Cranfield is all about developing practical management expertise. This is why our Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc shares 70% of its programme with Cranfield’s bespoke Masters in Management - ranked no.1 in the UK and no.7 in the world in The Economist Which MBA? Masters of Management 2017 ranking. So at Cranfield you don’t just learn how to embed sustainability into business purpose and strategy, you also learn how to lead and manage those who will help you achieve this!

Corporate Social Responsibility has never been more relevant to our organisations - it ensures businesses have a positive impact on the world and enables society to reach its goals. The Cranfield Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc will teach you the practicalities of how real businesses successfully embed sustainability into their core business purpose and strategy.

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At a glance

  • Start date25 September 2017
  • Duration1 year
  • DeliveryTaught modules 65%, individual thesis 35%
  • QualificationMSc
  • Study typeFull-time

Who is it for?

This course is designed for ambitious graduates with a keen interest in the social, environmental and economic impact that organisations have on the world and early career professionals who wish to transition into a sustainability-focused role. It is suitable for students who aspire to embed sustainability into their future management career across a varied range of private, public and not-for-profit organisations, sectors and roles.

Class Profile 2015/16:

Male 45% - Female 55%
Age Range:
22 - 43 years
Average Age:
31 years
Number of Nationalities: 9
Average Class Size: 11

Term Dates

Term One:
2 October 2017 – 15 December 2017
Term Two:
8 January 2018 – 23 March 2018
Term Three:
9 April 2018 – 22 June 2018
Term Four:
25 June 2018 – 7 September 2018

Why this course?

The Cranfield Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc is a highly practical course featuring a distinctive blend of theory and application. You will gain the knowledge and skills required for a career focused on corporate social responsibility, and working with some of our partner organisations you will put this learning into action by working on sustainability projects, finding real business solutions to complex sustainability issues. You will understand, and be able to respond to, complicated social, environmental and economic issues in the context of both national and international business.

You will gain valuable insight into sustainability in practice through a series of master classes and presentations from specialists in the field. Previous master class topics have included sustainability marketing and environmental management systems. Students have also had the opportunity to attend master classes with:

  • Marks & Spencer at their London Head Office
  • Diageo at The Innovation Forum on Sustainable Drinks Industry conference at their Head Office
  • Solitaire Townsend, co-founder of Futerra

Guest speakers have included:

  • ​Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director of Accenture for Sustainability and author of the best-selling book on the Circular Economy, Waste to Wealth
  • Nick Robins, co-director of Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System at UNEP (UN Environment Programme)
  • John Elkington, pioneer of the triple-bottom-line concept, founder of Volans and SustainAbility, author of over 20 books, thought-leader, business strategist, entrepreneur and environmentalist
  • Loughlin Hickey, senior adviser to A Blueprint for Better Business and trustee of the Blueprint Trust 
  • Darren Stibbe, CEO of The Partnering Initiative

You will also have the opportunity to attend corporate social responsibility events and conferences with our faculty including ‘Doing Good Doing Well’ in Barcelona, a two-day conference, which includes prominent keynote speakers, workshops and competitions.

Throughout the programme you will also benefit from the extensive expertise and networks available within our internationally recognised Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility. The Centre works to empower current and future managers with the knowledge, skills and desire to lead responsible, sustainably managed organisations, and includes prominent members including its director Professor David Grayson who teaches on this programme. David is a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business, diversity and small business development. He speaks, writes and advises regularly on business, society, entrepreneurialism, and future trends for businesses, media and business schools around the world and has worked with many, leading global businesses including BP, Shell, Microsoft and Diageo.  He has also worked with international institutions such as the OECD, the European Union, and the World Bank.

Cranfield School of Management is known for being close to business.  For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management. Cranfield is one of the early signatories to the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRIME), and focuses on teaching and enhancing long-term social, environmental and sustainable business practices.

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I chose Cranfield because I was looking for a business school with a strong background in Corporate Responsibility that was also addressing real business problems. You can find both at Cranfield. I am now applying everything that I learnt on the course. I am currently developing a set of lectures for managers in co-operation with Deloitte Chile to help businesses here lead the transition from early stages in CSR to embedding sustainability in their strategic objectives.

Francisco Sierra, Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc alumnus, 2016

Informed by Industry

Cranfield bridges the gap between the corporate and academic worlds to promote sustainable business management. Our close connections within industry have enabled us to create and develop a 'community of practice' in the field, in which we serve as researchers, mentors and educators. Our faculty are supported by a team of international visiting industry speakers and professors who bring the latest thinking and best practice into the classroom, ensuring you have up-to-date, relevant insight from the corporate social responsibility sector.


The Cranfield Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc is a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) dual accreditation degree.

You will have the unique opportunity to stand out from other management graduates by achieving CMI’s professional management qualification alongside your Cranfield degree. 

The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence.  It is the only organisation awarding Chartered Manager status, the hallmark of any professional manager, and encompasses a membership community more than 100,000 strong. 

More information can be found at: 

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Course details

This highly engaging course comprises twelve general management modules in addition to specialist corporate sustainability modules. You will also take part in a practical sustainable business consultancy project and undertake a major research project based on a real sustainable business issue of your choice. Some of our previous students have completed projects with company sponsors including Heineken, and easyJet. The Applied Science and Technology for Environmental Sustainability module is taught by the Cranfield School of Water, Energy and Environment, and provides you with further relevant sustainability experience in a real-world context.

Individual project

The thesis will require you to undertake a major research project based on a real sustainability business issue. You will apply your management knowledge, skills and analytical abilities to real-life situations and demonstrate your ability to research issues, critically evaluate data and information, apply tools and techniques to solve management problems, and write a report concisely, informatively and persuasively.


Taught modules 65%, individual thesis 35%

SoM Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the core modules and some optional modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2016–2017. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Core modules

Marketing Strategy

Module Leader
  • Professor Emma Macdonald

    The module will familiarise you with the principles of strategic marketing and apply those principles to the marketing planning process. This process is cross-functional, and plans for the organisation’s revenue generation. Each session introduces you to important aspects of marketing strategy and then applies these theoretical elements in practice through the development of marketing plans based on a current case study. This is a very practical module leading to the development of a strategic marketing plan, and you will be required to research information and complete application exercises during and between classes.

    The module covers:
    • Strategic marketing in context
    • 10 steps of the strategic marketing planning process
    • Mission statements and organisational objectives
    • The Marketing Audit and analytical tools
    • Market maps and market segmentation
    • SWOT analysis
    • The Directional Policy Matrix
    • Marketing objectives and strategies
    • Product and pricing strategy
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Understand the evolution and role of marketing and be able to describe the characteristics of a customer-centric organization.
  2. Appreciate a series of marketing strategy tools and techniques and their application in practice.
  3. Recognise a successful marketing planning process and understand the construction and evaluation of a strategic marketing plan.
  4. Structure and prepare a comprehensive strategic marketing plan.
  5. Evaluate marketing plans prepared by others.

Managing People and Organisations

Module Leader
  • Dr Ricahrd Kwiatkowski

    This module combines key ideas from organisational behaviour, psychology, sociology, and human resource management in order to provide you with a basic understanding and fluency in recognising, understanding and utilising what has been termed the "human factor" in organisations; including ways of conceptualising organisations and how people behave within them. You shall further consider the impact of the external environment on organisations, and finally address notions of organisational change.


    The module covers:

    • Introduction to people and organisations.
    • The individual and the team.
    • Motivation at work.
    • Employee engagement.
    • Performance management.
    • Political aspects of organisations.
    • Cultural aspects of organisations.
    • The changing nature of work.
    • The impact of the external environment organisations.
    • Individual and organisational change.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Understand a number of different ways of conceptualising people and individuals in organisations, including performance and change.
  • Understand the importance of relationships at work, group dynamics, effective teams and leadership in achieving effectiveness.
  • Critically engage with various relevant models, theories and ideas in order to enhance personal capability, including identification of gaps in knowledge and skills, linking to insights regarding one’s personal and professional development agenda.

Managing Profitability, Liquidity and Asset Utilisation

Module Leader
  • Dr Simon Templar

    The module introduces you to the role of finance within an organisation and focuses on a number of traditional and contemporary costing approaches that will increase the visibility of cost and aid your management decision-making. The module begins with a session which explores the role of accounting and finance within an organisation. You are then introduced to the key financial statements contained in the reports and accounts of a business, highlighting the role of management accounting and needs of users of financial information. 


    The module covers:

    • The role of accounting and finance within an organisation.
    • Interpretation of company financial statements.
    • Introduction to traditional and contemporary accounting tools and techniques which can be applied to management decisions.
    • The application of accounting tools and techniques to support decision-making.
    • Exploring the relationship between accounting information and the management of an organisation.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Identify how management decisions can have an impact on the financial performance of an organisation.
  • Appreciate the theoretical concepts that underpin traditional and contemporary cost accounting approaches used to cost processes.
  • Compare the strengths and weaknesses of traditional and contemporary costing approaches.
  • Interpret a set of company reports and accounts.
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of a number of costing approaches, through direct practical application to a relevant management issue.
  • Apply a number of financial tools and techniques to appraise projects, product and customers profitability.

Improving Decision Quality with Management Science

Module Leader
  • Dr Benny Tjahjono

    The course will describe, demonstrate and critique the application of a range of management science techniques to support management decisions. Techniques that will be covered range from simple graphs to deterministic and stochastic modelling, including statistical analysis and forecasting methods. 


    This module will cover:

    • Introduction to modelling (management science approach to problem solving, model building: break-even analysis, business usage of management science techniques)
    • Modelling with linear programming (model formulation, graphical solution)
    • Solving linear programming models (computer solution, sensitivity analysis, a marketing example, a transportation example, a blend example)
    • Decision making models (decision making under uncertainty, decision making under risk)
    • Modelling multi-criteria problems (goal programming, analytical hierarchy process, scoring models)
    • Simulation (the Monte Carlo process, computer simulation with MS Excel spreadsheets, verification of the simulation model with examples from queuing problems in service operations)
    • Forecasting (forecasting components, time series methods, forecast accuracy, regression methods)
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Discern and apply appropriate management science techniques to analyse and solve common management decision problems.
  • Propose appropriate solution approaches to new decision problems.
  • Evaluate the application of management science techniques to a given problem and critically discuss their applicability, strength and weaknesses.
  • Understand the limitations of various management science techniques in a problem context.
  • Communicate the solutions provided by management science techniques based on an understanding of the theoretical principles that underpin the solutions.
  • Correctly interpret the results in a clear and meaningful way and to be able to communicate them effectively to a lay audience.

Economics for Managers

Module Leader
  • Dr Catarina Figueira
  • Dr Andrew Angus

    The module will introduce you to the concepts and techniques associated with managerial economics. You will learn to employ economic reasoning when making choices about the use of resources, recognise the importance of marginal analysis and diminishing returns in the context of business and consumer decisions, and analyse the external environment and understand the forces shaping the firm's competitive environment. On completion of the module, you will understand how to apply economic theory to real world problems.


    The module covers:

    • The concept of equilibrium: micro and macro structures of a broad range of financial markets. 
    • Choice theory and rational economic decision making: levels and structure of prices of assets in a broad range of financial markets is developed.
    • Concepts and ideas in macroeconomics relating to financial markets.
    • Monetary economics and the institutional context to which it applies.
    • Structure of money and capital markets.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Employ economic reasoning when making choices in the use of resources.
  • Recognise the importance of marginal analysis and diminishing returns in the context of business and consumer decisions.
  • Appreciate the various objectives which different firms may pursue and the consequent impact on managerial decisions, including those relating to price and output levels.
  • Analyse both the external environment and the internal capabilities of a firm and understand the forces shaping the firm’s competitive environment.
  • Recognise the importance of developments in the macroeconomy for management and business performance.
  • Use economic theory.
  • Use relevant geometric and quantitative models to explain and analyse monetary and financial phenomena.
  • Apply economic theory to real world problems.

Managing Operations

Module Leader
  • Dr Bob Lillis
  • Dr Abdelkader Aoufi

    The module will teach you about the strategic role of operations, about designing and managing the operations process, about the tools and techniques of process improvement, and about capacity and inventory management, quality management, and performance management. You will learn to evaluate the contribution of operations to the development and implementation of successful business strategy, to appraise the critical issues faced by different operations, to select priorities for operational performance improvement, and plan the means to bring about that improvement. By the end of the module, you should be able to design and implement an operations strategy for any organisation.


    The module covers:

    • Strategic role and contribution of operations.
    • The process and content of operations strategy.
    • Process design and layout.
    • Managing the process experience.
    • Tools and techniques of process improvement.
    • Capacity management.
    • Inventory management, lean and agile operations.
    • Quality management and improvement.
    • People in operations.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Examine the different types of operations employed by organisations and their distinctive characteristics.
  • Analyse the capabilities of different types of operation including the trade-offs involved.
  • Show how to select the priorities for operational performance improvement and how to implement them.

Strategic Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Richard Schoenberg

    This module is concerned with the direction and scope of the organisation. You will determine the purpose of the organisation, establish its objectives and formulate strategies in order to achieve these objectives. Predominantly you will explore how an organisation positions itself with regard to its changing environment, and in particular its competitors, in order to gain and sustain competitive advantage. This means that strategic management considers how an organisation’s internal resources and capabilities can be developed to meet the changing demands of customers, in such a way as to achieve the expectations and objectives of its stakeholders.  


    The module begins by focusing on strategy at the strategic business unit level. It is orientated around five key questions 1) where to compete? 2) how to gain competitive advantage? 3) what capabilities are required? 4) what capabilities do we have? 5) how do we change? The module then explores corporate level strategy and the issue of strategy implementation and change. Throughout the module a range of tools and techniques for strategic analysis and choice will be introduced. The topics covered include:

    • Levels of strategy
    • The strategy process
    • Five key questions in competitive strategy
    • Analyzing the external environment
    • Competitive strategies
    • The resource based view
    •  Developing strategic capabilities and appropriate structures
    • Corporate Political Strategies
    • Corporate Level Strategy
    • Business Turnaround and Recovery
    • Managing strategic change
    • Strategy Failure
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Describe the key questions and associated challenges to be addressed in formulating an organisation’s competitive and corporate-level strategies.
  • Appreciate that to sustain competitive advantage an organisation must harness its internal resources and capabilities and react appropriately to changes in its external environment.
  • Appraise and differentiate between corporate, competitive (business unit) and functional strategies.
  • Critically apply a range of tools and techniques to illuminate the key questions of competitive strategy and corporate strategy.

Managing Corporate Sustainability

Module Leader
  • Dr Palie Smart

    The module outlines the major sustainability challenges and explores how progressive organisations are responding to them in-terms of organisational mind-set, leadership, value-chain, collaboration and change management. It will give you a better understanding of how corporate action can be best configured to promote responsible and sustainable business strategies, and invite you to think about the purpose of business.


    This module covers:

    • Sustainability challenges and new industrial paradigm.
    • The responsible organisation’s mind-set response.
    • Leadership response.
    • Value chain response.
    • Inter-organisation network response.
    • Championing change response.
    • Sustainable futures and scenarios.
Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Recognise the range of global sustainability challenges facing businesses.
  • Establish key concepts and theories relating to corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility/citizenship and business ethics.
  • Decipher and articulate the value of organisational responses to sustainability challenges.
  • Review and evaluate the different ways in which organisations assesses their material impacts and how they report sustainability performance.
  • Express the distinguishing management and leadership skills required to manage and embed successful corporate sustainability initiatives.
  • Discuss how to engage employees and identify potential change agents and sustainability champions.
  • Undertake a rough-cut organisational sustainability maturity diagnostic assessment and appraisal.
  • Apply envisioning tools to imagine and design future sustainable business scenarios.
  • Use sustainability performance data from company report and accounts and other data-bases to carry out a comparative analysis.
  • Work in teams, explore/present collective intellectual positions and debate their merits amongst peers.
  • Articulate the key tenants of an implementation plan that avoid the risks associated with green wash approach to sustainability.

Management Consulting

Module Leader
  • Dr Monica Franco-Santos

    The module brings together what you have learnt on the programme so far and helps you to apply it in practice. You will work in teams, playing the role of a management consulting team, in competition with the other learning teams. You will be presented with a real-life business problem from a case company and will have one week to understand the problem, gather relevant data, use appropriate tools/frameworks to analyse the data, and propose innovative, pragmatic and achievable recommendations. A panel of experts, including practitioners and academics, will assess your proposed solutions and give you feedback.


    The module covers:

    • Developing relationships that last.
    • Project management.
    • From diagnosis to discovery: Problem solving and creative thinking.
    • Delivering the message with success.
Intended learning outcomes

This module is intended to enable you to develop critical management consulting skills and apply them in the context of a real-life business problem. By the end of this module you should be able to:

  • Critically examine managerial problems and propose practical solutions.
  • Apply the theories, frameworks and perspectives learnt in other modules.
  • Explain and critically assess relevant processes, concepts and methods involved in management consulting projects.
  • Recognise how to develop strong relationships with external and internal clients.
  • Present ideas effectively to an audience of business executives.

Creating Sustainable Organisations

Module Leader
  • Professor David Grayson

    This module will further discuss some of the major sustainability challenges facing organisations today, and will explore how the leading organisations are managing their social, environmental and economic impacts. You will gain a better understanding of how organisational action can be aligned to promote responsible and sustainable values and you will reflect on the long-standing debates concerning the political economy and ethical management practices.

Intended learning outcomes

Applied Science and Technology for Environmental Sustainability

Module Leader
  • Dr Philip Longhurst

    During this module you will review the business case for environmental sustainability in terms of resource security, risk management, regulatory compliance and supply chain management. Furthermore you will learn about the key technologies for the treatment of water, waste, soil and air emissions, their characteristics and principles for operation. You will be introduced to the environmental analytics and decision tools that are increasingly used to evidence good environmental performance across a broad range of business sectors.


    This module has four elements as follows:

    • The Business Imperative for Environmental Sustainability
    • Tools and Techniques for Environmental Decision-making
    • Technology Selection and Appraisal
    • Sustainable Design and Manufacturing
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Recognise the relationships between technology, governance and decision analytics as they relate to the environmental sustainability agenda.
  • Contextualise these features in businesses that have strong environmental governance, as exemplified by case studies.
  • Evaluate and select various tools and techniques for technology and strategy appraisal, their advantages, disadvantages and data requirements.
  • Express the sustainability agenda clearly in business terms.
  • Engage employees and identify potential change agents and sustainability champions.

Sustainability in Practice

Module Leader
  • Dr Palie Smart

    This module simulates a real-life consultancy project. Competing against your class colleagues, your team will work on a live sustainability challenge project for a partner organisation over the course of a week. You will formulate recommendations and report to senior executives at the final client presentation. You will investigate the organisational context and sustainability challenge in depth and discuss potential avenues and the implications for its resolution. This module will allow you to gain a broader and better understanding of how organisational action can be best configured to promote responsible and sustainable business behaviours and strategies.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Appraise the importance of the organizational context in addressing real world sustainability challenges.
  2. Categorise the range of stakeholders involved in sustainability challenges.
  3. Critically discuss the value of organizational responses to sustainability issues.
  4. Design and review different options available to organizations when responding to sustainability matters.
  5. Assess the importance of the translation activity from designing solutions to planning implementation.

Skills and Other Attributes:

  1. Apply relevant tools to imagine and design future sustainable business scenarios.
  2. Assemble work in teams, explore/present collective intellectual positions and discuss and review their merits amongst peers.
  3. Discuss the key tenants of a design solution or response to address a specified sustainability challenge in live and real context.
  4. Propose how to engage potential change agents and sustainability champions.

10.  Plan initial implementation (and change project) activities.  

Research Methods and Statistics

Module Leader
  • Dr Ian Crawford

    The module will equip you to design, conduct and report on the research project in the final part of the programme, as well as preparing you to carry out or commission management research in your professional life. You will learn to articulate and define management problems, design research that will help you to make informed management decisions, choose and apply appropriate qualitative or quantitative data collection and analysis methods, translate data into information to form evidence for management decision-making, and to use widely-used quantitative and qualitative analysis software.


    The module covers:

    • The nature and purposes of an MSc thesis.
    • An introduction to organisational research methods.
    • Research planning and design.
    • Selecting and applying qualitative research methods.
    • Using SPSS for statistical analysis of research data.
    • Selecting and applying statistical tests and measures.
Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Articulate and define management problems.
  • Design and plan studies that will generate the data required to make informed management decisions.
  • Choose appropriate methods of qualitative and/or quantitative data collection methods.
  • Choose and apply appropriate methods of qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis.
  • Translate data into information to form evidence for management decision making.
  • Utilise the most widely used quantitative and qualitative analysis software by practitioners.
  • Time manage.
  • Project plan.
  • Make informed decisions: evidenced-based decision making.
  • Structure and order management reports.
  • Critically evaluate data and information. 
  • Critically evaluate data and information interpreted and presented by third parties.
  • Write concisely, informatively and persuasively in order that communications achieved their intended effect.
  • Utilise effective presentation skills.

Fees and funding

European Union students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year and the 2018 to 2019 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (21 April 2017).

Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.

MSc Full-time £11,000

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A non-refundable £1,000 deposit is payable on offer acceptances and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee. 
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

For further information regarding tuition fees, please refer to our fee notes.

MSc Full-time £18,500

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A non-refundable £1,000 deposit is payable on offer acceptances and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee. 
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

For further information regarding tuition fees, please refer to our fee notes.

Funding Opportunities

The funding opportunities detailed below are specific to this programme:

Cranfield Scholarships

We have a number of Cranfield Scholarships available for UK/EU candidates. These are awarded at the course director's discretion and are based on merit as well as considerations of financial need. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate so in in the financial details section of your application.

Haniel Stiftung Scholarship

Together with the German National Academic Foundation, the Haniel Foundation offers up to eight scholarships every year to young German scholars studying for a business-related postgraduate course in or outside Europe.

The Spotcap Fintech Fellowship

The Spotcap Fintech Fellowship is worth £8,000 for UK students pursuing a postgraduate degree in study related to financial technology.

To help students find and secure appropriate funding we have collated details of a range of scholarships and bursaries available which contribute towards fees and/or living costs for graduates applying for full-time Masters courses in business and management.

Find out more

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from talented candidates of all backgrounds and each application is considered on its individual merit. Usually candidates must hold either a:

  • first or a second class UK honours degree in a relevant discipline
  • international degree - equivalent of UK qualifications
  • professional qualification (e.g. CIMA, ACA, ACCA) with 5 years' relevant work experience.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5 overall and 6.5 in the writing component

TOEFL - 92 and a writing score 21

Pearson PTE Academic - 65

Cambridge English Scale - 180

Cambridge English: Advanced - C

Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Applicants who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their chosen Cranfield course can apply to attend one of our Presessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. We offer Winter/Spring and Summer programmes each year to offer holders.

Your career

95% of School of Management students were employed within 3 months of graduation*.

At Cranfield you will receive support to help you plan an effective career strategy, whether you are looking to secure your first role in corporate sustainability, or wanting to take your career to the next level. The Cranfield Career Development Service will help you to plan your personal and professional development and provide you with lifelong career management skills.

Last year's Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc graduates secured jobs with a diverse range of companies including Coca-Cola Enterprises, Heineken, USB Asset Management and SIRE Life Sciences.

*based on those students for whom we hold data, across all School of Management full-time master's courses (2015/16 cohort).

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Once your online application has been submitted together with your supporting documentation, it will be processed by our admissions team. You will then be advised by email if you are successful, unsuccessful, or whether the course director would like to interview you before a decision is made.  Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.

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