Cranfield Forensic Institute offers a wide array of different Master’s level course, along with short courses and use of forensic facilities and research capabilities. 


This course is intended to give you a firm grounding in the principles and practice of archaeomaterials research. We cover both the natural science fundamentals necessary for analysing archaeological objects, as well as the research landscape around key archaeological themes relevant to these investigations. Key themes include innovation, technology, exchange, craft production, consumption patterns and interaction.

Digital Forensics 

The new MSc in Digital Forensics, offered by Cranfield University in partnership with CCL Solutions Group, (CCL) will seek to address the academically orientated operational needs of UK policing and serious skills shortage of educated and trained individuals in the field to fill digital forensic positions and support the UK’s criminal justice system. 

Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology 

The Archaeology and Anthrolpology MSc is a popular and fascinating MSc which offers you the chance to have a more ‘hands-on’ approach to the practical elements of Archaeology and Anthropology. You will work with modules in simulated mass-grave and buried remains recovery scenario’s and learn techniques in analysing, excavating and presenting finds. 

Forensic Ballistics 

Utilising Cranfield University’s close relationship with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence, the Forensic Ballistics MSc benefits from the use of facilities unmatched in any other university in the United Kingdom. The course is attended by a number of domestic and foreign nationals meaning the chance for networking, connecting ideas and building successful relationships both personal and professional with others around the globe makes this MSc a superb way of enhancing your expertise in ballistics and ballistics investigation.

Forensic Explosive and Explosion Investigation 

Using access to our Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre (COTEC) the MSc in Forensic Explosive and Explosion Investigation MSc has unparalleled facilities to build and test explosive matter in a secure environment. Choose from a number of elective modules to complement the core modular experience of the course and enhance your expertise in areas from counterterrorism to impact and protection. 

Forensic Investigation 

Learn, enhance, and build on your knowledge of forensic investigation, presenting in criminal and non-criminal cases and how to succinctly analyse and explain a number of areas of forensic investigation. The course will allow you to choose a number of elective modules to tailor your experience and focus on capabilities you want, including modules in hazardous forensics, fires and investigation and other roles intrinsic to forensic investigation. 

Forensic Investigation of Heritage Crime 

Heritage sites both domestic and international have often come under threat from criminal activity or conflict which has caused damage to cultural sites or artefacts worldwide. The Heritage Crime MSc aims to build expertise in working to identify and analyse these items and how to work with law enforcement and cultural protection agencies in how to look after and preserve our heritage both at home and overseas.

Investigative Sciences

The Investigative Sciences MSc is tailored for police professionals who want to develop an in-depth skillset to lead and research an area within their specialism that harbours transformational output to their policing practice. The modules of this MSc will include looking at the underpinning factual nature of evidence based policing, while elective modules in a number of areas range from forensic taphonomy to marine and water based searches. 


The following courses are accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.


  • Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Forensic Ballistics
  • Forensic Explosive and Explosion Investigation
  • Forensic Investigation