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About Cranfield University
An investment in advancing your career is a life-changing decision. By joining Cranfield University’s global reputation you will be taking your first steps to building strong relationships with some of the world’s most prestigious companies in industry. Cranfield University can open doors for you.
As an exclusively postgraduate university, we are focused on the specialist themes of aerospace, defence and security, energy and power, environment and agrifood, manufacturing, transport systems, and water. Cranfield School of Management is a world leader in management education and research.
What makes Cranfield unique?
- Our Flagship MBA is Ranked 9th in the UK, 29th in Europe and 79th in the world (QS Global MBA Rankings 2021)
- 81% of our research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent by REF (Research Excellence Framework, 2014)
- We are ranked in the top five of UK universities for commercial research income.
- 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.
- 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.
- We are ranked in the top four UK universities for commercial research, consultancy and professional development
- We are the only university in the world to own and run an airport and to have airline status
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.
- We have a centre for innovation next to the university campus. 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 its 10-year partnership.
- We have a strategic partnership with EasyJet, Europe's leading airline.
- We work with Unilever, one of the world's largest consumer goods companies.
Future career prospects
The Cranfield University has over 60,000 alumni. At Cranfield we are committed to providing a world-class programme of inclusive and lifelong services to our alumni. Find out more about our 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.
Cranfield University campus is 40 minutes away from central London by train, with 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.
We 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.
Please visit our website to find out more about our accommodation
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. You will be able to enjoy a campus tour as well as visit our great range of accommodation options. Our admissions team will be on hand to guide you through the application process and you will have the opportunity to explore funding opportunities that may be available to you. Come and find out what makes Cranfield special.
Contact details and campuses
Cranfield University at Shrivenham