Cranfield is one of a kind – we stand for quality and specialist expertise, and aim to be flexible and contemporary, with a real-world, industry focus. Educating students is an important part of our role, but we also develop products, conduct world-class research and provide consultancy and short courses for business through our five schools – Health, Applied Sciences, Engineering, Defence and Security, and Management.
In these uncertain economic times, you need to know you are choosing the right postgraduate university, whether as a research partner or as a student. Choosing Cranfield means choosing a university that is both stimulating and contemporary. Here are our top 10 reasons why Cranfield should be first on your list:
We are different
Cranfield is wholly postgraduate, specialising in science, technology and management. In this regard, we are unique in the UK.
Our industrial partners
Our business is driven by industry needs and we work with some of the most recognised names in the business – Airbus, Boeing, GlaxoSmithKline, Rolls-Royce, Shell and BP to name but a few.
With a real-world, multi-disciplinary focus, our courses are driven by our research and are constantly monitored and updated by Industry Advisory Panels to ensure they meet the needs of employers.
And in the 2008 Financial Times rankings, clients rated Cranfield’s School of Management as the UK’s Number One Business School for customised executive development.
Industrial research is our lifeblood
Cranfield’s outstanding facilities give our students a unique opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge and research to a practical, industrial-scale setting.
Amongst our world-class facilities, we 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. We are the only university with its own executive airfield.
Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
Cranfield excels in strategic and applied research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (designed to evaluate the quality of research in UK higher education institutions), 85% of our research submitted for assessment was internationally recognised in terms of originality, significance and rigour, with 50% being ‘internationally excellent’ and 15% being ‘world-leading’.
Our academics are world class
Our world class academics, with proven research records, are in constant touch with industry through research, consultancy and product development.
Top for student:staff ratios
The 2008 Times Higher World University Rankings identifies Cranfield as top in the UK for staff to student ratio (taking 11th place in the world).
Courses to make our students employable
93% of Cranfield students are engaged in relevant work or research within six months of graduation.
Our students are diverse
3,800 students from over 100 countries study either full- or part-time, or in parallel with their career. We have 14,500 continuing professional development delegates, and 43% of our students study part-time.
Strong alumni network – supporting our students after graduation
Our students’ networking opportunities don’t stop at graduation – we continue to support our students throughout their working career.