The Cranfield MBA

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Cranfield School of Management

The Cranfield MBA

The Worshipful Company of Farmers and The Cranfield School of Management are offering suitably qualified, post-graduates within the agricultural industry the opportunity to study on the MBA programme at Cranfield. Full details of the Cranfield MBA, including accommodation facilities, are given on the Cranfield School of Management website -

Exceptional candidates wishing to be considered for a Beckett Scholarship should apply in the first instance to The Cranfield School of Management. Only applicants who meet Cranfield's admission criteria can be considered for a scholarship.

The Cranfield MBA is designed to encourage the highest standards of business management and to support high quality individuals capable of inspiring change, innovation and initiative through their leadership and example. More details of the course and the type of person likely to satisfy the criteria for the award of a scholarship are also available on the Cranfield website under the section headed Application, Fees and Funding.

There are two ways to study for the Cranfield MBA.  

MBA - one year full time.

This is a general management programme with a focus on practical real-world learning and leadership development. It is consistently ranked among the best MBAs in the world. This programme is designed for professionals with at least three years' work experience and suits people who:

  • Recognise that business success is about people, about collaboration, intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence
  • Want a 'real world' business education where learning theories, tools and techniques are complemented by learning to apply them in genuine business situations
  • Are motivated to become better leaders, team players and individuals, and who are committed to developing themselves and others.

Executive MBA - two years’ part time

The unique MBA Executive programme, delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton combines the best of academic insight and commercial application. This is used to help you develop your leadership and management skills with a specific focus on business growth and innovation.

The Executive MBA is especially designed for middle managers wanting to move into a senior management role and those on a fast-track career path within their organisations.

Businesses increasingly seek strategic thinkers with sound leadership capabilities, strong financial skills, an intrapreneurial mind-set, global understanding and excellent people skills. The Cranfield Executive MBA, delivered in partnership with Grant Thornton, will take you out of your comfort zone and transform you to reflect, question and find solutions to complex business challenges.

Both MBA courses are for inspiring Executive managers. Age 35 plus no upper limit.

For further information prospective delegates should contact

The contact for the Cranfield MBA at the Worshipful Company of Farmers is 
Karen Mercer on

You can download the Cranfield MBA brochure and details on how to apply here Cranfield Full Time Mba Brochure.

Niall OBoyle WCF supported MBA 2017
Niall O'Boyle on international assignment during his WCF supported MBA

A letter from Niall O'Boyle - WCF Supported MBA 2017

I would like to sincerely thank the Worshipful Company of Farmers for financial assistance during my Full Time MBA study at Cranfield University.

Before starting the MBA I had been working as a veterinarian for a large group of dairies in the Midwest USA. The role involved overall management and veterinary consulting. My previous training in veterinary and animal health research was an essential part of my job, however people management, along with strategic and financial decisions were playing an increasing role. I recognised this was part of the holistic approach to dairy management. With plans to return to live in the UK and work in the dairy industry, I felt undertaking an MBA would enable me to better comprehend and help UK dairy operations achieve and sustain success.

With the impending post-Brexit environment, the MBA offers many tools in personnel, financial, operational and strategic management to meet the challenges and avail of the opportunities for the UK dairy sector. I would strongly encourage influencers in UK agriculture to consider the MBA at Cranfield and I’m grateful that organisations like the Worshipful Company of Farmers supports this opportunity.