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Spotlight on Cranfield School of Management

Prodigy Finance - August 03, 2018

Ready to learn everything you need to know about business masters degrees at Cranfield School of Management? You're in the right place!

Prodigy Finance spotlight on Cranfield University School of Management

As one of the oldest business schools in Europe, the Cranfield School of Management currently ranks in ninth place for value for money universities. And, their MBA is ranked first for economics. And the university has a student to staff ratio of 5:1.

In addition, Cranfield University is in the top 1% of institutions for alumni holding CEO positions at top companies.

Cranfield University fast facts

Public university

University enrollment: 3935, all post-grad

Countries represented: 100+

Living alumni: 60,000+

Where is Cranfield University?

  • City: Cranfield, Bedfordshire, UK
  • City population: 5369
  • Climate: Temperate oceanic climate type: Jan low averages: 1°C/33.8°F; Jan high averages: 6°C/42.8°F; Jul low averages: 11°C/51.8°F; July high averages: 21°C/69.8°F
  • Nearest airports: London Luton (LLA), London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW), London Stansted (STN), Birmingham Airport (BHX)
  • Time zone: GMT from November-March; BST from April to October (GMT+1)

A quick look at the latest Cranfield MBA class

Gender: Male 58% - Female 42%

Age range: 22 - 46 years

Average age: 32 years

Nationalities: 18

Class size: 43

Average GMAT score: 680 

What can you study at Cranfield University School of Management?

In addition to the consistently high-ranked MBA programme, Cranfield’s School of Management offered a number of specialised degrees


FT Rank


Fees (non-EU)

MBA Full-time


13 months


MBA Energy


13 months


Executive MBA

no rank available

2 years, part time


Executive MBA Defence 


2 years, part time


Executive MBA Defence Export 


2 years, part time


MSc in Finance and Management


1 year


MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management


1 year


MSc in Management


13 months


MSc in Investment Management


1 year


MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain Managemen


1 year


MSc in Management and Entrepreneurship


1 year


MSc in Strategic Marketing


1 year


MSc in Management & Corporate Sustainability


1 year


MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Executive)


2 years, part time


Cranfield University School of Management job placement

The Career Development Service at Cranfield University's School of Management offers a complete range of assistance to their students. You can expect everything from interviewing seminars to CV assistance to ensure you present yourself well.

There’s an annual career fair, but it’s the constant stream of tailored opportunities that counts for the success of so many grads. Recruitment activities also include a dedicated career platform and on-campus interviews. The numbers speak for themselves.

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What's it like to live at Cranfield University?

Cranfield University may not be in a big city, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have access to everything you need to maximise your business degree. Everything you need is close at hand - and you can access the rest of the UK, Europe, and the world easily.

There’s a variety of on-campus housing options including shared houses, apartments, residence halls, and family accommodation - and all of them are very popular, so you’ll need to ensure you apply as early as you can. Alternatively, the university maintains lists for students that prefer off-campus accommodation.

On campus, you’ll find several choices for eating and socialising with your classmates, and there are grocery stores to stock up for home-cooked meals.

Walking is perhaps the easiest and quickest way to get around campus, and you may not need to hire a car except for specific trips, especially given the reliability of public transport in the UK and across western Europe.

Many Cranfield MBAs spend time working and socialising within clubs and organisations, or participating in sports and fitness, but it’s really all about what works for you - and you’ll probably find that Cranfield has a support structure in place. 

Learn more about life at Cranfield through the eyes of our student blogger, Gulnaz.

How to get into Cranfield University School of Management

The School of Management at Cranfield University is a very select programme, with a small, close-knit cohort of MBA candidates. You can expect a fair amount of emphasis on team skills and a desire to work towards the benefit of the entire community to play a role in selecting applicants for their programme.

In addition, diversity is key, with candidates from several countries as well as a range of ages and experience levels - though the average number of years of work experience does tend to fall on the higher side when compared to other MBA programmes.

While some exceptions may be made based on an applicant’s overall profile, Cranfield’s School of Management does provide a number of minimums to be met, such as work experience and GRE test scores. It’s important to consider this when compiling your application, though speaking to alumni and looking closely at the school’s offering (and your fit within its community) is often more beneficial to applicants.

Cranfield MBA deadlines: 2019/20



Round 1

28 October 2018

£ 4000 discount on fees*

Round 2

2 December 2018

£ 3000 discount on fees*

Round 3

27 January 2019

£ 2000 discount on fees*

Round 4

31 March 2019

Last application date for candidates requiring a visa or campus accommodation

Round 5

8 September 2019

Only applicants not requiring a visa or campus accommodation may apply

* Conditions apply

Cranfield Business admissions details

Application fee: none

Minimum work experience: 3 years

Recommendations: 2

GMAT test: required, 600 min score

GRE test: accepted in place of GMAT, 80th percentile min score

Language test: required; IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge, and Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III tests accepted

  • Min TOEFL score: 100
  • Min IELTS score: 7

MBA cost of attendance (for 2018/19 academic year)

Fees: £39,000

Accommodation: £4500 - £7000

Food: £2,250

Travel: £400 - £600

Books: £500

General expenses: £2,000

Minimum CoA for 1 year: £48,650

*This is the amount candidates will need to secure to complete the Financial Declaration required to accept your seat and apply for a study visa

Cranfield’s School of Management offers a bespoke admissions test in place of the GMAT or GRE. 

This needs to be taken on campus and is a great time for a school visit and may be worth investigating if Cranfield is your top-choice school.

TIP: Cranfield offers a profile assessment prior to submitting a formal application. You may want to use this to receive feedback on your suitability for their programme as interview offers are usually extended shortly after application.

Does Cranfield University offer scholarships to international students?

Cranfield University in general, and the School of Management in particular, realise the value of education - and have several programmes dedicated to assisting students with this investment.

There are discounts in place for Cranfield alumni, though this doesn’t apply to many applicants.

More relevant to most MBA candidates are the number of scholarships on offer. Not only are these clearly laid out on the university’s website, many only require you to state your desire to be included for consideration on your application. But, you’ll need to pay attention to the deadlines and be certain to apply within a round that will allow for inclusion.

Of course, all applicants should look for and apply to any external scholarships they qualify for; especially as employment opportunities are limited. 

Prodigy Finance international student loans for Cranfield University

Prodigy Finance offers loans for international masters students at School of Management at Cranfield University

Students from supported countries pursuing masters programmes that can be completed in less than 2 years are eligible to apply.

  • MBA Maximum loan amount: up to 100% of Cost of Attendance with a maximum of £25,000 (as provided by the school)

  • MSc Maximum loan amount: up to 80% Cost of Attendance (tuition fees + living expenses as provided by the University)
  • Minimum loan amount: £10,000
  • Typical interest rates: 5.5-8.5% (fixed) over the 3-month GBP Libor base rate (variable)
  • All loans disbursed directly to the university according to due dates

Prodigy Finance also supports loans for Cranfield University students pursuing masters degrees at this school:

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