International students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to Cranfield University can progress through Kaplan International College (KIC) London. Any student that completes KIC London's Pre-Master's to the required level with good attendance can progress to Cranfield University to start their postgraduate studies. There is also a Pre-Doctorate course available for prospective students.

Key benefits of choosing KIC London include:

  • Small and personalised teaching – KIC London takes pride in keeping class sizes small and providing students with personal learning support;
  • A proven track record – KIC London has been preparing international students for UK university degrees since 2008;
  • Central location – KIC London is based in the heart of the UK's capital city, within easy reach of student accommodation and a wealth of cultural attractions.
Visit the Kaplan International College London website for more information.

Why KIC London?

KIC London offers preparation programmes for those who do not meet our direct entry requirements. Students who study the Pre-Master's, specialising in either Business, Science or Engineering, can then progress directly to Cranfield. KIC London con offer you additional English language and academic skills preparation as part of your Pre-Master’s. On completion of the course to the required grade and conditions stipulated in your offer letter, you are guaranteed progression to Cranfield University.

Kaplan Pre-Master's courses

The Pre-Master’s course is for international students who wish to study one of Cranfield's Masters courses but require some additional support to meet the required standard.

Upon successful completion of the Pre-Master’s course to the required level, students are guaranteed entry to a postgraduate master’s degree at Cranfield University.

Available to students who wish to specialise in a wide range of subjects including Business, Science and Engineering. KIC London provides additional academic support to students before they start their Master's degree. Two pathways are offered:

The Pre-Master’s comprises three key elements:

  • core academic skills modules,
  • subject modules,
  • English for academic study.

The academic entry requirements to enter a Pre-Master’s course is an undergraduate degree or equivalent, with specific grades required varying from college to college

Kaplan Pre-Doctoral course

The Pre-Doctorate course provides specialist modules that equip international students with a broad set of academic and research skills needed for a doctoral degree at Cranfield University. It is taught at KIC London.

Students on the Pre-Doctorate not only develop transferable skills and language abilities; they also benefit from Kaplan’s expert academic counselling. This will help them decide on the doctoral degree area at Cranfield University that is right for their needs.

Doctoral-level students are guaranteed an interview with the University where research areas match, upon which they may be offered a place of study.

How to apply

Students are taught in small classes and benefit from being part of a culturally diverse community. They are also assigned a Learning Support Tutor to assist with all of their learning needs, and who will help them adjust to the demands of the British education system.

It is easy to apply to study at KIC London. Simply fill out the Online Application Form.

Unlike other colleges, there is no application deadline and intakes are available throughout the year, so you can choose to study your course at a time that is convenient for you. Also, there is no charge for applying directly to KIC London and the process is fast. Once Kaplan receives the completed application form they will make an admissions decision within just two working days.

Support before and when you arrive

Kaplan will provide you with useful pre-arrival information to help you get ready for your studies even before you arrive. In addition, KIC London has a dedicated Student Services team, which can pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your accommodation. The team also offers a whole range of support services during your Pre-Master’s course.


Students can choose from a variety of accommodation options that offer excellent value for money. KIC London’s student accommodations are located a short distance from the College and give students the chance to explore the rich culture and history of London.

Find out more about student accommodation at KIC London.