History

Cranfield is a postgraduate university, specialising in technology and management. The theme running through Cranfield’s history is a commitment to and passion for applied research which makes a difference to the world in the fields of science, technology and management.

The forerunner of Cranfield University was the College of Aeronautics, created in 1946 and based at the RAF station in Cranfield, Bedfordshire. Through the 1950s and 1960s, the development of many aspects of aircraft research and design led to considerable growth and diversification into other areas such as manufacturing and management. In 1967, the School of Management was founded, so 2017 marks our 50th anniversary. In 1969, the College of Aeronautics became The Cranfield Institute of Technology incorporated by Royal Charter with full degree-awarding powers.

Cranfield University is the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university. The main campus is located at Cranfield in Bedfordshire, and the second campus is the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire. The Cranfield campus also has a semi-operational airport on campus and is used as part of aerospace teaching and research.
The university is split into the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, School of Water, Energy and Environment, School of Management and Cranfield Defence and Security.
There are a number of companies, both large and small, located on the Cranfield University Technology Park.
More than half of Cranfield’s students are over 30 years of age and almost half of the students continue to be employed while they study.

Why Choose Cranfield University?

1. In The Economist Which MBA? Masters in Management (MiM) 2019 ranking, the Cranfield School of Management’s Management MSc was ranked 3rd in the UK and 30th in the world. It was also ranked 1st in the UK and 9th in the world for percentage of job-seeking graduates with a job offer 3 months after graduation.

2. Our Flagship MBA is ranked 9th in the UK and 76th in the world. (FT 2019 Global MBA rankings)

3. 81% of our research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent by REF (Research Excellence Framework, 2014)

4. We are ranked in the top five of UK universities for commercial research income.

5. 97% of our graduates are in relevant employment or further study six months after graduation, securing jobs in some of the world’s best-known organisations including BP, Oxfam, Unilever, Airbus, Williams F1, Water Aid, Deloitte, RollsRoyce, PwC and Singapore Airlines.

6. Our Crash Impact Centre is one of just three FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) approved test centres in the world, crash-testing Formula One cars.

7. We are ranked in the top four UK universities for commercial research, consultancy and professional development

8. We are the only university in the world to own and run an airport and to have airline status

WORLD CLASS FACILITIES

Services for International Students

Cranfield University is home to around 4,000 postgraduate students from over 100 countries. A third of University staff come from outside the EU, and work alongside 750 businesses in 40 countries. Cranfield support staff can offer advice on visas and finance to international students, while the university also runs a pre-sessional English programme for international students.

Ranking

As a wholly postgraduate university, Cranfield University is not included in standard league tables. Cranfield University School of Management MBA is ranked Number 45 in the FT Global MBA Ranking 2015, while the Economist ranks it 46th in the world and 13th in Europe.

Cranfield has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in Further and Higher Education on three occasions – in 2005 for its Fellowship in Manufacturing Management, in 2007 for its role in Humanitarian Demining and in 2011 for its world-leading work in aviation safety through research and training in air accident investigation. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 81% of Cranfield research was classed as ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’.

Accommodation

Cranfield offer both catered and self-catered on campus accommodation, from halls of residence to shared houses, apartments for couples to houses for families. The University can also help to find private accommodation in nearby towns and villages. University rooms on the Shrivenham campus are generally reserved for military students.

Location

Cranfield University campus is 40 minutes away from central London by train, with the 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 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.

Alumni

Cranfield University has over 60,000 alumni and the University are committed to providing a world-class programme of inclusive and lifelong services to alumni.

Notable Cranfield alumni:

Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce; John McFarlane, Executive Chairman of Barclays; Ombola Johnson, Minister for Communication Technology Nigeria; Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership; and Garry Copeland, Managing Director – Operations, British Airways.

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