Cranfield University

Cranfield, United Kingdom

  • 1946

  • 51.0%

    International Students
  • 11

    No. of Programs
  • 51

    QS World University Rankings
  • Yes

  • Yes

    Hostel Accomodation


History, Affiliation and Ranking

Cranfield University came into existence in 1946. Cranfield University is the only university in the UK that is exclusively a postgraduate university. After its foundation, in 1967 it became the Cranfield Institute of Technology. It finally got its current name - Cranfield University in 1993, although it had become a full university in 1969. The campus of Cranfield University is located in  Bedfordshire. According to the latest QS World Rankings, the university was ranked 11th in Europe, 5th in the UK and 39th in the world for Manufacturing, Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering and education.

Infrastructure, Campus and Courses

The main campus of Cranfield University is situated at Cranfield, Bedfordshire. The second campus of the university is located at the Defence Academy of the UK at Shrivenham, Oxfordshire. Cranfield University offers over 150-degree programmes and 400+ professional development courses under its different schools. Cranfield University is divided into the School of Transport and Manufacturing, School of Aerospace, School of Energy and Environment, School of Water, Canfield Defence and Security and School of Management. Cranfield University offers a flagship MBA with an extensive world-class customised executive education. Cranfield University has over 2000 international students from more than 167 countries providing a very high research output.

Accomplishments & Alumni

The females to males ratio at Cranfield University is 25:75. More than half of the students at the university are 30+ years of age. 96 per cent of university graduates are employed and almost half of them continue to work while studying here. Cranfield University has 60,000+ alumni working in different fields. Some of the well-known alumni of Cranfield University are Nick Jenkins, Charles Mayfield, Winifred Byanyima, James Vowles, Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein etc.

Student Diversity & Visiting Companies

The Cranfield University has mutually beneficial partnerships with nearly 1,500 organizations around the world, from the smallest owner-managed to the largest global conglomerates, British and foreign universities, NGOs and governments. Every year a great number of students from all over the world join Cranfield University which offers a quiet location in the English landscape, enabling them to concentrate on their studies and is just a short distance from several fascinating cities.

COVID-19 Response

  • As the world begins to settle within the chaos brought forth by COVID-19, Cranfield University UK is all set to begin the 2021 academic year on campus with in-person teaching for maximum courses.

  • As the UK Government has also approved in-person teaching for higher educational institutes in the UK post-May 17th, 2021, the final notification regarding the schedule of the upcoming academic session will be updated soon by the Cranfield University 

  • Various health and safety protocols have been put in place and procedures have been modified to ensure social distancing norms are being followed and that everyone on campus is safe and healthy. 


Further decisions related to on-campus teaching and the return of international students at  Cranfield University will depend on the success of the vaccination programme executed by the UK Government. Only when the UK government feels safe to move to the next step, the final decision related to full on-campus activities will be taken. 

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Cranfield University, Cranfield, United Kingdom Scholarship

Scholarships Offered to International Students at Cranfield University

Cranfield University offers a number of scholarships to its international students. It also offers special scholarships to Indian students specifically. Candidates can explore their options from the scholarships mentioned below and apply to avail the award.

  • The Cranfield Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to those who display an aptitude and an ability for the subject that a candidate has applied for. It is applicable for full-time masters courses only. Funding for the scholarship will vary between course and applicant.

  • Chevening Scholarships: The scholarship is applicable for international candidates pursuing masters courses. It covers the tuition fees of up to £18,000, rest paid by the student, Economy travel from the country of residence, cost of entry clearance for you only, etc.

  • The Global Study Awards: Applicants who have appeared for an IELTS test in a British Council Testing centre and hold a valid ISIC student card are eligible for a scholarship award of £10,000.

  • Marshal Papworth Fund: The scholarship is offered to provide students from different developing countries to learn and gain horticultural and agricultural skills to enhance and develop a sustainable future for their communities and themselves. The scholarship covers the entire tuition fee and offers up to £8,500 as an annual living allowance.

  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme: Applicable to applicants from developing countries, who otherwise would not be able to study in the UK are eligible for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme. The scholarship covers the approved tuition and exam fees and offers a monthly stipend of £1,110 along with other grants as well.

Cranfield University GREAT Scholarship 2020 - India

Scholarship Amount: Full tuition fees worth £11,000

Number of Scholarships: 2

Scholarship Funding Providers: The British Council and Cranfield University

Who Can Apply?

  • The scholarship is only available for Indian students applying for a full-time Master’s programme.

  • The scholarship only covers the postgraduate courses offered by the university in Transport Systems, Agrifood, Water, Environment, Energy, Aerospace, Manufacturing and Design. 

  • Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria for the course she/he is applying for. 

How to Apply?

  • Interested applicants will have to apply for a master’s degree for which they are eligible. 

  • They will get to choose to apply for this scholarship during the course application. 

  • The university releases the scholarship application dates and deadlines on its official portal.

Cranfield Scholarships

Award Amount: Variable by course and applicant

Award Funding Providers: Cranfield University

Who Can Apply?

  • Candidates who can show both ability and aptitude for the course they have applied for will be considered for the scholarship.

  • This scholarship is open for all international students applying to master’s courses offered under the Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree. 

How to Apply?

  • Candidates will have to complete their course application form. 

  • They will also have to submit a short statement explaining why they should be considered for the scholarships.

British Chevening Scholarships

What Scholarship Covers?

  • £18,000 for MBA programmes to cover tuition fees. 
  • An arrival allowance
  • Economy travel allowance from and to candidate’s country of residence 
  • A departure allowance
  • £75 for TB testing
  • A travel top-up allowance
  • A monthly personal stipend to cover living cost and accommodation expenses. 

Application Deadline: 5th November 

Founding Provider: FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Who Can Apply?

  • The candidate should be a citizen from a Chevening-eligible country (which includes India as well).

  • After the culmination of the award, candidates will have to return to their country of residence for a minimum of two years.

  • Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree (preferably an honours one) from a recognised university.

  • Applicants must have met the Chevening English language requirement.

  • A minimum of two years’ work experience is required to get this scholarship.

How to Apply? 

  • Candidates will have to visit the Chevening website to apply.

  • Applicants can get guidance on the online application system on the website.

Commonwealth Scholarships

What Scholarship Covers?

  • Approved examination and tuition fees

  • Approved airfare from the candidate's home country to the UK and return at the end of the award.

  • A stipend of £1,110 per month.

  • Thesis or dissertation grant

  • Study travel grant

  • Warm clothing allowance (if applicable)

  • Fieldwork grant for PhD Scholars

Application Deadline: 30th October

Founding Provider: Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

Who Can Apply?

  • Candidates must be a citizen of an eligible commonwealth country (includes India).

  • Must be beginning studies in the UK in September/ October 2020.

  • Must be applying for a first UK Master’s degree. 

  • Candidates who are unable to afford to study in the UK because of financial constraints can apply for the scholarship.

How to Apply? 

  • Since the CSC does not accept direct applications, candidates will have to apply through either the National nominating agencies or Selected non-governmental organisations and charitable bodies.

  • Each nominating body has its own selection process, hence may have additional eligibility criteria. 

  • The application is completed via CSC’s online application system. Applications that are not submitted via an online system will not be accepted. 

  • The application must include supporting documents.

Supporting Documents:

  • Citizenship proof
  • Transcripts in certified translations in English (if needed)
  • References from at least two individuals

Campus Location

Cranfield University

College Road, Cranfield MK43 0AL, United Kingdom | +44 (0)1234 758540 |

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