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Cranfield University

Cranfield University

Cranfield University


Business, industry, and governments recognise Cranfield University's world-class postgraduate courses and unrivalled facilities. Our reputation for education, research and consultancy attracts students and academics from across the globe.

Nestled in the heart of the Cambridge-Milton Keynes- Oxford Arc, Cranfield offers a mature and stimulating environment where students develop as professional leaders in science, technology, engineering, and management, applying their knowledge and expertise to real-life projects that better the global economy.

With a deep understanding of technology, world-class research, entrepreneurship and leadership training in key areas of;

· Aerospace

· Design Engineering

· Defence and Security

· Energy and Sustainability

· Environment and Agrifood

· Leadership and Management

· Manufacturing and Materials

· Transport Systems

· Water

Working with national governments, NGOs, and charities to micro-SMEs to the largest blue-chip multinationals together we influence policy and bring ground-breaking new technologies and products to the market.

As one of the UK's most business-engaged University, we are trusted to understand and to be responsive to many organisations' needs.

We hold:

  • Strong links with government departments and some of the largest and most successful global businesses including Airbus, Bill and Melinda gates Foundation, Jaguar Land Rover, McDonald’s, PepsiCo, Rolls-Royce (spans over 30 years), Unilever, UK Civil Aviation Authority and Yorkshire Water.
  • Cranfield University Technology Park - our centre for innovation located just offsite - homes more than 60 companies.
  • a collaboration agreement with Boeing, building on its 10-year partnership with Cranfield.
  • a strategic partnership with EasyJet, Europe's leading airline.
  • Links to Unilever, one of the world's largest consumer goods companies.

Our results are recognised in our awards and rankings, our partnerships, and the success of our alumni. The experience gained at Cranfield is transformational for both individuals and organisations alike.

Click here to see our Rankings and Awards

Campus Features

Student Life at Cranfield University

Cranfield is at the centre of two very beautiful and interesting worlds, the modern city of Milton Keynes and the country town of Bedford. Both options are just a few miles away from campus and are accessible by car, or by public transport.

While Shrivenham, a Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders, lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, seven miles from Swindon.

On campus, there is a true sense of community, helping you to forge friendships during your studies and leisure time, in a safe and peaceful environment. Whatever your recreational, social, or sporting interests, there are many opportunities to make friends and have a great time.

Cranfield Campus:

Green Spaces - on campus you will find plenty of open spaces to relax, rejuvenate and simply enjoy. The open spaces are great for taking a break or for use as an alternative study area during the summer.

Hartley’s Bar (within the CMDC) - offering a relaxed and welcoming environment, hosting regular events, including karaoke nights, live music, and themed evenings.

Eating - We have several cafés and restaurants, which serve everything from ice-creams, coffees, and international snacks to hot meals. Located in front of Cranberries, our Costa Coffee outlet provides freshly brewed tea and coffee, along with a variety of cakes, pastries, and light snacks. We also have a regular street food area offering a variety of different world foods for you to experience.

Gym - enjoy our well-equipped fitness centre which is split between a free weights room, a functional training room and a general-purpose gym with a range of resistance and cardiovascular machines.

Outdoor Sports Facility - grassed, multi-use playing field features full-size football, rugby and cricket pitches and is also ideal for training, while our multi-use games area features two floodlit, fully fenced, five-a-side pitches with synthetic artificial turf.

Relaxation and Therapy - A range of therapeutic and professional services are offered by external companies operating at our Cranfield sports centre.

Worship - We have an ecumenical chapel where Christian groups can meet and Roman Catholic mass is celebrated, a Mosque for daily and Friday prayer, Quran study, Eid and Ramadan observations, and close links with other local places of worship.

Bringing a Family to Cranfield - To keep children entertained the Cranfield Students Association regularly organises a comprehensive programme of fun and engaging activities including parties, games, and events throughout the year.

Look at other activities available during your time at Cranfield by visiting our Life at Cranfield page:


Living on campus can be a great way for you to meet and socialise with other students, and to benefit from the supportive infrastructure and sense of community spirit this brings. However, we also understand that many students will still want to have the opportunity to live with partners and families, which is why we also offer affordable family homes and apartments for couples.

All our accommodation is within easy reach of the campus buildings and all the great amenities Cranfield University offers. There is plenty of parking space available for students who wish to bring their car. Chilver Hall - Fully furnished single or double standard ensuite rooms Stringfellow Hall - Fully furnished single ensuite rooms Lanchester Hall - Fully furnished single and double ensuite and shared bathroom option rooms Baroness Young Hall - Fully furnished premier single ensuite rooms and studio apartments Mitchell Hall - Fully furnished standard and ensuite rooms both fully catered Family Homes - Two, Three and Four bedroomed furnished family homes Apartments For Couples - Furnished Studio Apartments


    Come to our Open Day

    Choosing where to study for your postgraduate degree requires a commitment in terms of both time and money. We realize the importance of not only studying a subject you are passionate about but also completing a course that will give you a head start in terms of future employment. That's why we encourage you to come and visit us on one of our Open Days:

    To find out more about our Open Days and other University Events visit our Events Page

    Visa Requirements

    Cranfield University uses a system called CAS Shield to manage the CAS process. We will contact you by email once the course start date is less than 6 months away and your application has progressed to the point where the CAS can be processed. The email will confirm that an account has been created for you in CAS Shield and you will be able to log in to the system to start completing the information we need to issue your CAS.

    Please note that to be eligible to start the CAS process you must have:

    • accepted your course offer
    • paid the tuition fee deposit (where applicable)
    • met all conditions of your offer

    You may also be asked to provide evidence of your finances to study in the UK. This is to ensure that your finances will meet UKVI visa requirements. If you are required to provide these documents, you will be able to do this securely by uploading them in CAS Shield.

    Scholarships and Funding

    There are over 100 different scholarships and bursaries available for students.

    Whether you are a UK-based student, or an international student, we provide information, advice and a range of online tools to help you put together the funding package you need. Take a look at our funding finder which provides a searchable database of sources of financial support. We also offer bursaries for high quality applicants.


    We are a world-leading specialist university, and our global impact is recognised in prestigious awards and rankings:

    • Cranfield was recognised by the UK Office for Students in 2022 as a world-leading specialist provider in recognition of our global reputation for high quality teaching and the ongoing impact of our graduates on their professions and industries.
    • We’re in the top 20% globally for our sustainability efforts. The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023 placed Cranfield in the global top 40 for our actions supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goal 17.
    • 88% of Cranfield’s research is world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021).
    • In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023, we are ranked in the global top 30 for Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing. We’re also in the global top 150 for ‘Business and Management Studies’ and the top 200 for ‘Environmental Sciences.
    • We are a six-time winner of the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education.
    • Cranfield was recognised by The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), 2024 as 8 in the UK for Employability.

    Click here to see our Rankings and Awards


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    Campus Life & Facilities

    Cranfield University offers a peaceful location in the English countryside, allowing you to focus on your studies, yet is only a short distance from many exciting cities and towns.

    The School of Aerospace, Transport, Manufacturing and Materials, Cranfield School of Management, the School of Water, Energy and Environment and some of the Cranfield Defence and Security activities are located on the Cranfield campus. There is also an extensive range of unique, industrial-scale facilities for research.

    All campus amenities – including bars, shops, a cash machine, a post office, and a sports hall – are within walking distance. Excellent leisure and shopping facilities can be found in Milton Keynes and the historic town of Bedford, just a short drive away.

    Whatever your recreational, social or sporting interests, the wide range of opportunities in and around Cranfield University are sure to offer something for everyone.

    Cranfield campus is set in extensive grounds with:

    • Its own airport,
    • Two hotels with full accommodation and conference and banqueting facilities,
    • Sports and recreation facilities,
    • Student accommodation options comprising family homes and single student apartment blocks,
    • An adjoining Technology Park, home to nearly 60 science, technology and knowledge-based businesses.

    Our on-campus nursery and pre-school offer the very best for young minds - both have been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

    Click here for more details about our Cranfield campus accomodation.

    Cranfield at Shrivenham is home to Cranfield Defence and Security. It is a secure military site in partnership with the Defence Academy, Ministry of Defence, UK. The site has an excellent array of facilities and activities available to staff, students and their families.

    During your time here at the Defence Academy you will be part of a warm, welcoming community and there’s no shortage of things to do, both on and off site.

    Click here for more details about our Shrivenham campus accommodation.


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      Swindon, United Kingdom

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        Cranfield, United Kingdom