Cranfield School of Management

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Cranfield School of Management
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Type Business School
Established 1967[1]
Director Maury Peiperl
Location Cranfield, United Kingdom
Campus Cranfield

Cranfield School of Management, established in 1967,[2] is one of the most prestigious business schools in Europe and is constantly 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.[2][3][4] It is particularly well-known for its MSc Logistics & Supply Chain Management, MSc Finance and Management, MSc Management and MBA programme. It is part of Cranfield University, the UK's only wholly postgraduate university specialising in science, technology, engineering, and management.


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.[5]
  • 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.
  • 2001: Cranfield SOM gained Triple Crown accreditation, one of the first few to do so in the UK


MBA programme

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.[6]

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.[7]

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. Programmes are offered at MBA and MSc level,

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.[8]

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.


  • Financial Times' Executive Education Custom Programmes Ranking 2017 - 2nd in the UK and 10th in the world.[9]
  • Financial Times' Masters in Finance Ranking 2015 - 4th in the UK and 22nd in the world.[10]
  • Financial Times' European Business School Ranking 2014 - 6th in the UK and 22nd in Europe.[11]
  • Financial Times' Executive Education Open Enrolment Programmes Ranking 2015 - 3rd in the UK and 33rd in the world.[12]
  • Financial Times' Global MBA ranking 2015 - 45th in the world, 1st in the world for organisational behaviour, 2nd in the world for economics.[13]
  • The Research Excellence Framework 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) undertaken by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) assessed that in the Business and Management unit of assessment (UoA) 60% of Cranfield University's research is world leading or internationally excellent.
  • MSc in Management has been ranked 1st in the UK and 7th in the world by The Economist in their Masters in Management 2017 ranking.[14]
  • Cranfield ranked by Forbes in Top 10 International One Year MBA programmes.[15]

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

Notable alumni

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 18,000 professional managers in over 120 countries.[16]


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