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Cranfield University


The forerunner of Cranfield University was the College of Aeronautics, created in 1946 and based at the RAF station in Cranfield, Bedfordshire. 

In 1967, the School of Management was founded, so 2017 marks our 50th anniversary.


The only wholly postgraduate University in the UK, our world-class programmes, unrivalled facilities, close links with business, industry and governments and an international outlook all combine to attract students and teaching staff from around the globe. The result is a long track record of creating leaders and innovators in our specialist areas of science, technology, engineering and management.  Our graduates are in demand and their association with Cranfield brings benefits throughout their careers.


Students undertaking a research degree have the opportunity to spend time focusing solely on one subject area, with their findings being written up as a thesis at the end. Cranfield offers students the chance to work on research projects commissioned by business, and during their time learning, students have access to research facilities including the £35million Aerospace Integration Research Centre. All students will be assigned a supervisor with vast experience in their field of work.


Cranfield has unrivalled links with business, industry, and governments, with relationships in nearly 1,500 organisations around the world. From the smallest owner-managed SMEs to the largest multinational conglomerates, British and international universities, non-government organisations and governments. These organisations frequently offer internships, graduate employment opportunities and research projects to our student body. The University also has 14 formal, high-level industry strategic partnerships  reflecting long-term relationships across academic, research and innovation activities.

We create leaders in technology and management, with the knowledge and skills, and to make an impact in the workplace.

Short Courses

Engineering & Technology (113)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (82)
Business & Management (66)
Applied Sciences & Professions (55)
Computer Science & IT (46)
Social Sciences (28)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

As one of our students at Cranfield University, you will benefit from our stimulating and professional learning environment giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills to achieve a global career, as well as the chance to make worldwide friendships along the way.

Housing services

Living on campus can be a great way for you to meet and socialise with other students, and to benefit from the supportive infrastructure and sense of community spirit this brings. However, we also understand that many students will still want to have the opportunity to live with partners and families, which is why we also offer affordable family homes and apartments for couples.

All our accommodation is within easy reach of the campus buildings and all the great amenities Cranfield University offers. There is plenty of parking space available for students who wish to bring their car. 

Take a look at our full range of accommodation options available here: 

Library services

You can search nearly 200 academic and leading commercial databases, enabling you to find current, relevant information and explore applied subjects in great depth. This will not only help you succeed at Cranfield; potential employers will value your familiarity with the specialist resources widely used within their industry as well.

ICT services

  • We offer high speed networking and wireless connectivity, providing you with access to a wealth of online services including our virtual learning environments, library resources, secure file store and university email.
  • Our IT services are accessible from both on and off campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, giving you the flexibility to work whenever and wherever you prefer. 

Campus life

  • Both Cranfield and Shrivenham are fully self-contained centres of academic excellence, set in extensive grounds in classic English countryside, just short distances from towns, cities and many other places of interest.  
  • Excellent transport links make it easy to get around and explore, with London, one of the world’s most global and cosmopolitan cities, just 50 miles from Cranfield and 80 miles from Shrivenham.
  • 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.

Sports facilities

  • Facilities at the Cranfield campus include our sports centre, which incorporates a fitness centre, playing fields, sports pitches and several tennis courts, while Shrivenham has its own golf course, outdoor heated swimming pool and riding stables.
  • At Cranfield, the fitness centre contains an extensive range of cardiovascular and resistance machines and free weights. The centre prides itself on offering excellent value for money, while catering for the varied needs of its members. So whether you want to lift weights or improve your general fitness, this is the place for you.
  • A number of our sports clubs also operate within the multi-purpose area of the gym and compete in inter-university and local leagues.

Student clubs

The Cranfield Student Association is run by a team of elected students and supported by a small team of staff. The aim of the CSA is to support and represent Cranfield University students, promote student welfare and organise social, cultural and sporting activities. Together with support from current students, the CSA student officers and school representatives also aim to ensure all students are provided with the support and services they need.

Cranfield is the first University in the UK to receive accreditation from the European Logistics Association.

Cranfield, England, United Kingdom

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