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As a specialist postgraduate university located at the heart of the UK's Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford arc, our world-class programmes, unrivalled facilities, close links with business, industry and governments, and international outlook all combine to attract students and teaching staff from around the globe.

Did you know Cranfield has been providing teaching, research and consultancy in the area of agrifood for more than 50 years? Explore our expertise and teaching in water, energy and environment

Cranfield has a distinctive approach to manufacturing research, education and training. We combine expertise in design, technology and management along with research into materials sciences together, all with a focus on manufacturing. Find our more about manufacturing, transport and aerospace at Cranfield. 

Each year our students have had the chance to attend the Edie Sustainability Leaders Forum. The event features case studies, workshops and interactive discussions allowing participants to network and connect with other sustainability professionals to accelerate change. You can find out more on the Cranfield School of Management website.

What's new?

Professor Karen Holford appointed Cranfield's new Vice-Chancellor

Cranfield University has appointed Professor Karen Holford CBE FREng as its new Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor. She will take up the post on 1 August, following the retirement of Professor Sir Peter Gregson. Karen joins Cranfield from Cardiff University where she is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
Prior to her current role, she led the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering at Cardiff University from 2012-2017 as the founding Pro Vice-Chancellor and, before that, was Head of the School of Engineering, where she is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering. Karen began her career at Rolls-Royce (Aero) as an undergraduate engineer, followed by several roles at AB Electronic Products.

In 2015, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and, in 2016, was named as one of the top 50 most influential women engineers in the UK. In 2018, she received a CBE for services to engineering and the advancement of women in engineering and, in 2019, received the Suffrage Science award in Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Professor Karen Holford said: "I am honoured and excited to be joining Cranfield and want to build on the University's strengths in postgraduate education and research. I am passionate about working in partnership, building industrial collaborations in research and teaching and championing equality, diversity and inclusion. Cranfield is a special place and I look forward to working with the Cranfield community to achieve even greater success for the University."

Iain Ferguson CBE, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, who led the recruitment process, said: "I am delighted that Karen is joining us. She shares our values and will build on Sir Peter's outstanding work to shape and deliver our ambitious agenda for the future at our Cranfield and Shrivenham sites. I would also like to thank all those from our University who were involved in the process to find our new Vice-Chancellor."

Karen will join the University on 1 August 2021, when Professor Sir Peter Gregson retires. Sir Peter has been Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive since 1 August 2013 and, under his leadership, Cranfield has been the recipient of the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize on three consecutive occasions.

New Graduate Route visa launching in July 2021

In a major boost for international students, the UK Government has announced a new post-study work visa, expanding opportunities for international students to build successful careers in the UK. All international students who join Cranfield in the 2020/2021 academic year will be eligible for the new scheme.
Launching on 1 July 2021, this route will be open to all international students who have a valid UK immigration status as a student and have successfully completed their course at Cranfield. The visa will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies (three years for PhD graduates). During this time, they will be able to switch onto the ‘skilled work visa’ if they find a job which meets the skills requirements of the UK Government.
A Fact Sheet was published by the UK Government on 4 March 2021. The visa fee will be £700, and payment of the Immigration Health Surcharge (£624 per year) is required.
Update 3 March 2021 – Students will normally be expected to undertake their studies in the UK to be eligible for the Graduate route. However, if students are required to either continue their current studies or commence a new course by distance or blended learning due to COVID-19, they will still be eligible to switch into the Graduate route on a concessionary basis if they spent some time studying outside the UK. Students will benefit from this concession if they enter the UK before 21 June 2021 and complete the final parts of their studies in the UK.
Students will still need to have extant leave as a Student visa holder when the new route launches in 2021 and meet other eligibility criteria to be eligible for the route.
Cranfield University is implementing a range of activities to enable its graduates to take advantage of Government proposals to allow international students to work in the UK after graduation.
Please consult the UKCISA website which has extensive information.
Find out more about the support Cranfield offers
If you have any further questions, please contact the Student Immigration and Funding team – studentimmigration@cranfield.ac.uk.”

Advanced Heat Engineering MSc

Help students change the world, by working to reduce or eliminate one of the major causes of carbon emissions globally!
Highly skilled and knowledgeable heat engineers are urgently needed to transition our heat systems to a green, sustainable footing. Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Advanced Heat Engineering MSc will equip students with the state-of-the-art, forward thinking technical knowledge and skills required to help achieve energy efficiency and reduce heat derived environmental pollution. Closely aligned with industry, with real-world case studies and research projects at its core, this course will enable students to develop a successful and rewarding career as an environmentally aware heat engineering professional, able to make a significant contribution towards a greener, net zero future. 

Manufacturing and Materials Excellence Scholarship

Scholarships are available to students for postgraduate master's study in the area of manufacturing and materials in academic year 2021-2022. 
At a glance
Funding valueVariable awards toward tuition fees depending on course and applicant
Suitable for Applicants fromUK, EU, Rest of World
DeadlineOn going
Funding provider(s)Cranfield Manufacturing
Scholarships are available to students for postgraduate master's study in the area of manufacturing and materials in academic year 2021-2022. 
At a glance
Funding valueVariable awards toward tuition fees depending on course and applicant
Suitable for Applicants fromUK, EU, Rest of World
DeadlineOn going
Funding provider(s)Cranfield Manufacturing 

Agent Online Application Portal - Registration for our approved Agents here!

This is a significant investment in our student recruitment capability and will provide a better and faster applicant experience.

It includes a dedicated agent and partner portal to make it easier for you to manage your students' applications. The portal contains dedicated application links and will give you the ability to upload supporting documentation and track decisions.

You can now set up and manage who has access to the portal within your organisation. It is simple to use and a short user guide that explains how it all works is available below.

Cranfield University Students Facebook 

Please don’t forget to encourage our 2020/21 student applicants to join our Cranfield University Students Facebook group!

Cranfield’s Student Immigration and Funding Team can offer support and guidance to international students who require a visa to study in the UK, as well as post-study visa support. Within the Student Immigration and Funding Team we’re available to offer information, advice and guidance to Tier 4 students for post-study visa options, some of which are:

  • Start-up visa and Innovator visa routes for those looking to start a business in the UK after their studies;
  • Tier 2 - General Work visa for skilled jobs for anyone seeking employment with a company;
  • Or, for students finishing a PhD, there’s the Tier 4 – Doctorate Extension Scheme visa which allows students to stay in the UK and search for work.
  • Cranfield careers advice

    The Cranfield Careers Service is available to all current students and lifelong support is also offered to our alumni. Cranfield subscribes to Student Circus to ensure that our students are well prepared to secure a job in the UK. For example, after completing his MSc in Water and Wastewater Engineering in 2019, Kelvin Mutai successfully secured a place as a Graduate Civil Engineer at Mott MacDonald, Cambridgeshire - a global engineering, management and development consultancy. He described the support he received as “supportive, personalised and genuine.”