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Cranfield University

Cranfield is a major force in aerospace, with pan-university collaboration delivering multi-disciplinary solutions to the complex challenges facing the aviation industry.

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).

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