Cranfield University is one of the world’s leading universities for defence and security education, research and consultancy. Our academics’ expertise ranges from energetics and forensic sciences to international stabilisation and cyber security. With an unrivalled reputation for defence education, research and consultancy, our expertise is trusted by governments, armed forces, industry and security services around the world.
World-class, state-of-the-art facilities
Several unique facilities and large-scale test environments, including those on the Ministry of Defence site at Shrivenham, are used by our students and clients for exceptional research. They include the Guided Weapons Hall, with an extensive selection of complete missile systems; and Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre (COTEC), where materials and weapons are tested and evaluated for government agencies, defence suppliers and manufacturers.
Our Forensics Programme
CFI is the renowned home for the many forensic-related disciplines at Cranfield University, such as ballistics, explosives, materials science, engineering failures and forensic archaeology and anthropology. We are the only university in the world to accommodate these disciplines within a science and technology faculty.
We have extensive expertise and exceptional facilities in a wide range of forensic science specialities. Our students have access to excellent laboratory facilities for the analysis of a wide range of materials, including modern and archaeological bone, art historical pieces and archaeological artefacts, and explosives.
Students benefit from the specialist knowledge of teaching staff who have worked extensively in forensic casework and research environments, many of whom are recognised experts in their fields. This is complemented by contributions from external experts who share their professional experience. In addition, strong links with forensic service providers, police forces, military, national agencies and historical and academic institutions ensure that our course content and research areas are current and relevant.
Our MSc courses have been formally accredited by the internationally renowned Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology MSc, PgDip
Students gain an understanding of how traditional and advanced techniques from archeological science and physical anthropology can be applied in the forensic context. Learn how the excavation of buried remains, the analysis of human remains and trauma identification can be used in civil, criminal and human rights investigations.
Forensic Ballistics MSc, PgDip
This course teaches you how firearms and ammunition function, the science of ballistics, the role of the forensic firearms examiners and how the forensic evidence produced in gun crime can be used to help resolve issues in relation to criminal and civil law. You will benefit from practical experience in firearms handling and examination, and be introduced to the interpretation of UK firearms law, comparison microscopy and serial number restoration.
Forensic Explosive and Explosion Investigation MSc, PgDip
This course introduces you to the investigation of explosive, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear crime scenes. You will learn cutting-edge investigative and analytical techniques such as forensic intelligence, exploitation and open-source intelligence.
Forensic Investigation MSc, PgDip, PgCert
Gain an overview of the application of science to forensic problems in this highly practical and hands-on course. You will learn about the latest forensic methodologies and cutting-edge research, which will enable you to resolve issues in relation to civil and criminal law.
Forensic Investigation of Heritage Crime MSc, PgDip, PgCert
Over the last decade, heritage crime has become an increasing issue across the world. Efforts from the international heritage community to tackle crime against cultural property have highlighted the increasing demand for highly qualified and skilled subject matter experts. Developed from discussions with cultural heritage bodies, NGOs, military and police, this MSc will provide you with real world skills that will enhance your employability.
Our Defence and Security Programme
Brand new to 2019, the Defence and Security Programme is designed to open up our teaching portfolio to give you the flexibility to tailor your own learning pathway. It offers three degree streams in Engineering, Leadership and Management and Technology, which all contain extensive elective choices to meet the varying requirements of both learners and employers.
There are two learning routes to the Defence and Security Programme which offer either an increased depth or greater breadth of understanding. One is a traditional MSc route and the other is a Capstone MSc route. Through the difference in routes, you can choose how and what you’ll learn, in a way that can fit in with your lifestyle and work commitments. Whether you’re a new graduate, a previous apprentice, someone with years of experience looking for senior positions, or even wanting to transition between disciplines, this programme has the flexibility to suit you.
As part of the MSc route, you can decide whether you want either an increased depth or greater breadth of understanding. Within this route, learners can select elective modules specific to their chosen stream, or alternatively choose two modules from across any of the three streams. Like our other degrees, this MSc route within the Defence and Security Programme is completed with a thesis.
The Capstone route is mostly delivered at distance, making it both more flexible and more affordable. Unlike the traditional MSc route that includes the completion of a thesis, the Capstone MSc route instead contains a Capstone Development and Exploitation module followed by a Capstone Portfolio Project. The Project is made up of multiple pieces of work that can be applied to a business case, with direct impact and exploitation potential within the learner’s business context.
The Leadership and Management stream of the Defence and Security Programme meets the requirements of the Level 7 Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship. Eligible organisations will be able to use £18,000 of their Apprenticeship Levy towards the overall cost.
“Cranfield is one of the very few UK universities to offer the dual study of archaeology and anthropology, with the added benefit of being taught by some of the UK’s leading experts in the field. The MSc Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology programme offers a strong emphasis on experiential learning with practical laboratories and simulated exercises throughout. Through providing such a broad range of elective modules, I was given the distinct opportunity to tailor my MSc to meet other areas of interest.” - Stephanie Giles, Crime Scene Investigator for Thames Valley Police, (Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology MSc 2013).
“Postgraduate study is very useful for future career options as it allows you to get a head start. It also enables you to specialise in different fields which you usually wouldn’t have the opportunity to as an undergraduate. My study exposed me to unique opportunities, including being able to work hands on with explosives and interacting with professionals in the field which helped me in securing my current role.” - Teaching Fellow, Cranfield Defence and Security (Forensic Explosive and Explosion Investigation MSc, 2018).
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