Cranfield University is recognised internationally for its work in relation to the environment. The School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood offers an number of Postgraduate and short courses within these themes. Energy: For over 30 years we have changed the lives of oil and gas, conventional and renewable energy professionals across the globe, from the North Sea and Europe to the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. Environmental Technology: Contributing to the green economy for over 40 years, we have been providing postgraduate education and transformational research for key partners from industry and government. We are leaders in environmental technologies, services, design and decisions. Agrifood: Our internationally recognised expertise spans the entire agrifood supply chain; delivering world-leading research and education for over 40 years; ensuring a sustainable, safe, secure and nutritious food supply for a growing global population.

Company details

College Road , Cranfield , Bedfordshire MK43 0AL United Kingdom

Locations Served

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Environmental - Environmental Management
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
Over 1000
10,000,000 - 100,000,000 €

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.

We generate and transform knowledge, translating it to the benefit of society. Our partners, from micro SMEs to the largest blue-chip multinationals, from governments across the world to NGOs and charities, tell us this is what they value about Cranfield.

Innovation is part of Cranfield’s ‘corporate DNA’, evolved over 60 years of commitment to this agenda. 

Our work informs policy for governments and produces new technologies and products for the world of commerce. We draw 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. This has always been the ‘Cranfield way’ but it has never been more important than in today’s world.

Cranfield has pioneered the development of education programmes that enhance the careers of our professional learners and the businesses sponsoring them. As the largest UK provider of Masters-level graduates in engineering with a flagship MBA and extensive customised Executive Education and Professional Development programmes, Cranfield's education portfolio is renowned for its relevance to business and government.

Our mission

To be an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

About the Corporate Plan

Our Corporate Plan was developed through extensive and positive engagement within the Cranfield community and with our partners. It identifies the following areas of strategic priority:

  1. To provide a premier learning experience that enhances the capabilities of individuals and their organisations.
  2. To be recognised for outstanding transformational research that meets the needs of business, government and wider society.
  3. To grow an efficient, effective and sustainable enterprise.
  4. To be renowned for our impact and influence - regionally, nationally and internationally.

An investment in education is a life-changing decision that will affect your future career. By choosing Cranfield you will be joining a forward-thinking community where our exceptional teaching, research and innovation leads to world-changing advances. Our portfolio of programmes can be taken full-time or part-time – whatever suits you. 

Our emphasis on advanced practical, postgraduate and professional education is reflected by the type of students attracted to Cranfield. Our focused study environment means you will be surrounded by like-minded people and you will develop a wide network of fellow students from different backgrounds, contributing to a rich learning experience.

Research at Cranfield
Cranfield is one of the top five research intensive UK universities, with 81% of our research being internationally recognised in RAE2014. We are No1 in the UK for Engineering and Technology postgraduates and our flagship MBA is ranked Top 6 in the UK, Top 15 in Europe and Top 46 in the world.   We are also a three times winner of the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

Researchers studying for a higher degree with us will benefit from our Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), which will enable you to join one of our specialist research communities based on your field of expertise. The DTC will also help you develop transferable skills that will support your personal development, as well as being attractive to potential employers. Find out more about Cranfield's Doctoral Training Centre.

Teaching and Learning

We set up and review our programmes with members of industry to ensure they are relevant and up-to-date so that your skills are what employers want and you are able to transfer these skills to your working life quickly and easily.

Most of our staff have industry backgrounds and are leading academic experts in their fields. Industry experts teach alongside our academic team on many of our programmes providing real-life challenges so that you learn in an environment similar to the business world you will go on to.

Our teaching quality has been independently assessed and received the highest recommendation possible from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) giving you the assurance that your study will be of the highest standards.

Find out more about the learning environment at Cranfield and the services we offer.

Subject Areas

Our teaching and research is grouped under eight main themes. This enables us to focus all we do on industry sectors rather than traditional academic disciplines so that you leave Cranfield with the skills and knowledge required by the employer you will join.

Experience in our themes covers many subject disciplines including: aircraft design, aviation safety, driver behaviours, crash impact testing, motorsport, renewable fuels, oil and gas exploration, all aspects of water management, soils, food processing and post-harvest research, biosensors, nanotechnology, materials manufacturing, design, business, economics and finance, defence technologies and regulation and policy development.

Support and Funding

The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme offers you the opportunity to study for your MSc with no repayments while you study. There are also scholarships and other funding opportunities available, you can find out more on our Funding finder.


Many facilities at Cranfield are near to, or industrial scale and include: cabin evacuation laboratories; crash testing equipment; oil and gas engineering rigs; icing tunnels; off-road testing facility; soil dynamics laboratory; flying and welding laboratories; a £1 million flight deck simulator; body armour test house; biomechanics laboratories; an experimental farm and we even have our own sewage treatment works!


We offer excellent computer facilities with an extensive network of workstations available in open access areas across campus. You will have access to leading software applications, collaboration and learning tools, as well as high-performance research computing facilities and specialist support if you are undertaking larger scale projects.  



You will be able to put your knowledge into action through group and individual projects, many placed in industry. 94% of our 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.

Open Days

During the year, we have a number of Open Days on our Cranfield campus which we encourage our potential students to attend. It will give you the chance to meet the lecturers, see some of the facilities and hear more about the university and also meet students that are already studying here.

The Open Days run from 10:00 to 15:30. Find out more and register.