Why Cranfield University 

Cranfield creates leaders and innovators in the specialist areas of science, technology, engineering and management. As 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. 


Defence and Security 
Energy and Power 
Environment and Agrifood 
Transport Systems 
School of Management 

Flexible and unique learning environment 

Our staff-to-student ratio – 5:1 – is one of the best of any university in the world. 94% of our graduates are in relevant employment or further study six months after graduation. Our students tell us that our hands-on, practical approach, our specialist focus and the depth and excellence of our education, research and industry links are what attract them here.  

Our programmes are structured to offer many choices from full and part-time study, including short courses. On some courses, you can choose to start your studies at different times of the year. Our taught programmes can deliver an MSc, MBA, MRes, MDes, PgDip or PgCert. 

Unrivalled links with business, industry and government 

Our programmes are designed with industry partners to equip you with the knowledge and skills to meet the latest challenges facing both public and private sector organisations. 

We have mutually beneficial relationships with around 1,500 companies and organisations.  These include Airbus, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, easyJet, Coca-Cola, and the UK Civil Aviation Authority and UK Ministry of Defence.  

World-class, large-scale facilities 

Cranfield is one of only a few universities in the world to own and run its own airport, maintaining an aerospace heritage stretching back more than 70 years.  Many of our facilities are industry standard, used by other universities and serve as essential, front-line resources for the UK as a whole. These include: 

  • The National Flying Laboratory Centre and the National Wind Tunnel facility 

  • The National Reference Centre for Soils.  

  • Crash Impact Centre; one of just three FIA-approved test centres in the world, crash-testing Formula One cars.  

  • The Structural Integrity Laboratory studies the mechanical behaviour of components and material samples up to 250,000 tonnes and has machines unique to any university in Europe.   

  • National Centre for Explosives Chemistry is used to develop and characterise explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics 

  • Accident Investigation Laboratory is dedicated to our internationally-renowned work in aviation, marine and rail safety.  

  • Aerospace Integration Research Centre, a new £35 million innovative aerospace research centre that will change the design of future aircraft, will open in 2017.  

Life at Cranfield University 

Cranfield University is a truly international community where students from all over the world come together for their education in a safe and peaceful environment. There is a wide range of accommodation to meet diverse requirements, including family homes and single student apartment blocks.   

As a student of Cranfield University, you are automatically a member of the Cranfield Students’ Association (CSA).The CSA runs a wide range of activities and entertainment, day trips, sports clubs and cultural/social societies. 

All campus amenities – including bars, shops, a post office, sports hall, bank and bookshop are within walking distance.  There is also an on campus nursery and preschool offering the very best for young minds. Excellent leisure and shopping facilities can be found in Milton Keynes and the historic town of Bedford, just a short drive away.  


“Cranfield is a great university focused on industry needs; therefore, the learning is focused on acquiring the soft skills and practical knowledge to become a competitive professional” Gustavo G. L., Engineering and Management of Manufacturing Systems MSc 

“At Cranfield there is a huge opportunity to meet new people from all around the world and to discover new cultures. Many activities outside of the course are possible. I took part in the basketball team with which I travelled all around the UK” Jeremy D., Advanced Materials MSc. 


  • 1st in UK for MSc Management (The economist 2017) 

  • Top five UK university (for commercial research income by Times Higher Education) 

  • Four-time winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize 

  • 81% of research is world-leading or internationally excellent  (Research Excellence Framework, 2014)



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Number of students at the university = around 4,400 students

Number of international students = more than 2,200 international students

Location of university – Cranfield Bedford campus is 50 miles from London and 80 miles from Shrivenham campus.   

Number of inhabitants in town/city =  around 160,000 

Nearest Airport = Heathrow, Luton and Birmingham airports

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