The Centre for Aeronautics is one of the world’s largest centres for postgraduate education and research in aircraft design, aerodynamics, advanced modelling and simulation tools and methods.

Two of the University’s flagship courses are delivered from the Centre: our master's programmes in Aerospace Vehicle Design and Aerospace Dynamics. These courses have run successfully since the establishment of the original Cranfield College of Aeronautics in 1946.

Our courses supply highly qualified aerospace engineers to major players in the industry, both in the UK and internationally. Instruction on the course is delivered in a problem-based environment by lecturers with extensive industrial experience. The group design projects emulate realistic industrial scenarios and associated processes.

Our leading research is application oriented and performed in close cooperation with industry, enabling us to introduce relevant findings quickly into our CPD and master's programmes. We engage with business through building strategic long-term relationships and can provide expertise in applied aeronautics and aircraft design. 

The Centre for Aeronautics comprises five groups with specialist research interests: