Is accommodation included in the course fee?

Accommodation is included in all course fees unless stated. Should you wish to stay longer than your programme dates, please arrange this with your programme coordinator at the point of booking. Additionally, this can be booked directly through Venue Cranfield.

Are meals included?

A light breakfast, lunch and two coffee breaks are included each day for participants on our programmes. For dinner, you’ll be provided a meal with all course delegates in Cranfield Management Development Centre restaurant on all nights you stay.

What’s included in the accommodation?

Cranfield Management Development Centre is a purpose-built conference centre where delegates stay. Facilities include:

  • An en-suite bedroom.
  • Car parking - complimentary barrier-controlled car park adjacent to Conference Centre.
  • A full English or continental breakfast in our restaurant.
  • Central lunch buffet, including hot and cold main dishes & sides, salads, freshly prepared deli sandwiches, cheese selection and desserts .
  • Three course evening self-service restaurant menus with a selection of hot and cold starters, main courses and desserts (dietary requirements will be catered for).
  • Refreshments - unlimited service of tea, coffee, fruit juices, snacks and fruit served from a central refreshment counter.
  • WiFi – complimentary - no login required.
  • Complimentary access to our leisure facilities - exercise room, sauna and swimming pool.

Is there Wi-Fi?

Yes. This is complimentary and requires no login.

How do I get to Cranfield?

Close to Milton Keynes and Bedford, the Cranfield campus is situated in Wharley End, close to Cranfield village, and is about 10 minutes from the M1 motorway.  There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.

Our address is:

Cranfield Management Development Centre
Wharley End
Cranfield, Bedford
Bedfordshire, MK43 0HG

Download a visitor guide including map, directions and health and safety information.


Where can I see a list of all programmes and programme dates?

Visit our A to Z of Open Executive Programmes for a list of our open programmes. All dates for the next year will be shown per programme page or alternatively contact our Executive Development team on +44 (0)1234 754500 or

Can I visit Cranfield prior to making a booking?

Yes, not a problem, please call us to arrange a visit at a time that suits you.

T: +44 (0)1234 754500

Does Cranfield offer bespoke programmes for organisations?

Yes. Bespoke programmes at Cranfield are offered by Cranfield School of Management and are intended to meet the specialised management education needs of select organisations. Visit our custom programmes page for more information, or contact us on +44 (0)1234 754500 or We would be pleased to discuss your organisation's requirements.

Can my organisation pay for a programme using their apprenticeship levy?

We have several programmes that can be funded through the apprenticeship levy, for further details of these programmes, visit here.

Where are the programmes held?

Please refer to the programme details to find the location for a specific programme. Programmes are usually held at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire (Cranfield Management Development Centre) unless stated.

Do I need to be proficient in English to attend open programmes?

Unless specified, all our programmes are taught in English and participants are required to be proficient in spoken and written English to attend. We do not provide translation facilities and do not allow participants to be accompanied by translators.

Are bursaries available?

Unfortunately, most programmes do not provide bursaries. However, ECITB in-scope individuals can apply for a grant towards the cost of some programmes. For more information please contact Gislene Robertson on or +44(0)1234 758140.

Additionally, special pricing maybe available to companies looking for group bookings of more than five delegates. Contact us to find out more:

T: +44 (0)1234 754500

What is the application process?

A complete application form must be submitted to Cranfield Executive Development’s Learning Development and Operations team.

The Programme Director will review all applications to ensure that each participant fulfils the requirements for the programme and that it suits their personal development needs. Careful consideration is given to each application to ensure that participants and their organisation get the maximum benefit from the course.

Once approved, your programme coordinator will then confirm if you are accepted onto the programme in writing. An invoice will follow which needs to be paid within 30 days, or on receipt for applications made within 8 weeks of the course starting.

Should you not be admitted onto your chosen programme, a follow-up conversation between you and the programme advisor is conducted to determine which other programmes might be suitable or relevant.

Application Process Steps

  1. Contact an expert advisor for programme information and for guidance through the process
  2. Submit your complete application form
  3. Receive acceptance notification email by the programme coordinator
  4. Make payment for the programme upon receipt of the invoice

Before completing your application, please ensure you have all relevant documents/information so that your application can be completed.

  • Programme(s) you are applying for
  • Exact company name, contact and address for invoicing (if applicable)
  • Objectives in attending the programme
  • VAT number (for countries in the EU)
  • Sponsor authorisation payment

How long does it take to process my registration form?

Most applications are processed within 1-2 business days. If additional information is required, you’ll be contacted by your programme coordinator with 24 hours.  For longer programmes, it may take up to three days to process your registration. You will receive an email confirmation once your place is confirmed.

What are your terms and conditions of booking for open programmes?

Please take a moment to read through Cranfield’s open programmes general terms and conditions.

What types of payment do you take?

We accept the following methods of payment: cheque, wire transfer, credit card (Visa, American Express and Mastercard) and debit card (Maestro/Solo).

Do I have to pay VAT?

VAT is a UK government value added tax of 20% levied on services supplied in the UK. Visit the HM Revenue & Customs website to find out more.

Do I need to obtain a visa if I’m coming from overseas?

Please check directly with the relevant embassy in your home country to determine whether you need an entry visa for the country where the programme will be held.

What do I do if I need to apply for a visa?

Only on receipt of the full course fee (including VAT), will the booking be confirmed. For those who need to obtain a Visa to enter the UK, please ensure that you allow enough time after we receive payment, for your application to be processed. The UK Visa website contains information that may be of help in this process.

What happens if I need to cancel?

Cranfield School of Management cancellation policy applies to all cancellations and transfer of participation received 42 days or less prior to the programme’s start date. The following cancellation fee shall apply:

  • Cancellation between 29 days to 42 day before the start date – 25% of Programme fee
  • Cancellation between 15 days to 28 day before the start date – 50% of Programme fee
  • Cancellation between 14 days or less before the start date – 100% of Programme fee

The following transfer fee shall apply:

  • Cancellation between 29 days to 42 day before the start date – 20% of Programme fee
  • Cancellation between 15 days to 28 day before the start date – 35% of Programme fee
  • Cancellation between 14 days or less before the start date – 50% of Programme fee

Cancellations and transfers are subject to our standard terms and conditions.

What’s the nearest airport to fly into?

The nearest airport to Cranfield is London Luton Airport which is 30 minutes away, situated just off Junction 10 of the M1. However, London Stansted and Heathrow airports are both 90 minutes by car. From all of these you can fly to a number of European destinations.

You can also catch a train direct from Luton Airport Parkway station to Bedford and then either a bus or taxi to Cranfield. Alternatively, there are buses and coaches available.

All airports are easily accessible by train and coach. Further information on travel from these airports to Milton Keynes and Bedford is available on their website.

The Cranfield campus also has its own airport which is available for private, executive air travel.

Attending a programme

Do you offer distance-learning programmes?

No, our programmes are residential. This provides the ideal environment for sharing experiences with fellow participants, networking and the time away from everyday life provides you with space to think.

What programme is most suitable for me?

This depends on what you or your organisation wants to gain from the programme as we offer a variety of different programmes and specialisms for individuals and organisations. View our A to Z list of Open Executive Programmes.

If you are looking for a bespoke programme for your organisation, or would like help finding the right solution, please contact our Executive Development team on +44 (0)1234 754500 or

What does the programme fee cover?

The programme fee covers tuition, course materials and full board accommodation. Lifelong access to Alumni Membership is offered as part of the programme fee but for full benefits you are required to register separately, once completing your programme.

Do I need to buy the course material?

No, this is included in the cost. Also included will be access to our Knowledge Interchange where you will find the latest business thinking and Cranfield’s leading management research.

Should I bring my laptop?

You'll only need to bring your laptop for personal use. There are areas of the school that provide wireless internet connections and there is broadband access in your bedroom.

Do you need previous qualifications to attend the programmes?

No, it is not essential to have any previous qualifications. Ideally, participants will have business experience to relate the programme back to their role and organisation. Programme Directors review all applications to ensure that each participant fulfils the requirements for the programme and might follow up to ensure they and their organisation get the maximum benefit from the course.

Do I need to attend the whole Executive Education programme?

Yes. To optimise the learning experience for you and your peers, you will be expected to attend all sessions as part of the programme, including group work and coaching sessions (where applicable). You’ll also be expected to take part in the peer-to-peer learning.

Is there any homework I need to complete before starting the course?

You'll receive instructions from the programme coordinator around six weeks before starting the programme. The information we send will direct you to our online learning platform which will include the programme timetable, pre-programme reading and preparation work.

What should I wear whilst attending a programme?

The dress code whilst on the programme is smart-casual. You may be required to wear more formal attire at some evening events, but you will be informed within your programme joining instructions.

Who should I inform about special dietary requirements?

Once you are booked onto a programme you should advise the programme co-ordinator of any special dietary requirements, or any other special requirements you may have, and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Who can I expect on the programme with me?

Our programmes attract a varied and diverse range of people from all sectors and levels of management. The peers on your chosen programme will be of the same calibre as yourself, and will be facing similar business challenges - this is what makes attending an open programme so unique.

What do I get on completing the programme?

If you complete an open programme or customised programme, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Certificates are handed out at the end of the final day.

Do I get alumni status after the programme?

As part of the programme, all delegates are offered a lifelong access to an Alumni membership, joining our 60,000+ network. This requires each participant to register after completing the programme. For more details, visit our alumni website.

What facilities will be available at Cranfield School of Management?

Our award-winning Cranfield Management Development Centre - is a purpose-built residential and management training centre. For further information visit the CMDC site.