We have over 50 years’ experience as world leaders in management education to transform your expertise and leadership potential. Our knowledge and connections with business are used not only to transform the practice of management worldwide, but also every student who studies with us.
“Taking a sabbatical mid-career to completely focus on your own development and personal growth is the most precious, life-changing present you will ever give to yourself. When I started the programme, a lot of people asked how I was going to manage as a mum of two young children. My answer is this: commit 100%, plan well, and work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life – and Cranfield will reward you with an MBA that will change your whole outlook on life.”
(MBA, winner of prestigious Odgers Prize for leadership)
6th in the World
Ranked 6th in the world for teaching influence. Business schools around the world use Cranfield School of Management research and materials in their own teaching.
(Business School Teacher Power Rankings 2021)
World No. 1
Ranked top in the world for breadth and expertise of alumni network.
(The Economist Full-Time MBA Rankings 2021)
Our flagship MBA is one of the Financial Times Global Top 100, and ranked No. 2 in the world for entrepreneurship. We're No. 1 in the UK for student cohort sector diversity, No. 1 in the UK for carbon footprint, and 7th in the world for percentage of female students.
(Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2023 / Bloomberg Best B-Schools 2023/24)
Research in action
Opening boardroom doors wide
For over 20 years, Cranfield School of Management has been transforming gender diversity on FTSE 350 boards and beyond.
Research from Cranfield’s Gender and Leadership Inclusion Centre has turned into programmes of action that drive change; the UK has now seen an increase in women in the boardroom rising to 40% in FTSE 350 companies in 2022, with the UK government recognising the work of Cranfield’s preeminent Female FTSE Board Reports and 100 Women to Watch supplement as a key driver for this shift.
Cranfield’s most recent report explored how building a robust executive succession planning process could spur further progress in the appointment of female Executive Directors.
“I had the most amazing experience because I was exposed to colleagues from around the world. I now look at challenges from a global perspective. Cranfield School of Management has really changed the way I approach my career, the way I handle myself professionally.
“Cranfield is not only an amazing University in terms of academics but also in terms of lifestyle, in terms of wellbeing. It has beautiful big, wide, open spaces and you’ll just have an amazing time.”
Benefits and Wellbeing Specialist, TFG (The Foschini Group),
(Management and Corporate Sustainability MSc 2019)
Research in action
Improving the blood supply chain and saving lives
Cranfield’s work has led to a more streamlined and reliable NHS blood and transplant service, critical to saving lives.
The NHS, annually, needs a supply of 1.4 million units of blood. By establishing which critical factors triggered the need for blood products in hospitals, a new model was created to predict national demand for red blood cells.
Using the Cranfield blood supply chain inventory management and logistics model, the National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has been able to reduce national bloodstocks by a third — reducing the risks of waste and supply shortages.
The drivers have since been taken up by the National Blood Authority in Australia, and in the two years since that campaign have seen red blood cell wastage across the Australian service fall by 2.2%.
Highly-interactive and engaging learning opportunities
As a specialist postgraduate university, you will enjoy Cranfield’s unique approach to teaching. The diversity and seniority in our classrooms inspires rich debate born of the mixed experiences in our cohorts, whilst our faculty continue to be active in industry, shaping businesses and policy alike.
We combine the best of on-campus teaching, internships, learning teams, problem-led and experiential-led learning to increase your career prospects and market awareness. We help transform people into the leaders they want to be, regardless of age, experience or discipline.
Our campus is one of the most international and sustainable in the world. Cranfield has been ranked 14th in the world for its carbon footprint and commitment to sustainable goals, whilst 95% of our students join us from outside the UK. (Financial Times Global MBA and EMBA Rankings 2023)
Our work focuses on specific, topical and relevant issues, delivering transformational research with global impact, and securing funding from national and international funding bodies and business. Just some of the activities include.
- Thought leadership groups: These cover topical real-world subjects such as entrepreneurship, organisational resilience, sustainable business and strategy.
- Research centres: These include the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship, the Centre for Gender, Leadership and inclusion, the Centre for Business Performance, the Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management and the Centre for Strategic Marketing and Sales.