Our specialist areas of focus, or Cranfield themes, are where we bring a range of academic disciplines together in order to tackle the grand challenges facing the world within a range of industrial and commercial sectors. These are Water, Agrifood, Energy and Power, Aerospace, Manufacturing, Transport Systems, Defence and Security and Management.

Our Cranfield themes are built upon our expertise in a range of academic disciplines, listed here.

Within our postgraduate environment our academic disciplines work closely together, blending as they do in the commercial world and industry to deliver real world solutions.

Academic disciplines

Aeronautical engineering

Agriculture and agrifood

Automation and control systems

Business and management

Areas of expertise

  • Defence Management
  • Business economics and finance
  • Business performance management
  • Corporate responsibility and sustainability
  • Entrepreneurship and business growth
  • General Management
  • Information systems
  • Innovation and operations management
  • Leadership
  • Managing people and global careers
  • Marketing, Sales and Client Relationships
  • Programme and project management
  • Programme sales and client relationships
  • Strategy complexity and change management
  • Logistics and supply chain management

Chemical engineering

Civil engineering

Clean energy

Computer sciences

Cyber Security

For more information please visit the Centre for Electronic Warfare Information and Cyber page.

Design and innovation

Ecology and sustainability

Economics and finance

Areas of expertise

  • Business Economics and Finance
  • Defence Management
  • Energy Policy and Regulation

Electrical and electronic engineering

Energy and power


Environmental sciences



See also Environmental Sciences, Geography, Ecology, Plant and Soil Science, Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences

Instruments and instrumentation

Design and innovation

International relations

Areas of expertise

Life sciences

Manufacturing engineering

Areas of expertise

Materials sciences and engineering

Mathematics and statistics

Mechanical engineering


Meteorology and atmospheric sciences

Military sciences


Areas of expertise

Plant and soil science


Areas of expertise

Renewable energy


Social sciences

Areas of expertise

Systems sciences

Transportation science and technology

Water sciences

Areas of expertise