The circular economy has emerged as a leading alternative economic model, with business innovation sitting at the heart of any transition to a circular economy. Cranfield is leading thinking, for and around the circular economy, throughout our expansive research and teaching.

We are already one of seven circular economy ‘Pioneer Universities’ in the world. Working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, we have hosted successful summer schools and hackathons with businesses exploring the potential of this area. In 2017, we launched the world’s first MSc in the Circular Economy, which will allow us to build the skills-base and to make the Circular Economy an industrial reality.

Our research agenda across the university responds to the challenges of an emerging and closed loop economy – the focus is on the development of tools, methods, materials, technology and innovative ways of doing business across the disciplines of design, engineering, environmental science and management.

MSc in Technology Innovation and Management for a Circular Economy

This Circular Economy MSc provides industrial professionals with the knowledge and skills to manage the transition of their organisation towards a circular economy. It will give industrial professionals the technological knowledge, system-level understanding and personal competency to design, evaluate and implement transformational solutions for the future. 


Ken Webster, a Head of Innovation at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Dr Fiona Charnley, Lecturer in Sustainable Product & Service Design, discuss the challenges that circular economy brings. The video also includes a film produced for the course ‘Pulling on a Golden Thread’ (at 12.30 in the video); it considers the role of the digital revolution as an enabler for transition to a circular economy.

Dr Mariale Moreno, Dr Raffaella Villa and Dr Adriana Encinas-Oropesa talk about circular design and materials, some of the themes our MSc will cover.

Professor Bruce Jefferson considers how circular economy models could be implemented in the water industry. He argues that we are seeing a move towards water treatment.

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