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Cranfield University

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Quick facts:

  • A Triple Crown-accredited school.
  • Cranfield welcomes students from over 100 countries each year.
  • Ranked number one in the UK for aerospace engineering.

Cranfield is a postgraduate university that specialises in technology and management. The University is particularly renowned for its courses in business and is also the largest UK provider of master’s-level graduates in engineering and offers a flagship MBA programme.

About Cranfield University

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Cranfield was founded as the College of Aeronautics in 1946 and was based at the RAF station in Cranfield, Bedfordshire.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the university enjoyed a lot of success and development in many aspects of aircraft research and design, which generated a considerable growth into other areas such as manufacturing and management. All which led to the founding of the School of Management in 1965.

Cranfield University is one of the top 10 research-intensive universities in the UK. They are a purely postgraduate university, offering outstanding teaching and research in the areas of Aerospace, Environment & Agrifood, Energy & Power, Defence & Security, Manufacturing, Leadership & Management, Transport and Water.

Cranfield has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize 5 times, including in 2015, when they were awarded the prize for education and research into safe water and sanitation for the world’s poorest communities.

Here are some reasons why Cranfield is so highly rated:

  • 3rd in the UK and 10th in the world (outside the US) in Forbes’ ranking of The Best International MBAS: One-Year Programmes 2017.
  • Ranked number one in the UK for aerospace engineering by HESA 2016/17. In fact, over half of all aerospace engineering master’s students in the UK study at Cranfield each year.
  • The University is also ranked first for production and manufacturing engineering by HESA 2016/17.

Courses and specialities

Cranfield University is specialised in postgraduate studies and has access to world-class, large-scale facilities. As a matter of fact it is the only university in the UK with a fully-operational airport, The National Flying Laboratory Centre. In addition to the airport, Cranfield’s newest facility, a £67million Digital Aviation Research and Tehcnology Centre (DARTeC) will open in 2020.

Cranfield also has one of the best staff-to-student ratios for any university in the UK. In fact, there is one member of academic staff to every seven students.

In the QS World Rankings 2018, Cranfield is ranked in the top 50 for Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing, and they have the largest number of engineering master’s students in the UK.

The flagship MBA

Cranfield was in fact one of the very first institutions in the UK to offer the MBA. Today, it ranks fourth in the world for Economics and organisational Behaviours and third in the UK for employment three months after graduation by the Financial times 2018.

The idea of the programmes are to engage closely with the real world of business. Cranfield’s School of Management is a place where learning embraces practice, so that knowledge leads to action. The MBA programmes deliver a practical, purposeful and powerful learning experience, helping its students develop leadership skills, and gives them a broad range of management tools and techniques which will make them in high demand in the fast-moving world of business.

In the Financial Times Executive Education rankings, Cranfield School of Management is consistently ranked among the top 15 business schools in Europe and one of the top five in the UK for both its open and customised executive development programmes. 

How to Apply to Cranfield University

At postgraduate level, applications are made to the university directly, however, the Study Experience team will help guide you through your application.

Regarding the English language entry requirements for Cranfield University, students must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall, or a score of 92 on the TOEFL. The Study Experience will also direct students towards the most relevant IELTS preparation programme according to their level and needs.

Living and studying at Cranfield

Cranfield University has a vibrant and culturally diverse student body with over 4,100 students representing more than 110 countries. Over 40% of the teaching staff come from outside the UK, bringing expert knowledge to their research and teaching. The University itself works with over 1,500 businesses in 40 different countries, giving you the ideal opportunity to network with world-wide businesses.

Cranfield University has two main campuses, Cranfield and Shrivenham. Both have excellent transport links making it easy to get around and explore, with London just 50 miles from Cranfield and 80 miles from Shrivenham.

The Cranfield campus

Bedford and Milton Keynes are the closest towns to Cranfield’s campus. Both towns run fast trains to London, so it makes it very convenient for you to travel. They also have plenty of attractions to enjoy, such as, bars and restaurants, sports centres, shops, live music festivals, cinemas and more.

There are a wide range of accommodation options, from halls of residence to shared houses, apartments for couples and houses for families. Cranfield offer their accommodation on a first come first serve basis. However, applications will be prioritised to new and current students.

On campus, there is a true sense of community where you have many opportunities to make friends and have a great time whatever your recreational, social or sporting interests may be.

The Shrivenham Campus

Shrivenham is located under an hours travel time from central london, which also makes it convenaient for you to travel and make the most of your time whilst at university. Oxford and Swindon are the closest places to the campus and offer you plenty to do. Oxford is a city famous for its history and is visiting. There are many pubs and restaurants, museums and plenty of green spaces.

Swindon offers a wide range of entertainment. There is an international size ice-skating rink, a shopping centre, a designer outlet village as well as all the necessities of a vibrant town.

Unfortunately, Shrivenham doesn’t offer on-campus accomodation, therefore students will need to find privately rented houses, flats or rooms that are available nearby.

For more information or to apply, get in touch with a member of the Study Experience team.

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