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Cranfield School of Management

Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, United Kingdom
  • Degree PhD
  • Study Level PHD
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Course Intensity Full Time
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Jan, Sep
Cranfield School of Management’s PhD programme is internationally renowned, for its rigour, structure, faculty support and global perspective.
The programme is ideal for scholars wishing to build their careers in academia, excel academically, make significant strides on their career path and shape new realities for business, management and policy. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) assessed that in the Business and Management unit of assessment, 60% of Cranfield University’s research is world-leading or internationally excellent.
Participants receive a tailored training programme to support their specific research needs. Topics include research techniques, academic writing and presentation. All PhD students are encouraged to attend international conferences and to study overseas.
Cranfield enjoys unrivalled links with leading practitioners and policy communities and has a reputation for making theory relevant for the real world. There are around 80 international PhD researchers, a supportive environment and many opportunities for personal development.

About University

A world-leader in management education, research and consultancy for over 50 years, Cranfield School of Management is an exclusively postgraduate business school whose mission is to improve the practice of management. We have a global reputation for developing high-performing leaders in technology and management - encouraging them to transform their organisations and wider society.

Our business school, ranked top 10 in the UK and 34th in Europe in the Financial Times European Business Schools 2021 Rankings, is renowned for our strong links with industry.  We are a centre of world-class research, expertise and teaching, providing practical management solutions through a range of activities including leadership, finance, marketing and logistics.
   
We are one of an elite group of Schools worldwide to hold the triple accreditation from AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (the Association of MBAs).

What makes Cranfield School of Management unique?


Unrivalled teaching experience - you will be part of small learning teams, ensuring close contact and continuous support.
 • A mature learning environment - as we are a postgraduate only university, you will be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are driven to succeed in their chosen career.
 • Career-focused learning - because our teaching is exclusively focused on postgraduate and executive levels, it is designed to nurture your practical business skills and confidence and places a huge emphasis on real-world challenges.
 • Our extensive alumni network - you will join our network of 70,000+ graduates, many of who now hold senior roles within some of the world’s leading organisations.

We are ranked second in the UK for graduate employment
(DLHE longitudinal survey, 2017).

Our rankings


Cranfield School of Management consistently performs well in the major school and programme specific rankings, reinforcing our position as a top global management school.

School of Management: Top 10 in the UK and 34th in Europe in the Financial Times European Business Schools 2021 Rankings, and Top 10 in the world in the Business School Teaching Power Rankings 2021.

 • Management MSc: 6th in the UK, 28th in the world and 23rd in the world for employability in the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Management ranking 2022 • Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc: 2nd in the UK and 11th in the world in the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Supply Chain Management Rankings 2022. • Finance and Management MSc: 8th in the UK and 42nd in the world overall in the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Finance Rankings 2022.
 • Strategic Marketing MSc: 5th in the UK and 15th in the world, plus 3rd in the UK and 7th in the world for employability in the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Marketing Rankings 2022.
 • MBA full-time: 9th in the UK, 18th in Europe and 76th in the world in the Financial Times 2019 ranking of full-time MBA programmes
 • Executive MBA: 8th in the UK, 88th in the world and 1st in the UK for Satisfaction Rate in the Financial Times ranking of Executive MBA programmes 2020

See a full list of our rankings

Future career prospects


Our Alumni


Cranfield University has over 70,000 alumni. At Cranfield, we are committed to providing a world-class programme of inclusive and lifelong services to our alumni.

Find out more about our alumni.

Notable Cranfield alumni

Warren East  CBE, CEO of Rolls-Royce; John McFarlane, Executive Chairman
of Barclays; Ombola Johnson, Minister for Communication Technology Nigeria;
Charlie Mayfield,    Chairman, John Lewis Partnership; and Garry Copeland,
Managing Director - Operations, British Airways, Sarah Willingham, Serial
Entrepreneur, Angus Thirlwell, Founder,   
Hotel Chocolat, Lord
Karan Billimoria, Founder, Cobra Beer Ltd.

Location

Cranfield University campus is 40 minutes away from central London by train, with the nearest towns being Milton Keynes and Bedford. London Luton airport is the closest to the University, while Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are all easily accessible via train and coach.

Accommodation

Cranfield offer both catered and self-catered on-campus accommodation, from halls of residence to shared houses, apartments for couples to houses for families. The University can also help to find private accommodation in nearby towns and villages. University rooms on the Shrivenham campus are generally reserved for military students.

Please visit our website to find out more about our accommodation.

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