Note on the information on all legal aspects of studies (admission, examinations, completion,...): Only the information available on the websites of the study services is legally binding.

About the Double Degree Programme 

Cranfield University is a postgraduate specialist for research and teaching in science, engineering, technology and management with close links to industry and commerce. The University has 3,800 students from over 100 countries on two campuses which are both located on the countryside.

BOKU students are allowed to choose one of the following study programmes: Water, Energy (see especially renewable energy), Environment & Agrifood. Tuition fees depend on the Master program selected; see website. Students can apply for additional scholarships, e.g. in the last section here or

ATTENTION: According to the new scholarship regulations Crainfield University will charge tuition to the same amount as for UK students! Please see the following page for more information:

Each study programme is very strictly organised; all the courses are predefined and need to be followed as written in the course information. It is NOT possible to pick single courses or to study only for one semester.
It is possible to get credit for the Cranfield courses at BOKU, but only as free electives and max. 36 ECTS for 12 months. The two semesters in Cranfield are considered as additional year to the BOKU Master as you will receive the degree "Master of Science" from Cranfield.

Structure of the study year in Cranfield

End of September: Mandatory Welcome Week in Cranfield
First Monday in October: Semester begins
October-April: Courses in Cranfield
End of April – End of August: Writing your Master's thesis (can be anywhere as long as you arrange it with your Cranfield study programme advisor)
End of August: Presentation of Master's thesis in Cranfield
September: Final Exam in Cranfield => Degree "Master of Science"

Master's thesis

Your Master's thesis needs to follow Cranfield requirements, but can also be in cooperation with your BOKU Master's thesis. You need to write 2 Master's theses (one for Cranfield and one for BOKU). The content can be very similar, e.g. some chapters are different, shorter or longer,….
The Cranfield Master's thesis needs to be finished in August (12 months after the beginning of your Cranfield studies).

Who can apply?

All BOKU students who are enrolled in a BOKU Master programme with excellent study progress (GPA < 2.5) and very good English language skills (minimum level C1). Preference for water related study programmes. The application is competitive, so the ranking decides.


January: Application at BOKU like all other Erasmus applicants in Mobility Online!

In addition to the Erasmus application documents, the following documents are necessary in English language:
You need to create one document including your Letter of Motivation + CV + 2 Letters of Recommendation. Please upload these three documents in Mobility Online under Letter of Motivation.
1a) Letter of Motivation for the master programme of your choice
1b) Curriculum vitae
1c) Two Letters of Recommendation from BOKU academic persons with postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) or compulsory course lecturer (Pflicht-LV LeiterInnen). The Letters of Recommendation need to be uploaded together with Letter of Motivation and CV. Model for Letter of Recommendation
2) English Language Proof (minimum level C1)
3) Transcript of Records from the Study services, including GPA < 2,5 (in English language)
In case you have already received a full Erasmus Study Grant, you still need to follow this application procedure. During the research of your Master's thesis, you can apply for KUWI.


February: Selection at BOKU with academic coordinators
March: Personal Interview with Simon Medaney (International Recruiter from Cranfield University)
April: Information in Mobility Online about acceptance / rejection

Contact at BOKU

Administrative: Claudia Zefferer
Academic: PD Dr. Reinhard Nolz (Water related study programmes), Dr. Gerald Striedner (Biotechnology), Dr. Ralf Nordbeck (UBRM and other)