Leila Alinaghian

“The Cranfield MBA is a transformative experience through which our students explore their interests, strengths, and weaknesses, develop expertise and mindset, and express their talents to thrive and realise their full potential. This unique programme provides a range of challenges and opportunities for those with a strong desire to grow and make a real impact on businesses, individuals, and wider society. The programme offers a number of features to enable this mission including immersion into the real world of practice, exposure to a diverse range of cultures and management styles, nurturing of unique talents and an impactful and inspiring community”.

Dr Leila Alinaghian  Associate Professor (Reader) of Business Relationships and Impact & Director of Full-time MBA

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.

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.

克兰菲尔德坐落在一个宁静的小村庄,邻近两大城市,非常适合学习,生活也非常安全舒适。到附近的米尔顿凯恩斯只需要15分钟车程,这里有全英最大的购物中心之一,还有室内滑雪和跳伞等场地设施。这里到伦敦的火车只需要半个小时,当天往返伦敦也非常方便。全日制MBA学生 张青

The quality of our MBA programme is globally recognised. In the FT Global MBA Ranking 2024 we have been ranked:

  • 80th in the world and UK top 10
  • Top 10 in Europe and global Top 20 for Value For Money
  • Top 10 in Europe and 22nd globally for Career Progress
  • Top 5 in the UK for sector diversity in the classroom     
  • 3rd in UK for the percentage of female faculty and Top 5 for the percentage of female students
  • Top 5 in the UK and 16th in Europe for Alumni network
  • Global number 1 (joint) for internationality of cohort

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.

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

Our community

We have over 1,500 people in our Chinese alumni network. 96% of our graduates are employed or in further study.

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


Application deadlines

We run a staged admissions process.

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 postgraduate 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

UK visa application from China (PRC).

For help with your visa application to study with us in the UK have a look at this Chinese visa application video by We Are International.

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 

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 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.

Regional China Scholarship Sino-European Leadership Scholarship

Frequently asked questions

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