This course considers the role and legal responsibilities of expert witnesses. It covers, civil and criminal procedure rules, excellence in report and statement writing, presentation of evidence in court, and preparation for cross-examination.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 27 Apr - 01 May 2020
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,750

Course structure

One per year, classroom based.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Define the role and responsibilities of the expert witness
  • Construct an effective expert witness report
  • Develop the skills to present oral evidence in court effectively and respond successfully to cross-examination.

Core content

  • Role and legal responsibilities of the forensic expert
  • Civil and Criminal Procedure Rules
  • Excellence in report and statement writing
  • Presentation of evidence in court
  • Preparation for cross-examination.

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

Individuals with an appropriate degree or experience who are interested in the role and legal responsibilities of the forensic expert, Civil and Criminal Procedure Rules, report and statement writing, presentation of evidence in court, and how to prepare for cross-examination.


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


Accommodation options and prices

Please contact us for information regarding accommodation.

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.

For further location and travel details

How to apply

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

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