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Cranfield University

Location

Cranfield University, Bedford United Kingdom

Ranking

# =28QS WUR Ranking By Subject

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96Postgraduate programs

Tuitionfee

26,580 GBPTuition Fee/year

International

2052International students

About Cranfield University

A world-leading specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how the y work together to benefit the world.   

Our learners from over 177 countries are offered a global student experience with one of the best teaching ratios for any UK university - one member of academic staff t o every five students.    

Our courses are renowned for their relevance to business and industry. The research and consultancy we undertake for industry, government and business gives students a real-world learning environment using unparalleled facilities. This allows them to develop as professionals and transfer their knowledge to the global economy.  

We are the largest UK provider of master's-level graduates in engineering and offer a flagship MBA, extensive customised executive education and professional development programmes.  

Sited on a former RAF base, Cranfield University  continues to build on its aviation heritage, d eveloping aerospace and aeronautics research and design and excelling in other areas including defence and security, energy and sustainability, environment and agrifood, management, manufacturing and materials, transport systems, and water.  

88% of our research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent and in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023, we are ranked in the top 30 for Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing. Cranfield is i n the top 15% of universities globally, and in the top 20% in Europe, for overall sustainability efforts.  

The School of  Aerospace, Transport Systems  and  Manufacturing and Materials ,  Cranfield School of Management  and the School of  Water, Energy and  Environment  are lo cated o n the Cranfield campus.   

Cranfield School of Management  is a world leader in management education and research and one of an elite group of schools worldwide to hold the triple accreditation of: AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (the Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System).  

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

Cranfield is a six-time winner of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize, the only national honour given to educational institutions for work carried out in the public interest.  

Find out more  

Click here to register  for our next open day, or explore campus with our   virtual tour.  

Follow Cranfield University  on  Facebook ,  Twitter ,  Instagram  and  LinkedIn .  


 

About Cranfield University

A world-leading specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how the y work together to benefit the world.   

Our learners from over 177 countries are offered a global student experience with one of the best teaching ratios for any UK university - one member of academic staff t o every five students.    

Our courses are renowned for their relevance to business and industry. The research and consultancy we undertake for industry, government and business gives students a real-world learning environment using unparalleled facilities. This allows them to develop as professionals and transfer their knowledge to the global economy.  

We are the largest UK provider of master's-level graduates in engineering and offer a flagship MBA, extensive customised executive education and professional development programmes.  

Sited on a former RAF base, Cranfield University  continues to build on its aviation heritage, d eveloping aerospace and aeronautics research and design and excelling in other areas including defence and security, energy and sustainability, environment and agrifood, management, manufacturing and materials, transport systems, and water.  

88% of our research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent and in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023, we are ranked in the top 30 for Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing. Cranfield is i n the top 15% of universities globally, and in the top 20% in Europe, for overall sustainability efforts.  

The School of  Aerospace, Transport Systems  and  Manufacturing and Materials ,  Cranfield School of Management  and the School of  Water, Energy and  Environment  are lo cated o n the Cranfield campus.   

Cranfield School of Management  is a world leader in management education and research and one of an elite group of schools worldwide to hold the triple accreditation of: AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (the Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System).  

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

Cranfield is a six-time winner of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize, the only national honour given to educational institutions for work carried out in the public interest.  

Find out more  

Click here to register  for our next open day, or explore campus with our   virtual tour.  

Follow Cranfield University  on  Facebook ,  Twitter ,  Instagram  and  LinkedIn .  


 

Available programs

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.

Our specialist areas of focus, or Cranfield themes, are where we bring a range of academic disciplines together in order to tackle the grand challenges facing the world within a range of industrial and commercial sectors. These are Water, Environment and Agrifood, Energy and Sustainability, Aerospace, Manufacturing and Materials, Transport Systems, Defence and Security and Management.

Our Cranfield themes are built upon our expertise in a range of academic disciplines. To find out more, click on each theme listed below:

Aerospace

Energy and Sustainability

Manufacturing and Materials

Transport Systems

Defence and Security

Environment and Agrifood

Cranfield School of Management

Water

Our research is world leading in its contribution to global innovation. With our emphasis on specialist sectors and collaboration with industry and government we help change the way society thinks, works and learns. To find out more about our research opportunities click here.

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University information

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

There is strong competition for places on our courses and so we recommend 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 a visa to study in the UK. These processes will take additional time after your course offer has been made.  

Cranfield School of Management operate s its own application deadlines, these can be found on each  course page .  

General

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321+
600+
30+
65+
180+
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6.5+

Master

180+
600+
6.5+
65+
92+

Our unique facilities and large-scale test environments are used by our staff, students and clients for exceptional research.  

Cranfield is unique in the world as we have our own runway, our own airport, our own aircraft and pilots, our own fuel farm and our own air navigation service provider.  

The  Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) , a £35 million innovative centre built in partnership with Airbus and Rolls-Royce, fosters collaboration between industry and academia. Cranfield’s £65 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre ( DARTeC ) is spearheading the UK’s research into digital aviation technology.  

Cranfield Impact Centre, based at the Cranfield campus,  is one of just two FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile ) approved test centres in the world, crash-testing Formula One cars.  

A £7 million investment in the latest forensic science technology created a new forensic science teaching and research facility at our Cranfield campus. Our Digital Investigation Unit, previously known as the Digital Forensics Unit and originally the Centre for Forensic Computing, is one of the longest established digital investigation units in the world.  

We have the Plant Phenotyping and Soil Health Facility – the world's first glasshouse to study plant-soil-water systems at pilot scale under a multi-sensor gantry.  

Visit our website to find out more.  

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Student life

Cranfield campus is set in a scenic rural location with amenities including bars, shops, and a sports hall. Excellent leisure and shopping facilities can be found in Milton Keynes and the historic town of Bedford, just a short drive away. Cranfield campus is just 40 minutes from central London by train.  

Some of the Defence and Security courses are located at the Defence Academy at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire.     

Cranfield 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  

 
Explore the campus and browse our industr ial -scale facilities and purpose-built resources via our   virtual experience.  

Cranfield Student’s Association  has many active clubs and societies  run by students with new ones being launched each year.  

Read more  about life on campus in our   student blog posts  .  

Even before your course begins, as an offer holder from Cranfield, you can engage with the Careers and Employability Service in order to prepare for those early employment application deadlines. 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 role, or are looking to take your career to the next level.  

The  Careers and Employability Service  is an important part of the Student Experience support function. Our team has significant real-world experience in the areas of coaching, recruitment, human resources and business development. We help students develop their personal career journey, so they can find meaningful employment that uses their Cranfield qualification. T he   ‘ Career Continuation Service’  offers lifelong support to alumni, meaning we are fully committed to assisting your career journey at Cranfield and beyond. The team is comprised of three distinct departments – coaching, employability and employer engagement – which combined provide the following resources:  

Support for success:  

·        One-to-one career coaching with trained advisors,  

·        CV writing, cover letter development and application form advice,  

·        psychometric, assessment centre and interview skills training,  

·        negotiation, public speaking and confidence coaching,  

·        external industry expert workshops on specialist topics,  

·        digital resources including learning packs, factsheets, tutorials and podcasts,  

·        networking opportunities, employer speaker sessions, recruitment fairs,  

·        advertising vacancies, employment opportunities and internships.  

Software:  

·        Symplicity online career management portal,  

·        VMock CV critiquing software,  

·        Subscription resources to research organisations.  

 

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

11,910 GBP
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International Students

26,580 GBP
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Rankings & ratings

Cranfield University is one of the top public universities in Bedford, United Kingdom. It is ranked #=28 in QS WUR Ranking By Subject 2024.

QS WUR Ranking By Subject

  • 2013
    #101-150
  • 2013
    #151-200
  • 2013
    #51-100
  • 2014
    #39
  • 2014
    #151-200
  • 2014
    #101-150
  • 2015
    #27
  • 2015
    #151-200
  • 2015
    #301-400
  • 2015
    #151-200
  • 2015
    #51-100
  • 2016
    #351-400
  • 2016
    #51-100
  • 2016
    #151-200
  • 2016
    #301-400
  • 2016
    #151-200
  • 2016
    #36
  • 2017
    #351-400
  • 2017
    #=243
  • 2017
    #=159
  • 2017
    #51-100
  • 2017
    #301-350
  • 2017
    #401-450
  • 2017
    #201-250
  • 2017
    #251-300
  • 2017
    #351-400
  • 2017
    #151-200
  • 2017
    #45
  • 2018
    #151-200
  • 2018
    #=287
  • 2018
    #=206
  • 2018
    #451-500
  • 2018
    #201-250
  • 2018
    #251-300
  • 2018
    #301-350
  • 2018
    #351-400
  • 2018
    #451-500
  • 2018
    #51-100
  • 2018
    #45
  • 2019
    #39
  • 2019
    #=295
  • 2019
    #=207
  • 2019
    #551-600
  • 2019
    #251-300
  • 2019
    #251-300
  • 2019
    #351-400
  • 2019
    #451-500
  • 2019
    #501-550
  • 2019
    #51-100
  • 2019
    #151-200
  • 2019
    #251-300
  • 2020
    #313
  • 2020
    #202
  • 2020
    #51-100
  • 2020
    #251-300
  • 2020
    #201-250
  • 2020
    #43
  • 2020
    #451-500
  • 2020
    #551-600
  • 2020
    #151-200
  • 2020
    #251-300
  • 2020
    #351-400
  • 2020
    #51-75
  • 2021
    #=45
  • 2021
    #201-250
  • 2021
    #301-350
  • 2021
    #=206
  • 2021
    #=398
  • 2021
    #51-100
  • 2021
    #501-550
  • 2021
    #=145
  • 2021
    #251-300
  • 2022
    #=167
  • 2022
    #302
  • 2022
    #201-250
  • 2022
    #51-100
  • 2022
    #151-200
  • 2022
    #=27
  • 2022
    #451-500
  • 2022
    #=110
  • 2022
    #201-250
  • 2022
    #251-300
  • 2022
    #401-450
  • 2023
    #185
  • 2023
    #341
  • 2023
    #251-300
  • 2023
    #132
  • 2023
    #201-250
  • 2023
    #51-100
  • 2023
    #151-200
  • 2023
    #451-500
  • 2023
    #401-450
  • 2023
    #28
  • 2024
    #151-200
  • 2024
    #601-640
  • 2024
    #201-250
  • 2024
    #51-100
  • 2024
    #151-200
  • 2024
    #=28
  • 2024
    #201-250
  • 2024
    #251-300
  • 2024
    #451-500
  • 2024
    #351-400
  • 2024
    #=141
  • 2024
    #251-300
  • 2024
    #=318
  • 2024
    #=170

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