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Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university which primarily offers courses in science, technology, engineering and management. The university was originally founded in 1946 as the as the College of Aeronautics and it was not until 1993 that the university became Cranfield University, as it is known today. The university has over 5,000 postgraduate students and has two campuses, one in Bedfordshire and another in Oxfordshire.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Cranfield University.

  • Rankings

    It is ranked #28 in QS WUR Ranking By Subject 2023. Cranfield ranks 5th in the UK in the 2020 QS world rankings for Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing

  • Employability

    In the QS world rankings, Cranfield University ranked 14th in the world for employability.

  • Fees

    For UK students, many of the courses begin at £11,895 but can increase to £46,405 depending on the course that student’s study. For international student’s fees vary on the type of course. More detailed information can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    Cranfield University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships, find out more here.


All accommodation at Cranfield University is within walking distance of the university campus. There are four halls available: Chilver Hall; Lanchester Hall; Mitchell Hall and Stringfellow Hall. There are multiple accommodation options available from single and double rooms, to en-suite and shared bathrooms. The prices for University managed accommodation range. Find out more about accommodation at Cranfield University here.

Students' Union

The Cranfield Students’ Association is run by a team of elected students who work to support the entire student population. It is the aim of the Cranfield Students’ Association team to represent the student voice and to keep the student community connected. There are a range of societies available at Cranfield for students to join, and the CSA regularly run events and other social activities. When joining the university all students will be automatically enrolled in the CSA.

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Famous for

Cranfield University has won the prestigious Queen’s University Prize 6 times. This is a national honour awarded to educational institutions.


Dr Jacqueline Hannam from Cranfield University has been appointed the President-Elect of the British Society of Soil Science. Dr Hannam leads the LandIS ‘Land Information System’ team, who collect the national soil data for England and Wales. Dr Hannam will begin her position from 1st January 2021.

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"Not to far from London, Cranfield University is a great place to study."

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