This part-time course offers the opportunity to study for an internationally recognised master's qualification whilst bringing the latest academic insights and industry best practice back to your own organisation. It has been co-designed with senior supply chain practitioners and is delivered by Europe's largest specialist logistics and supply chain management faculty.

At a glance

  • Start date20 January 2017
  • DurationTwo years part-time
  • DeliveryTaught modules 60%, individual project 40%
  • QualificationMSc
  • Study typeExecutive

Who is it for?

This course is designed for experienced business logistics, supply chain or procurement managers who want to enhance their skills, knowledge and confidence to take on more demanding executive roles in the future. It is also suitable for ambitious professionals who are keen to develop themselves and want a "real-world" education delivered by faculty who are actively engaged with business. 

Class Profile 2014/16:

Gender:  Male 78% Female 22%
Age range:  25-50 years
Average age: 37 years
Number of nationalities:     9

Why this course?

Teaching at Cranfield is designed to nurture your practical business skills and confidence, and places huge emphasis on real-world challenges. This course will raise your awareness and appreciation of advanced logistics and supply chain practices and develop your ability to critically select the tools and techniques that are most relevant to the challenges you are facing. The course will teach you how best to provide effective leadership throughout the logistics and supply chain life-cycle and enable you to carry out independent and robust research that is relevant to your organisation.

Cranfield School of Management was ranked 1st outside US and 12th globally in the Supply Chain Management World ‘University 100’ annual survey 2016, and 2nd in the Top 20 for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, for providing young people in this field with the skills and mix of expertise required to develop as supply chain leaders of the future.


"The teaching style is very practical and business orientated. Other business schools have a very theoretical curriculum, with Cranfield what you get is a mix between business and professional so you can quickly apply what you have learnt to your job. I don’t know of anywhere else where you can get such a healthy mix of people and then you can cross pollenate ideas."

Lawrence Orji, current student, Executive MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Informed by Industry

This course is supported by Cranfield's world-leading faculty, research centres and strong connections with the industry.  Our faculty team work closely with our advisory board of senior supply chain professionals from global organisations and leading academics from the Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Their experience and advice drives the continued development of this established course ensuring that it is relevant for today’s global supply chain environment. Comprising leading figures from the world of logistics, it recommends additions and amendments to the course to reinforce its relevance to the modern logistics world. Our part-time faculty is also supported by a diverse team of international visiting industry speakers and professors.

Your teaching team

Our faculty are leading experts with international reputations for teaching and advanced research. They boast extensive industry experience and have held senior positions in multinational organisations.

Cranfield faculty teaching on the Executive MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management include:

Visiting Fellows:


Our Executive MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible for full membership of both institutes.

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Course details

The course is in nine intensive week-long modules delivered at Cranfield with remote study in between. You will have the opportunity to attend a five-day international study tour, complete a supply chain simulation game based on a retail operation as part of a group project and individual thesis project providing you with an opportunity to investigate an area of particular interest to you and your organisation.

International Study Tour

Each year our students visit a differing economic region to gain first-hand experience of how supply strategies are influenced by different pressures.
The tour normally takes place over five days and past cohorts have visited China, Ghana, Turkey and Indonesia. On their return students will have gained valuable experience to the benefit of both themselves and their organisation and students will appreciate the diverse nature of logistics and supply chain management in the specified region.

Individual project

Your individual thesis project provides you with an opportunity to investigate an area of particular interest to you and your organisation, and to develop a specialist's capacity to carry out research combining organisational and academic perspectives. You may wish to address a particular problem that your business is facing and create real value for your organisation.  Each year, EFESO Consulting award a prize for the best thesis.


Taught modules 60%, individual project 40%

Core modules

Supply Chain Concepts

Module Leader
  • Dr Soroosh Saghiri

    The module presents the fundamental principles of contemporary logistics and supply chain management. This unit explores the ways in which good practice in these fields can contribute to achieving sustainable competitive advantage. You will explore how the competitive landscape is constantly changing, and the role of logistics and supply chain management in meeting the challenges raised. 

    This module includes two further themes. The first of these is called Data Analysis and Manipulation. The sessions that make up this unit are highly practical and will enhance your skills with respect to both the manipulation and analysis of data using Microsoft Excel. 

    The module also contains a supply chain simulation game based on a retail operation. In this game you will take on the role of managing the supply of products into a European fashion business, which involves ordering product, organising international freight movements and distribution into stores. The aim is to maximise profit for the business whilst ensuring a smooth flow of product, while at the same time simulating many of the typical problems encountered in today's supply chains.

    The module covers:

    • Supply chains and competitive advantage.
    • Matching supply with demand.
    • Lean thinking.
    • Agile supply chains.
    • Variety challenge.
    • Integrating the supply chain. 
    • Purchasing and supply relationships. 
    • Supply chains of the future.
    • Manipulating and analysing logistics and supply chain data using Microsoft Excel and Access.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of the Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts unit, you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles underlying logistics and supply chain management and the inherent trade offs at stake.
  • Appreciate the importance of supply chain management and logistics to competitive advantage.
  • Understand different types of demand characteristics, and how supply capabilities can be matched to them.
  • Appreciate just-in-time philosophy, principles for eliminating waste and their application in a supply chain context.
  • Understand the sources and causes of demand turbulence, and the implications to demand forecasting.
  • Understand the different components of agile supply chains and the principles behind agile practices.
  • Recognise the trend to increased product variety and its logistics implications.
  • Understand the importance of supply chain integration and how it might be achieved both internally and externally.
  • Recognise the need for differentiated supply chain strategies that go beyond the idea of lean and agile supply chains.
  • Appreciate evolving supply relationships from arms length to partnerships, and the potential roles of co-ordination and collaboration.
  • Identify examples of practice around five themes for supply chains of the future.
  • Identify the factors that enable logistics strategy to contribute to overall competitive strategy.
  • Explain how supply capabilities can be and are differentiated in order to meet different demand characteristics.
  • Show how ‘lean’ and ‘agile’ philosophies can be applied either separately or in combination to the development of logistics strategy.
  • Apply different supply chain and product design strategies to deliver high product variety while minimising lead time and cost penalties.
  • Improve supply chain integration internally and externally to reduce loss in value in terms of time, cost and quality.
  • Analyse the factors by which supply relationships can be matched with supply strategy.

As a result of the Data Analysis and Manipulation unit, you will be able to:

  • Understand data analysis and manipulation using Excel in the context of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  • Understand the need for data analysis, data collection techniques, impact of aggregating data and potential pitfalls.
  • Understand the different types of data manipulation that are commonly required within the supply chain arena - the manipulation of order/delivery and inventory data.
  • Understand how to analyse and manipulate data using lookup and information functions.
  • Understand the relationship between text and numeric data.
  • Explore the use of ABC analysis.
  • Sort, and filter data quickly within Microsoft Excel.
  • Manipulate data effectively using conditional functions.
  • Manipulate information using the essential text commands.
  • Sort data quickly using interactive pivot tables and apply these skills to delivery and product data, transportation and other tariffs.
  • Produce correlation graphs and formulae for different datasets and apply these tools to logistics data.
  • Demonstrate practical application of ABC analysis on large data sets.

Logistics Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Hendrik Reefke

    The module is positioned within the wider context of an organisation's supply chain strategy and will equip you with the means to tackle the warehousing and freight transport aspects of complex supply chain problems. It is broken down into the following themes: Freight Transport, Warehousing and Distribution Centre Design.

    The module covers:

    • Introduction to freight transport.
    • The management of road freight transport operations.
    • Major characteristics of international sea, air, and rail freight transport.
    • Full logistics costs of differing international transport modes.
    • 3PL contract tendering and wider outsourcing developments.
    • The range of storage/handling equipment and order picking methods available.
    • Types of storage and handling systems appropriate for specific situations, as well as to compare the space utilisations of each.
    • The role of warehousing in modern supply chains, storage and handling equipment options, order picking systems and warehouse design methodology.
    • Group work on the distribution centre design project.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand the equipment and techniques used for road, rail, sea and air freight transport.
  • Appreciate the main issues involved in using each mode of transport, as well as the market structure for each.
  • Understand how to choose between the different transport modes and how to combine them with other units to form an effective supply chain.
  • Understand how to manage a road transport fleet, including fleet resource planning, routing / scheduling and costing.
  • Understand structured contract tendering and contractual types.
  • Appreciate wider outsourcing opportunities emerging in the 3PL and 4PL markets.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of how to plan and manage a road transport fleet.
  • Appreciate the importance and use of information and computer applications in road freight transport.
  • Analyse which mode of transport is most appropriate to meet an organisation's supply chain strategy, and identify the particular equipment types and techniques that should be used.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the potential impact of public policies and other external factors on freight transport.
  • Address freight transport issues within complex supply chain problems.
  • Prepare a tender (RFP) specification.
  • Construct a tender evaluation framework and KPIs for contract management.
  • Appreciate the role of warehousing within modern supply chains.
  • Recognise the range of equipment types available for warehouse operations, together with an understanding of the applicability of each type.
  • Understand the relevant principles, methodologies and practices in the design and management of warehouse operations.
  • Recognise the latest developments and trends in warehousing.
  • Understand the methodology for designing a distribution centre.
  • Appreciate the key issues involved at each stage.
  • Understand how logical decisions should be made between the various options for layout, equipment, staffing and operational processes.
  • Analyse alternative methods of warehouse operations in a systematic way, in terms of storage and handling equipment and order picking methods.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of how a warehouse should be designed to meet an organisation's supply chain strategy.
  • Address warehousing issues within complex supply chain problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to design a distribution centre, from the accumulation of the appropriate data through to a full operational specification.

Supply Chain Analysis & Modelling Tools

Module Leader
  • Dr Nicky Yates

    The module will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of the common techniques in business analytics. During the course, you shall cover quantitative modelling techniques, statistics and forecasting as well as simulation. You will appreciate the benefits and understand the application of modelling and statistical techniques for decision making in supply chain management. The simulation element will provide you with an understanding of the application, strengths and weaknesses of simulation modelling techniques and the software that can be used to support decision-making in logistics and supply chain management.  

    This module covers:

    • Statistics and Forecasting
    • Quantitative Modelling
    • Simulation
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • To apply descriptive statistics and statistical techniques to analyse logistics problems
  •  To employ probability distributions for statistical sampling
  • To evaluate forecasting issues through statistical analysis
  •  To propose an appropriate optimisation technique to test and evaluate solutions for a decision problem
  • To design appropriate simulation models for real world problems using a variety of packages
  • To assess the output of the simulation model in the real-world context

Finance, Manufacturing and Inventory

Module Leader
  • Dr Simon Templar

    The module covers the three management disciplines of accounting and finance, manufacturing and demand, and inventory planning. 

    The accounting and finance element covers three aspects: management, accounting and financial management. Within accounting and finance, you will learn to appreciate measuring profit or loss, valuing tangible and intangible assets in balance sheets, and interpreting financial statements using ratio analysis. Management will comprise economic aspects such as the nature and classification of costs, contribution accounting and break-even analysis, and also behavioural aspects such as preparing and using budgets, and variance analysis. Financial management will assist you with how companies obtain finance, how they manage their working capital requirements, and capital investment project appraisal. 

    The manufacturing element will provide you with a comprehension of manufacturing operations, transformation system design and materials management within the overall context of the supply chain. Finally, the demand and inventory planning element informs you of the strategies, policies, tools and techniques used to improve the match between demand and supply. 

    Accounting and Finance comprises:
    •    Financial Accounting: - Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and the Cash Flow Forecast. Inventory, fixed assets and depreciation. Accounts interpretation and ratio analysis
    •    Management Accounting: - Costing methods and variance analysis
    •    Financial Management: - Working capital management, capital investment appraisal and sources of finance

    The Manufacturing element consists of:
    •    A review of the role manufacturing within a supply chain context
    •    A historical perspective to manufacturing operations
    •    A typology of manufacturing process forms
    •    Review of Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP11)
    •    Review of Just in Time philosophy
    •    Manufacturing philosophy – the Toyota Production System
    •    Just in time business simulation game
    •    The principles of scheduling, loading and sequencing in manufacturing operations.
    •    Capacity management within manufacturing operations

    Demand and Inventory Planning comprises:
    •    Demand Planning & Forecasting
    •    Inventory Control Models
    •    Inventory in the supply chain

Intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

•    judge the effect of decisions, transactions and events on financial performance.
•    create simple sets of accounts from basic information.
•    understand the main variables affecting working capital management and capital investment project appraisal.
•    interpret financial statements, for good decision making, planning and control.
•    appraise areas for improvement in existing manufacturing operations.
•    compare the use of push, pull and hybrid strategies for manufacturing planning and control.
•    apply models for capacity management, sequencing and scheduling within a manufacturing operation
•    understand how historical data is used in the absence of real-time information to forecast demand.
•    propose appropriate inventory models to different situations.
•    design inventory solutions in accordance with the supply chain strategy

Supply Chain Information Systems and Procurement Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Soroosh Saghiri

    The first part of the course, in addition to exploring the ways in which IT can contribute to the efficient management of the supply chain, will also examine e-Business solutions and provide you with the ability to select appropriate e-Business solutions to solve problems. You will appreciate how emerging technologies and information systems can significantly change organisations and industries, and learn where IT can add value to performance and support process improvements, allowing you to identify potential business opportunities.

    The Procurement element will explore the subject of procurement and supply in the industrial and commercial context, explaining its role and purpose within the supply chain. You will learn how procurement has developed, the skills and information needed by procurement professionals, the academic theory and knowledge accumulated on the subject area and the use of specific techniques employed in managing the function.

    The module covers:

    • The role of information systems in the business.
    • Assessing the ICT in supporting process improvements.
    • Business systems architecture.
    • ICT portfolio approach and benefits realisation.
    • The manager’s role in systems development and implementation.
    • Case study on Cisco Corporation.
    • The role of collaboration and collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment.
    • Industry case study on effective collaboration through information sharing.
    • eFulfillment.
    • Industry speaker perspective on enterprise IT systems.
    • Supply strategy and segmentation approaches: matrices, buyer-supplier relationships, power issues.
    • Supplier selection, development and evaluation, including make versus buy decisions.
    • eProcurement: sell side, buy side, exchanges, process improvement.
    • eAuctions: their role in procurement strategy.
    • A live eAuction event.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand how opportunities offered by emerging technologies may significantly change organisations and possibly whole industries.
  • Analyse frameworks to identify potential business opportunities resulting from existing and emerging technologies.
  • Understand how these opportunities can be understood via a business process perspective.
  • Discuss modes of collaboration in the supply chain and how technology can be used to support them.
  • Appreciate how process orientation can support integration between members of the supply chain.
  • Analyse cases on implementation of new technologies such as RFiD and understood the challenges of such projects.
  • Understand the purpose of the procurement function and its role in  the organisation.
  • Understand both strategic and tactical issues in the management of procurement.
  • Appreciate the processes involved in procurement and their wider relevance to the supply chain processes of the organisation.
  • Understand the role and use of automated and web-based applications used in procurement and supply operations.
  • Assess where IT can add value to an organisation’s performance.
  • Develop a BDN for a proposed IT-enabled business change initiative.
  • Define appropriate eBusiness solutions for supply chain problems.
  • Create a framework for a collaborative approach to supply chain process management.
  • Assess the role of process alignment in achieving supply chain integration.
  • Evaluate the role and use of new mobile data applications.
  • Use tools and techniques to analyse and evaluate suppliers and supply markets.
  • Apply the use of segmentation models to spending within an organisation.
  • Develop a procurement strategy, relevant to the supply chain and operational needs of the organisation.
  • Evaluate alternatives for automation of the procurement process through available technology.

Supply Chain Design

Module Leader
  • Professor Richard Wilding OBE

    Focusing on the design and redesign of supply chains and the associated principles involved in developing supply chain strategy, this module advances your skills in developing practical frameworks for formulating designs, and reviewing tools and techniques available for use in re-engineering the supply chain.

    The module covers:

    • A systematic approach to supply chain re-design.
    • Poster session (poster presentations by participants).
    • Time based mapping and time compression.
    • Process mapping.
    • Supply chain process re-design ToolboxTime compression case study.
    • Supply chain strategy review/framework.
    • Alternative supply chain modelling approaches.
    • European case study (Portuguese papers).
    • Depot location model and CAST logistics demonstration.
    • Understanding supply chain costs and the cost to serve method.
    • Gaining transparency and simple techniques for managing supply chain process re-design projects and the change they generate.
    • Academic thesis development.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand the latest trends and ability to discuss some of the major issues and concepts in national and international logistics and supply chain management.
  • Understand the key stages in any supply chain re-design project.
  • Explore the main concepts and principles behind the planning of logistics strategy and identify a practical framework for these plans.
  • Understand the different tools and techniques that can be used to evaluate different network strategies and indicate when and how they are applied.
  • Understand the process mapping tools used to enable supply chain re-design.
  • Appreciate the tools and techniques to enable transparency of supply chain problems and the application of these techniques within the supply chain environment.
  • Undertake the planning of supply chain strategies.
  • Understand the different types of supply chain strategy options that might be considered, and the key underlying cost trade-offs associated with these alternative strategies.
  • Understand how the tools and techniques can be linked together within the planning framework to provide means for logistics strategy analysis.
  • Understand how to critically map and evaluate a supply chain.
  • Apply a practical framework for the re-design of your supply chain processes.
  • Identify and analyse alternative opportunities improvement within the supply chain.
  • Describe the cost drivers within a supply chain process.
  • Use and apply some of the key tools and techniques for supply chain process re-design.
  • Discuss the importance of benchmarking and agility to the integration of the supply chain.
  • Demonstrate competency in analytical modelling, use advanced spreadsheet skills and understand the application of commercial packages within the field of supply chain design.

Quality and Performance in Supply Chains; Research Methods

Module Leader
  • Dr Denyse Julien

    The aim of this module is to focus on the structure and types of performance measurement systems, such as the balanced scorecard, and looks at the design of appropriate performance targets and indicators. The Six Sigma element will build on and develop some of the analytical skills introduced during the core modules of the course. It will be situated in the context of quality methods and total quality management, describing their development from deming to the present day. The module will provide an understanding and practical utilisation of the Six Sigma methodology following the Define-Measure-Analyse-Improve-Control approach. The focus is primarily on the managerial aspects of Six Sigma and its role in improving performance. Students will be able to combine theory with practical case work which will experiment with quantitative and qualitative techniques employed in the solving of typical supply chain problems.

    The module covers:

    Performance management 

    • The roles of performance measurement.
    • Performance management.
    • The balanced scorecard and the performance prism.
    • Development of performance indicators.
    • Acting on information.

    Six Sigma

    • Define: evolution of total quality management and Six Sigma, deming, procurement design completion assurance, designing projects for improving supply chains.
    • Measure: qualitative and quantitative methods used in value stream mapping and measurement.
    • Analyse: tools and techniques used in the analysis phase, practical exercise on use of failure mode effects analysis.
    • Improve: based on a case study in a manufacturing company, where a process of improvement must be put in place to turn around the company’s performance.
    • Control: continuation and completion of the case study, exploring how to control the newly designed solution going forward and realise benefits.

    Research methods 

    • The nature and purposes of research for an MSc thesis.
    • Conducting a literature review.
    • Qualitative research methods.
    • Quantitative research methods.
    • Selecting an appropriate research design.
    • Collecting and analysing data.
    • The ingredients of a successful MSc dissertation.
Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Examine the main performance measurement frameworks.
  • Understand the key processes associated with the design of a performance measurement system.
  • Utilise a structured template to design robust performance indicators.
  • Explore the broad issues associated with performance measurement in a supply chain context.
  • Understand the history and purpose of the Six Sigma philosophy and methods.
  • Understand where and how to apply a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques to logistics problems.
  • Examine real-life cases of Six Sigma use within a manufacturing/industrial environment.
  • Apply Six Sigma tools to problem solving and continuous improvement in the supply chain.
  • Understand the MSc dissertation requirements: both academic and practical.
  • Understand the difference between describing and critically evaluating the literature underpinning the subject matter of the dissertation.
  • Develop suitable research.
  • Appreciate how to produce a realistic research plan against which progress in completing the dissertation can be evaluated.
  • Execute strategy through a comprehensive performance measurement system.
  • Develop strategy maps.
  • Design performance indicators.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of total quality management and Six Sigma use within logistics and supply chain management.
  • Define the range of techniques and solutions deployed within the Six Sigma toolset.
  • Apply appropriate analytical tools to analyse and solve problems in the supply chain.
  • Design a supply chain improvement strategy using Six sigma techniques.
  • Apply the use of Six Sigma to the equivalent of ‘Green Belt’ standard.
  • Define fields of knowledge relevant to the thesis and undertake a literature review.
  • Select appropriate techniques, from a range of qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Understand techniques to analyse qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Write up research in an appropriate academic style.

Supply Chain of the Future

Module Leader
  • Dr Soroosh Saghiri

    Through this module you will develop a clear understanding of the relationship between the concept of sustainable development and supply chain operations, appreciating how to measure and analyse supply chain operations based on carbon foot printing. You will also gain an understanding of the design and management of reverse logistics operations through best practice case studies.

    The change management element will help you to understand the link between those inside the organisation, customers and suppliers, in order to be able to create that necessary change culture. By exploring a number of change management and leading change frameworks, you will understand how change can be effectively implemented and appreciate the dynamic components of the organisation, appreciating how logistics and supply chain effectiveness depends on a balance of these factors.

    Lastly, the research conference element will introduce a range of leading research from within Cranfield's own research group. Members of the research faculty will present findings and concepts from recent research undertaken with industrial partners, inviting discussion on how these issues will affect the supply chain of the future. You will also have the opportunity to present research undertaken for their individual thesis.

    The module covers:

    Sustainable supply chains

    • Definition and overview of sustainable development and sustainable supply chain management.
    • The business case for managing sustainably.
    • The implications of sustainable development on supply chain design.
    • Modelling the supply chain carbon footprint and carbon abatement strategies.
    • Environmental issues and management including the emerging discipline of biodiversity and eco efficiency.
    • Measuring, reporting and improving performance for sustainable supply chain management.

    Organisational management

    • Managing change in organisations.
    • Change frameworks.
    • Preparing a campaign for influence.
    • The role of leadership.

    The supply chain research element consists of a full day of presentations on research-based themes in supply chain management, organised as a conference, where students will also be invited to propose speakers or subjects from within their own organisations.

Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the concept of sustainable development.
  • Understand the relationship between the concept of sustainable development and supply chain operations.
  • Appreciate how to measure and analyse supply chain operations based on carbon foot printing.
  • Understand the relationship between the three P’s of sustainability.
  • Recognise developments in alternative fuels.
  • Understand the concepts of biodiversity management and eco-efficiency.
  • Evaluate models for change management and how to adopt them for organisational use.
  • Explore the role of leadership styles.
  • Identify a change issue in your organisation and explore how to address it effectively.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of sustainable development and how it relates to supply chain operations.
  • Model the carbon foot print of supply chains.
  • Comprehend the economic and societal impacts of non sustainable practices.
  • Understand the impact of change on individuals.
  • Design change management programmes.
  • Understand appropriate leadership styles and tactics.
  • Implement effective leadership in change projects.

Fees and funding

MSc Executive £21,000 *
  • * There are two payment options available for this course; the fee detailed above is the pay-by-instalment structure, fees can be paid in full up front, or in a maximum of two payments per year; first instalment on receipt of invoice and the second instalment six months later. Alternatively, you can opt for the pay-as-you learn structure; fees for each module are payable at £1,915 plus a thesis fee of £3,765.

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A non-refundable £1,000 deposit is payable on offer acceptances and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee. 
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.
MSc Executive £21,000 *
  • * There are two payment options available for this course; the fee detailed above is the pay-by-instalment structure, fees can be paid in full up front, or in a maximum of two payments per year; first instalment on receipt of invoice and the second instalment six months later. Alternatively, you can opt for the pay-as-you learn structure; fees for each module are payable at £1,915 plus a thesis fee of £3,765.

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • A non-refundable £1,000 deposit is payable on offer acceptances and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee. 
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged and can be found below.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.

Funding Opportunities

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Colleague Bursary

Cranfield School of Management is offering a colleague bursary to sponsoring organisations when they sponsor two or more members of staff on one programme in the same calendar year. The colleague bursary represents savings of 15% towards the costs of the tuition fees for each employee. 

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Entry requirements

We welcome applications from talented candidates of all backgrounds and each application is considered on its individual merit. Usually candidates must hold either a first or a second class UK honours degree in a relevant discipline; or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing component

TOEFL - 92, with a minimum of 21 in the writing component

Pearson PTE Academic - 65

Cambridge English Scale - 180

Cambridge English: Advanced - C

Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Your career

Many of our Executive students are sponsored in some way, either fully or partly by their sponsoring organisation. The use of Salary Sacrifice in the UK can help prospective students and employers reduce the net cost of paying for work related study.  

Salary Sacrifice involves an employee and their organisation entering into an agreement to fund their work related study, with the employee agreeing to a reduction in their salary for a defined period corresponding to an agreed portion of the course fees. 

If you would like to speak to an Employment Tax and Employee Benefits specialist about correctly structuring a work related training Salary Sacrifice arrangement, you can either contact your own professional advisers or Jonathan Berger of PricewaterhouseCoopers by emailing: or Tel: +44 (0) 207 583 5000 

For more information visit the UK Government website.

Please note:

  • Cranfield do not take any responsibility for the advice provided and any charges made for the advice between you and the advisers.
  • The principle of Salary Sacrifice described here applies in the UK only. International salary sacrifice schemes may work differently.
  • Cranfield School of Management has no involvement in the structure of this arrangement.


To apply you will need to register to use our online system. Once you have set up an account you will be able to create, save and amend your application form before submitting it.

Once your online application has been submitted together with your supporting documentation, it will be processed by our admissions team. You will then be advised by email if you are successful, unsuccessful, or whether the course director would like to interview you before a decision is made.  Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.

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