University profile

Cranfield University

2021/22 edition

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?

  • School of Management: Top 10 in the UK and 32nd in Europe in the Financial Times European Business Schools 2020 Rankings, and top 10 in the world in the Business School Teaching Power Rankings 2021 compiled for the Financial Times.
  • MBA full-time: 9th in the UK, 18th in Europe and 76th in the world in the Financial Times 2019 ranking of full-time MBA programmes
  • Executive MBA: 8th in the UK, 88th in the world, 3rd in the UK for Percentage of Women Students, 13th in the EU for Salary Increase Percentage and 1st in the UK for Satisfaction Rate in the Financial Times ranking of Executive MBA programmes 2020
  • Management MSc: 6th in the UK, 26th in the world and 14th in the world for employability in the world for employability in the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Management ranking 2021
  • Management MSc: 9th in the UK and 78th in the world in the Financial Times Masters in Management 2020 ranking
  • Finance and Management MSc: 9th in the UK and 40th in the world overall and 25th in the world for diversity in the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Finance Rankings 2021
  • Strategic Marketing MSc: 5th in the UK and 16th in the world, plus 5th in the world for employability in the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Marketing Rankings 2021.
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc: 2nd in the UK and 7th in the world for employability in the QS World University Rankings: Masters in Supply Chain Management Rankings 2021.

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

Our Alumni

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

  • Lord Karan Billimoria, Founder Cobra Beer Ltd
  • Anthony Jenkins, Former Chief Executive, Barclays
  • Nick Jenkins, Founder, Moonpig
  • Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
  • Tristram Mayhew, Rebecca Mayhew and Jerome Mayhew, Co-Founders, Go Ape
  • John McFarlane OBE, Chairman, Barclays
  • Angus Thirlwell, Founder, Hotel Chocolat
  • Sarah Willingham, Serial Entrepreneur
  • Warren East CBE, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce.


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

Join an Open Day

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.

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Contact details and campuses

Cranfield Campus
Cranfield Road
MK43 0AL

Cranfield University at Shrivenham

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