We are an exclusively postgraduate university located at the heart of the UK.  Our close collaboration with industry and government means we offer relevant, practical teaching that is firmly based on our transformational research.

Our passion for the areas we operate in and our long-standing relationships with some of the most prestigious companies in industry mean that studying at Cranfield will open doors for you.

One of the world’s largest providers of postgraduate education in defence and security technology and management, working on classified projects for government and industry.

A trusted and influential partner to the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for over 30 years.

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Cranfield University at Shrivenham offers unique educational opportunities to the defence and security sectors in both public and private sector organisations.

Based at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire, we are an academic provider to the UK Ministry of Defence for postgraduate education at the Defence Academy. 

We deliver the highest standards of education, training and research across a range of important subject areas in defence, security, engineering, management and leadership to meet the demands of students – both Service and civilian, national and international – for the 21st Century.

We continue to be innovative in our course design: new courses are developed to reflect the changing needs of the defence sector, in particular those identified by the industrial and technology strategies, and changes in acquisition and procurement methodologies. 

Operating on a secure site, with 80% of our staff security cleared to carry out classified work for government and industry.

Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre (COTEC)
Industrial-scale weapons testing and evaluation facility, testing materials and weapons for government agencies and industrial defence suppliers and manufacturers. 

National Centre of Excellence for Explosives Chemistry
Used to develop explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics with improved safety and environmental performance. 

Military Off-Road Vehicle Testing and Development Centre 
Leading test and development facility for off-road engineering and dynamics, working in partnership with the MOD and vehicle manufacturers to maximise the performance and reliability of military vehicles. 

Digital Forensics Unit
A centre of excellence for science research, with exceptional facilities in ballistics, explosives, archaeology, materials science and digital forensics.

Impact and influence 
We work with 1,500+ businesses and governments around the world.

Strategic relationships:
 we are the only university to have a strategic relationship with Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and one of just five universities to have a strategic alliance with the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).

Human capabilities for defence:
 we are a leading contributor to the MOD’s multi-million pound Defence Human Capability Science & Technology Centre, led by BAE Systems; supporting the application of human sciences across defence.

Urgent operational requirements: 
working in partnership with the MOD and defence industry we respond to urgent requirements including weapons clearances and counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) technologies to support UK military operations. 

Security sector reform: 
our work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the MOD and the Department for International Development contributes to building state capacity and conflict prevention in countries around the world from Burma to Ethiopia.

Enhancing military training: 
our work on advanced landscape modelling has improved the management of MOD owned land and assets, optimising its use for military training.