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Cranfield Forensic Institute

Cranfield Forensic Institute

Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) provides a Centre of Excellence for the application of science and technology to law enforcement particularly, through forensic science and engineering. 

We offer a suite of highly successful forensic postgraduate degrees and short courses:

Registration for the 2014 Forensic Open Day is now closed but if you would like information regarding the Forensic MSc Programme please email: forensicMSc@cranfield.ac.uk

Our activities are based in servicing niche areas that include research and development, education, security technology, ballistics, forensic engineering and forensic archaeology.

Research and development underpins the educational activity of the CFI.  .

The Cranfield Forensic Institute is led by Professor Keith Rogers.


  • Our impact and facilities

  • Our people

    • Name: Dr Sophie Beckett
      Job Title: Lecturer
      Areas of expertise:
      Additional Area, Structures and Materials, Forensic Science
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    • Name: Dr Kelly Domoney
      Job Title: Res Fell in Forensic Archaeomaterials
      Areas of expertise:
      Additional Area, Forensic Science
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    • Name: Mr Peter Forster
      Job Title: Course Director - Forensic Computing
      Areas of expertise:
      Defence and Security, Forensic Computing for Security, Additional Area, Computing, Simulation and modelling, Forensic Science
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    • Name: Dr Christopher Hargreaves
      Job Title: Lecturer in Forensic Computing
      Areas of expertise:
      Defence and Security, Forensic Computing for Security, Additional Area, Forensic Science
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    • Name: Dr Karl Harrison
      Job Title: Lecturer in Forensic Archaeology
      Areas of expertise:
      Defence and Security, Additional Area, Forensic Science
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    • Name: Dr Matthew Healy
      Job Title: Lecturer
      Areas of expertise:
      Defence and Security, Human Factors for Defence, Defence Test and Evaluation, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence, Counter IED, Management, Innovation and Operations Management
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    • Name: Dr Jackie Horsfall
      Job Title: Radiation Safety Officer
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    • Name: Dr David Lane
      Job Title: Reader in Analytical Physics and Advance
      Areas of expertise:
      Defence and Security, Additional Area, Forensic Science
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    • Name: Dr Nicholas Marquez-Grant
      Job Title: Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology
      Areas of expertise:
      Additional Area, Forensic Science
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    • Name: Mr Peter Masters
      Job Title: Research Fellow
      Areas of expertise:
      Additional Area, Forensic Science
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    • Name: Dr Sarah Morris
      Job Title: Lecturer in Forensic Computing
      Areas of expertise:
      Defence and Security, Forensic Computing for Security, Additional Area, Computing, Simulation and modelling, Forensic Science
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    • Name: Dr Jonathan Painter
      Job Title: Teaching Associate
      Areas of expertise:
      Additional Area, Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science, Structures and Materials, Forensic Science, Forensic Engineering
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    • Name: Professor Keith Rogers
      Job Title: Professor of Materials/Medical Science
      Areas of expertise:
      Additional Area, Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science, Structures and Materials, Forensic Science, Forensic Engineering
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    • Name: Dr James Shackel
      Job Title: Lecturer in Forensic Sciences
      Areas of expertise:
      Additional Area, Structures and Materials, Forensic Science, Forensic Engineering
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    • Name: Dr Andrew Shortland
      Job Title: Reader in Forensic Archaeomaterials
      Areas of expertise:
      Defence and Security, Additional Area, Forensic Science
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    • Name: Mr Roland Wessling
      Job Title: Research Fellow in Forensic Archaeology & Anthropology
      Areas of expertise:
      Additional Area, Forensic Science
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    • Name: Dr Peter Zioupos
      Job Title: Reader in Biomechanics of Materials
      Areas of expertise:
      Health, Ageing and Chronic Disease, Biomedical Engineering, Health Risks from Hazardous Substances, Nanomaterials, Defence and Security, Human Factors for Defence, Additional Area, Structures and Materials, Human Factors, Forensic Science, Forensic Engineering
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  • Current research opportunities

  • Postgraduate degrees

    We offer a broad range of highly regarded forensic courses.

    • Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology

      The Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology MSc is designed to give a broad introduction to the subject, rapidly advancing into the understanding of the cutting-edge research and latest methodologies.

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    • Forensic Ballistics

      The Forensic Ballistics MSc is designed to give a broad introduction to the subject, rapidly advancing into the understanding of cutting-edge research and the latest methodologies.

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    • Forensic Computing

      The course provides a sound and broadly based introduction to the fundamentals of computer forensics, illustrated with real case examples and hands on experiences.

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    • Forensic Engineering and Science

      The Forensic Engineering and Science MSc is designed to give a broad introduction to the subject, rapidly advancing into the understanding of the cutting-edge research and latest methodologies.

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    • Forensic Explosives and Explosion Investigation

      This highly practical course is designed to give a broad introduction to the subject, rapidly advancing into the understanding of cutting-edge research and the latest methodologies.

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    • Forensic Investigation

      The Forensic Investigation MSc is designed to give a broad introduction to the subject, rapidly advancing into the understanding of the cutting-edge research and latest methodologies.

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  • Professional Development (CPD)

    Our short course portfolio provides a diverse range of professional forensic courses

    • Reasoning for Forensic Science

      22 September - 26 September 2014

      To provide an understanding and experience of the disciplines underpinning critical evaluation of quantitative information applied within forensic science.

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    • Digital Crime and Investigation

      29 September - 03 October 2014

      This course provides an understanding of how digital crime occurs and is investigated.

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    • Forensic Archaeology: Recovering Buried Remains

      27 October - 31 October 2014

      This course is designed to provide an applied awareness of the use of forensic archaeology in the context of UK major crime investigations.

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    • Fires, Explosions and their Investigation

      10 November - 13 November 2014

      The course considers the techniques used in the forensic investigation of fires and explosions.

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    • Forensic Science - Trace Evidence

      17 November - 21 November 2014

      Course covers the collection, analysis and comparison of microscopic trace evidence found at a crime scene. Evidence types include hair, fibres, glass and damage to clothing.

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    • Forensic Internet

      01 December - 05 December 2014

      This course enables students to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for the recovery of admissible evidence from computers which have been used to access or exchange data across the Internet

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    • Firearms Investigations

      08 December - 12 December 2014

      The course covers how firearms operate, and introduces delegates to the fundamental techniques involved in criminal firearms investigations.

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    • Forensic Network

      05 January - 09 January 2015

      This course equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills for the recovery of evidence from computers connected to a network.

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    • Further Forensic Anthropology: Identification (FFAI)

      05 January - 09 January 2015

      This short course provides an understanding of how skeletal remains are positively identified, and how causes and manners of death are ascertained.

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    • Mass Fatality Incidents (MFI)

      19 January - 23 January 2015

      This course concerns the issues facing forensic and management personnel after a mass fatality incident, and the protocols to help the return to normality.

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    • Radiographic Investigation in Forensic Science

      26 January - 30 January 2015

      Course covers the principles and practical applications of radiographic imaging techniques used across the various disciplines of forensic science.

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    • Forensic Ballistics Investigations

      Please enquire for course dates.

      This course provides delegates with in-depth understanding of the science of ballistics and its relevance to criminal investigations and small arms design.

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    • Environmental Forensic Science (EFS)

      09 February - 13 February 2015

      This course considers environmental evidence in a forensic investigation and how analytical sciences can help the investigation of environmental crimes.

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    • Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices

      16 February - 20 February 2015

      This course covers the analytical techniques required for explosives detection, analysis and determination.

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    • Fakes and Forgeries (FAF)

      16 February - 19 February 2015

      This course aims to provide an understanding of the principles of forensic and scientific investigations into art objects.

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    • Failure Analysis of Components (FAC)

      23 February - 27 February 2015

      This course examines modes of failure in engineering components and thereby deduces causes of failure through examination.

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    • Courtroom Skills

      02 March - 06 March 2015

      This course provides an understanding of the role and responsibilities of expert witnesses and how they can present their evidence to the court effectively.

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    • Conflict Archaeology

      Please enquire for course dates.

      This course provides an overview of the new discipline of Conflict Archaeology by adopting a multi-disciplined approach and exploring combat in context.

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    • Reasoning for Forensic Science

      22 September - 26 September 2014

      To provide an understanding and experience of the disciplines underpinning critical evaluation of quantitative information applied within forensic science.

      More
    • Radiographic Investigation in Forensic Science

      26 January - 30 January 2015

      Course covers the principles and practical applications of radiographic imaging techniques used across the various disciplines of forensic science.

      More
    • Forensic Archaeology: Recovering Buried Remains

      27 October - 31 October 2014

      This course is designed to provide an applied awareness of the use of forensic archaeology in the context of UK major crime investigations.

      More
    • Forensic Ballistics Investigations

      Please enquire for course dates.

      This course provides delegates with in-depth understanding of the science of ballistics and its relevance to criminal investigations and small arms design.

      More
    • Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices

      16 February - 20 February 2015

      This course covers the analytical techniques required for explosives detection, analysis and determination.

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    • Fires, Explosions and their Investigation

      10 November - 13 November 2014

      The course considers the techniques used in the forensic investigation of fires and explosions.

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    • Forensic Science - Analytical Techniques

      Please enquire for course dates.

      This course introduces analytical techniques found in a forensic laboratory, with a focus on chemical analysis and microscopy.

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    • Forensic Science - Trace Evidence

      17 November - 21 November 2014

      Course covers the collection, analysis and comparison of microscopic trace evidence found at a crime scene. Evidence types include hair, fibres, glass and damage to clothing.

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    • Firearms Investigations and Forensic Ballistics - Introduction

      Please enquire for course dates.

      This course is designed to provide delegates with a fundamental understanding of firearms and ammunition design and function, and introduce them to the science of ballistics.

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    • Forensic Internet

      01 December - 05 December 2014

      This course enables students to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for the recovery of admissible evidence from computers which have been used to access or exchange data across the Internet

      More
    • Forensic Network

      05 January - 09 January 2015

      This course equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills for the recovery of evidence from computers connected to a network.

      More
    • Fakes and Forgeries (FAF)

      16 February - 19 February 2015

      This course aims to provide an understanding of the principles of forensic and scientific investigations into art objects.

      More
    • Courtroom Skills

      02 March - 06 March 2015

      This course provides an understanding of the role and responsibilities of expert witnesses and how they can present their evidence to the court effectively.

      More
    • Failure Analysis of Components (FAC)

      23 February - 27 February 2015

      This course examines modes of failure in engineering components and thereby deduces causes of failure through examination.

      More
    • Failure of Structural Materials

      Please enquire for course dates.

      This course examines the behaviour of materials under stress.

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    • Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology

      Please enquire for course dates.

      This course provides an overview of forensic archaeology and anthropology.

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    • Forensic Craniofacial Identification (FCI)

      Please enquire for course dates.

      This course provide a critical understanding of the different identification methods centred around the anatomy of the head and face.

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    • Forensic Anthropology: Osteology (FFAO) - Fundamentals

      Please enquire for course dates.

      This short course introduces the contribution of biological anthropology to the study of a forensic context.

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    • Mass Fatality Incidents (MFI)

      19 January - 23 January 2015

      This course concerns the issues facing forensic and management personnel after a mass fatality incident, and the protocols to help the return to normality.

      More