Paying for a course at university and the associated living costs is a major challenge for most students. Many fund their studies from a combination of sources such as savings, employment, small grants, loans or bursaries.

Whether you are a UK-based student, or an international student, we provide information, advice and range of online tools to help you put together the funding package you need. Take a look at our funding finder which provides a searchable database of sources of financial support We also offer bursaries for high quality applicants. And, later in this section, we provide a range of additional sources of potential funding and helpful organisations and contacts for information, advice and guidance.

Please note that the academic year at Cranfield falls within two financial years for tax purposes. Therefore, you may be entitled to a tax rebate at the beginning of the course and be expected to pay  tax when starting work again at the end of your course.

Please note that adequate funding must be secured for fees and living expenses before registration.

Tuition fees

The 2017 tuition fees for our programmes are detailed on the individual course pages.  For a complete listing of both 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 tuition fees, please go to:

How to pay your fees

You have a number of payment options:

Online payment - You can pay by credit or debit card online at any time via the Cranfield University web payments page.

Cash Desk - This is located on the ground floor of Building 31 and you can make a payment in cash, or by credit or debit card or by cheque. Please note payment by credit or debit card at the Cash Desk will incur a 3% administration charge to cover the costs we incur for these transactions.

Bank electronic transfer - Please quote invoice and student number. Our details are as follows:

Account Name: Cranfield University
National Westminster Bank, 49 High Street, Woburn Sands, MK17 8YX
Sort code: 60-06-56
Account number: 00516228
SWIFT/BIC: NWBKGB2L
IBAN: GB38NWBK60065600516228

Please ensure that you arrange to cover all the bank charges or it is possible that not enough money will arrive in our bank account to pay all of your invoices.

Cheque - If you wish to post a cheque to us please send it to:

Finance Department
Kent House
Cranfield University
Wharley End
Bedford
MK43 0AL

You can also deliver it in person to the Cash Office located on the Ground floor of Building 31.

Please note

  • Do not send cash by mail.
  • Due to the large numbers of students paying by Debit Card at Registration, it is advisable to pay at least five working days prior to registering to ensure minimal delay in your registration process.
  • Find out what is included in your accommodation, and what you will need to buy or bring.
  • Before making any payment, we recommend you read our Payment Terms and Conditions

Academic Services Sponsor Payment

Please arrange for your sponsor to transfer your payment into your UK bank account as soon as you have opened an account. It can take several weeks for funds to be transferred from abroad and cheques drawn on non-UK banks can also take several weeks to clear. It's important to take this into account, and bring with you sufficient British currency/traveller’s cheques to help pay for food and expenses during the first few weeks of term. Please note that Cranfield University is unable to support students financially.

If your tuition fees are to be paid by more than one sponsor, a guarantee from each sponsor will be needed. If you provide a letter from your commercial or government sponsor, you will not be expected to pay fees at registration. The University will invoice your sponsor directly. However if you are not able to provide one of these documents, you will be required to pay your annual tuition fee in full at the time of registration.

Academic Services Financial Guarantees

If your conditions of offer state that you must provide a financial guarantee, you must do so in advance and also produce one of the following:

  • an official letter from a recognised grant-awarding body, stating that you have received a scholarship which covers tuition fees, or
  • an official letter from a company, embassy, public authority or service, agreeing to pay your tuition fees.

Payment made to Cranfield University by a cheque drawn on a non-UK bank will always incur bank charges for clearance and you will be responsible for paying these charges. It would help considerably if you could send your financial guarantee to Student Finance before you arrive. If you have any queries about payment of fees, please contact Student Finance as soon as possible, and before you arrive on campus.


Additional sources of funding for UK students

Take a look at these potential sources of funding or use our funding finder.

Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS)

The CPLS is a funding programme providing affordable tuition fee and maintenance loans for full-time UK/EU students studying technology-based MSc courses. Visit the funding information page for the CPLS.

Prestige Scholarship

The Prestige Scholarship provides funding of up to £11,000 to cover up to £9k fees and a potential contribution to living expenses. This scholarship has been designed to attract exceptional candidates to Cranfield University so we welcome applications from UK or EU graduates with a first-class honours undergraduate degree. Prestige Scholarships are available for all MSc courses in the Energy, Environment and Agrifood themes.

Merit MSc Bursary

The Merit MSc Bursary provides funding of up to £5,000 towards tuition fees. Applicants should be UK or EU graduates with a first class honours, 2:1 honours or in exceptional circumstances 2:2 honours undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. Merit MSc Bursaries are available for all MSc courses in the Energy, Environment and Agrifood themes.

Global Manufacturing Leadership Masters Scholarship

The Cranfield Global Manufacturing Leadership (GML) scholarships, provided by Cranfield Manufacturing contributes towards the costs of study (tuition fee plus £1000 maintenance grant). Awards are made for a maximum duration of one calendar year for full time study.

Subsea UK

A bursary is offered from SubseaUK for one UK student on the Offshore and Ocean Technology with Subsea Engineering postgraduate course.

The Lorch MSc Student Bursary

The Lorch Foundation is an educational trust supporting Cranfield students with bursaries of up to £5,000. Applicants should be UK citizens and possess a minimum 2:1 UK Honours degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences or related discipline.

Opportunity Peterborough Bursary

The Opportunity Peterborough bursary offers £7,000 towards the costs of studying a MSc course in Environmental Data Science, or in Geographical Information Management at Cranfield.

Additional sources of funding for international students

International  students who are in the UK will be interviewed and finance will be discussed at that time. If you are not in the UK you should take the opportunity to discuss funding with your nearest British Council office, British High Commission office, or Ministry of Education.

We offer bursaries for high quality applicants and our funding finder provides a searchable database of sources of financial support for you. In addition, the following scholarships and bursaries are available.

International MSc Bursary

The International MSc Bursary provides funding of up to £5,000 towards tuition fees. Applicants should be from outside the EU with a first class honours or upper second class honours undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. International MSc Bursaries are available for all MSc courses in the Energy, Environment and Agrifood themes.

The Lorch International MSc Student Bursary

The Lorch Foundation is an educational trust supporting Cranfield international students with bursaries of up to £5,000. International applicants should have an equivalent to a 2:1 UK Honours degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences or related discipline.

Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia)

Cranfield offers competitive scholarships for Mexican students in conjunction with Conacyt (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) in science, technology and engineering.

Marshal Papworth Scholarships

Marshal Papworth provide opportunities for students from developing countries to gain the agricultural and horticultural skills needed to achieve a sustainable future for themselves and their communities

Useful websites

Study Abroad

A comprehensive country by country list of grants for studying in over 100 countries worldwide, including Britain, published by UNESCO. For further information visit the UNESCO website.

UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) guidance notes for students

UKCISA guidance notes are specifically for international students. They provide brief, easy-to- understand explanations of the issues and topics students most often ask about. They are available by subscribing to British Council offices overseas or on the UKCISA website.

Commonwealth Universities Yearbook

This is a detailed guide to 500 Universities in the British Commonwealth. It includes a short description of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme and Fellowship Plan and the addresses of Commonwealth Scholarship agencies worldwide. For further information visit the Association of Commonwealth Universities website.

Copies of these and other similar guides may be available in academic, reference and public libraries, as well as many British Council Offices.

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