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

Areas of expertise

  • Aeronautical systems
  • Aerospace structures
  • Airworthiness
  • Vehicle aerodynamics

Agriculture and agrifood

Areas of expertise

  • Agrifood systems
  • Applied mycology
  • Food quality
  • Food safety
  • Soil resources, biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Soil systems and land management
  • Sustainable land systems

Automation and control systems

Areas of expertise

  • Aeronautical systems
  • Agrifood systems
  • Armour systems
  • Autonomous systems
  • Counter IED
  • Human factors
  • Industrial automation
  • Sustainable manufacturing

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

Areas of expertise

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Carbon capture and transport
  • Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Conventional and advanced fuels
  • Fuels
  • Process systems engineering

Civil engineering

Areas of expertise

  • Process systems engineering
  • Sustainable land systems
  • Sustainable manufacturing

Clean energy

Areas of expertise

  • Biomass and waste
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Conventional and advanced fuels
  • Energy and the environment
  • Energy asset and integrity management
  • Oil and gas exploration and production
  • Renewable energy technology

Computer sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Computating, simulation and modelling
  • Digital forensics for security
  • Operational analysis and simulation

Cyber security

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

Design and innovation

Areas of expertise

  • Aircraft design
  • Design strategy and innovation
  • Product and service design

Ecology and sustainability

Areas of expertise

  • Carbon, climate adaptation and environmental risk
  • Corporate responsibility and sustainability
  • Environment and health
  • Environmental impacts
  • Health risks from hazardous substances
  • Monitoring and environmental informatics
  • Soil resources, biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Soil systems and land management
  • Waste management and resource efficiency

Economics and finance

Areas of expertise

  • Business economics and finance
  • Defence management
  • Energy policy and regulation

Electrical and electronic engineering

Areas of expertise

  • Casting technologies
  • Communications systems
  • Concentrating solar power
  • Defence manufacturing
  • Electric and hybrid vehicles
  • Electric power machines and grid systems for energy
  • Industrial automation

Energy and power

Areas of expertise

  • Biomass and waste
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Conventional and advanced fuels
  • Energy and the environment
  • Energy asset and integrity management
  • Oil and gas exploration and production
  • Power systems andgas turbines
  • Process systems engineering
  • Renewable energy technology

Engineering

See also aeronautical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering.

Areas of expertise

  • Aerospace manufacturing
  • Aerospace structures
  • Aircraft design
  • Airworthiness
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Carbon capture and transport
  • Casting technologies
  • Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence
  • Communications systems
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Concentrating solar power
  • Conventional and advanced fuels
  • Defence manufacturing
  • Electric and hybrid vehicles
  • Electric power machines and grid systems for energy
  • Fuels
  • Industrial automation
  • Motorsport
  • Offroad vehicle engineering
  • Onroad vehicle dynamics
  • Power systems and gas turbines
  • Process systems engineering
  • Sustainable land systems
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Through-life engineering services
  • Vehicle aerodynamics
  • Vehicle engineering and mobility
  • Weapon engineering
  • Welding and laser processing

Environmental sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Aviation: management, operation and environment
  • Energy and the environment
  • Environment and health
  • Carbon, climate adaptation and environmental risk

Geography

Areas of expertise

  • Corporate responsibility
  • Environment and health
  • Environmental impacts
  • Human factors
  • Soil, resources, biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Soil systems and land management
  • Sustainable land systems

Geosciences

See environmental sciences, geography, ecology, plant and soil science, meteorology and atmospheric sciences.

Instruments and instrumentation

Areas of expertise

  • Instrumentation, sensors and measurement science

International relations

Areas of expertise

  • Business performance management
  • Human factors for defence
  • Managing people and global careers

Life sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Agrifood systems
  • Applied mycology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomass and waste
  • Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence
  • Drug discovery and development
  • Food safety
  • Food quality
  • Health risks from hazardous substances
  • Soil resources, biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Soil systems and land management
  • Toxicology and epidemiology
  • Water science and engineering

Manufacturing engineering

Areas of expertise

  • Precision engineering

Materials sciences and engineering

Areas of expertise

  • Casting technologies
  • Composites
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Manufacturing of functional materials
  • Materials for aeronautical applications
  • Nanomaterials
  • Sensor technologies
  • Smart materials
  • Structures and materials
  • Sustainable materials for low carbon technology

Mathematics and statistics

Areas of expertise

  • Computing, simulation and modelling
  • Operational analysis and simulation

Mechanical engineering

Areas of expertise

  • Aerospace manufacturing
  • Aerospace structures
  • Aircraft design
  • Composites
  • Energy asset and integrity management
  • Mechatronics and advanced controls
  • Motorsport
  • Offroad vehicle engineering
  • On-road vehicle dynamics
  • Operational analysis and simulation
  • Power systems and gas turbines
  • Vehicle aerodynamics
  • Vehicle engineering and mobility
  • Weapon engineering
  • Welding and laser processing

Mechanics

Areas of expertise

  • Composites
  • Mechatronics and advanced controls
  • Operational analysis and simulation

Meteorology and atmospheric sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental impacts
  • Environment policy and regulation
  • Precision engineering

Military sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Armour systems
  • Counter IED
  • Defence information systems
  • Defence systems engineering
  • Defence test and evaluation
  • Defence training analysis
  • Explosives and munitions
  • Gun technologies
  • Human factors for defence
  • Operational analysis and simulation
  • Weapon engineering
  • Information systems
  • Electronic warfare

Physics

Areas of expertise

  • Flight physics

Plant and soil science

Areas of expertise

  • Soil systems and land management
  • Soil resources, biodiversity and ecosystems

Psychology

Areas of expertise

  • Human factors

Renewable energy

Areas of expertise

  • Biomass and waste
  • Concentrating solar power
  • Conventional and advanced fuels
  • Energy and the environment
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Waste management and resource efficiency

Robotics

Areas of expertise

  • Industrial ergonomics and human factors
  • Precision engineering
  • Mechatronics and advanced controls
  • Industrial automation

Social sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Ageing and chronic disease
  • Forensic anthropology
  • Human factors

Systems sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Aeronautical systems
  • Armour systems
  • Autonomous systems
  • Communications systems
  • Defence information systems
  • Defence systems engineering
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Soil systems and land management
  • Space systems
  • Sustainable land systems
  • Systems engineering
  • Through-life engineering services

Transportation science and technology

Areas of expertise

  • Air transport safety and accident investigation
  • Aviation management operation and environment
  • Composites
  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Lightweighting, crashworthiness and physical testing
  • Ergonomics, human factors and driver safety
  • Vehicle health management
  • Safety, resilience, risk and reliability

Water sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Water science and engineering