Event Spotlight: MBA on campus event

Join us on campus for an opportunity to go behind the scenes at Cranfield and meet the key faculty that will be part of shaping your transformation here at Cranfield.

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“The Cranfield MBA is a truly transformative programme, which changes the lives of our MBA graduates. Our deep history as a leading MBA programme (with over 50 years!), combined with our triple accreditation and strong positioning across rankings bodies, results in a high quality, diverse and experienced cohort in the classroom. Our MBA brings together core business fundamentals taken from real industry practice, with deep personal development throughout the year and the opportunity to tailor your learning through our elective modules. 

We find that when our MBAs see and meet us here at Cranfield, it feels like home. So whether you'd like to meet us online or come and have a tour, do get in touch for a personal introduction.

We hope to see you as part of the class of 2022. Good luck with your application, and congratulations on being at the start of this exciting and life-changing journey!

Welcome to Cranfield".

Sarah Hatcher, Director of MBA Admissions and Director of Strategic Marketing and Partnerships

The programme

If you are an ambitious individual – ready to tackle global business challenges with clarity and confidence – the Cranfield full-time MBA is designed for you.

This immersive 12-month programme is consistently ranked one of the world’s best MBAs.

Why the Cranfield MBA?

We know you have a lot of choice about where to study your MBA and we’re delighted you are considering Cranfield.

The quality of our MBA programme is globally recognised:

  • UK top 5 MBA (The Economist Which MBA? 2021)
  • No 1 the world for the breadth of its alumni network
  • Top 3 in Europe for entrepreneurial education (Bloomberg Best European Business Schools 2021/22)
  • No 2 in the UK and in the top 25 in the world for quality of faculty (The Economist Which MBA? 2021)
  • Top 3 in the UK and no 6 in the world in the Business School Teaching Power Rankings 2021 compiled for the Financial Times
  • Top 19% globally for alumni success and entrepreneurship (QS 2022 Global Rankings)

SoM students

What we offer

You will join a close-knit international cohort of no more than 100 fellow 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.

Your tutors are all management and leadership experts, infusing their teaching with the latest insights from their industry experience. They will equip you with an in-depth understanding of business and finance, so you can assert your expertise confidently in any business function or sector.

You will have access to Cranfield’s Career mentoring programme, where successful professionals offer advice and guidance to support you through your studies.

You will also receive 1-2-1 career coaching to discover your unique strengths as a leader. We’ll then support you to develop a personalised progression plan to help guide, inspire and accelerate your career after Cranfield.


Our community

We have over 17,000 people in our European alumni network. 

Below is a list of our most notable alumni from Europe.

Vatsan Govindarajan, MBA, Senior Vice President, SAP SE
Daniel Moelders, MBA, Director of Employee Relations, Zalando SE
Kim Nilsson, MBA, CEO & Co-Founder, PeripherAi
Oliver Ripplinger, MBA, Consultant, IBM Business Consulting Services
Andres Sanchez, MBA, CEO, Living Indie
Alex Carbunarea, MBA, CEO, SC ASAM SA
Alexandru Radu, MBA, Managing Partner, Kazoo
Walid Khabbaze, MBA, Managing Director, Konzept K Limited
Maria Kovacheva, MBA, Head of Strategy Development, ARCO Ltd
Hui Zhu, MBA, Co-Founder, Bridge 2088 UG
Juan Cobos Hernández, MBA, Director - Business Development, Ayesa


Application deadlines

We run a staged admissions process.

Next application deadlines dates: 

3 July 2022 by 23:59 BST

Application Process guide

Who we are looking for

We are looking for candidates who aspire to – or currently hold – senior leadership roles. We also want to work with entrepreneurs eager to grow their businesses and the economy. People with the integrity and vision to drive organisations forward.

You will have proved your potential through at least three years of professional experience or by running your own business. And now you are ready for more.

Whether you want to:

  • Accelerate your current career or confidently change direction
  • Develop business acumen to help your start-up skyrocket
  • Challenge yourself to become a more effective leader

Our intensely personalised MBA programme will develop your unique strengths, to unlock the leader you’re meant to be.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from talented candidates from all industries. Professional experience and personal qualities are equally important to us. We want students who challenge us and their classmates, people who strive for both personal and team success.

We want to know how ambitious and determined you are, what your potential is to grow and make a difference.

You should have:

  • At least three years of post-graduate work experience
  • A good university degree and/or professional qualification
  • Applicants without a university degree are welcome as long as they can demonstrate a high level of achievement, exceptional career development or leadership potential

Additional entry requirements for the Full-time MBA can be found on the programme page.

Visas and immigration

EEA students who arrive in the UK by 11pm on 31 December 2020, don’t need a visa even if they later leave the UK and re-enter. However, they will have until 30 June 2021 to apply for leave under the EU Settlement Scheme. Student immigration and Funding at Cranfield University support all our EEA students with the application process including helping them to fill in the application form and do the identity check.

If you arrive in the UK after 11pm on 31 December 2020, you will have to apply for visa under the Student visa route in place for all international students. You can apply for your Student visa within 6 months from your course start date. To apply under the Student visa route you will need to be issued a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) by Cranfield University. You will be able to complete your application, including identity verification, using a smartphone app called (ID Check). Some applicants may need to attend a Visa Application Centre if they are unable to access the application, or if they do not have a biometric passport. The UK Government published a guide for EEA students which provides more information. EEA and Swiss passport holders are exempt from requiring an ATAS certificate for UK study.

We also offer more advice and guidance on our visas and immigration page. There you will find contact information for the Student Immigration and funding team who can offer support.

Fees and funding

Course fees for 2022 entry are £40,175.

Payment schedule

Once you have been offered a place on our programme, you will need to pay a £3,000 non-refundable deposit. You will have a period of 30 days following receipt of your offer to pay your deposit to accept your offer. 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.

Accommodation and living expenses are substantially lower at Cranfield than in major cities such as London; however we suggest you budget an additional £12,000 for accommodation and living expenses, or more if you are bringing a partner and family.

Scholarships for EU Students

Prospective students from Europe can benefit from both European-specific scholarships listed below, as well as scholarships designed for talented female candidates or those who come from specific industries. Please see below for further information or view all our MBA scholarships.

British and European Leadership Scholarship

Simon Rowlands MBA 1986 Scholarship Fund

Frequently asked questions

What question will I be asked during the interview?

Each interviewer has their own style, but all interviews start with an informal three-minute presentation - the topic of the presentation will be sent to you a week before. You will likely be asked questions about your career plans and how you expect the Cranfield MBA will help you to achieve them. You will also be asked questions you are not likely to have prepared for; this is designed to help us assess your mental agility.

What kind of working experience are you looking for in a candidate?

The Cranfield MBA values diversity, and we welcome candidates from many different professional backgrounds, including those who do not have private sector business experience. Our MBA community regularly includes candidates who have backgrounds in engineering, medicine, creative industries, and many more. We look for a minimum of three years' post-graduate work experience, showing good career progression. There is a wide range of experience levels within our MBA community; however, candidates typically have five years of experience. More important than the number of years is the quality of the experience. Much of the learning from an MBA comes from within the classroom community, so we ensure participants can contribute to classroom discussions and share interesting insights from their previous professional experience.

Does the MBA share the same resources as the Executive MBA?

The same Faculty teach on both programmes, and some modules are the same of both programmes.

Are there any networking activities?

There are many formal and informal opportunities for you to network while on the programme and after completing your MBA. For example, we hold regular Speaker Series, where alumni come back to share their experiences and other Career and Alumni events. The MBA students also organise social events such as Chinese New Year, Diwali, and an annual International Week.

How are modules assessed?

Modules are assessed either by examinations, individual assignments, group projects or group presentations, depending on the nature of the module.

How many modules will be delivered online/in person?

The Cranfield MBA programme is delivered entirely face-to-face on campus.

How do I sign up for the Cranfield MBA admission test?

Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed by the Selection Committee. If you are shortlisted for an interview once this has taken place, we will confirm whether we can offer you the opportunity to sit the Cranfield Admission Tests.

What is the MBA class size, and where do students come from?

The cohort size is approximately 50 students and comprises 17 different nationalities.

How long does the application process take?

Generally, you will receive a decision within six weeks of submitting your application.

What are the living costs at Cranfield?

Costs depend on whether you are coming alone or with a partner/family. Further information can be found here.