Anglia Ruskin University ARU Featured PhD Programmes
Anglia Ruskin University ARU Featured PhD Programmes
Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding PhD opportunity?

Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding PhD opportunity?

Explore research at Cranfield University

Research degrees offer you time to pursue your ideas in your chosen specialist area of interest. At Cranfield, we provide the framework to apply your work to make a real difference. Students graduating from Cranfield leave with the skills, knowledge and inspiration to forge long and successful careers across the globe in academia, business or industry.

Cranfield has strong links with business and industry. Our programmes are designed with industry partners to ensure they are relevant and up-to-date, and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet the latest challenges facing both public and private sector organisations.


We specialise in key research areas, ranging from - Aerospace, Defence and Security, Energy and Power, Environment and Agrifood, Manufacturing, Transport Systems to Water. We work in an exceptional, multi-disciplinary fashion, ensuring a holistic lens is applied to any challenge or opportunity. We have a number of studentships available in these areas for you to explore further.

Making a practical difference

Our research is relevant and informed. Recent applications include –

  • Innovation in the welding process delivering large savings to the oil and gas industry
  • Assessing the potential of vertical axis wind turbines for the offshore market (NOVA)
  • Influencing national policy on gender diversity on top corporate boards
  • Autonomous vehicle research
  • Understanding ice formation to improve aircraft safety
  • Reducing fresh produce waste through improved packaging
Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding PhD opportunity?

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Being a researcher can be a challenge. Here at Cranfield, we support you during the whole process. As a research student, you will be part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and will become a member of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This Network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for researchers to share ideas, identify opportunities for collaboration and creates smaller communities of practice.


Cranfield has world class facilities, many of which are unique in the UK and at near industrial scale. These include a fully equipped airport and the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (BAe146-aircraft); soil assets such as the Land Information System and World Soil Survey and Catalogue, on-site sewage treat works with its own dedicated pilot-plant hall, an off-road dynamics testing facility, munitions range for energetic materials evaluations, and ballistics test ranges. These are available for student use and indeed, our relationships with industry are deeply woven into the fabric of our teaching and research activities with lectures, sponsorship for projects, collaborative commercial activity, and networking opportunities.

Caitlin Gilroy, Centre for Defence Engineering PhD, current student

“I was attracted to Cranfield University due to its outstanding facilities, strong links to industry and the opportunity to get to carry out research at other institutions, which I hope will allow me to make links for when I finish my PhD.

I think the qualification is an extra string to my bow but also opened my eyes to just how many different careers exist within engineering and science. The possibilities are endless and it is exciting to be able to contribute to current scientific issues, and maybe making just that little bit of difference”.

Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding PhD opportunity?

Find out more today, download a brochure or join our next online Open Day on 3 June 2020.

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