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 aim of this course is to examine modes of failure in engineering components and to develop the ability to deduce causes of failure from post-failure component examination.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,750 Concessions available

Course structure

One course per year.

What you will learn

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

  • Identify potential failure modes for an engineering component and deduce the loading types, material, environmental and structural properties, which govern the onset of failure
  • Predict brittle, ductile, fatigue and buckling failure loads for a range of engineering components
  • Recognise indicative facets of a failed component from which can be inferred the source of failure
  • Understand examination of failed components, suggest likely causes of failure and suggest strategies for testing out the failure mode hypothesis.

Core content

  • Failure modes-ductile, brittle, fatigue, excessive deflection, creep rupture, corrosion, instability etc, loading type, material properties, environmental factors and structural properties governing onset of failure
  • Experimental analysis of failed components-surface inspection, crack inspection techniques, deformation measurement, and residual stress management.

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 Short Course for Credit 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.


Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

  • Requires appropriate degree or experience.


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



Sponsored by company - £1,750

Individual (anyone paying for themselves to attend) - £875

Alumni/Current Student - £435

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

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

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