Our research is world leading in its contribution to global innovation. With our emphasis on specialist sectors and collaboration with industry and government we help change the way society thinks, works and learns.
You can be a part of this by studying a research degree at Cranfield – either by undertaking a bespoke research project, applying for one of our research degrees or by considering one of the funded research opportunities below.
These are often full-time over three years although part-time opportunities also exist
Support during your study
Throughout your studies, you will benefit from the support of experienced faculty and from the stimulation that comes from being part of a vibrant research community. You will work with your supervisor in partnership; your supervisor will provide guidance on the nature of research and the standards expected, and you will have the opportunity to develop into a fully competent researcher, using the wide range of resources available at Cranfield.
Search for research opportunities by selecting your area of interest below or by using our search.
- Defence and Security
- Design Engineering
- Energy and Sustainability
- Environment and Agrifood
- Manufacturing and Materials
- Transport Systems
Diversity and Inclusion
At Cranfield, we value our diverse staff and student community and maintain a culture where everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect. This is reflected in our University values of ambition, impact, respect and community. We welcome students and staff from all backgrounds from over 100 countries and support our staff and students to realise their full potential, from academic achievement to mental and physical wellbeing.
We are committed to progressing the diversity and inclusion agenda, for example; gender diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through our Athena SWAN Bronze award and action plan, we are members of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day. We are also Disability Confident Level 1 Employers and members of the Business Disability Forum.
Cranfield alumni registering for a self-funded research degree may be eligible for a scholarship of up to 20% of the total fee.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funded studentships
Following the announcement by UKRI that their funded studentships should be opened up to both home and international students from the 2021/22 academic year. Cranfield University has published its policy on UKRI International Fees for research degrees.