“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".
Cranfield currently has 393 students from China (PRC). Chinese students at Cranfield benefit from excellent teaching delivered by our world-renowned academics and real-life industry projects with leading global organisations. Our Chinese students get involved in a wide variety of activities run by Chinese Cranfield Student Association.
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)
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.
Executive coaching (总裁培训)是其中一门最有价值的课程内容。Graham Clark根据我的心理统计学测试结果，全面系统地分析了我作为领导者以及个人生活的行为，使我更清晰地认知哪一种领导方式更适合我。 这个有深度的分析更令我加强了自我能力的自信心，以及明确未来的方向， 实在受益匪浅, 周芳卉, 周芳卉, 全日制工商管理硕士.
Videos and testimonials
初创企业财务（Entrepreneurial Finance for Early Stage Businesses） 是我最喜欢的课程，是由Stephanie Hussels（Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship）和 Martin Spiller一起教授的。他们在创业以及风险投资领域有着十足的经验，给了我很多的其实与对这些领域更加深层次的理解。特别是我自己从事了创业多年，这个课程对我帮助非常大，甚至感觉这一门课就值回MBA学费。
然后就是Richard Kwiatkowski,教授上的Organisational Behaviour: Developing Leadership，来之前并没有想到有一门这样的课程。课程的交互性极强，所以课程内讲的理论知识很容易被记住，特别是组织内的人际关系管理。更重要的是，让你对自己的了解进一步加深。张青, 全日制工商管理硕士
克兰菲尔德是一个国际知名的英国MBA学校，也是第一所英国提供一年制MBA的院校，与各种业界 有着深刻的联系。学校也是全球科学技术以及管理领域领袖的摇篮，这让有着工科背景的我对这所学校充满了向往。张青, 全日制工商管理硕士
在入读克兰菲尔德MBA之前，我已经在北京累积了7年的工作经验。 我有决心开创发展我自己的事业，于是我决定申请MBA，因为我知道克兰的课程能让我的学到专业的知识，如何经营自己的事业以及做进一步的提升。 这个充实而且紧凑的一年制课程特别吸引我，很多实用性的课程，例如会计，策略运营管理，项目管理等给我创业之路打下了坚实基础，并且开创了未来更多的可能性
We have over 1,500 people in our Chinese alumni network. 96% of our graduates are employed or in further study.
A number of Cranfield graduates also hold leading roles in Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) including the Head and the Chief Design Engineer of the China Gas Turbine division.
Below is a list of our most notable alumni from China.
Wenfang Chen, MBA, Chairman, Citi Management Consulting
Wei Ding, MBA, General Manager, China National Machinery Import & Export Corp
Yan Feng, MBA, Director Government Affairs and Policy, GE Energy China
Bin Han, MBA, Director, Ministry of Finance
Gary Jia, MBA, Deputy General Manager, Maersk (China) Shipping Co
Da Jiang, MBA, Deputy General Manager, Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co Ltd
Lei Kong, MBA, Associate Director, Standard Chartered Bank (China) Ltd
Changsong Liu, MBA, Board Secretary, Sinotrans Limited
Xiaozhou Liu, MBA, General Manager, CDB Leasing Co., Ltd
Lanping Lu, MBA, First Secretary, Ministry of Commerce of China
Wei Luo, MBA, Vice President, AFCA Consulting Co., Ltd
Rufeng Shou, MBA, General Manager of Department of Capital Markets, China Power International Development Limited
Naiqiang Tao, MBA, General Manager, China National Tech Import & Export Corp
Qiang Tu, MBA, Vice General Manager, Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway
Hong Wang, MBA, Vice President of Audit & Compliance Department, BOC International Holdings Ltd
Bing Xu, MBA, Director, The People's Bank of China
Sean Yao, MBA, Vice President Amazon China
Shuyi Yuan, MBA, Vice General Manager of Personal Banking Department, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China
Bob Zhang, MBA, Deputy General Manager, Shanghai Shenhua Chenbao Auto Co.,
Kaifeng Zhang, MBA, Managing Director, Magneto Special Anodes (Suzhou)
Yuan Zhao, MBA, Division Director, China Aviation Industry Corporation
We run a staged admissions process.
Next application deadlines dates:
1 May 2022 by 23:59 BST – Deadline for international students
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.
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
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.
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 Chinese Students
Prospective students from China can benefit from both China-specific scholarships 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.
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.