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.

How to apply for a course

Use the pink 'Apply now' button on the top of this page or from the course page.

    Once you have submitted your application you will receive an email confirmation. Within two days of submission we will confirm your username and password, so you can access our Applicant Portal, EVE, through which you will be able to:

    • view your application and personal details,
    • check the status of your application,
    • upload documents, if required, in support of your application,
    • request a change to your application,
    • update your contact details,
    • withdraw your application (prior to receiving a decision),
    • ask 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 record, and then destroyed. Please do not send us hard copies of your original documents.


    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:

    1. if you believe there has been a significant failure in the admissions procedure, or
    2. 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.

    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.