissions procedure, or
  • b) if you believe you have been discriminated against unlawfully.

Cranfield University will not consider complaints or appeals based on any other reason, including where incomplete or inaccurate information has been provided. In line with our data protection policies, we don’t consider any appeals or complaints from anyone on your behalf. We do not share personal information with anyone outside the University, without your express consent.

Appeals or complaints should be made by email to:

  • the Admissions Office for applications made to courses based at Cranfield campus, or
  • the Academic Registry for Defence and Security courses at Shrivenham.

You should receive a response acknowledging your complaint, or appeal, within 10 working days.

The Assistant Registrar or senior colleague will review your complaint or appeal and consult the relevant Head of School, or an appropriate representative. You will receive a full reply to your complaint, or appeal, including a reason for any final decision. This may include more detail about the initial outcome of your application. The outcome of any decision will be the final position of the University. The University will retain a record of your complaint or appeal for monitoring purposes to enable us to regularly review and improve our service.

Terms and Conditions

We provide prospective students with information about our Terms and Conditions as part of the documentation issued when we offer a place on our courses. These Terms and Conditions are published here in full.