Cranfield University


Cranfield University was formed in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics, on the former Royal Air Force base of RAF Cranfield, which opened in 1937. Together with other individuals, Stafford Cripps was instrumental in the foundation of the original college in 1946, from which the university developed. The Vice-Chancellor’s building is known as “Stafford-Cripps”.

Between 1955 and 1969 a period of diversification took place. In 1967 the college presented the Privy Council with a petition for the grant of a Royal Charter along with a draft charter for a new institution to be called Cranfield Institute of Technology.

The Cranfield Institute of Technology was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1969, giving the institution its own degree-awarding powers.

Since then the former National College of Agricultural Engineering established at Silsoe near Luton, Bedfordshire, in the 1960s, was incorporated. This was relocated to the Cranfield campus and closed for teaching undergraduates in 2007 whilst retaining some postgraduate courses.

In 1993 the institution’s Royal Charter was amended to change its name to Cranfield University. (Cranfield had been a full university in every sense since its original Royal Charter of 1969, but the new name was intended to better reflect Cranfield’s work in disciplines outside the ‘technology’ area, such as management and defence.) A decade later in 2003, Cranfield became wholly postgraduate and the Shrivenham site admitted its last undergraduates. In 2006, it was decided that activities on the Silsoe site would be relocated to the main campus at Cranfield. As a result, a substantial building programme was undertaken on Cranfield campus, including the provision of departmental buildings and additional accommodation (Stringfellow and Chilver Halls), and Silsoe-based staff were transferred to Cranfield.


The academic schools are:

  • School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing School of Water, Energy and Environment, known as SWEE;
  • School of Management, known as SoM;
  • Cranfield Defence and Security, known as CDS.


Minimum entry requirements

  • A UK first or second class honours degree in a relevant subject area or
  • An equivalent international qualification (find out whether the students qualification meets their requirements by visiting their International Student page) or
  • Relevant work experience in combination with a degree below second class honours.

If the students don`t meet their formal entry requirements, but still feel they can demonstrate the ability to complete the course successfully, they may still be accepted onto a course. Each application will be considered on its merits.

Some courses may have additional entry requirements, so it`s needed to check the specific course the students are interested in before submitting the application. If the student is an international student it may need to provide evidence of its English language proficiency when it receive an offer to study with them.


Some key facts and figures are:

  • Cranfield’s staff:student ratio is second among UK universities.
  • Cranfield School of Management was ranked 3rd best European Business School within the UK and 13th within Europe in 2008.Its MBA is ranked 37th in the world according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (2013). The Financial Times ranked Cranfield’s MBA 38th best in the world in 2013.
  • 54% of all aerospace engineering postgraduates and 25% of all agricultural and environmental sciences postgraduates in the UK graduate at Cranfield.
  • Over 10% of the UK’s engineering and sciences PhDs are awarded by Cranfield.
  • Cranfield has received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize four times: in 2005 for Further and Higher Education for the Fellowship in Manufacturing Management (FMM) programme; in 2007 for its role in humanitarian demining; in 2011 for contribution to aviation safety through research and training in accident investigation; and in 2015 for its work in water and sanitation.
  • Students on Cranfield’s Global Security programme were awarded the Imbert Prize in 2006, 2008 and 2009 for the development of ideas for the advancement of risk and security management in the UK.


Cranfield seeks to provide its students with the best possible educational experience. They set and maintain high academic standards for teaching and learning across all their programmes, supported by robust quality assurance policies and procedures.


They can help the students find the job they want after leaving Cranfield.  While they are students they will work with them to identify suitable opportunities and support them throughout the job application process.  They offer a range of services to support them, including individual advice and guidance, career information and tailored resources, career decision-making and development tools, including psychometric tests, Databases that can help them find out about potential employers and prepare them for interview, career development workshops on topics such as successful networking, interviews and assessment centres, Online webinars and video tutorials on topics such as using LinkedIn and how to write a winning CV and covering letter, opportunities to meet relevant recruiters and employers invited to Cranfield for bespoke presentations and careers fairs, current job vacancies provided by relevant employers.

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