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Cranfield University

2nd in the UK for graduate employment
Address: College Rd, Cranfield, Wharley End, Bedford MK43 0AL, United Kingdom

Description Cranfield University

  • Established: 1946
  • Location: Cranfield, Bedfordshire, UK
  • Students age: 21+
  • Number of students: 4000
  • Type of training: blended
  • Type of accommodation: residence
  • Language of instruction: English.

Cranfield University is a research university that specializes in postgraduate professional education, and trains top-level engineers and managers in the field of scientific and technical development. This is an elite educational institution with excellent conditions for learning:

  • The ratio of the number of teachers per student is 5 to 1
  • The university has an elite infrastructure, a technology park and its own airport
  • Studying at the university: 49% of Britons, 25% of Europeans and 26% of foreign students from other countries
  • More than half of university students have reached 30 years.

The university is represented by 4 departments:

  • School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
  • School of Water, Energy, Environment and Agrifood
  • School of management
  • Cranfield defense and security.

The leading directions of the university:

  • Protecting the environment and water
  • Engineering and Motorsport
  • Health
  • Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Management
  • Department of Defense
  • Production
  • Engineering
  • Safety, risk and reliability.

Cranfield University has a 60 year history. In 1946, an aeronautics college was opened at the royal military base, and a management school was founded in 1967. Two years later, the university received a royal charter, and in 1975 the university merged with the College of Economic Engineering.


  • The university is included in 1% of the best universities in the world, largely due to the successful career of its graduates. Most university students work in international companies in managerial positions
  • The University's MBA program was recognized as the seventh best program in the world and the first in the UK according to the Times Higher Education / Wall Street Journal in 2018
  • School of Management entered the TOP-70 of the best schools in the world.

The educational institution works closely with the government, business and industry. Cranfield University has close ties with more than 1,500 organizations around the world - among them:

  • Airbus
  • Boeing
  • Jacobs
  • Pepsico
  • Jaguar land rover
  • Royal dutch shell
  • Unilever

Famous university graduates:

  • Andy Palmer - Executive Director of Aston Martin
  • Warren East - CEO of Rolls-Royce Holdings
  • Andy Bond - former director of Asda
  • Anthony Jenkins - Executive Director of Barclays
  • James Wales is the chief strategist at the Mercedes Formula 1 team.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Cranfield University

Program name


● Age: 21+

● Duration: 1-2 years

● Language of instruction: English.

TOP destinations:

  1. MSc Aerospace Manufacturing
  2. MSc Automotive Engineering
  3. MDes in Design Thinking
  4. MSc Forensic Investigation
  5. MSc Finance and Management.
from 20 000 £ / year

Doctoral studies

● Age: 22+

● Duration: 1-2 years

● Language of instruction: English.

You can get a doctorate at the University of Cranfield in many areas:

  • Mechanics
  • Air navigation
  • Production
  • Business
  • Control.
27.04.2020 -31.08.2020
from 825 £ / 3 weeks

Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

  • Dates of the start of classes: 04/27, 18/09, 07/13, 17/08, 31/08
  • Requirements: IELTS 5.0-6.0
  • Duration: 3, 5, 10, 20 weeks
  • Language of instruction: English.

The academic English course is designed for foreign students with insufficiently high level of language proficiency. The course will help:

  • Improve basic language skills
  • Learn Academic English
  • Prepare for college
  • Adapt to new conditions
  • Get to know British culture and the learning system.

Depending on your level of training, the course will last from 3 to 20 weeks.

from 17 490 £ / 2 terms

Pre-master's courses

  • Requirements: IELTS 5.5
  • Age: 20+
  • Duration: 2-4 terms
  • Language of instruction: English.

Foreign students with insufficiently high knowledge in the chosen field can take a training course in the following areas:

  • Business, Law and Social Sciences
  • Science and Engineering.

The program structure includes three modules that are aimed at:

  • Academic Skills Development
  • Exploring Priority Areas
  • Learning Academic English.

Accommodation, housing and food

University students live in various residences:

  1. Located off campus - in the countryside of Cranfield Village, in Bedford or the large modern city of Milton Keynes. Residences are 30-50 minutes from the university.
  2. Student residences or apartments located on campus.


  • Access to the Internet
  • Laundry
  • Tv
  • Gym
  • Student room: standard rooms with bath, wardrobe, single bed, desk, chair, bookshelves, mirror
  • Common areas: kitchen and relaxation area
  • Bathroom: there are rooms with a private bath.

Examples of residences on campus with prices:

  • Chilver Hall is a modern residence for full-time students. Nearby is a tennis center and gym. The cost of a single room with a private bathroom, self-catering (without meals) - 139.93 £ per week
  • Lanchester Hall is a budget option. This is a large residence, which includes 214 rooms with a private bathroom and 170 standard rooms. Room rates: from 99 £ -160 £ per week
  • Mitchell Hall - a more privileged hostel is a stone's throw from the training center and laboratories. The price includes food and accommodation, and the infrastructure includes squash courts and a student cafe. Room prices range from 141 £ -183 £ per week
  • Stringfellow Hall is a popular student residence located close to the training center. Students live in rooms with private bathrooms, meals are not included in the price. Cost: £ 156 per week.

Events Cranfield University

To become a member of one of the student communities, you only need a desire and interest in the chosen field. Interest clubs accept students of any skill level.

Popular sports sections:

  1. Tennis
  2. Cricket
  3. Football
  4. Handball
  5. Walking
  6. Rugby
  7. Diving
  8. Basketball
  9. Rock climbing.

Student communities:

  1. Astronomy Club
  2. Community of financiers
  3. Women in Leadership
  4. Volunteer organization.

Equipment Cranfield University

The university has two campuses: the main campus is located in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, 80 km from London and 40 km from Cambridge. Not far from the university is the city of Bedford. The second campus of the university is located in Paris.

Bedfordshire is 30 minutes from London and is considered an attractive place to stay. Everything is pleasing to the eye: rural landscapes, magnificent estates, magnificent gardens and reserved parks. There are many places for walking and there are significant attractions. The county has a high standard of living.

University arrangement:

  • Cranfield University is the only university in Britain with its own airport. University planes, like the airfield, are used by students as part of the aerospace technology program
  • Separately, it is worth noting the technology park, which includes both large international companies and small startups. For example, Nissan's technical center operates here, in which about 46 million were invested.

The university has a developed sports infrastructure:

  • Gym
  • Playgrounds
  • Center of Medicine and SPA, etc.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

  • 4.09-17.10 First trimester
  • 10.21-25.10 Autumn break
  • 10.28-19.12 Second trimester
  • 12/20-3.01 Christmas break
  • 6.01-14.02 Third Trimester
  • 04.04-17.04 Spring Break
  • 04.20-22.05 Fourth Trimester
  • 05.25-29.05 Summer break
  • 1.07-15.07 Summer trimester.

Approximate expenses of students for the year of study:

  • Residence: £ 4,500- $ 7,800
  • Meal: £ 2250
  • Transport, travel: 400-600 £
  • Training materials: £ 500
  • Other expenses (laundry, telephone, participation in university events): 2900 £
  • Total: from £ 9,000 to £ 11,600.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Depending on the direction, the requirements for applicants may vary. Although some programs require additional qualifications, Cranfield University puts forward a minimum of requirements for each applicant:

  1. A degree relevant to the British undergraduate degree
  2. The presence of professional experience in the selected field.

To confirm the language level, students are advised to provide an international certificate of passing the language exam. The term of certificates should be no more than 2 years at the time of application to the university. Exam results must not be lower than the following parameters:

  • IELTS (Academic Exam): 6.5
  • TOEFL: 92
  • Cambridge English Scale: 180
  • Cambridge English: Advanced: C
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 65.

Scholarships Cranfield University

  • The Cranfield Scholarship. The university awards scholarships to students of master's programs, but gives them to a limited number of students. Scholarships cover part of the cost of training.
  • Cranfield Forensic Institute Excellence Scholarship - Awarded to the five most talented forensic students.
  • International Water Association & Cranfield University Excellence Scholarships. Students studying water spaces and engineering can apply for a scholarship that fully covers the cost of training (issued to 15 students).

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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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