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About Cranfield University

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Cranfield University is a wholly postgraduate science, technology and management institution, known for high-quality teaching, research and exceptional facilities. The university offers a variety of masters and research degrees across its specialist areas.

Closely aligned to the needs of industry and working with many global corporate partners such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Nissan and BAE Systems, degree programmes are designed to help students achieve their career aspirations.

Cranfield ranks well as a research university, with 81% of its research being internationally recognised in REF2014.

The majority of students study at the Cranfield campus in Bedfordshire. Students on defence and security programmes are based at the Defence Academy of the UK in Shrivenham on the Oxfordshire/Wilshire border.

Our mission

We are creating leaders in technology and management, unlocking the potential of people and organisations by partnering with business and governments to deliver transformational research, postgraduate education and professional development.

Creating leaders in technology and management

Cranfield's distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

Our education portfolio is renowned for its relevance to business and industry. We are the largest UK provider of master's-level graduates in engineering and offer a flagship MBA, extensive world-class customised executive education and professional development programmes. Our work informs government policy and leads the way in producing cutting edge new technologies and products in partnership with industry.

The research and consultancy we carry out for industry, government and business provides our students with a real-world learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and then transfer their knowledge to the global economy. This has always been the 'Cranfield way' but it has never been more important than in today's world.

Our corporate plan

Our corporate plan is designed to raise the ambition and enhance the distinctiveness of our University through our people (staff, students and alumni), the industry partners we work with and our unrivalled facilities. To strengthen our distinctive position in higher education and to grow our University, we have raised our ambition through our 415i goals:

4 – 400 fully research-active staff
1 – Deliver a UK top 10 learning experience
5 – Achieve a 5% operating surplus
i – Impact, influence, international

Our values

  • Ambition - We aim high. We do all we can to achieve excellence
  • Impact - We change people's lives. We make the world a better place
  • Respect - We value everyone's expertise. We support each other
  • Community - We build and cherish our Cranfield community. We embrace diversity

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Facts and figures
  • Number of students: 5000