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Cranfield School of Management

Cranfield School of Management
Established 1967
Type Business School
Director Frank Horwitz
Location Cranfield, United Kingdom
Campus Rural

Cranfield School of Management is the business school of Cranfield University, the UK's only wholly postgraduate university specialising in science, technology, engineering and management.

The school is ranked among the top 20 European business schools by the Financial Times and is triple accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), EQUIS and AACSB.


  • Campus 1
  • History 2
  • Programmes 3
    • Master's programmes 3.1
    • Executive Master’s programmes 3.2
    • Defence programmes 3.3
    • Doctoral programmes 3.4
    • General Management Programmes 3.5
  • Centre for Customised Executive Development 4
  • Rankings 5
  • International links 6
  • Alumni 7
    • Notable alumni 7.1
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The Cranfield University campus, which includes the School of Management, is located just outside the village of Cranfield in the Bedfordshire countryside.

The School’s Management Information Resource Centre offers access to electronic resources and is equipped with a “Bloomberg Suite”, a series of terminals offering access to live financial services news and data on industries, markets, economic indicators, equities, bonds and derivatives. The school also has a purpose-built residential management training centre.


  • 1937: an RAF airbase was set up near Cranfield village in Bedfordshire in 1937 in the build-up to the Second World War.
  • 1946: the airbase became the site of a College of Aeronautics to provide education and training for aeronautical engineers. Aspects of management were a feature of Cranfield programmes from the late 1940s.
  • 1953: the Work Study School, which evolved to become Cranfield School of Management, opened.
  • 1964: the first Cranfield MBA programme was run.
  • 1967: Cranfield School of Management was founded.
  • 1969: Cranfield was awarded its Royal Charter giving it university status and the power to confer degrees under the new name of Cranfield Institute of Technology.
  • 1993: Cranfield Institute of Technology changed its name to Cranfield University.


The Cranfield MBA is a full-time one-year programme beginning in September each year. The class comprises around 100 students drawn from 30 to 40 countries.[1]

The Cranfield Executive MBA is a two-year part-time programme that starts in January each year. The programme is offered in a weekend format and has a focus on real-world learning and leadership development.[2]

Master's programmes

The School offers the following full-time one-year masters programmes:

  • MSc in Finance and Management[3]
  • MSc in Investment Management[4]
  • MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management[5]
  • MSc in Management[6]
  • MSc in Management and Corporate Sustainability[7]
  • MSc in Retail Management[8]
  • MSc in Strategic Marketing[9]

Executive Master’s programmes

The School offers the following part-time two-year masters programmes for experienced executives:

  • Executive MSc in International Human Resource Management[10]
  • Executive MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management[11]

Defence programmes

Along with other schools of Cranfield University, the School of Management provides programmes for the Defence Academy, UK, which is responsible for training for members of the UK Armed Forces and Ministry of Defence Civil Servants. Relevant programmes include:

  • MBA (Defence)[12]
  • MSc in Programme and Project Management (Defence)[13]

Doctoral programmes

The School offers a PhD programme on both a full-time and part-time basis and an International Executive Doctorate (DBA) on a part-time basis.[14]

General Management Programmes

Cranfield’s Centre for General Management focuses on developing the conceptual framework and practical understanding essential to work with a general management perspective. Its portfolio of executive programmes is designed to develop personal leadership effectiveness and improve long term business results, enabling managers to make the personal transitions required at key points in their careers.

Centre for Customised Executive Development

Cranfield’s Centre for Customised Executive Development (CCED) is consistently ranked amongst the top business schools worldwide for customised executive development. The Centre’s areas of expertise include: working with top teams on strategy formulation; supporting organisation development and talent management initiatives; developing functional expertise and building leadership and management capability.

The Centre offers a complete development process that includes: strategic consultancy, organisational and individual diagnostics, assessment and development centres, and programme design and delivery. Interventions are highly customised to client needs and often integrate on-line and networked learning, business simulations and real-life project work. The Centre works with more than 60 corporate and public sector clients each year.[15]


  • Financial Times' Executive Education Custom Programmes Ranking 2013 – 2nd in the UK and 8th in the world.
  • Financial Times' Masters in Finance Ranking 2013 – 2nd in the UK and 8th in the world.
  • Financial Times' European Business School Ranking 2012 – 5th in the UK and 16th in Europe.
  • Financial Times' Executive Education Open Enrolment Programmes Ranking 2013 – 3rd in the UK and 25th in the world.
  • Financial Times' Global MBA ranking 2013 – 38th in the world, 11th for career progress, and 20th for value for money.
  • Cranfield doctorates were rated as 'world leading' in terms of scale, resourcing and quality assurance in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) undertaken by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

International links

Cranfield School of Management has Memoranda of Understanding with:

The School of Management has run programmes with and hosted exchange students from a number of business schools around the world including ESADE, Spain, EM Lyon, France, University of Cape Town, South Africa and University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana


The alumni body of Cranfield School of Management is an international network of professional managers from business, the professions, the public and not-for-profit sectors. Currently, the network includes more than 17,000 professional managers in over 120 countries.[16]

Notable alumni


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External links

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