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Become a leader, not just an expert

Our intensely personalised programme will develop your unique specialist knowledge and unlock the leader you're meant to be.

This opportunity is for you if you are an ambitious individual who wants to maximise your career progression opportunities. You can leverage the best of both worlds by combining the specialist knowledge and technical expertise gained on a Cranfield master's degree with the strong business acumen and leadership capabilities of the Cranfield Full-time MBA.

Our world-class programmes, unrivalled facilities, close links with business, industry and governments, and international outlook combine to create a diverse and transformative learning experience that will change how you interact with the world and business.


  • Start dateSep 2024 (MSc) / Sep 2025 (MBA)
  • DurationTwo years
  • DeliveryYou will be assessed through a mixture of exams, written projects and presentations.
  • QualificationMBA, MSc
  • Study typeFull-time
  • CampusCranfield campus

What we offer

The Cranfield MBA Dual-Degree degree will allow you to first gain specialist knowledge from your Cranfield master's and, upon completion, join the Cranfield full-time MBA and a close-knit international cohort of no more than 100 experienced professionals. That's large enough to challenge your perspectives and introduce new ideas. But small enough to guarantee individual attention thanks to an 8:1 staff-to-student ratio.

Within our inspiring global Cranfield community, you will be:

  • supported to unlock your unique potential;  
  • challenged to become a strategic leader in your chosen industry, a critical and innovative thinker;  
  • empowered to pursue your professional goals on the international stage.  

On graduation, you will be poised for success in any sector thanks to expert teaching, real-world projects, 121 career coaching and mentoring.

Assert your expertise confidently in the sector of your choice

The Cranfield MBA Dual-Degree takes a 1+1 structure – first the full-time master’s, then the Full-time MBA – which unlocks a 50% scholarship for your MBA. During your Cranfield master’s you will have access Cranfield University's unique and state-of-the-art industrial-scale facilities, including an on-site airport. With Cranfield’s dedicated postgraduate expertise and influential position in industry, you’ll be part of an innovative environment that has a track record of developing solutions to real-world problems – for example in water and sanitation, aviation safety, and humanitarian mine detection and clearance – that have improved the lives of millions of people around the world.

After completing your Cranfield master's, you will enrol on the Cranfield Full-time MBA at Cranfield School of Management - one of the oldest, most prestigious business schools in Europe. The Full-MBA programme consistently ranks amongst the best in the UK, and you will learn from truly inspirational faculty, ranked 6th in the world for teaching power.

The MBA programme helps you develop your level of specialist expertise and, by challenging you to master the skills that make great leaders, will empower you to move to the next level of your career journey.

Why the Cranfield MBA Dual-Degree?

Compelling value in the job market

Expand your potential career path with a powerful combination of specialist knowledge, strategic business acumen, and influential leadership.

Cost- and time-effective

Thanks to the immersive one-year MBA, you can complete two diverse programmes in less time and less cost as many invest in completing a two-year MBA.  You will benefit from a 50% scholarship for your MBA as a valued Cranfield alum.

Rapid ROI

Enjoy a salary progression unique to the MBA. Cranfield's MBA is ranked in the Top 20% globally for the speed of payback, and the average salary for an MBA graduate three years after graduation is over $124,000.

Dedicated personal development

It is rare to have dedicated time in your career journey to develop your skills and expand your knowledge. A Dual-Degree enables you to make the most of your investment in yourself and the time away from the corporate ladder, ticking both expertise and leadership at the same time.

Lifelong careers service

You will have extended access to the Cranfield Careers Development team during your time at Cranfield. As an MBA alum, you will benefit from lifelong career support. In addition, you can take advantage of Cranfield's Career Mentoring programme, where successful professionals offer advice and guidance to support your studies.

Build a network to launch your career

Leverage the unparalleled MBA alumni network to open doors anywhere. The MBA alumni network at Cranfield is ranked no.1 in the world for its breadth and effectiveness (The Economist WhichMBA? 2021), and Cranfield has amongst the highest number of CEOs on Fortune Global 500 boards. Make the most of those connections to further your passions through partnerships, shared knowledge, and job opportunities.

Become a leader not just an expert

1-2-1 career coaching in the MBA will help you discover your unique strengths as a leader. We'll then support you in developing a personalised progression plan to help guide, inspire and accelerate your career after Cranfield.

How to apply

Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world. We want students who will challenge us and their classmates, people that know their mind and strive for both personal and team success. We want to know how ambitious you are, how determined you are, your potential to develop and make a difference.

We encourage you to explore the funding opportunities available and check your eligibility for a scholarship, as we offer awards to support diversity and recognise leadership potential to help make graduate management education accessible.

Applications for our specialist master’s can be made online directly from the course page. To achieve the Dual Degree you can only apply for the MBA once you have enrolled on your chosen MSc.

Once you have submitted your application you will receive an email confirmation. Within two days of submission we will confirm your username and password, so you can access our Applicant Portal, EVE, through which you will be able to view your application and personal details, check the status of your application, upload documents, if required, in support of your application, request a change to your application, update your contact details, withdraw your application (prior to receiving a decision), ask for a deferral (if you have received an offer).

You can apply for part two of the programme (Full-time MBA) with a 50% alumni scholarship, once you are enrolled on one of our specialist master’s.

Once your online application has been submitted, it will be processed by our admissions team. You will then be advised by email if you have progressed to the interview stage.

Total fees: £22,097 (MBA-only 2023 entry), plus fees for chosen MSc course.

Payment schedule

Once you have been offered a place on our programme, you will need to pay a £3,000 non-refundable deposit. Your place is not guaranteed until you have paid your deposit. The remainder of the tuition fees is payable at the start of the programme. 

Ready to influence, inspire and lead?