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Cranfield University

Cranfield University at Shrivenham

An investment in education is a life-changing decision that will affect your future career. By choosing Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) you will be joining a forward-thinking community where our exceptional teaching, research and innovation leads to world-changing advances. Our portfolio of courses can be taken full-time or part-time – whatever suits you.

Our emphasis on advanced practical, postgraduate and professional education is reflected by the type of students attracted to Cranfield. Our focused study environment means you will be surrounded by like-minded people and you will develop a wide network of fellow students from different backgrounds, contributing to a rich learning experience.

Teaching and Learning

We set up and review our courses with members of industry to ensure they are relevant and up-to-date so that your skills are what employers want and you are able to transfer these skills to your working life quickly and easily.

Most of our staff have industry backgrounds and are leading academic experts in their fields. Industry experts teach alongside our academic team on many of our courses providing real-life challenges so that you learn in an environment similar to the business world you will go on to.

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Our location on the Ministry of Defence site at Shrivenham provides our students and staff alike with unique facilities and large-scale environments to investigate exceptional research that informs our master’s courses. Our facilities include:

  • Abel Building: a purpose-built facility for research into energetic materials, including explosives, pyrotechnic compositions, propellants and fuels;
  • Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre (COTEC): where materials and weapons are tested an evaluated for government agencies, defence suppliers and manufacturers;
  • Cranfield Forensic Institute: with exceptional facilities in ballistics, explosives, archaeology, materials science and forensic computing.

Location – space to study and socialise

Cranfield Defence and Security is based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders, in Shrivenham. It is only seven miles from Swindon and Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London is less than two hours away by car. This gives you the best of both worlds – a spacious, quiet and mature study environment with the advantage of being conveniently close to many towns, cities and facilities.

Discover Cranfield University at Shrivenham

The Cranfield Campus in Bedfordshire is in a central location meaning you are only 15 minutes from Milton Keynes and an hour away from London. There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. The Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.

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You will be able to put your knowledge into action through group and individual projects, many placed in industry. This provides unrivalled networking opportunities that will lead you on to a rewarding career in your specialist area. A Cranfield degree will fast-track your career, enabling you to go further, more quickly.