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Cranfield University

4.2 out of 5 (41 ratings / 17 reviews) Cranfield, England, United Kingdom
Cranfield is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation. With our emphasis on the aerospace, agrifood, defence and security, environmental technology, leadership and management, manufacturing and transport systems sectors, we have changed the way society thinks, works and learns.

Preparation Courses

Engineering & Technology (1)



The forerunner of Cranfield University was the College of Aeronautics, created in 1946 and based at the RAF station in Cranfield, Bedfordshire. 

In 1967, the School of Management was founded, so 2017 marks our 50th anniversary.


They generate and transform knowledge, translating it to the benefit of society. Their partners, from micro SMEs to the largest blue-chip multinationals, from governments across the world to NGOs and charities, say this is what they value about Cranfield.Innovation is part of Cranfield’s ‘corporate DNA’, evolved over 60 years of commitment to this agenda.Work informs policy for governments and produces new technologies and products for the world of commerce. The University draws on this pool of research and consultancy to provide our students with a distinctive ‘real-world’ learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and transfer their new knowledge to the global economy.


  • Industrial research is their lifeblood
Cranfield's outstanding facilities give students a unique opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge and research to a practical, industrial-scale setting.Amongst world-class facilities, they have the largest icing wind tunnel in the UK, a crash testing centre and one of the best equipped multi-phase flow rigs in the UK.
  • Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
Cranfield excels in strategic and applied research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise , 85% of research submitted for assessment was internationally recognised in terms of originality, significance and rigour, with 50% being internationally excellent and 15% being world-leading.


94% of the graduates are in relevant employment or further study within six months of graduation, securing jobs in some of the world’s best known companies including Nissan, Oxfam, Airbus, Johnson & Johnson, Williams F1, Water-Aid, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rolls Royce, Affinity Water, Kraft and GlaxoSmithKline to name a few. The staff put a great deal of effort into connecting you with prospective employers and helping you find relevant employment upon graduation. Many of the students are offered work with the partner companies having had opportunities to work with their staff and demonstrate their skills during their time at Cranfield.


Student services

They offer a broad range of resources such as:

  • skills, knowledge and expertise of our staff
  • consultancy/short-term support
  • secondments
  • guest speakers
  • research capability
  • training and development
  • unique archives and data sets such as the World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue - WOSSAC

Housing services

At the Cranfield campus they offer a wide range of accommodation options for our students; including accommodation for full-time single students, couples and families. All of their on campus accommodation is located within a short walking distance to all other on campus facilities. You may prefer to live off campus in the local community; they also maintain listings of private accommodation - from rooms in shared houses, to apartments and family homes.On campus accommodation at the Shrivenham campus is prioritised for British military students; however, they are pleased to assist you in securing private accommodation in the local area.

Library services

They offer access to a rich collection of nearly 200 academic and industry/profession-specific databases to support your work at Cranfield; enabling you to discover current, relevant cross-disciplinary information, as well as explore applied subjects in great depth. For students, experience and familiarity with using the more specialist resources will be recognised and valued by future employers.

ICT services

The virtual facilities include a range of testing environments which use computer technology to examine virtual scenarios.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Cranfield campus is approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of central London and adjacent to the village of Cranfield, Bedfordshire. The nearest main towns are Milton Keynes and Bedford, the centres of which are both about 8 miles (13 km) away. Cambridge is about 30 miles (48 km) east.
  • Shrivenham is about 55 miles (89 km) west of London, adjacent to Shrivenham village, 7 miles (11 km) from the centre of the nearest town, Swindon, and around 15 miles (24 km) from Oxford.
  • Bedford, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Swindon all have fast rail services to central London termini, good access to the main Motorway network and London Heathrow airport.

Sports facilities

The large, multi-use, indoor sports hall which is located at the Cranfield campus is able to host multiple sports and training activities, including:

  • badminton
  • 5-a-side football
  • table tennis
  • indoor cricket
  • netball
  • volleyball
  • basketball
  • handball
  • jitsu
  • circuit training.


Cranfield is the first University in the UK to receive accreditation from the European Logistics Association.

Cranfield, England, United Kingdom