Cranfield University’s Forensic Institute has been a home for innovation, expertise, and a strong centre for student community for years. 

The recent investment of £7.2 million into the latest forensic equipment, teaching spaces and experienced and industry relevant academic staff has meant that 2021 will be a new and exciting horizon for the department. 

Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) has a long history of providing the next generation of forensic experts, and alumni have gone on to work around the world for a multitude of public, private and government services. 

You will have the ability to use cutting-edge facilities in our new teaching spaces such as an in-depth digital forensics laboratory, virtual reality (VR) autopsy table and a simulated mass grave site. 

Check out the video below as we asked current student Rosie why she joined Cranfield Forensic Institute for her postgraduate study.


CFI is home to multiple aspects of forensic; Archaeology and Anthropology, Ballistics, Explosive investigation, Investigation and Heritage Crime have all found a home in our programme, but we continually look to enhance our teaching spectrum and bring you the latest and in-depth areas intrinsic to forensics. 


Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology
Forensic Ballistics
Forensic Explosive and Explosion Investigation
Forensic Investigation
Forensic Investigation of Heritage Crime

Research and Development

The research and development activities at Cranfield Forensic Institute are of the highest quality with publications in the best journals and formal collaborations with the likes of Harvard University and the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Many of our facilities are unique within the UK education sector. The ability to run and create our courses as a highly hands-on and practical allows you to get first hand knowledge and experience in a safe and secure environment.

CFI’s expertise, particularly in the area of materials analysis applied to forensic science, provides high-value consultancy for casework and testing that is high margin and supports the other activities.

We operate the following research groups:

Forensic Anthropology
Materials Science and Radiation
Musculoskeletal and Medicolegal Research
Archaeological and Forensic Analysis
Counterterrorism, Intelligence, Risk and Resilience
International Security and Law.