Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world. Here we explain how to complete your application and the information, advice and guidance available to assist you. You can apply online for most of our courses.

There is strong competition for places on our programmes and, although there are no set application deadlines, we recommend that you apply as early as possible to secure your place. This is important if you also want to apply for on-campus accommodation or need to apply for a visa to study in the UK. These processes will take additional time after your course offer has been made.

If you are interested in applying for a course in Defence and Security at Shrivenham, then the process is slightly different, see below.

How to apply for a Cranfield campus course

Courses within each of the following groups are primarily delivered at our Cranfield campus. Application forms for all courses are available online; follow the pink apply button from the course page to reach the application form.

Once you have submitted your online application we will email you to confirm we have received it. Within two working days, we will also provide you with a username and password so you can access the student portal, EVE.

In EVE you will be able to:

  • view your application and personal details
  • view the progress of your application
  • upload additional documents, if required, in support of your application
  • request changes to your application
  • contact us with any questions you may have about your application
  • update your contact details
  • withdraw your application (prior to receiving a decision)
  • request to be considered for a deferral (if you have received an offer).

To help speed up the application process, please provide your supporting documents, for example degree certificate, as soon as possible.

We only require electronic copies of these documents during the application process. Photocopies sent by post will be scanned and uploaded to your electronic record, and then destroyed for confidentially. Please do not send us hard copies of your original documents but keep them to hand as you may need to show them to us at registration when you arrive.

How to apply for a course in Defence and Security at Shrivenham

If you wish to apply for a course at Shrivenham, please complete the relevant documents indicated below.

UK Military and MOD Civil Service applicants

Please complete our online Postgraduate Application Form.

All other applicants

Please complete and post to us, providing your:

MBA Defence programme

Please complete the MBA Defence Application Form and Supplementary Form and post both forms to the address provided.

Visiting Students

The University offers opportunities for students registered on an award-bearing course at another institution to  spend time at Cranfield, either undertaking modules and/or research, to make use of our facilities in support of your current studies.

If you are interested in becoming a Visiting Student please contact Admissions to discuss your suitability:

Cranfield campus - study@cranfield.ac.uk

Defence and Security at Shrivenham - cdsadmissionsoffice@cranfield.ac.uk


Admissions feedback, complaints and appeals

Admissions feedback

Applications may be unsuccessful for a number of reasons. Sometimes there are more applications than places on a particular course, or an application may not meet the standard entry requirements.

We don’t routinely provide feedback to applicants on the reasons for our decisions. If you wish to request feedback on an unsuccessful application, please email our Admissions Office (for courses based at Cranfield campus, Bedfordshire) or our Academic Registry, (for Defence and Security courses at Shrivenham).

Complaints and appeals

We are committed to ensuring that all applications are considered fairly and within our defined procedures. Where applicants require sponsorship under the UK’s points-based immigration system, we are subject to external restrictions and requirements, which may affect our offer decision.

We will therefore only consider appeals or complaints in the following circumstances:

  • a) if you believe there has been a significant failure in the admissions procedure, or
  • b) if you believe you have been discriminated against unlawfully.

Cranfield University will not consider complaints or appeals based on any other reason, including where incomplete or inaccurate information has been provided. In line with our data protection policies, we don’t consider any appeals or complaints from anyone on your behalf. We do not share personal information with anyone outside the University, without your express consent.

Appeals or complaints should be made by email to:

  • the Admissions Office for applications made to courses based at Cranfield campus, or
  • the Academic Registry for Defence and Security courses at Shrivenham.

You should receive a response acknowledging your complaint, or appeal, within 10 working days.

The Assistant Registrar or senior colleague will review your complaint or appeal and consult the relevant Head of School, or an appropriate representative. You will receive a full reply to your complaint, or appeal, including a reason for any final decision. This may include more detail about the initial outcome of your application. The outcome of any decision will be the final position of the University. The University will retain a record of your complaint or appeal for monitoring purposes to enable us to regularly review and improve our service.

Popular FAQs

What is the deadline for applications

Cranfield does not operate on a specific closing date, however due to the competitive nature of our courses, we encourage early applications. Therefore I would advise that you submit your completed application form no later than May 2017, if you wish to be considered for October 2017 entry.

When applying you will need to provide; two references, a personal statement, a copy of your undergraduate degree certificate / transcripts and proof of use of the English language (E.G. an IELTS exam).

It is also worth mentioning applicants can apply without an English exam but they will need to provide evidence of having successfully completed an exam before registering. If students are still studying, they can apply by submitting a copy of their most recent transcripts.  They will have to provide evidence of their degree certificate before they register.

When will I hear if I have been accepted?

We normally advise applicants that the average response time for a decision to be made in regards to their application is 4 weeks. If you haven’t received any information in regards to your application after 6 weeks of applying, we would advise you to contact the university again.

Terms and Conditions

We provide prospective students with information about our Terms and Conditions as part of the documentation issued when we offer a place on our courses. These Terms and Conditions are published here in full.