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 studentships by selecting your area of interest below.

Why study at Cranfield? Thomas Kriechbaumer, PhD student

UK Research Funded Doctoral Centres 

We offer fully-funded research degrees through a shared industrial scholarship scheme and UK Research Council sponsored awards. Cranfield is the lead partner in three UK Research Council-funded Doctoral Centres and is a collaborative partner in four more. These projects are:

  • Composites Manufacture - This focuses on composites manufacture in areas including aerospace, automotive, marine wind energy and construction.
  • REMS - This project is for research in the Offshore renewable energy sector, led by Cranfield in partnership with University of Oxford and over 20 companies.
  • STREAM - The Industrial Doctoral Centre for the Water Sector delivering excellence in water science and engineering in the UK.
  • Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing - A partnership between Cranfield, Exeter and Warwick Universities, addressing challenges such as materials recovery from waste streams.
  • UP (Ultra Precision) - This centre develops advance ultra Precision products, technologies production processes, innovation and business practices.
  • DREAM (Data Risk and Environmental Analytical Methods) - Cranfield leads the universities of Birmingham, Cambridge and Newcastle and over twenty informatics industry organisations in this Centre. 
  • STARS (Soils Training and Research Studentships) - This is a consortium of eight organisations focusing on soil science.