Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.
We have many world-class, large-scale facilities, including our own global research airport, which offers a unique environment for transformational education and research, living laboratory for testing transformative technologies and new approaches to deliver enhanced social, economic and environmental outcomes.
Cranfield teaches over 5,000 postgraduate students each year and employs around 1,500 academic and support staff. Our staff-to-student ratio is one of the best for any university in the UK.
As one of the UK's most business-engaged University, we are trusted to understand and to be responsive to many organisations' needs.
Our results are recognised in our awards and rankings, our partnerships, and the success of our alumni. The experience gained at Cranfield is transformational for both individuals and organisations alike.
Cranfield School of Management
Cranfield School of Management is an internationally renowned business school with over 35,000 global alumni, many of whom are now leading the way in their fields. Our consistent presence in world rankings and our triple accreditation put us in the elite 1% of schools worldwide.
Everything we design is driven by applied thinking, and we strive to deliver one core value across the entire school: transformation. We help transform people into the leaders they want to be, regardless of age, experience, or discipline.
Leading-edge, collaborative research and consultancy
We design our programmes in flexible and innovative ways, supported by state-of-the art learning technologies, to meet your personal or organisation’s needs. You can study full-time or on a flexible modular or part-time basis.
Cranfield is the number one university in Europe for aerospace. Through the strong links with industry, we have built over the past 70 years, we focus on defining and delivering the aircraft, airport and airspace management of the future.
Our blue-sky research generates concepts that, through then building and testing, we actually put into practice in physical flight demonstrations. Using our airport at Cranfield we show how our ideas are more than theories but work on the ground and in the air. Find out more about our global research airport and expertise in aircraft electrification and urban air mobility.
Explore our wide range of aerospace courses where each page has detailed information providing links to student blogs and video content to help you make your career decision.
Cranfield Defence and Security
Cranfield University is one of the world's leading universities for defence and security education, research, and consultancy.
Our portfolio includes defence and security engineering (design, manufacture, mobility, impact, armour, propulsion, aerodynamics, robotics, autonomy), defence chemistry, forensic sciences, weapons systems, digital warfare and cybersecurity, resilience, counter terrorism and organised crime, defence engagement, complex acquisition, defence commercial, simulation, experimentation and analysis, management, leadership and business skills and test and evaluation.
Cranfield Energy and Sustainability
Cranfield’s expertise in energy and sustainability covers a range of the potential energy solutions, from our ongoing relationship with oil and gas, to our developing reliance on renewable energy from the world around us. The changing energy landscape presents exciting opportunities and the potential for the UK to lead in new technologies and services related to low carbon energy and power generation.
Our postgraduate community includes around 200 MSc students from around the globe and 150 full-time doctoral students including our Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) Centre for Doctoral Training with the University of Oxford. Our graduates are working in engineering and management roles across the energy industry and putting their learning into practice.
The Environment and Agrifood Theme combines research groups with 50+ years of experience in contributing to societal challenges such as sustainability, enhancing natural capital and future global food systems resilience. We have substantive worldwide recognition by industry, government and academe for our research and teaching in food biosciences, soil, digital and sustainability.
Cranfield Manufacturing and Materials
We provide world-class research, education, training, and consultancy in manufacturing and play a key role in ensuring that the UK remains at the cutting edge. We are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together design, technology, and management insight. We are a driving force for both the rapid growth of established areas of manufacturing expertise and the development of new research areas.
We work with numerous businesses and governments around the world. Through our industry connections guest lecturers, often senior managers in leading companies, provide insight into current industry challenges. Many industry contacts actively recruit our graduates.
Cranfield Transport Systems
In an increasingly interconnected world, our award-winning research and teaching is helping to define the future of global transport. We specialise in understanding the whole environment in which transport operates: the vehicles, infrastructure, businesses, and logistics as well as the human aspects of operating, managing, and using transport.
We develop innovative technologies and business solutions for major international organisations and conduct world-leading research for the European Commission and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). For example, our Engineering Photonics Centre is the holder of three consecutive, prestigious EPSRC Platform Grants.
Insights from this work inform our teaching, ensuring we deliver a learning experience that is research-led and industry-relevant. Experts from across the transport sector help us deliver inspirational learning experiences for our more than 200 MSc and doctoral students.
The Water Theme at Cranfield has a proud reputation for its research on the science, engineering, and management of water. Our lives and livelihoods are dependent on the natural and engineered water cycles. Accordingly, research and skills development in water treatment and management have never been more vital. Cranfield’s research in these areas is focused on fundamental science insights and practical solutions, and we have been driving innovation for over 40 years.
Our expertise is award-winning, and our innovations are making water services and natural water bodies more resilient and sustainable. Our people have wide ranging expertise, with specialisms in water and wastewater treatment, water and sanitation in the developing world, water for agriculture, catchment management, as well as the human and governance aspects of water services.
Careers and Employability
Cranfield has unrivalled links with business, industry, and governments, with relationships in nearly 1,500 organisations around the world. From the smallest owner-managed SMEs to the largest multinational conglomerates, British and international universities, non-government organisations and governments. These organisations frequently offer internships, graduate employment opportunities and research projects to our student body. The University also has 14 formal, high-level industry strategic partnerships reflecting long-term relationships across academic, research and innovation activities. For our strategic partners, we deliver world-class science and education with a practical, business-focused edge.
Our Cranfield campus is 40 minutes away from central London by train, with 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.
Cranfield Defence and Security site at Shrivenham is around 50 mins from London by train and around 25 mins from Bristol by train. Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.
When you join Cranfield, you will have a wealth of opportunities to meet new people and get involved in a wide range of clubs and societies run by student volunteers, such as the Basketball Club, Astronomical Society, and Musicians Society.
On campus, there is a true sense of community, helping you to forge friendships during your studies and leisure time, in a safe and peaceful environment. Whatever your recreational, social, or sporting interests, there are many opportunities to make friends and have a great time.
Living on campus can be a great way for you to meet and socialise with other students, and to benefit from the supportive infrastructure and sense of community spirit this brings. However, we also understand that many students will still want to have the opportunity to live with partners and families, which is why we also offer affordable family homes and apartments for couples.
All our accommodation is within easy reach of the campus buildings and all the great amenities Cranfield University offers.
Take a look at our full range of accommodation options available here
Fees and Funding
Whether you are a UK-based student, or an international student, we provide information, advice and a range of online tools to help you put together the funding package you need. Take a look at our funding finder which provides a searchable database of sources of financial support. We also offer bursaries for high quality applicants. Later in this section, we provide a range of additional sources of potential funding and helpful organisations and contacts for information, advice and guidance.
Scholarships and Bursaries
There are over 100 different scholarships and bursaries available for students. Visit our funding opportunities for more information
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