Top five UK university

Ranked in the top five UK universities for commercial income for research, Cranfield is able to invest in and has become home to many world-class, large-scale facilities, which enhance our teaching and research.

The big questions that face the world today pose fundamental challenges for industry, governments and society. They motivate us to use our expertise in management, engineering, science and technology to produce answers that make a tangible difference globally.

Through our industry partnerships, applied research projects and our executive education and professional development programmes, we have mutually-beneficial relationships with around 1,500 companies and organisations.

Cranfield students, staff and partners benefit from a reinforcing circle of progress. We work on cutting-edge research with our industry partners that informs our students’ education, so that our graduates go into industry as experts in science, technology, engineering and management.

Four-time winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize

We are honoured to have been recognised by the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in Further and Higher Education on four separate occasions, for our:

  • Education and research into safe water and sanitation for the world's poorest communities, 2015.
  • World-leading work in aviation safety through research and training in air accident investigation, 2011.
  • Role in humanitarian demining, 2007.
  • Fellowship in Manufacturing Management, 2005.

Find out more about Cranfield's Queen's Anniversary Prize

This short animation on the benefits of the Nano membrane toilet demonstrates one of Cranfield’s contributions to research into safe water and sanitation for the world’s poorest communities:


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Research Excellence Framework (REF), 2014

81% of research is world-leading or internationally excellent

81% of the research at Cranfield is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent REF, 2014. This score informs the allocation of research funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). You can see some case studies demonstrating this research on this page. For more examples visit our research excellence page.


Management school league tables

'Top for overseas programmes' Financial Times, 2016

Cranfield School of Management consistently ranks highly for MBAs, management qualifications and executive education in the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Economist and Poets and Quants league tables.

  • Top 10 for executive education, Financial Times, 2016
  • Top in the students vote and overall ranked in the top 15 “Full-time MBA: International” Bloomberg Business, 2015.
  • Top 50 for full-time global MBA,  Financial Times, 2015
As an exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield University is excluded from Times Higher Education World Rankings, The Times World Rankings, The Complete University Guide and The Guardian, which focus on helping prospective undergraduate students to compare universities.

HR Excellence in Research

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The University was awarded the prestigious European award for HR Excellence in Research in June 2015. Read our Application and Action plan.