We have the same minimum entry requirements for most of our taught and research programmes. Here we explain those requirements and the range of assistance available to help you meet them.

Some courses may have additional entry requirements, so please check the specific course you are interested in before submitting your application. If you are an international student you may need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency when you receive an offer to study with us.

Minimum entry requirements

  • A UK first or second class honours degree in a relevant subject area; or
  • An equivalent international qualification (find out whether your qualification meets our requirements by visiting our International Student page); or
  • Relevant work experience in combination with a degree below second class honours.

If you do not meet our formal entry requirements, but still feel you can demonstrate the ability to complete the course successfully, you may still be accepted onto a course. Each application will be considered on its merits.

English language requirements

If you are an international student you will need to provide a satisfactory English test result that meets the requirements for the course you have applied for. Some courses require a higher test score, please check the course page for details. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

I'm having trouble accessing English tests such as IELTS, what can I do?

We understand many of you are experiencing difficulties taking IELTS or other Secure English Language Tests (SELTs). We are now also able to accept the English tests listed below - some of these are available online. We may also require you to undertake an informal online interview with a member of Cranfield staff to validate your test score.

  • IELTS Indicator and individual interview*
    Requirements are the same as standard IELTS test scores, please check the course page for requirements. 
  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition 
    Minimum score of 92.
    Some courses may require a higher test score, please check the course page for details.
  • Linguaskill (Cambridge Assessment) 
    Minimum average score of 180 (for courses that require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall).
    Minimum average score of 190 (for courses that require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall).
  • LanguageCert 
    B2 Communicator with a ‘High Pass’ (for courses that require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall).
    C1 Expert with a ‘Pass’ (for courses that require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or a score of 7.0 overall).

*Interview may be omitted in some cases following review of scores.

What can I do if I don't meet the English language requirement for my chosen course?

If you have taken a test but not reached the required score you may be able to attend one of our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses: 

Security clearance

Some Cranfield University courses are delivered at the UK Defence Academy in Shrivenham, which is a Ministry of Defence (MoD) site. All applicants to courses that are wholly or partially delivered at Shrivenham must complete the UK Government’s Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) prior to registration, or must already hold a security clearance to this level or higher.

Your application and BPSS clearance application will be shared during the application process with the MoD, which has ultimate discretion over admission to the Shrivenham site. This information will be returned by the MoD to Cranfield University after checks are completed and copies will not be retained by the MoD. BPSS checks may involve confirmation of the following:

  • Identity (such as photo ID),
  • Nationality and immigration status,
  • Employment/academic history (covering the past three years),
  • Criminal record (unspent convictions only).

Additionally, applicants are required to give a reasonable account of any significant periods of time spent abroad (six months or more in the past three years).

This may be revised from time to time dependent on national security requirements. For more details, please consult the BPSS guidance. It will take additional time to process your BPSS clearance application once you have completed your course application.

If you are not able access the Shrivenham site because of a failure to meet security clearance requirements will result in a withdrawal of your offer, or, if already registered, a termination of registration.

Degree preparation at Kaplan International College London

International students who do not meet the direct entry requirements may qualify for degree preparation with Kaplan International College, London.

Pre-Master's - successful completion of a Pre-Master's pathway guarantees your acceptance onto your chosen master's course.

Pre-Doctorate - provides specialist modules that equip students with a broad set of academic and research skills needed for a doctoral degree.