This module can be taken as an Accredited Short Course or a Standalone Short Course.

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

Understand the origins of stress and shock waves and apply experimental techniques and analysis to evaluate and interpret shock data.

At a glance

Course structure

One course per year. Each course lasts for 5 days.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Analyse the behaviour of stress and shock waves
  • Evaluate strain gauge data
  • Model blast and impact on simple structures
  • Design an experiment to test and validate the effect of shock on a material

  • Core content

  • Introduction to wave maths (optional 2 hours at start of module) Introduction to stress waves and shock waves
  • Use and interpretation of strain gauges and strain gauge data Foundations in modelling impact on simple structures
  • Applications of shock (geology, mining, bio, material properties, detonics, weapons)
  • Practical experience of shock experimental set up, analysis and interpretation

  • 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 accredited short course 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.

    Who should attend

    This course is aimed at non-specialists from a variety of backgrounds who would like to learn the fundamental principles of forensic firearms and ballistic investigations.

    An appropriate degree or relevant work experience within a forensic field are required.


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



    £766 - Individual (anyone paying for themselves to attend).

    £383 - Student (a current student from any university or a former student of Cranfield University).

    Accommodation options and prices

    Please contact us for information regarding accommodation.

    How to apply

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

    Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.