Study Manufacturing at Cranfield University

Cranfield - an Introduction

Cranfield University


As an exclusively postgraduate university, we teach more than 300 postgraduate students in areas ranging from manufacturing technology to systems and management. Cranfield is in the top four best UK universities for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering education. Research students work in fields as diverse as ultra-precision engineering to the novel application of Virtual Reality technologies to support maintenance and through-life engineering services. We work in Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 1-6.

Reasons to study Manufacturing with us:

Links with industry

Our students benefit from extensive contact with industry including guest lectures from BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce and industrial sponsorship of group and individual projects.

Learning from the best academics

We attract high-quality staff from around the world who bring a diverse mix of backgrounds and experiences to create a rich research and teaching environment.

Networking opportunities

You will have numerous opportunities to make valuable contacts with industry at our many events including our annual National Manufacturing Debate and those led by professional bodies.

Work on real-world projects

Almost two-thirds of study is on projects to find solutions to real-world problems, working on developments initiated by industry.

Outstanding facilities

We have exceptional facilities many of which are unique in the university sector. These include ‘clean rooms’, high temperature coating facilities, precision engineering and a hyperbaric welding chamber. We enable engineers to view and solve technical problems in a different location using virtual reality technology.

Career advancement

Our alumni go on to enjoy successful careers. 96% of our graduates are in employment six months after graduation. Increasingly manufacturing graduates apply their skills to other sectors from financial services through to health care.

They fill a range of roles, such as Development Engineering Managers, Strategic Planners, Systems Developers and Technical Analysts. Major companies employing Cranfield graduates in recent years include Ford, British Airways, PwC, Rolls-Royce, Coca-Cola and Oxford Instruments.

Our specialist courses for 2018/2019 academic year:

Our master’s programmes attract students from around the world, drawn by the combination of academic excellence and strong industry focus.

Courses are regularly reviewed by an advisory panel of leading professionals from industry to ensure the content is relevant and meets the expectations of employers. Our excellence in manufacturing education and training is recognised by many professional institutions within the sector.

See a full list of our master’s courses here

Research excellence

81% of research at Cranfield was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). We are ranked in the top five of UK universities for income from commercial research and consultancy commissions from business and industry.

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Cranfield University is an impressive environment, with cutting-edge research facilities. It is situated in beautiful countryside, between Milton Keynes and Bedford, with quick and convenient links to London and major UK airports.

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General funding sources

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