Senior managers who want to realise their business leadership potential will develop the skills and strategies to do so on the Cranfield Advanced Development Programme. Read more Read less

Through the programme, aspiring leaders broaden their business horizons, develop their organisational leadership ability and are supported to take on the challenge of leadership.

“Participants discover their leadership strengths, develop their potential to lead and build the confidence to succeed in strategic positions.”
Dr. Catherine Bailey, Programme Director

At a glance

  • Duration3 x 5 days, residential + 1 day Reviews (3 & 12 mths)
  • LocationCranfield campus and virtual learning environment
  • Cost£17,500 + VAT
Cranfield Advanced Development Programme

What you will learn

You will leave the programme with:

  • An understanding of the many factors now shaping business
  • The ability to think strategically about your industry sector and business
  • A clear vision of how to inspire and engage those you lead
  • The skills and confidence to influence business strategy

Core content

The Cranfield Advanced Development Programme prepares high potential managers for business leadership roles. It raises your leadership contribution and shifts your focus from operational management to strategic leadership.


There are 5 modules:

  1. Thinking and Acting Strategically
  2. Beyond Management to Leadership
  3. Beyond the Immediate Horizon
  4. Progress Review – 3-month
  5. Continuing Development Review – 12-month
Find out more about the programme structure.



  • An understanding of the many factors now shaping business 
  • The ability to think strategically about your industry sector and business 
  • A clear vision of how to inspire and engage those you lead 
  • The skills and confidence to influence business strategy 

Who should attend

Managers with significant practical experience or operational responsibility, who have often progressed rapidly to their current position, and who are expected to take up a business leadership level role in the near future, or have recently done so.

Discover our free Taster Events where you can reflect on your leadership development with the Cranfield General Management Development team.

Read more details on a typical participant profile and the companies who have attended.

Making the case for your development

We want to ensure your application for the programme goes as smoothly as possible and can offer help in various ways.

For further details on how we can support your application, please email Sara Shakespeare or call +44(0)1234 754569.

Case studies

"So many positives have come from my time at Cranfield that have allowed me to stay out of the operational detail and really focus on the five year strategy."
Jon Anderson, Director - South Africa, ALE

"The Cranfield Advanced Development Programme has been one of the best development experiences of my career to date."
Emma Marsh, Regional Director - Midlands, RSPB

“The best learning and development experience in my professional career.”
Andrew Wilkinson, Managing Director, Sodexo Property Solutions

Read more about past participants' experience of the Cranfield Advanced Development Programme.

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Past Participants

Programme Director

Dr Catherine Bailey

Accommodation options and prices

Fees include tuition, course materials and full board accommodation for the duration of the programme.

Location and travel

Cranfield School of Management is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. 

The School is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield Management Development Centre 
Wharley End
MK43 0HG

This course is provided by Cranfield Management Development Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of Cranfield University