To study for a formal award at Cranfield you will need to demonstrate that you can communicate effectively in English in an academic environment. You can meet this requirement in the following ways:

  • If you have previously obtained a higher education level qualification from a UK university and have been taught and assessed in English (note that international applicants applying for Master’s courses in Cranfield’s School of Management are required to have studied in the UK for the full duration of the course).
  • If you are a national of or have a obtained a higher education level qualification from a country on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) list of majority English speaking countries:

    Antigua and Barbuda Ireland
    Australia Jamaica
    The Bahamas Malta
    Barbados New Zealand
    Belize St Kitts and Nevis
    Canada* St Lucia
    Dominica St Vincent and the Grenadines
    Grenada Trinidad and Tobago
    Guyana United States of America


    *You will usually be required take an English test if your studies were not taught and assessed in English.
  • If you have been continuously employed in the UK for a minimum of five years immediately prior to the start of the course, providing you are able to supply a reference from your current employer which explicitly confirms you are able to communicate effectively in English.
  • By providing a satisfactory English test certificate that meets the requirement of the course you have applied for.

Approved English tests

The tests we accept and the University minimum requirements are detailed below. Some courses require a higher test score, please check the course page for details. Please note that:

  • We verify all test scores with the test providers.
  • We are only able to accept tests taken within two years of the course start date.
  • All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test, we are unable to accept a combination of scores across two or more tests.
  • In extremely rare circumstances we may reject a test score if one element of the test has a very low score. This would only occur if we believed this would impact on your ability to study with us or if the score did not meet UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements to study in the UK.
  • Not all English tests are suitable for obtaining a Student visa for Pre-sessional study. You can check entry requirements on the Pre-sessional EAP course pages.
Test Minimum score requirements
IELTS Academic
 
6.5 overall and 5.5 in all skill components.
 
TOEFL iBT
 
92 total and minimum skill component scores of
18 reading, 17 listening, 20 speaking and 17 writing.
PTE Academic
 
65 overall and 59 in all skill components.
 
Cambridge Assessment English tests
 
Cambridge English Scale score of 180 overall and
160 in all skill components.
Trinity College London Integrated
Skills in English III
Pass.
 


We are accepting additional tests taken in 2021

We understand that due to limited test availability, many of you are experiencing difficulties taking one of the above tests. We are now also able to accept the English tests listed below, some of which are available online.

Test Minimum score requirements
IELTS Indicator
 
6.5 overall and 5.5 in all skill components.
 
TOEFL iBT Home Edition
 
92 total and minimum skill component scores of
18 reading, 17 listening, 20 speaking and 17 writing.
Linguaskill General
 
Cambridge English Scale score of 180 overall and
160 in all skill components.
LanguageCert International
ESOL B2 Communicator
High Pass overall and 33 in all skill components.
 


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 apply for one of our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. Please be aware that not all English tests are suitable for obtaining a Student visa for Pre-sessional study. You can check entry requirements on the Pre-sessional EAP course pages: