Our results are recognised in our awards and rankings, our partnerships and the success of our alumni. The experience gained at Cranfield is transformational for both individuals and organisations alike. We create leaders in technology and management; a distinctive combination that few universities across the world provide. 

Highlights for Cranfield

  • Cranfield is ranked in the top ten UK universities for commercial research, consultancy and professional development. 
  • 81% of our research is classed as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' by REF (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).
  • 96% of our graduates are employed or in further study, securing jobs in some of the world’s best-known organisations including Airbus, BP, Deloitte, Oxfam, PepsiCo, PwC, Rolls-Royce, Singapore Airlines, Unilever, Water Aid and Williams F1.

We are dedicated to solving real-life problems. Much of our teaching is informed by our links with organisations and their need to generate workable solutions for the benefit of their business, their customers and society in general. Our worldwide community is a powerful professional network with students and learners from over 160 countries.

According to QS World University Rankings 2020, Cranfield is fifth for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering education in the UK, and has risen six places to #39 in the world.

# 5 in the UK
# 39 globally

QS Rankings 2019

UK ranking World ranking University
1 3 University of Cambridge
2 8 University of Oxford
3 10 Imperial College London
4 35 University of Manchester
5 39 Cranfield University
6 51-100 Loughborough University
7 51-100
University of Nottingham
8 51-100
University of Sheffield
9 51-100
University of Bristol
10 101-150 University of Southampton


The Times Higher Education World Rankings, The Times World Rankings, The Complete University Guide and The Guardian, which focus on helping prospective undergraduate students to compare universities, don't list Cranfield University as we are postgraduate only.