Welcome to Cranfield University
Cranfield University is a specialist institution that only offers postgraduate and research qualifications in engineering, technology, science and mangement. The university's main campus is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire with an additional educational facility located in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire. It has a student body of 4,300, which gives it a nice community feel.
Perhaps the most unique feature of Cranfield University is that it has its very own airport! Used mostly to teach aerospace students, it's also a fully functioning airport, with regular private arrivals and departures. In addition to this, the university boasts a Technology Park, which is home to fledgling companies, many of which were started by graduates of the university.
Cranfield is one of the top five research intensive UK universities, with 81% of their research being internationally recognised in RAE2014. The university also has close military ties, with the Shrivenham campus home to studies related to defence and security.
Courses and fees
Cranfield University has the unique distinction of only offering postgraduate qualifications, so if you've already completed a Bachelors degree and want to explore your subject area of choice in more detail, this is the place for it.
The university specialises in courses in engineering, science and health and to gain entry you must have a first or second class honours degree in a relevant subject area, or have relevant work experience in conjunction with a honours degree. For more information on the courses available, visit the university's website.
There are eight subject areas on offer that offer taught qualifications including Masters degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas. There are also a selection of research opportunities as well as the option of studying for a PhD here. The subjects you can study are as follows:
- Defence and Security
- Environmental Technology
- Leadership and Management
- Transport Systems
International students are welcomed to study at Cranfield University, and a large section of the institution's student body is made up of international students. There may also be opportunities to study abroad if your course takes an international slant, or if you need to take work experience as part of your course.
Cranfield is the only UK university that provides a Postgraduate Loan Scheme, providing professionals with greater opportunity to progress and enhance their career. The Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme offers the chance to study an MSc at the university with no repayments whilst you study. Scholarships and other funding opportunities are also available - to see more on your funding options check out the Funding finder.
Taught courses' tuition fees vary so check out the course pages for more information. As a rough guide, a taught Masters course costs £9,000 per year for a full time course and international students can expect to pay £17,500 per year.
If you want to study for a research degree, it costs £6,800 for a full time Home or EU student, and £16,250 for international students. If your research degree covers Defence and Security, then the course rises to £27,000 for a full time PhD qualification, £18,000 for an MPhil and £7,200 for an MSc.
There are a huge selection of unique facilities at Cranfield University, including an airport, business park, and a conference centre. As a postgraduate university, there is a huge emphasis on the working world and there are plenty of amenities and services to facilitate this.
The university's main campus is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, and there is an additional educational facility in Shrivenham, Wiltshire. Cranfield is a very small village in a countryside setting and is based between Milton Keynes and Bedford. It's easiest to access the campus via car as the nearest train station is several miles away. Shrivenham is close to Swindon and the campus here is in a pleasant green setting. It's a little more accessible than the main campus by public transport, but using a car is easier.
Library and study facilities
The library on campus has a collection of nearly 200 databases to support your studies, in addition to thousands of books in the collection. There are specialist librarians on hand who can help you find any specific information you need for your course.
The IT department runs High Performance Computing facilities so you can be sure that the technology you're using is of the highest standard. There's lots of specialist software available on the computers including Computer Aided Engineering software, which is used by major companies in the real world of work.
The Careers team are on hand to help you find a career or enter further education after you graduate. They offer a variety of support to help enhance your employability skills and can also help you with vital techniques such as CV building and interview tips. Cranfield University has a specialist Business Incubation Centre on site where you can start your own business in an environment designed to help you grow. If successful you can then relocate to the university's Technology Park where you can benefit from your own office space and a shared reception.
At Cranfield campus there is a shop located on site where you can stock up on food and essentials. The nearest largest supermarkets are in Milton Keynes and Bedford. In Shrivenham there are no shops on campus, however you can pick up essentials in the nearby village or head into Swindon for supermarket shopping.
Cranfield Students' Association supports and represents all students at the university, and also arranges a number of social activities throughout the year. From Freshers' Week to the graduation ball and everything in between there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied during your time at university. The Students' Association also runs a bar on the Cranfield campus and runs a shop that sells branded memorabilia and stationery.
There's a large sports hall on campus at Cranfield that has facilities for badminton, football, table tennis, cricket, netball, volleyball, basketball, and circuit training. A fitness centre is also available as is a dance studio which hosts a range of fitness classes. For outdoor sports there is a playing field and a floodlit games area, so whatever your sporting interests you can stay fit here.
Medical and welfare services
There's a medical centre on site at the Cranfield campus, and one at Shrivenham that is only available for military students. A counselling service is available and a learning support officer is on hand should you need any guidance through your studies or if you have a disability that may inhibit your learning. A chaplaincy service is also available at Shrivenham.
The university has a Postgraduate Loan Scheme in place so that you can finance your study should you not have the available funds. They can also point you in the direction of third party studentships, funding and grants should you need financial assistance.
Cranfield University has a wide selection of accommodation options for students, with four halls of residence based at the main Cranfield campus. And if you have a family or partner, there is accommodation to fit you all, though it's limited so applying early is a must. For full details on all of the accommodation available, visit the university's website.
This modern block opened in 2008 and consists of three blocks of ensuite rooms. You have the option of a standard room here, or a premier room, which is slightly larger. The halls are located just a short distance from the sports hall and it costs £120 per week for a standard room and £133.75 per week for a premier room.
This hall offers a more traditional student experience, with a selection on en suite and standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, all coming in small, medium and large sizes. The hall is divided into flats that are shared between four and eight students, who also share kitchen facilities. Situated near the tennis courts, this accommodation starts from £86 per week for a small standard room, and £123.75 per week for a medium en suite room.
A catered hall, this residence is situated a short walk from the lecture theatres. There are 157 rooms on offer, the majority of which are standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities. As this is a catered hall, you will be given a meal card at the beginning of each month that you can use to redeem meals in one of the three restaurants and cafes on site. It costs £121 per week for a standard room here.
A modern building, Stringfellow Hall is just a short walk from the lecture halls and laboratories. This hall offers self-catered en suite rooms, and it costs £133.75 per week to live here.
If you'd prefer your own independence, or are used to living in a flatshare, then this option could be ideal for you. There are 93 rooms on offer between shared houses that the university owns, and they are all located a short walk away from campus. There are a variety of rooms on offer, with rent starting from £77.75 for a very small room, rising to £117 per week for a very large room, which is more than double the size.
Couple and family homes
There are halls set aside for both families and couples, though these halls are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. There are 75 studio flats assigned for couples in Fedden House and rent starts from £116.25 per week. There are 108 family houses on campus, though not all are available at the beginning of the year, and there is a choice of two, three, and four bedroom houses on offer. All homes are furnished and rent starts from £149 per week for a two bedroom house.
Visiting Cranfield University on an open day is the best way to find out whether it's the right university for you. At least five open days are usually planned for the year, giving you plenty of opportunity to visit, and they all take place at the main Cranfield campus.
During this day you can get a better feel for the campus by taking a tour of it and the accommodation on offer. You can also meet with staff members and students to discuss the course you wish to study, and you will also have the opportunity to meet with administrative staff to discuss matters like finance and applying to study at the university.
If you're coming from further afield, the university can help you find short-term accommodation, which enables you to get a better idea of what the area is like in Cranfield.
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