Cranfield University

Bedford  United Kingdom

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.

Why study at Cranfield University?

In 2021 the University opened a £7.2 million centre of excellence with the latest forensic equipment, a mortuary, expert academic staff and innovative courses in the fields of crime scene investigation, digital forensics investigation and forensic materia

As one of the UK's most business-engaged University, we are trusted to understand and to be responsive to many organisations' needs.

Over 5000

postgraduate students




ranked in in UK Universities for Employability. - The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), 2024

Bedford  United Kingdom

main campus

Business & Management (5) Economics (10) Finance (14) Engineering (12) Agriculture (1) Environmental Sciences (13) Geography (17) Biological Sciences (4) Forensic & Archaeological Sciences (16) Mathematics (25) Chemistry (6) Physics (29) Computer Science (8) Materials Science (24) Information Services (20) Anthropology (2) History & Archaeology (19) Geology (18) Creative Arts & Design (9) Law (22) Politics & Government (30) Food Sciences (15) Psychology (31) Social Work (32) Architecture, Building & Planning (3)

Upcoming Open Days & Webinars


Sep 2024

Cranfield University Open Day


About Cranfield University

Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) – The AIRC is a purpose-built facility that houses cutting-edge aerospace research and development equipment. It includes a large-scale test bed for aircraft and engine systems, an engine test facility, and an advanced manufacturing workshop.

Breakthrough Innovation Hub – Providing design, build and testing spaces devoted to interdisciplinary research across science, engineering and design.

Energy Materials Laboratory – The EML's facilities enable the evaluation of the corrosion performance of metallic and ceramic materials in a range of environments.

Plant Growth Facility – Facility for experimental work involving plant physiology, plant phenotyping, and plant-microbe and plant-soil interactions.

Cranfield Management Development Centre – A world-class conference centre with customisable meeting facilities, comfortable accommodation, and an array of business services.

Through-life Engineering Services (TES) Centre – A research centre that focuses on the development of technologies and strategies for through-life engineering services. The TES Centre was established in 2008 and is funded by several industry partners, including Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, and Network Rail.

DARTeC (Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre) – DARTeC is a research centre that focuses on digital aviation research and technology, launched in 2019 and is part of a collaborative effort with Boeing, Thales, and Saab. The centre has state-of-the-art facilities, including a digital control tower, a 3D printing laboratory, and a virtual reality centre.

World class Water Science facilities – Our facilities include an on-site sewage treatment works, with it’s own dedicated pilot-plant hall, and state-of-the-art clean water, fermentation, microbiology, wastewater and water chemistry laboratories that provide extensive analytical services.

Management Information and Resources – Students can access a wealth of management information, supported by our dedicated team of information professionals.

Departments at Cranfield University

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.

Cranfield is at the centre of two very beautiful and interesting worlds, the modern city of Milton Keynes and the country town of Bedford. Both options are just a few miles away from campus and are accessible by car, or by public transport. While Shrivenham, a Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders, lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, seven miles from Swindon. 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.

Find out more about life at Cranfield

Scholarships will be awarded as follows:

Home fee status
Undergraduate 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 – 20% fee discount

Overseas fee status
Equivalent of UK undergraduate 1st – 20% tuition fee discount
Equivalent of UK undergraduate 2:1 – 15% tuition fee discount
Equivalent of UK undergraduate 2:2 – 10% tuition fee discount


Full-time and part-time students from around the world who are studying one of our School of Water, Energy and Environment masters.

Application Procedure

You will be considered for the Cranfield Scholarship SWEE Merit based on your course application.

Cranfield University’s School of Management is delighted to announce that we will now offer generous and competitive scholarships of up to 20% to all students, who would like to join our fantastic triple-accredited business school.

We greatly value the experience and diversity of our thriving international community of students alongside our pool of UK based nationals. Our scholarships are designed to support and attract the best quality students from a wide range of countries both home and abroad, so that we can secure the best possible mix of individuals within our MSc cohorts in the next academic year.


Awardees must be in possession of a minimum of an upper second class honours degree or international equivalent.
If you are currently studying towards your qualification, you will still be considered for a Cranfield School of Management Scholarship. If offered a place, the scholarship will be subject to meeting the entry requirements of the course.
Cranfield School of Management Scholarships are available for eligible applicants to all full-time postgraduate taught MSc degree programmes, offered on-campus through Cranfield School of Management for September 2024 entry, which you have accepted and paid your deposit.

Application Procedure

Cranfield School of Management Scholarships are automatically considered as part of the full-time MSc programme application.

If you are still studying towards your qualification, you will be offered a scholarship amount subject to you meeting the minimum entry requirement of an upper second class honours degree, or international equivalent.

Your scholarship amount will be increased if you exceed the minimum entry requirement. You are required to provide sufficient evidence that you have been awarded your qualification prior to your offer being confirmed.

I did my MSc in Thermal Power and it was very industry focused in terms of its theoretical application to everyday challenges, especially within industry. In doing my MSc it was natural progression that I was going to come back to do my doctorate. I founded my own company EGB Engineering and am the Exec Director.

Cranfield gives good teachers, interesting lectures, updated group projects with the best technology available currently, and most importantly the perfect preparation and connection with industry that helps start your professional career.

The reason why I wanted to come to Cranfield is because it's one of the best ranked schools. I really like coding and using computational tools to solve engineering problems. I think the course is really relevant and useful for today's digital era.

I think space is the future – this is my chance to be right at the forefront of that. My thesis was the interaction between engineering and medicine in space. For me the course was perfect. I was looking for something fairly specific and I looked around, but I didn't apply to anywhere else.

I feel that the MSc in Advanced Motorsport Engineering at Cranfield was an incredible experience I would not have been able to have anywhere else. I completed my thesis project with Mercedes AMG F1 which has further progressed into a full time job as a Test and Development Engineer.

Cranfield offers an inspiring, challenging and rewarding academic environment. I find staff very competent, motivating and flexible. Having the possibility to share knowledge as industry professionals among each other is truly valuable. I can highly recommend the course!

All the things I learned on the course were very useful for my career. The pace of assignments and workload was high but it really helped me to face these issues in the real world. The assignments were challenging but they really make they make you think which really helps you to see the bigger picture.

I applied for this course as I wanted to be more refined in the computer software field. Beyond the course, I can apply what I have learned in the modules, so that I can achieve a sense of accomplishment in my study. In addition, there are many choices in the topic of the thesis which combines interest and professionalism.

I wouldn't have been able to have the career that I've had without the course. Its door-opening - having the course and having the Cranfield network leads you to have the opportunity to take on new jobs.

My previous experience and my passion for robots enabled me to hunt for a university that provides a master’s degree which is research-intensive and industry-orientated in the field of robotics. I found Cranfield University, which is renowned for its intensive research. I was very excited to begin my journey to study an MSc in Robotics at Cranfield.

This course has such a strong reputation in the aviation industry and is recognised and well known by many experts. During my master's we had many industry experts and CEOs visiting and giving lectures

The course is well structured, intense and enjoyable. Cranfield University academics are supported by industry experts and this mix of teaching styles works for me. In the day job it would take many years to gain the same depth and breadth of topic understanding that we will enjoy after our two years of study.

Cranfield University has definitely fulfilled my expectations with regards to studying abroad. Considering the nature of my field of knowledge in structures and impact damage, the Cranfield Impact Centre was the most fascinating and impressive one for me, embodying an FIA approved test house for F1 crash tests.

I have been able to apply the skills and knowledge I learnt on the course in my current role. Prior to undertaking the course I wasn’t confident with financial concepts, but since completing the course I feel much more adept at solving problems, and understanding the basic and more complex situations I encounter at work.

Lauren Burns,
Operations Manager, CRX Markets AG

We have guest speaker sessions on Fridays where established professionals in the industry come and talk to us about topical issues that they are facing. We have been visited by individuals that work in Asset Management and Private Equity. Alumni have even come back to campus to talk to us about their journey. The course has been very practical and that’s what I have found really interesting.

Kingston Nwosu,
Alumnus, Cranfield School of Management

The study tour was very helpful. I went to Stuttgart in Germany and we visited many companies including Mercedes, where we visited the fully automated plant. We were able to see all of the practical and theoretical aspects that we learned in class like Just in Time, Just in Sequence and fishbone manufacturing. We also saw the challenges that this industry faces which was really useful.

Mehdi Benaiche (2019)
Alumnus, Cranfield School of Management

Every lecture, course activity and guest speaker session has been well thought out and planned. I now understand and am aware of the huge wealth of opportunity that exists in industry for us on completion of this course. I feel very motivated and well equipped for working in industry.

Abigail Dzomeku (2018)
Alumna, Cranfield School of Management

We’ve learnt so many different processes and process improvement techniques that are 100% takeaway and applicable to what we do day-to-day.

I’ve been able to take some of those back into the business and have made some continuous improvements to our processes at work.

Roisin Weaver
Service Delivery Manager, Fujitsu, current student,
(Management and Leadership MSc)

For me, what I love about the programme is that you cover everything you need to know about logistics and supply chain operations from warehousing, freight and sourcing to re-designing and networking a supply chain. It’s very broad-based and it gives you a lot of options to specialise in any of those areas.

The teaching style is very practical and business orientated. Other business schools have a very theoretical curriculum, with Cranfield what you get is a mix between business and professional, so you can quickly apply what you have learnt to your job. I don’t know of anywhere else where you get such a mix of people and can cross pollenate ideas.

The course has had a tremendous impact on my career, whilst writing my thesis I was approached by Unilever to work for them. I joined the global office as a Global Insights Analyst and have recently been promoted. For me, Cranfield really helped me do that.

Cranfield gave me the foundations to get into a FTSE 100 company by giving me the knowledge but the real key thing Cranfield gave me was the ability to thrive in that environment, to move forward and to work collaboratively with others. It really taught me how to lead.
Rebecca Harper (2017)
Performance Data Lead: Beauty and Personal Care UK&I, Unilever

For me, the most valuable element at Cranfield is the opportunity we get to challenge the status quo, and to really make a difference. The professors and staff encourage us to use our knowledge and intuition to be creative while working with up-to-date challenges, is very unique and will be incredibly rewarding for my future career.
Carl-Peter Lian (2017)
Business Development Manager,

One of the most memorable moments on the course was attending the Doing Good Doing Well conference in Barcelona. My favourite thing about the conference was meeting like-minded people who care about building a company that is not only profitable but is also doing good for society and the environment as much as I do.
Debora Widjaja (2016)
Business Integrity Associate, Facebook

We have had the opportunity to attend the EDIE Conference, which was fantastic. It was a great opportunity to connect and network with individuals leading in industry.

Alexander Stamford (2019)
Student, Cranfield School of Management

At Cranfield we have the opportunity to apply everything that we learn on the course and we also have the chance to take on the role of consultants which prepares us for the real world.

Throughout the course we took part in a number of activities that allowed us to apply the knowledge that we gained in class. The main activity being the Marketing Consultancy Project which required us to create a Marketing Plan for a client. We had the chance to apply various concepts including; Strategy, Branding, CRM, Communications and Digital Marketing.

Shivangi Mody (2018)
Brand Management Executive, Bisleri International Private Limited

Culture and diversity is what I found most enjoyable and inspiring whilst studying the Strategic Marketing MSc. The amazing blend of nationalities led to social relationships, which made working together much more fun and enjoyable.

Studying in one of the UK’s top universities has opened up a lot of opportunities for me. International companies and recruiters reached out to me with job offerings while I was still working on my thesis project.

Karl-Khalil Sarraf (2019)
Trade Marketing Specialist, Ferrero

Two months after completing the Strategic Marketing MSc, I was offered a Marketing Executive role in a company that manufactures British vitamin supplements. And now, after seven months in the company, I have been promoted to a Marketing Manager. I had to design a three-year Marketing Strategy for the brand; this is the reason why the Marketing Consultancy Project as well as the Marketing Communication modules were really useful and helped me to define the best option for the brand.

Cristina Gavilan (2019)
Marketing Manager, AvaCare

After a career in Commercial Finance, I chose the Cranfield MBA to close my c-suite skills gap, gain access to the prestigious alumni network and take advantage of Cranfield’s entrepreneurial focus. An unexpected by-product of the latter is that during the MBA programme I co-founded a sports media business, JAFA, with one of my MBA colleagues. Two years since its inception it has already been downloaded by tens of thousands of users.

Critical to this has been the support and input from Cranfield’s Bettany Centre, without which we would never have connected with some of our key investors to-date. Cranfield’s business focus makes it an obvious choice for future budding entrepreneurs.

The Cranfield MBA has challenged me, pushed me to my limits and made me develop huge inner confidence. I know whatever happens in the future, I will have the incredible support of the Cranfield community, and I look forward to flying the Cranfield flag high.

I was offered a full-time job at the company where I did my internship. The course really gave me the confidence by providing me with all the knowledge that I needed to push me forward.

Ebun Akinyele (2017)
ERP Analyst, Skanska

The highlight of the course for me was the balance of theory that we learnt and being taught how that theory can be applied in the real world. Modules such as Management Consulting allowed us to use what we had learnt and we then had the opportunity to apply it to a real business challenge. So once you have learnt the theory, you have the opportunity to test and apply it.

Aditya Pai (2017)
Business Controller, Telia Company

For me one of the most useful parts of the course was the internship, I sourced my internship through the university at Finning in Cannock. It was really useful for me because I got real life work experience. I also got to study with a diverse cohort, I had never experienced that before because I did all my studying and undergraduate studies in India.

Lakshme Srada Srinivas (2019)
Rupa Engineering Industries

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