This course can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or as a Standalone Short Course
Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

To study this course you must have completed Investigation and Evidence Collection as a pre-requisite

This course will further your understanding of the core responsibilities of evidence recording and collection at the crime scene and develop a deep understanding of the role of a SOCO across a range of scenes.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 10 - 14 Jun 2024
    • 24 - 28 Mar 2025
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,925 Concessions available

Course structure

Lectures, Crime Scene practical's, Lab work

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Preserve and protect the crime scene to ensure integrity of evidence,
  • Compile dynamic forensic strategies, to include anti contamination, Health and Safety and risk management,
  • Determine the appropriate procedures when recovering evidence from a digital crime scene,
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct advanced photography and video recording to supplement scene attendance notes,
  • Assess and correctly disseminate intelligence of a crime scene.

Core content

  • Advanced photography,
  • Advance videography,
  • Digital evidence awareness,
  • Post-mortem evidence collection,
  • Scene specific evidence collection,
  • Role of SOCO in a legal context.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Forensic Investigation MSc.

Find out more about Short Course Credit Points


The course is a module of the Forensic Modular Masters Programme, which is accredited by  The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.


Concessions are available for Cranfield alumni and multiple bookings from the same organisation, please contact us to discuss.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.  Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Situated close to Milton Keynes and Bedford, the Cranfield campus is situated in Wharley End, very close to Cranfield village, and is about 10 minutes from the M1 motorway.  There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.

Download a visitor guide including map, directions and health and safety information.

Location address

College Road
MK43 0AL

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.