University profile

Cranfield University

2016/17 edition

About Cranfield University

Discover Cranfield

Cranfield University is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management, known the world over for high-quality teaching, research and exceptional facilities. We offer a wealth of master's and research degrees across our specialist areas.

Closely aligned to the needs of industry and working with many global corporate partners such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Nissan and BAE Systems our degrees equip you to achieve your career aspirations.

Cranfield is one of the top five research intensive UK universities, with 81% of our research being internationally recognised in REF2014. We are No1 in the UK for Engineering and Technology postgraduates and our flagship MBA is ranked Top 6 in the UK, Top 15 in Europe and Top 46 in the world. We are also a three times winner of the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

The majority of our students study at the Cranfield campus in Bedfordshire. Students on our defence and security programmes are based at the Defence Academy of the UK in Shrivenham on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border.

We offer a wide range of full- and part-time master’s and research degrees in the following specialist areas:


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Cranfield is the only UK university with a Postgraduate Loan Scheme, providing professionals with an affordable route to an enhanced career. 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, you can find out more on our Funding finder.


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You will find exceptional facilities, equipment and software here at Cranfield, including a fully functional airport - the only university with its own airport!

Many facilities at Cranfield are near to, or industrial scale and 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 - the list goes on! We even have our own sewage treatment works.

We offer 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. Our information and library services include over 14,000 electronic journal titles and over 200 databases.


On our Bedfordshire campus we have many different types of accommodation for single students, couples and families with different styles and facilities to suit your preferences. Accommodation is applied for when you receive your offer. 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.

Students who choose to live off-campus do so in the nearby village of Cranfield, the historic town of Bedford or the UK's fastest growing and vibrant city of Milton Keynes.

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


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Our Bedfordshire location gives 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.

We have everything you need on-campus for day-to-day life and studying, but when you want to venture off-campus, here are some example distances for our Bedfordshire campus:

  • Milton Keynes – by car - approximately 15mins
  • Bedford – by car - approximately 20mins
  • Luton airport – by car - approximately 30mins
  • Central London – by train from Bedford or Milton Keynes – approximately 40min train time
  • Birmingham – by train from Milton Keynes – approximately 45min train time

Our Shrivenham location is located just 20 minutes by car or bus from the large town of Swindon. Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London is less than two hours away.

Our Students

We are a truly international university, with over half of our learners 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.

Alumni Network

Your course at Cranfield is just the start of a life-long relationship with us. Our 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.

Open Days

During the year, we have a number of Open Days on our Bedfordshire campus which we encourage our potential students to attend. It will give you the chance to meet the lecturers, see some of the facilities and hear more about the university and also meet students that are already studying here.

Open Days run from 10:00 to 15:30. Find out more and register.

LiveChat Sessions

Cranfield University is hosting two LiveChat sessions designed to answer your questions on the spot! A Cranfield representative will be available online on the following dates.


19 January 10:00GMT
31 January 15:00GMT

To find out more how to join the chat please visit our website.

Contact details and campuses

Cranfield Campus
Cranfield Road
MK43 0AL

Cranfield University at Shrivenham

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