Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.
We are focused on the specialist themes of aerospace, defence and security, energy and power, environment and agrifood, manufacturing, transport systems, and water. Cranfield School of Management is a world leader in management education and research.
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 (one member of academic staff to every five students).
Through our industry partnerships, applied research projects and our executive education and professional development programmes, we work closely with business, industry and governments around the world.
Cranfield School of Management
Cranfield is one of an elite group of Schools worldwide to hold the triple accreditation of: AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (the Association of MBAs). We consistently perform well in the major school and programme specific rankings, reinforcing our position as a top global management school helping individuals and organisations learn and succeed by transforming knowledge into action.
Cranfield is the number one university in Europe for aerospace. Our aircraft research and design over the last 70 years is extending into the future with new capabilities in aircraft electrification, unmanned aerial vehicle technology and urban mobility.
Cranfield Defence and Security
Cranfield University is one of the world's leading universities for defence and security education, research and consultancy.
Our staff and facilities are at the forefront of their fields, offering a diverse range of capabilities from energetics and forensic sciences to international stabilisation, counterterrorism and cyber security.
Cranfield Energy and Power
Our expertise includes low carbon energy supply, power generation, advanced fossil fuel technologies and transport systems. Our teaching and research covers offshore renewables, oil and gas engineering, the production and clean utilisation of fossil fuels, combustion and power generation through to bioenergy and the use of wastes as fuel.
Cranfield Environment and Agrifood
Cranfield has been contributing to enhancing natural capital and ensuring that global food systems are more resilient for the future. We are recognised worldwide by industry, government and academe for our research and teaching in plants, soil, water and air.
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.
Cranfield Transport Systems
Cranfield has experience in transport, aviation, automotive, motorsport, military and marine sectors. Our education and award-winning research cover technology, engineering and management, including sustainable transport and intelligent mobility.
Cranfield is recognised internationally for its work in the science, engineering and management of water.
We work in all aspects of water – whether it is helping to ensure safe, clean supplies for domestic consumption, assessing agricultural needs for food production, protecting and enhancing natural habitats or improving process engineering for manufacturing and industry.
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