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.

Design for Vulnerability explores the policies and processes used to manage the consequences of enemy action (EA)events; design principles to minimise the responses; and tools and techniques to manage these responses.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee 

    £1,925 - Standalone Short Course fee 
    Concessions available

Course structure

Classroom, demonstrations and discussion groups

What you will learn

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

  • Summarise the policy, strategy and operational context of EA2
  • Evaluate the relationships between IM, HC & ERA and the scientific principles andmechanisms controlling the response of munitions to EA2
  • Critique the state of the art and future direction of design solutions for EA2
  • Select tools and techniques available to evaluate, manage and mitigate the consequences of EA2

The student will be able to propose design approaches which may lead to safer munitions following consideration of life cycle threat and the practicalities of testing, whilst providing the user with an effective operational capability.

Core content

  • Policy & Rationale for IM, HC & ERA;
  • EA2 threats and examples;
  • Theory & experimental methods for Shock initiation, cook-off and deflagration to detonation transition;
  • Advances in formulation and processing for EA2 - understand the pertinent issues facing the formulator when optimising for performance and safety;
  • EA2 design principles for warheads, rocket motors and pyrotechnic devices – energetic materials structural design, mitigation features;
  • Consideration of munitions safety as a through life and systems approach, including threat hazard analysis, consequence modelling, and a warfighter perspective of operational imperatives balanced against safety.

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.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

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.


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

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

Please complete the online application form.

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