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Cranfield University

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is the only postgraduate university in the UK. The University was founded as the College of Aeronautics in 1946 and became the Cranfield Institute of Technology in 1967. It finally got its name Cranfield University in 1993, despite having been a full university since 1969.

Carnfield University is one of the world's leading schools with triple accreditation: AACSB International (Association for Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System).

97% of University students are working or studying further six months after graduation to secure employment in some of the world's best-known organisations, including BP, Oxfam, Unilever, Airbus, Williams F1, Water Aid, Deloitte, Rolls-Royce, PwC and Singapore Airlines.

There are a variety of companies, both large and small, located in Cranfield University Technology Park.

Cranfield is the only university in the world to own and operate an airport and have the status of an airline.

Cranfield University Campus

The main campus is located at Cranfield in Bedfordshire, and the second campus is the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire. 

The School of Aerospace, Transportation and Manufacturing, the Cranfield School of Management and the School of Water, Energy and Environment are located on Cranfield campus. There is also a wide variety of exclusive, industrial-scale research facilities.

Cranfield campus in Shrivenham has a strong foundation in providing postgraduate education in Strategy, Leadership, Management and Technology.

Facilities in Campus

  • 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.

Location Specialities

  • Cranfield is packed with places to shop, eat and drink. It's about 50 miles from London, though Shrivenham is 80 miles from the capital city.
  • Accommodation
  • Cranfield provides both catered and self-catering housing on campus, from residence halls to shared residences. The University also offers housing for families.
  • The University can also help find private accommodation in nearby towns and villages. University rooms at Shrivenham campus are usually reserved for military students.

Cranfield University Awards 

  • In June 2015, the University won a prestigious European award for HR Excellence in Science.
  • It also won Queen's Anniversary Award for Intermediate and Higher Education on six different occasions in 2005,2007,2011,2015,2017&2019.

Cranfield University Ranking

  • In The Economist Which MBA? Masters in Management (MiM) 2019 ranking, the Cranfield School of Management’s Management MSc was ranked 3rd in the UK and 30th in the world. 
  • ranked 1st in the UK and 9th in the world for percentage of job-seeking graduates with a job offer 3 months after graduation.
  • MBA is ranked 9th in the UK and 76th in the world. (FT 2019 Global MBA rankings).
  • Ranked in the top five of UK universities for commercial research income

Student Teacher Ratio ( Number of students per staff)


Study Options

  • Aeronautical engineering. 
  • Agriculture and agrifood. 
  • Automation and control systems. 
  • Business and management. 
  • Chemical engineering. 
  • Civil engineering. 
  • Clean energy. 
  • Computer sciences. 
  • Cyber security. 
  • Design and innovation. 
  • Ecology and sustainability. 
  • Economics and finance. 
  • Electrical and electronic engineering. 
  • Energy and power. 
  • Engineering. 
  • Environmental sciences. 
  • Geography. Geosciences.
  •  Instruments and instrumentation. 
  • International relations.
  •  Life sciences. 
  • Manufacturing engineering. 
  • Materials sciences and engineering. 
  • Mathematics and statistics. 
  • Mechanical engineering.
  •  Mechanics. 
  • Meteorology and atmospheric sciences. 
  • Military sciences. 
  • Physics. 
  • Plant and soil science. 
  • Psychology. 
  • Renewable energy. 
  • Robotics. 
  • Social sciences. 
  • Systems sciences. 
  • Transportation science and technology. 
  • Water sciences.

Why Cranfield University?

  • Recognized for AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS triple accreditation-held by only 20 schools worldwide.
  • One of the leading management schools in Europe, offering one of the widest ranges of executive education programmes.
  • The World's only university to have an airport.
  • 1:7 staff-to-student ratio, that's one of the best for any UK university.
  • Research Excellence Framework 2014 identifies 81 per cent of Cranfield's research as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Six-time Queen's Anniversary Award winner.

How to Reach? Or Travel

Cranfield University campus is a 40-minute train ride from central London, with Milton Keynes and Bedford being the nearest towns. London Luton Airport is the University's closest airport, while Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are all easily accessible by train and bus.

Cranfield Defense and Security is approximately 50 minutes by train from London, and about 25 minutes by train from Bristol. Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour's drive, and less than two hours' drive from London.

Cranfield University Scholarships/Financial Aid

  • International students can access information related to funding and its advice along with a range of tools on the university's website.
  • Cranfield University offers funding and bursaries to applicants based on their credentials and applications.
  • It also provides an additional source of resources that back the partial/total funding of marginalized students.
  • The scholarship is available for students who display sound aptitude and ability while applying for the courses.
  • A summary of various scholarships offered is as follows:
Scholarship Name Eligibility Criteria Amount Awarded
Cranfield Scholarship Full time master’s program students Variable (depends upon choice of program and student)
British Chevening Scholarships Students from Chevening countries; Applied for admission to 3 different universities;
Received unconditional admission offers from one of the three universities by July 16;
Meet English proficiency requirements
Tuition + Flight fare + Living allowance + medical testing
Cranfield University GREAT Scholarship 2020 – India Indian students are studying environmental technology, water, agro-food, manufacturing,
energy and power, transport systems, or aerospace.
11,000 GBP

Famous Aluminis

  • Antony Jenkins – Former Group Chief Executive, Barclays
  • Winnie Byanyima - Executive director of UNAIDS
  • Warren East – CEO, Rolls-Royce Holdings
  • Andy Bond – Former CEO, Asda
  • Balakrishnan Suresh -Air Marshal and Chief of WAC in Indian Air Force

Cranfield University English Language Requirement:

  • IELTS - Overall 6.5 with No band less than 6.5.
    • MSc in Management – 7.0 overall and 6.0 in each element (no requirement to achieve 6.5 in writing)
    • All other MSc courses – 6.5 overall and minimum of 6.0 in each element (no requirement to achieve 6.5 in writing).
  • TOEFL – Overall score of 92
  • PTE – Overall score of 65

The Requirements may Defer for some Programs.

More Details on Entry Requirements can be found HERE.

Exam Minimum Requirements
PTE 65
Cambridge English scale 180
Cambridge English advanced C

Cranfield University Highlights

University Type Public
Location Bedford, England
Establishment Year 1946
Campus Setting Urban
No. of campuses 2
On campus accommodation Available
Mode of Program Full time/ part time/ online
Mode of Application Online
% of international students 25%
Student-Faculty ratio 7:1
Work study Available

Cranfield University Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

  • The tuition fee for programs at Cranfield University varies. International students studying in the UK pay different fees from domestic students.
  • Payment of fees can be made via online payment or bank electronic transfer.
  • The tuition fee for international students enrolled in full-time programs are as follows:
Budget Item  2020-2021 Academic Year
PG taught programs 20,000 – 31,000 GBP
Executive MBA 27,000 GBP
Research programs 18,870 GBP
Room and Board  7,107 GBP

Cranfield University Application Process

Cranfield University accepts applications from both domestic and international students. The University has a rolling admission policy. Application for admission can be submitted online through the University’s online portal.

How to Apply?

The following process must be followed while applying for admission to Cranfield University.

Application Fee: 100 GBP

Admission Requirements: The following documents must be submitted at the time of admission:

  • Official transcripts of institutes previously attended
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Essay
  • Updated Resume
  • GMAT/GRE/GPA score certificates
  • Visa + Immigration forms
  • Proof of Finances
  • Proof of English proficiency: The minimum requirements for English proficiency test scores are as follows:


Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
Work and Study in UK Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
Top Job Sectors in UK IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.
Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Cranfield University Average Tuition Fee Per Year


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£ 21,000

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 11,600

Campus accommodation

£ 7,000

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.