Cranfield as part of an exclusively postgraduate university has been a world leader in management education and research for 50 years. We are dedicated to creating responsible management thinking, improving business performance and inspiring the next generation of business leaders.
We are ranked 7th in the UK and 30th in Europe in the Financial Times European Business Schools 2017 Rankings.
Over 15,000 people come to Cranfield each year to benefit from our executive and professional development programmes.
 

 

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The Cranfield full-time MBA is an intensive one-year programme beginning in September. It is a general management programme with a focus on real-word learning and leadership development. It will give you the opportunity to:
 
  • Create and implement your own leadership development plan, setting a vision for where you want to be professionally and how you are going to get there.
  • Prepare for and find a professional role that suits you based on your personality, skills, experience and career aspirations.
  • Develop a sophisticated understanding of core aspects of business and finance, as well as enhance your soft skills such as self-awareness, teamwork and resilience.  
  • Discover the confidence and competence to take on new challenges, and raise the level of your ambition.
  • Build relationships with and learn from experienced, like-minded professionals from all around the world.

“Cranfield has a unique ability to deconstruct and reposition its students to create leaders for the future. Anyone that takes a full time MBA is making an investment in their future career. A Cranfield MBA, however, goes further than simply creating opportunities for that next career step.“  Claire Spencer, CEO Data Solver

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of three years' post-qualification work experience.
  • A good degree and / or professional qualification.
  • Applicants who do not have a degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate high levels of achievement, exceptional career progression or evidence of leadership potential along with Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores over 600 or GRE score in the 80th percentile for both verbal and quantitative reasoning. Our Designated Institution Code is 3641 or the successful completion of our own Cranfield admissions tests

Visit www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/ftmba to find out more.

Our MBA events are a great way to find out more about our MBA Programmes. Attending one of our Preview Days will give you the opportunity to spend a whole day with us, to experience Cranfield's unique atmosphere and culture. You will take part in a case study, sample a lecture, meet current students, programme directors, career development team and alumni. You will learn much more about our MBA programmes than you could from just reading our brochure or visiting our website. Our MBA Preview Days are held on campus in Cranfield. We also attend MBA fairs all over the world, which provide you with the opportunity to meet our team, MBA alumni and faculty in a city near you. Throughout the year we also run online webinars which give you an opportunity to chat with our MBA Admission Director and/or Programme Directors from anywhere you happen to be in the world. To view our events calendar please visit: www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/mbaevents 
The collaboration of Cranfield and Grant Thornton on the delivery of this programme ensures participants are exposed to industry-leading education, incorporating teaching from current practitioners, business simulations and one-to-one leadership coaching. Our active engagement in international research and consultancy, from advising multi-sector clients through to international governments allow us to bring this real-world experience back to the lecture theatres, ensuring students benefit from the very latest management thinking.
 
What does the programme offer?
The MBA will develop your leadership and management skills, with a specific focus on business growth and innovation. You will gain a sophisticated understanding of core aspects of business and finance, as well as enhanced leadership skills. The Programme is delivered part-time in 3 day blocks once a month and includes modules in entrepreneurship, operational excellence, interpersonal skills, and developing competitive advantage. You will have the opportunity to undertake a number of electives including cyber security and data analytics as well as completing a company-based project which will enable you to build MBA level learning into their organisation.
 
“The Cranfield MBA was fundamentally life-changing for me. In addition to the excellent grounding in overall business mechanics and strategy, I now have a much better understanding of who I am and how I react to stress, which makes me a stronger leader and more effective manager. My investment in the MBA was paid back financially even before the course finished, and I can now see a clear path for my career. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.” Kate Hughes, EMBA, Head of Purchasing and Production, The Music Sales Group
 
Cranfield was the 1st in the UK to launch apprenticeships at master’s level. Following on this tradition our recently launched programme is the first MBA programme in the UK to satisfy the Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship standard. This allows levy paying organisations to sponsor Executive MBA participants through the apprenticeship levy fund. 
 
Our MBA Energy combines Cranfield’s expertise in energy and power with the School of Management’s worldwide reputation in leadership development. This is a one year full-time Programme starting in September.
 
The programme will allow you to gain an invaluable insight into the changing global energy landscape and the challenges it faces. In addition you will develop your leadership capabilities within the context of the energy industry.
 
This knowledge will allow you to capitalise on the exciting career opportunities this expanding sector has to offer.
 
Students on the MBA programme will cover all of the Full-time MBA core modules but in addition will complete five additional MBA Energy core modules, one Specialised Energy Consultancy Project and one elective.
“The Energy sector over the coming decades faces an exciting time as we transition to a new generation of clean, reliable and sustainable power.  Cranfield Energy & Power, joining forces with the world-renowned Cranfield School of Management to develop future energy leaders through the new Energy MBA makes perfect sense, and will provide our graduates with an unrivalled career advantage in this global marketplace.” Professor Feargal Brennan, Director of Cranfield Energy and Power
Our MBA events are a great way to find out more about our MBA Programmes. Attending one of our Preview Days will give you the opportunity to spend a whole day with us, to experience Cranfield's unique atmosphere and culture. You will take part in a case study, sample a lecture, and meet current students, programme directors, career development team and alumni. We also attend MBA fairs all over the world, which provide you with the opportunity to meet our team, MBA alumni and faculty in a city near you. Throughout the year we also run online webinars which give you an opportunity to chat with our MBA Admission Director and/or Programme Directors from anywhere you happen to be in the world. Visit our Events Page to find out more!
 
Call +44 (0)1234 758008 or email studymba@cranfield.ac.uk  for more information
Our Executive DBA is the highest-level business qualification available.
This programme is designed to enable senior leaders to conduct practice focused research and to use the latest research tools and techniques to develop leading-edge thinking and analytical skills. 
It will allow participants the opportunity to apply the very latest management thinking when addressing major business critical, organisational and practical issues to deliver effective and novel solutions.
 
At a glance
  • Programme duration: 4 to 6 years
  • Part-time study mode enables participants to remain in employment
  • Structured programme allows participants to stay on track
  • High level of academic support
  • Practical support from our Research Office team
  • Programme design promotes relevant research and maximises its impact
  • Develop evidence-based approach to management and practice
  • Benefit from the support of a carefully-selected, highly diverse cohort of professionals, drawn from a wide range of nationalities, industries, cultures and backgrounds.
 
“My DBA helped me change my career direction, I not only moved from IT to the Energy Sector but I was also able to find work in a different region of the world, moving from the UK to the Gulf Region. As a result of my research I was awarded the first prize for work on Benefits Realization by the Association of Project Management UK. More recently I was voted President for the Association of Change Management Professionals for the Middle East and North Africa Region.” Dr Raied Abdul-Karim, DBA Alumnus, Head of Integration and Change Management.
 
To find out more: E: studydba@cranfield.ac.uk DBA Enquiries Office T:  +44 (0)1234 751122 Ext: 3272

Our MBA Preview Days offer you the opportunity to spend a whole day with us to experience Cranfield's unique atmosphere and culture. You will take part in a case study, sample a lecture, meet current students, the programme directors, career development team and alumni - and learn much more about our MBA than you can from just reading our brochure or visiting our website.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cranfield and discussing how an MBA from Cranfield can help shape your future career.

Below is a list of our forthcoming MBA Preview Days. Please click on each event date to book your place:

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09 January 2018

Developing a strong research proposal will not only help you to win a place on the very best DBA programmes but will also ensure that you hit the ground running once you start! However, the prospect of writing a proposal can be confusing and daunting, especially if you haven’t been in a university environment for many years. Professors Emma Parry and David Denyer, from Cranfield School of Management, will draw on over 15 years of experience of working with DBA students and running a world-leading Executive DBA programme to provide insights into what DBA recruiters are looking for and what should be included in a compelling DBA application.

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The  Cranfield Executive MBA (2 Years)  allows you to combine studying for a world-class management qualification with your family and work commitments. It gives you the opportunity to:
  • Develop a sophisticated understanding of core aspects of business and finance, as well as enhance your soft skills.
  • Keep up-to-date with best practice and work out how to implement it in your organisation.
  • Create and implement your own leadership development plan, setting a vision for where you want to be and how you are going to get there.
  • Build relationships with and learn from experienced, like-minded professionals from all around the world.
  • Discover the confidence and competence to take on new challenges, and raise the level of your ambition.
Entry Requirements 
  • Minimum of three years' post-qualification work experience.
  • A good degree and / or professional qualification.
  • Applicants who do not have a degree are welcomed provided they can demonstrate high levels of achievement, exceptional career progression or evidence of leadership potential along with Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores over 600 or GRE score in the 80th percentile for both verbal and quantitative reasoning. Our Designated Institution Code is 3641 or the successful completion of our own Cranfield admissions tests

For more information email: mbaenquiries@cranfield.ac.uk or call + 44 (0)1234 758008

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Launched in 1967, Cranfield School of Management is one of the UK’s most established business schools. It forms part of Cranfield University, a highly regarded graduate-level institution nestled in a small village of 6,000 people. The rural location is 50 miles from the London and just 15 minutes to Milton Keynes, one of the UK's fastest-growing business centers.
 
The school’s one-year MBA program is ranked first in the UK and third in the world by the Wall Street Journal. It has one of the largest faculties in Europe and the second highest staff : student ratio in the UK. But it's not all work at Cranfield! Boats, planes and music all feature heavily in extracurricular life. Cranfield boasts its own operational airport used by the University’s own fleet of aircraft for aerospace teaching and research. It is also home to Europe's most established MBA yachting event for which 200 students traveled from across the globe to participate in last year's race. If music is more your thing, mark “Cranstock” in your diary - the university's very own music festival.

 

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Cranfield School of Management has over 60,000 alumni based in 120 countries

Cranfield's staff:student ratio is 2nd highest among UK Universities

The traditional nickname for people from Bedfordshire is the "Bedforshire Bulldogs"

Cranfield University is entirely postgraduate

virtual open day

Cranfield is streaks ahead of other b-schools when it comes to technology! You can now stroll around the campus without leaving the comfort of your armchair with the new virtual open day website! Definitely worth a look!