This module will provide the fundamental aspects of learning and critical debate in the field of disaster victim identification, providing a brief history of the development of disaster response, an understanding of the variety of stakeholders and a consideration of national and international priorities when dealing with mass fatality events.

The concept of mass fatality response will be explored through a range of developed case studies, which will include domestic fatality response, international humanitarian disaster work conducted by both mandated organisations and NGOs, and domestic and international criminal investigations that include mass fatality response requirements. 


This module is core to the structure of the PgCert in Disaster Response Science 

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£TBC

Course structure

Lectures, Group Work, Individual Practical, Blended learning

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:


  • Critically assess the initial preparedness and planning in the development of a mass fatality response.
  • Discuss the principles of mass fatality response to a range of dynamic situations and in a range of geopolitical environments.
  • Evaluate the role and utility of a range of DVI techniques given variances in subject populations.
  • Create a DVI response strategy which details recovery, identification and investigation processes.
  • Differentiate between the approaches of DVI, investigators and the forensic aspects of combined investigations.

Core content

  • Roles of individuals in DVI incidents
  • Organisational structures of mass fatality responders.
  • Distinctions between recovery, identification and investigation.
  • Courts and tribunals associated with DVI incidents
  • International geopolitical stresses on the DVI system
  • Case studies

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