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Address Cranfield School of Management
Cranfield University
Cranfield, Bedford, MK43 0AL
Tel. No. +44 (0)1234 754386
Fax No. +44 (0)1234 752439
E-mail address
Course MBA Programme
Type of programme Full-time, Executive (Part-time & Modular)
Length of programme Full-time MBA - 1 year
Executive MBA - 2 years
Dates of commencement Full-time MBA - September
Executive MBA - January
Class size Full-time MBA - 150
Executive MBA - 60
Cost / Fees (overseas/national) Enquire with the School for up to date fees
Financial assistance some scholarships are available
Student accommodation Available – for single students, couples and families
Top recruiters of graduates Johnson & Johnson
Barclays Wealth
AT Kearney
IBM Consulting
Exchange Partner Schools Full-time only:
ESADE, Barcelona;
Nanyang University, Singapore;
Macquarie University, Australia;
Cape Town University Business School, South Africa;
Wits Business School, Johannesburg, South Africa;
Fundação Getulio Varga, São Paulo;
CEIBS, Shanghai
Student accommodation Available
Admission requirements
  • a good degree and/or professional qualification;
  • at least 3 years post qualification work experience;
  • a good GMAT score (average is 660);
  • the British Council English Language Test (IELTS) result in band 7 or a TOEFL score of 600 (paper test) or 250 (computer test)or 100 (internet test);
  • at least 3 years post qualification work experience.
  • Student profile Countries of origin (number) 35
    Ratio Men:Women 75:25
    Age Range 24 - 40
    Average Age 32
    Average Work Experience 8
    Course Directors Séan Rickard (Full-time MBA)
    Graham Clark (Executive part-time and modular MBA)


    The Cranfield MBA

    The Cranfield MBA will change your life. You are probably considering an MBA in order to accelerate your career progress or to help you to change careers. That is why we have designed our MBA programme to provide you with the skills that employers are looking for from an MBA, and have invested in additional resources for the School’s own Career Development Service.

    The Cranfield MBA has several key differentiating features:

    • a compulsory Personal and Professional Development module that runs right through the programme, forming the backbone of the MBA
    • thematic elective modules based on management themes or business processes rather than functional electives, for example entrepreneurship, change management and innovation, providing you with the skills that employers want
    • an international business experience module - a study tour giving you an opportunity to apply your learning in an international context, to develop networks and evaluate business opportunities
    • the Cranfield MBA Conference at the end of the programme, providing an opportunity to showcase your skills to an invited audience of alumni and other industry leaders.

    There are now nine members of staff in the School’s Career Development team, including two Chartered Occupational Psychologists, whose aim is to help you to find the way to the job you really want. The additional resources we have invested are already producing results, with 97% of the Full-time MBA Class of 2006 in employment within three months of graduating. Much of the support you will get from the careers team is integrated into the MBA core programme. This includes a unique three-day Leadership Assessment Centre, which provides feedback to inform your personal and professional development.

    You can choose the route to the Cranfield MBA that suits you best: an intensive one year period of full-time study that takes you out of the job market for the shortest possible time; or, if you don’t want to interrupt your career, you can study part-time over two years, attending classes at Cranfield all day Friday and Saturday every other weekend, and for four residential weeks each year. If you are based outside the UK, or travel the world and are not able to commit to such regular attendance, you can follow our modular option, spending six eight-day periods at Cranfield each year for two years.

    Whichever route you choose, your MBA will be of the same high quality. We first began offering a full-time MBA in the mid-1960s. The part-time option was introduced in 1981 and the modular programme was launched in 2001. Over the years we have developed an international reputation for excellence and we are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the world. Cranfield is one of only a handful of international business schools to be accredited by all three of the main accrediting bodies: the International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

    The Cranfield School of Management

    Cranfield School of Management was set up over 30 years ago with the purpose of contributing to the improvement of management practice and leadership. Today it is one of Europe’s leading business schools with a growing international reputation. It is renowned for its high quality teaching and research and its strong links with industry and business. Above all, Cranfield is known as a school which provides practical management solutions.

    The School is one of the departments within Cranfield University, an institution with an international reputation in management, advanced technology and applied science. The Cranfield campus, which is one of three run by the University, caters solely for postgraduate students.

    The campus lies roughly halfway between London and Birmingham and is five miles from junctions 13 and 14 of the M1. The peaceful countryside setting, away from the distractions of work and the City, enhances the learning process: particularly personal development and team building.

    In addition to the MBA, the School has a portfolio of specialist masters degree programmes in: Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Finance and Management, Strategic Marketing, International HR Management, Programme and Project Management, Leading Learning and Change, and Managing Organisational Performance.

    In addition to the MBA, the School has a growing portfolio of specialist masters degree programmes, including full-time one-year programmes in Finance and Management; Strategic Marketing and Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

    The School is also one of the world’s largest providers of executive development courses for practising managers. Each year more than 7,000 managers attend courses ranging from one and two-day seminars on specialist topics to three-week management development programmes covering all business disciplines.


    The School of Management provides first class teaching and learning facilities including recently refurbished lecture rooms, computer studios, a management information and resource centre, television studio and study areas for the small group discussions which are central to the learning process on both the masters programmes and short courses.

    Faculty with management experience

    One of the School’s major strengths is its teaching faculty, one of the largest and most diverse of any business school in Europe. The majority have managerial experience, a strength reinforced by close links with outside organisations through consultancy and research: they understand the problems of putting theory into practice.

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