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Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a postgraduate and research-based university specialising in science, engineering, technology and management. By choosing Cranfield you will be joining a forward-thinking community where  exceptional teaching, research and innovation leads to world-changing advances. Cranfield's portfolio of programmes can be taken full-time or part-time – whatever suits you. 

The uiversity's emphasis on advanced practical, postgraduate and professional education is reflected by the type of students attracted to Cranfield. The focused study environment means that you as a student 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.

Research at Cranfield

The Master's degrees at Cranfield are informed by the cutting-edge research carried out on behalf of over 750 industrial clients and partners in more than 40 countries.

Cranfield is one of the top five research intensive UK universities, with 81% of research being internationally recognised in RAE2014. Cranfield is No1 in the UK for Engineering and Technology postgraduates and Cranfield's flagship MBA is ranked Top 6 in the UK, Top 15 in Europe and Top 46 in the world. The university is also a three times winner of the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

Researchers studying for a higher degree will benefit from the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), which will enable you as a student to join one of the specialist research communities based on your field of expertise. The DTC will also help you develop transferable skills that will support your personal development, as well as being attractive to potential employers. 

Teaching and Learning

Cranfield sets up and reviews their 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 Cranfield's staff have industry backgrounds and are leading academic experts in their fields. Industry experts teach alongside the academic team on many of the programmes providing real-life challenges so that you learn in an environment similar to the business world you will go on to.

The teaching quality at Cranfield has been independently assessed and received the highest recommendation possible from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) giving you the assurance that your study will be of the highest standards.

Subject Areas

Cranfield's teaching and research is grouped under eight main themes:

  • Aerospace
  • Agrifood
  • Defence and Security
  • Energy
  • Environmental Technology
  • Leadership and Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Transport Systems

This enables the University to focus on industry sectors rather than traditional academic disciplines so that you leave Cranfield with the skills and knowledge required by the employer you will join.

Experience in the themes covers many subject disciplines including: aircraft design, aviation safety, driver behaviours, crash impact testing, motorsport, renewable fuels, oil and gas exploration, all aspects of water management, soils, food processing and post-harvest research, biosensors, nanotechnology, materials manufacturing, design, business, economics and finance, defence technologies and regulation and policy development.

Support and Funding

The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme offers you the opportunity to study for your MSc with no repayments while you study. There are also scholarships and other funding opportunities available. Ask your Across The Pond advisor for details.

International Student Support

Cranfield is a truly international university, with over half of the students coming from outside the UK, representing more than 110 countries. This means you will be exposed to many different cultures, attitudes and experiences during your time here. Over half study part-time whilst in employment giving you the opportunity to share ideas and learn from those already in industry, and providing a stimulating experience that mirrors the global workplace.


Cranfield's library offers access to a rich collection of over 14,000 electronic journal title and 200 academic and industry/profession-specific databases to support your work at Cranfield; enabling you to discover current, relevant cross-disciplinary information, as well as explore applied subjects in great depth. The university offers tailored group and one-to-one training to ensure that you are able to make the most of the resources available.

Crandield's many facilities 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 even a sewage treatment works!

The university also offers 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.  

Location – space to study and socialise

The Cranfield 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. Everything you need is on-campus for day-to-day life and studying, but the 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.

Living on or off campus

On the Cranfield campus there are many different types of accommodation for single students, couples and families with different styles and facilities to suit your preferences. As a rural campus there is no inner-city commuting, and living on campus means being just minutes away from lectures, facilities and free parking. If you prefer to live off-campus, you can choose the nearby village of Cranfield, the historic town of Bedford or the UK's fastest growing and vibrant city of Milton Keynes. 

Students at the Shrivenham campus live in rented accommodation in nearby Watchfield, Farringdon or the large town of Swindon. 


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.

94% of Cranfield's graduates are in relevant employment or further study within six months of graduation, securing jobs in some of the world’s best known companies including Nissan, Oxfam, Airbus, Johnson & Johnson, Williams F1, Water-Aid, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rolls Royce, Affinity Water, Kraft and GlaxoSmithKline to name a few.

Alumni Network

Cranfield's Alumni is a professional network of over 55,000 people worldwide. Throughout the year, there is a complete and varied programme of activities you can participate in.

Find out more

To find out more about the range of taught programmes and research opportunities, as well as information about funding, fees, entry requirements and how to apply, please contact one of the Across The Pond Advisors for free guidance and support.

Student population: Approx. 4,300

City population: Milton Keynes 230,000, Bedford 81, 000

Location: Close to the rural open spaces around Cranfield campus are many amenities and attractions to enjoy, including the busy towns of Milton Keynes and Bedford. Cranfield University’s Shrivenham campus is situated at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, which is a Ministry of Defence site.

Closest airports: Gatwick, Heathrow, City, Stansted, Luton

Date of establishment: 1946

Areas of expertise: Technology and Management

Cost of Tuition per year: From £19,500 per year (2020/21)

Partner Universities Support Across the Pond Scholarships

Across the Pond is very pleased to announce the Across the Pond Scholarships!

Twelve of our partner universities have very generously allocated funds for Across the Pond applicants, totaling over £130,000 worth of award money for Across the Pond students exclusively. Because these scholarships are exclusive to students using Across the Pond’s services, the chances of obtaining an award are quite high. We strongly encourage students to apply!

The participating universities are as follows:

Congrats to Cranfield!

Cranfield University was just awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the fifth time - one of only eight institutions to have won the award on five or more separate occasions.  Cranfield received the award for its research and education in large-scale soil and environmental data for the sustainable use of natural resources in the UK and worldwide. This is the first time in the Prize’s history that an award has been given for soil science. 

Check out this video to learn more about this accomplishment: 


Name: Taoyi Zhang - Course: Investment Management

My first impression of Cranfield compared to London was that I thought I’d come to a different country. It’s completely different from London. But after one or two weeks here I really feel peaceful and I can really concentrate on the course.

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