Elements of this Module will be undertaken at Cranfield University at Shrivenham located on the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Security clearance will be required if this module is selected. Please refer to our entry requirements section for more details, or see further about security clearance for Cranfield at Shrivenham.

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.

Counter Improvised Explosive Device Capability aims to enable staff employed within the multitude of streams and disciplines to understand the context of their role within the C-IED environment.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 21 - 25 Mar 2022
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost


    Concessions available

What you will learn

To ensure personnel understand the C-IED staff environment with an appreciation of the lexicon and to enable them to describe the technologies that contribute to C-IED and methods of employment. In addition to enable personnel to able to describe and explain the key C-IED activities of, Predict, Pursue, Prevent, Detect, Neutralise, Mitigate, and Exploit.

Core content

Subjects covered will include:

Prepare the Force:

  • Describe and explain the C-IED approach in accordance with Joint Doctrine Publication 3-65 (AJP-3.15(A))
  • Understand the development of IED threats based on historical perspective and how these have been countered. Included in this are Adversary Tactics Techniques & Procedures and also the philosophies and principals underpinning the IEDD that counters that threat.

Defeat the Device:

  • Understand the technologies involved in C-IED.  This will be in overview of all across all key activity areas, with greater emphasis on Detect, Neutralise, Mitigate and Exploit
  • Outline the role of aerial assets for ISTAR and ECM in support of C-IED
  • To provide general C-IED advice to senior and specialist staff in order to contribute to C-IED development in their allocated field.

Attack the Network:

  • Explain the importance of an integrated ‘Understand’ function in support of all activities and the importance of Information Management/Information Exchange in its effectiveness at all levels
  • Explain the meaning of Influence Activity and its varied means of application at various levels
  • Perform a basic analysis of an Adversary IED System and identify ways in which it may be countered at various levels and identify what means are available to do so.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Explosives Ordnance Engineering MSc or any of the master's belonging to the Forensic MSc Programme.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

The Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Capability course is designed to provide military and civilian MOD staff and approved industry personnel with contextual knowledge on the development and use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and the tactics, techniques and procedures used to counter the threat they present.

The course is an introduction to the capability and is taken on a ‘standalone’ basis. As such, it is essential for those employed in a C-IED role or involved in the development and contracting for individual C-IED solutions, particularly project managers and their teams. The course is also relevant for other MOD staff such as Front Line Commands with responsibility for procurement support and sustainability as well as delivery of C-IED capability.

Students must have successfully completed the Introduction to Explosives Engineering course or have relevant experience in order to take this as a Short Course for Credit.
There are no prerequisites if taken as a Standalone Short Course.


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.


Find out more about short course credit points.


Sponsored by company - £1,750

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

Alumni/Current Student - £435


There are limited places on these modules. You may not receive an offer until places have been confirmed, usually 1 to 2 weeks before the start date.

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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