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.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the behaviour of explosives in the environment and their pollutant linkages.

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

What you will learn

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

  • Explain the behaviour of explosives in the environment;
  • Defend decisions made on environmental grounds can be balanced with operational capabilities and cost effectiveness over the whole life cycle of a product/project (CADMID);
  • Evaluate potential pollutant linkages between explosive sources and environmental receptors;
  • Select appropriate mitigation, remediation and management solutions for explosives contamination.

Core content

  • The use of explosives in the environment;
  • The effects on the environment;
  • Environmental risk assessment of explosives;
  • Contaminated air, land and water;
  • Soil systems and sampling techniques;
  • Environmental issues through life of explosives.

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.


Guest speakers will also give lectures.


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

Please complete the online application form.

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