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 evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:
- IELTS Academic - 6.5
- TOEFL - 92
- Pearson PTE Academic - 65
- Cambridge English Scale - 180
- Cambridge English: Advanced - C
- Cambridge English: Proficiency - C
In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We may reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low. Some courses may specify higher test scores so please check the details of your course for the English language requirements you will be expected to meet.
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.
Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa will also need to meet the UK Home Office Tier 4 (General) student visa English language requirements . The UK Home Office are not currently accepting TOEFL or TOEIC tests for Tier 4 (General) visa applications. Other restrictions from the UK Home Office may apply from time to time and we will advise applicants of these restrictions where appropriate.
What can I do if I don't meet the English language requirement for my chosen course?
If you have not met the appropriate English language requirement for your course, you could consider one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. They are offered to international students who do not meet the minimum scores as described above.
Working with a team of well-qualified and experienced tutors, we will help you:
- Improve your English language skills to satisfy our entry requirement,
- Develop and improve your knowledge and use of academic English,
- Prepare for the kinds of assignments you will complete on your course,
- Gain the confidence and skills needed to succeed in your academic studies,
- Introduce you to life in the UK and to UK culture.
We offer winter and summer courses each year, with students enjoying a choice of three course lengths, over 20, 10 or five weeks.
The winter programme has been designed for applicants for research programmes starting in the summer. Applicants for courses starting in September/October are strongly advised to apply for the summer English programme. Applicants must provide their most recent UKVI IELTS test to be considered, as we are unable to consider an international applicant who has taken an alternative English language test.
Applicants who have not met the standard entry requirements for any of the above courses should contact the Pre-sessional team further advice and guidance. All applications are considered on their merits, on a case-by-case basis.
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) V4 April 2014, 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.