This course provides an understanding of the contribution of environmental evidence in a forensic investigation with a strong focus on forensic entomology and soil analysis and how analytical sciences can help the investigation of forensic ecology evidence types. 

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 23 - 27 Nov 2020
  • Duration1 week
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,750 - Company (anyone being paid for by their company). Concessions available

Course structure

Lectures, laboratory practical’s and outdoor scene practical’s

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

assess the value of environmental evidence in the investigation of crime
sample and analyse entomological evidence to give an estimation of post-mortem interval
analyse soil, evidence for provenance
demonstrate how analytical sciences can be used in the detection and investigation of crimes against the environment

Core content

introduction to environmental forensic science
forensic palynology and botany
forensic entomology
forensic limnology (diatoms) 
forensic sedimentology, soil profiling and soil analysis
case studies in forensic ecology.

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.


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



£766 - Individual (anyone paying for themselves to attend).

£383 - Student (a current student from any university or a former student of Cranfield University).

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.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.