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An investment in education is a life-changing decision that will affect your future career. By choosing Cranfield you will be joining a forward-thinking community where our exceptional teaching, research and innovation leads to world-changing advances. Our portfolio of programmes 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.
We set up and review our programmes 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 programmes 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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Many facilities at Cranfield are near to, or industrial scale and include: cabin evacuation laboratories; crash testing equipment; oil and gas engineering rigs; icing tunnels; off-road testing facility; soil dynamics laboratory; flying and welding laboratories; a £1 million flight deck simulator; body armour test house; biomechanics laboratories; an experimental farm and we even have our own sewage treatment works!
We offer excellent computer facilities with an extensive network of workstations available in open access areas across campus. You will have access to leading software applications, collaboration and learning tools, as well as high-performance research computing facilities and specialist support if you are undertaking larger scale projects.
Our campuses give 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. We have everything you need on-campus for day-to-day life and studying, but our central location means 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.
Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders. 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.
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.
We are ranked second in the UK for graduate employment (DLHE longitudinal survey, 2017).
The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.
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 management role, or wanting take your career to the next level.
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Cranfield University is an exclusively postgraduate UK university with long-standing relationships with some of the most prestigious global companies. Our close collaboration with industry, and passion for the areas we operate in, will help your career.
We have more than 200 doctoral students and 400 MSc Aerospace students drawn from universities around the world. We are the UK’s top destination for aerospace engineering postgraduate students and the largest provider of accredited aerospace degree courses.
At the forefront of the global aerospace technology industry we have provided world-class postgraduate education and training for over 70 years. Together with our commercial arm, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Ltd, we have the unique capability and approvals to design, build and fly innovative aircraft systems. Our aerospace MSc courses are a perfect illustration of the breadth and depth of our aerospace portfolio, providing you with skills and expertise valued around the world. Within a number of courses there are a range of options to suit individual interests.
Cranfield has unrivalled links with industry. Our specialist, sector-facing master’s courses are set up and developed in close collaboration with industry partners, ensuring the content of our courses remain industry-relevant and employers remain impressed with your business-readiness.
Our students benefit from our extensive contacts and track record of close collaboration with government and the aerospace sector. These links include industrial advisory panels and project sponsors. Our group projects provide you with invaluable experience of delivering a collaborative piece of work in a team environment. With the assistance of industry, group projects are designed to mimic typical working environments within the sector.
Our alumni go on to enjoy successful careers in aerospace, space and associated industries. Many senior employees in global aerospace organisations around the world have a connection to Cranfield.
Aerospace Specialist technical facilities include the Aerospace Integration Research Centre Co-funded by Airbus, Rolls-Royce and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, a £35 million collaboration between industry and academia is developing the breakthrough solutions that will radically change the design of aircraft in the future. In addition to our runway, global research airport, wind tunnels and flight simulators, our newest research facility opening soon, the £67 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC). This will address the challenges and opportunities offered by digital aviation technology.
Our work embraces the entire spectrum of aviation, combining academic excellence and strong industry focus. We create an ideal post-graduate learning environment for you to pursue your Masters or PhD qualification in aerospace to launch take you into the next stage of your career.
Cranfield has decades of experience working closely with partners across the globe including governments, regulatory agencies, research councils and other academic collaborators. We work with businesses including Total, BP, E.ON, Shanks Alstom Power, EDF Energy and Siemens Power Generation amongst others.
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. The current priority for the UK is replacing its ageing fleet of power stations with viable secure, reliable and affordable options while meeting challenging carbon reduction targets. We collaborate with industry and research partners to solve these challenges. Our focus is on world-class, industrial-scale research and pilot-scale demonstration programmes. Our institutional strength is in low carbon energy supply, power generation, advanced fossil fuel technologies and transport systems. . Activity ranges from offshore renewables, the production and clean utilisation of fossil fuels, through micro-generation and the use of energy crops, to the design of lightweight vehicles, turbine technology and the utilisation of wastes as fuel.
Global concern for environmentally friendly and sustainable energy solutions is a long-term issue and therefore a career in this industry offers longevity and the potential to work all over the world. We create an ideal learning environment for you to pursue your qualification in energy to launch you into the next stage of your career.
Cranfield have been contributing to the ‘green economy’ for over 40 years with deep expertise in environmental governance and sustainability, natural resource management, agriculture and land management, energy and the environment, environmental engineering for the treatment of water, wastes and contaminated soils.
We combine our scientific expertise in the management of water, soil and biodiversity with world-class innovation in environmental engineering and business management to provide truly sustainable solutions.
Studying at Cranfield means working intimately with our partners in industry, Government or the NGO sector. We provide real-world expertise and prepare our students for the challenges of working in an exciting, growing, globally relevant and intellectually challenging sector. For researchers, we share our expertise internally through our Environment Doctoral Research Centre, the focus of support to our postgraduate research community. Our advanced education and research programmes are internationally recognised; combining natural and social sciences, and engineering with a focus on design, systems and a risk-based approach to environmental management.
We create an ideal learning environment for you to pursue your qualification in environment to launch you into the next stage of your career.
Cranfield has been helping individuals and businesses learn and succeed by transforming knowledge into action for over 50 years.We bring together a range of management disciplines through a significant portfolio of activities that includes research and consultancy, postgraduate masters and doctoral programmes, executive development courses, customised programmes and conferences. Our MBA, executive education and doctoral programmes are all highly ranked in the major league tables.
A key strength is our faculty, which is amongst the largest and most diverse of any business school in Europe. Leaders in their chosen fields, they are actively engaged in consultancy and business relevant research and are closely in touch with the needs of business and government. We are dedicated to creating responsible management thinking, improving business performance and inspiring the next generation of business leaders.
All who study here become part of the Cranfield community for life. With alumni in more than 120 countries – it is a truly international and very powerful network of professionals, many of whom are leading figures in business and wider society.
We ensure that you get our rich learning environment for you to pursue your qualification in management to launch you into the next stage of your career.
Manufacturing at Cranfield University is unique in its multidisciplinary approach that brings together expertise in the areas of design, technology and management. We a key role in ensuring the UK stays at the cutting edge of manufacturing research. Cranfield has been selected to lead three (with involvement in a further two), of the nine new EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing across the UK. The Cranfield Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (IMRC) is also a driving force for both the rapid growth of established areas of manufacturing expertise and the development of new research areas. Our excellence in postgraduate manufacturing education and training is recognised by a number of professional institutions including the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). We have close partnerships with some of the leading manufacturing organisations such as Rolls-Royce plc, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, General Motors and BAE Systems. Research partnerships are undertaken with more than 500 organisations of all sizes every year. Our work uses facilities on a full production scale, transforming great ideas into effective products, technologies and services. We create an ideal learning environment for you to pursue your qualification in manufacturing to launch you into the next stage of your career.
The global transport services market reached a value of nearly $6,630.5 billion in 2018. Within this increasingly interconnected world, Cranfield is helping to define the future of the industry with our award-winning research and teaching.
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.
Cranfield has over 50 years’ experience working with transportation clients across sectors, including automotive, aviation safety, human factors and transport accident investigation, motorsport, air transport management and the military.
The University features an impressive host of facilities including its own airport, the National Flying Laboratory centre, our Boeing 737-400, the multi-user environment for autonomous vehicle innovation (MUEAVI) test track for autonomous vehicles, various flight simulators, wind tunnels and an accident investigation laboratory. Furthermore, the Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) is being built on-site and will spearhead the UK’s research into digital aviation technology.
Studying at Cranfield will bring you in close contact with leading industry professionals and practitioners from around the world, enabling you to develop valuable connections and potential career development opportunities. We have mutually beneficial relationships with nearly 1,500 organisations around the world including Airbus, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, Boeing, Ford, Heathrow and Rolls Royce.
Our teaching is recognised for its relevance, focus and excellence. You will learn from experienced academics and industry professionals in an environment that prepares you for the real world. Cranfield is ranked 5th in the UK for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering and in 2019 we were awarded our sixth Queen’s Anniversary Prize for delivering in-flight aerospace engineering training for the worldwide aviation industry through our flying classrooms and laboratories.