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.

The field of electro-optic and infrared (EO/IR) technology continues to progress rapidly. EO/IR systems are commonplace in both civil and military applications and as the technology matures their capability continues to grow and their cost begins to come down.

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

A 5 day taught residential followed by independent study.

What you will learn

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

  • understand the underlying principles,
  • appreciate the likely future advances in the technology,
  • appreciate the importance of electro-optic and infrared technology in the wider defence system.

Core content

Indicative content:

  • simple radiometry and power calculations,
  • signature generation (solid and gaseous),
  • contrast,
  • atmospheric effects,
  • optical systems,
  • detector type (thermal, photon, one- and two-dimensional arrays, fibre sensors),
  • cooling requirements,
  • detector performance characteristics,
  • simple electronic processing,
  • display options,
  • electro-optic and infrared seeker systems,
  • countermeasures (including stealth) and counter-countermeasures,
  • digital image processing.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit , 10 credit points can be put towards either the Sensors Electronic Warfare PgCert, Military Electronic Systems Engineering Foundations PgCert, Guided Weapon Systems MSc or Military Electronic Systems Engineering MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for those in the defence and security sectors, both civil and military.


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.

For further location and travel details

How to apply

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

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