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Cranfield University

College Road Cranfield Bedford,
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United Kingdom
Very High


Creating leaders in technology and management

Cranfield's distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

As an exclusively postgraduate university, our education portfolio is renowned for its relevance to business and industry. We are the largest UK provider of master's-level graduates in engineering and offer a flagship MBA, extensive world-class customised executive education and professional development programmes. Our work informs government policy and leads the way in producing cutting edge new technologies and products in partnership with industry. 

The research and consultancy we carry out for industry, government and business provides our students with a real-world learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and then transfer their knowledge to the global economy. 

Cranfield University at Shrivenham is home to Cranfield Defence and Security. It is a secure military site in partnership with the Defence Academy, Ministry of Defence, UK. The staff and secure facilities are at the forefront of their fields, offering diverse capabilities across defence and security science, forensics, engineering and technology.

Facts about our university:

  • Our full-time MBA programme is ranked 9th in the UK, 18th in Europe and 76th in the world in the Financial Times 2019 ranking of full-time MBA programmes;
  • Our Management MSc is ranked 3rd in the UK and 30th in the world in The Economist Which MBA? Masters in Management (MiM) 2019 ranking;
  • In the QS World Rankings 2019, we are ranked 5th in the UK, 11th in Europe and 39th in the world for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering education;
  • We’re ranked 7th in the UK for commercial research, consultancy and professional development. 
  • 81% of our research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent by REF (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).

What makes Cranfield unique?

  • There is one member of academic staff to every seven students, one of the best ratios for any university in the UK;
  • We are ranked second in the UK for graduate employment (DLHE longitudinal survey, 2017).
  • Our worldwide community is a powerful professional network with students and learners from over 167 countries;
  • We have mutually-beneficial relationships with around 1,500 companies and organisations;
  • We are the only university in the world to own and run an airport and to have airline status;

During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first management role, or wanting take your career to the next level.

The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

Come and meet us

Come to our next Open Day and find out more about the programme and learning environment.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet the Course Director, attend a taster lecture and explore the School and our facilities.

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If you are not able to make an open day, check out our virtual tour.

The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield School of Management and the School of Water, Energy and Environment are located on the Cranfield campus. Unique facilities and large-scale test environments, including those at Cranfield Defence and Security which is part of the Ministry of Defence site at Shrivenham, are used by our students and clients for exceptional research.

Visit our website to find out more.

Student Life at Cranfield University

Cranfield campus is set in extensive grounds with amenities including: bars, shops, a post office, sports hall and bank. Excellent leisure and shopping facilities can be found in Milton Keynes and the historic town of Bedford, just a short drive away.

Our campus has:

  • its own airport,
  • two hotels with full accommodation and conference and banqueting facilities,
  • sports and recreation facilities,
  • student accommodation options comprising family homes and single student apartment blocks,
  • an on-campus nursery and pre-school which offers the very best for young minds - both have been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world.

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.

Our careers service

Our services are available to all current students, both full or part-time, and we also offer lifelong support to our alumni.

We can help you find the job you want after leaving Cranfield.  While you are a student we will work with you to identify suitable opportunities and support you throughout the job application process.  

We offer a range of services to support you, including:

  • Career information and tailored resources
  • Career coaching and one to one appointments
  • Free access to VMock - our 24/7 CV critiquing system which offers customised suggestions for CV content, assesses core competencies based on employer criteria and Cranfield CV standards
  • Psychometric test practice and case study interview examples
  • Comprehensive careers intranet site that can help you find out about potential employers, early graduate scheme applications deadlines, cover letter development and interview advice
  • Plus much more!

Programs available

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Cranfield School of Aerospace, Transport Systems and Manufacturing

University Highlights

Total students - 3,014


International students - 2,052


Total faculty staff - 623


Total students - 3,014


International students - 2,052


Total faculty staff - 623

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