Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.
We are focused on the specialist themes of aerospace, defence and security, energy and power, environment and agrifood, manufacturing, transport systems, and water. The Cranfield School of Management is a world leader in management education and research.
Cranfield was formed in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics, the first postgraduate college of its kind. The School of Management was founded in 1967.
We are home to many world-class, large-scale facilities which enhance our teaching and research.
We are the only university in the world to own and run an airport and to have airline status. Our facilities include our Crash Impact Centre, one of just three FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) approved test centres in the world, crash-testing Formula One cars. The Aerospace Integration Research Centre, a new £35 million innovative aerospace research centre which will change the design of future aircraft, will open later this year.
Cranfield teaches 4,500 postgraduate students each year and employs 1,500 academic and support staff. We have the largest number of engineering and technology postgraduates in the UK and award over five percent of the UK’s engineering and technology PhDs each year.
Our staff-to-student ratio is one of the best for any university in the UK and the world (one member of academic staff to every five students).
We work closely with business, industry and government across the world. Through our industry partnerships, applied research projects and our executive education and professional development programmes, we currently work with over 1,500 companies and organisations.
We are ranked in the top five of UK universities for commercial research income, with 81% of our research classed as world-leading or internationally excellent by REF (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).
We are dedicated to solving real-life problems. Much of our teaching is informed by our links with organisations and their need to generate workable solutions for the benefit of their business, their customers and society in general. Our research is informed by our leading thinking. We work in close collaboration with many organisations to turn ideas and innovation into reality.
We are a global, multi-cultural university. Talented graduates and enquiring minds from over 100 countries come to Cranfield each year to advance their education. The international cohort at Cranfield reflects the diversity of many global organisations and multi-national companies.
Our students and the businesses and government departments we work with have a global outlook. We share their passion to solve global challenges.