Cranfield - an Introduction

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.

We are unlocking the potential of people and organisations by partnering with business and governments to deliver transformational research, postgraduate education and professional development in the areas of aerospace, defence and security, energy and power, environment and agrifood, management, manufacturing, transport systems and water. Our influence has helped to change the way society thinks, works and learns.

Thriving in a mature and stimulating environment, students develop as professionals and learn how to apply their expert knowledge and skills in the global economy.

We have developed solutions to real world problems – for example in water and sanitation, aviation safety and humanitarian mine detection and clearance – that have improved the lives of millions of people around the world.

Together, we generate and transform knowledge, translating it for the benefit of society and for diverse organisations, from micro SMEs to the largest blue-chip multinationals, from national governments to NGOs and charities. We influence policy and bring ground breaking new technologies and products to the market.

What makes Cranfield unique?

• Our Management MSc is ranked number one in the UK and seventh in the world (The Economist Which MBA? Masters in Management (MiM0 2017 rankings)
Our full-time MBA is ranked 3rd in the UK and 10th in the world (outside the US) in Forbes’ ranking of The Best International MBAs: One-Year Programs 2017.
• Our Finance and Management MSc is ranked 6th in the UK and 29th in the world in the Financial Times Masters in Finance Pre-experience ranking 2017
• Our Digital Forensics MSc is certified by GCHQ (the UK Government’s Communications Headquarters). Our Digital Forensics Unit is one of the longest established forensic units in the world
• In 2015 we were awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our pioneering work on water and sanitation for developing countries
• 81% of our research is classed as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” by REF (Research Excellence Framework, 2014)
• We are ranked in the top four of UK universities for commercial research income
• We are the only university in the world to own and run an airport and to have airline status.

Our Alumni

Cranfield University has over 60,000 alumni. We are committed to providing a world-class programme of inclusive and lifelong services to our alumni. Find out more about our alumni here.

Notable Cranfield alumni:

Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce; John McFarlane, Executive Chairman of Barclays; Ombola Johnson, Minister for Communication Technology Nigeria; Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership; Dr Andy Palmer, Chief Executive, Aston Martin Lagonda; and Dr Gareth Williams, Quality Manager, Airbus Group.

One of the most influential universities in the world

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

• We have links with government departments and many of the largest and most successful global businesses including Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, UK Civil Aviation Authority and Yorkshire Water
• Our centre for innovation, Cranfield University Technology Park, is home to more than 60 companies
• We have had a close working relationship with Rolls-Royce for over 30 years
• In 2015, we signed a collaboration agreement with Boeing, building on our 10-year partnership
• We are working with the UK Government on two multi-million pound agricultural technology centres – Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-EPI Centre) and Crop Health and Protection (CHaP)
• We work with Unilever, one of the world's largest consumer goods companies.


We offer both catered and self-catered on campus accommodation, from halls of residence to shared houses, apartments for couples to houses for families.

We can also help to find private accommodation in nearby towns and villages. University rooms on the Shrivenham campus are generally reserved for military students.

Please visit our website to find out more about our accommodation.


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 minutes from London by train and around 25 minutes 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.

Join an Open Day

We offer up to five Open Days a year at our Cranfield campus, providing you with the chance to attend our informative theme showcase sessions, meet academic staff, talk to our current students and visit our world-class facilities. Come and find out what makes Cranfield special.

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