Established by the government in 1946 as the UK’s specialist provider of postgraduate education for aeronautical engineers, Cranfield University has built a truly global reputation for providing the highest calibre postgraduates to the aerospace industry. Today we offer a wide range of aerospace courses, graduate 53% of all UK aerospace engineering postgraduates and are awarded more Aerospace MSc Bursaries for our students than any other university.
We take a practical and holistic approach right across the business of flying, bringing together aeronautical engineering, materials and manufacturing with expertise in aviation business processes and practices. We play a big part in the aerospace business sector with close commercial partnerships with Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing and Rolls-Royce, to name just a few.
Our varied aerospace and aviation activities are underpinned by advanced facilities, including some unique to Cranfield – from our own airport with flying laboratories and flight deck simulators to industrial-scale gas turbine engine test facilities used for performance and diagnostic studies. In 2016, a new Aerospace Integration Research Centre is to be built at Cranfield with co-investment partners Airbus and Rolls-Royce, following the award of funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).