This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or a Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

This course will introduce you to the process of failure investigations, the importance of defining the objective(s) and planning the investigation, and the steps and common tools involved in failure analysis.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,750 Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • explain the steps involved in failure investigations and the importance of determining the root cause,
  • construct of a systematic approach to problem solving,
  • evaluate the tools used in failure analysis and their limitations.

Core content

  • importance of defining the goal(s) and planning a failure investigation,
  • requirements for leading a failure investigation and the importance of determining the root cause,
  • root cause analysis techniques,
  • failure investigation pitfalls,
  • steps involved in failure analysis,
  • cleaning and preservation of samples,
  • NDT and the common tools used in failure examinations.

  • Upgrade to a professional qualification

    This short course will be taught at Masters standard as it is one of the modules that comprise the postgraduate Forensic Modular Masters Programme. Registering for this Short Course for Credit and successfully passing the associated assessment will gain you 10 Cranfield credits. These could then be used to apply for a transfer towards a PgCert/PgDip or MSc in the Forensic Programme should you wish to complete one of these courses within 5 years.

    Find out more about short course credit points.


    The short courses are modules of the Forensic Modular Masters Programme, which is accredited by  The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.


    Sponsored by company - £1,750

    Individual (anyone paying for themselves to attend) - £875

    Alumni/Current Student - £435

    Location and travel

    Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

    Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

    Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

    All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

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    How to apply

    To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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