The Open Day forms a useful introduction to the Cranfield School of Management PhD Programme and provides an opportunity for prospective applicants to meet current students and discuss their research interests with members of faculty.

The day includes presentations on:

  • Research at Cranfield
  • Programme Directors' overview of the Cranfield PhD
  • Research Methodology training overview
  • Doctoral Researcher & Alumni experiences

There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about all aspects of the programme: Syndicate sessions will follow the presentation and will include discussions around the recruitment process and delegates' questions.

If it is impossible for you to attend, we are happy to arrange for you to meet with the Course Director and/or Cohort Leader, as well as appropriate faculty. 

Event Programme

Please note registration will be in CMRI at 09:30

Download the Event Programme

09:30 Coffee and Registration
10:00 Welcome, Housekeeping, Introduction to Team and Agenda
10:05 Delegate Introductions
10:30 Research at Cranfield
10:40 The Cranfield PhD
10:50 Current Cranfield PhD Researcher talk
11:00 Q&A
11:15 Recruitment Process and Q&A
11:45 Tour of campus
12:30 Lunch and meet with faculty
Close After lunch

Location and travel details

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles)

For further travel details please visit our Location page.


If you would like to book accommodation whilst visiting the campus then we are pleased to offer en suite accommodation on the campus, which is within easy walking distance of lecture rooms and other facilities. To make an enquiry or booking, please contact the Cranfield Management Development Centre.



How to register

 To register for this free PhD Open Day, please register online. Your place will be confirmed by email.