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.

Electives may not run if there is limited student uptake. However, alternatives will be offered.

 

Understand the application, interpretation and determination of Fire investigation and explosive deflagrations in the criminal, civil judicial process and the specific application of fire and explosion investigation skills in real world applications and investigations.

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You will be introduced to a range of topics associated with this discipline. These topics will be supplemented with practical sessions involving the examination of small arms and ammunition within a forensic context. This short course, which will be taught at MSc standard, is one of the modules that comprise the postgraduate Forensic Modular Masters Programme.

At a glance

Course structure

Lectures, tutorials and laboratory exercises.

What you will learn

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

  • Have an in-depth knowledge of Fire investigation. Including the myths and areas for possible miscarriages
  • Cognitive bias and its role in FI.
  • Understand, apply and critique the principals of fire investigation in regard to multiple origin and Cause and explosive events
  • Evaluate the area of origin and cause of a fire in multiple events including arsons, electrical, self-heating, friction, instantaneous combustion and deflagrate, Bleve’s
  • Understanding material behaviours within fires. Glass, Timber, Metals etc. etc.
  • Identify, discuss, interoperate critique fire spread, fire damage and explosive patterns.
  • Understand the basics of electrical fires, safe working practices, Fire risk hazards.
  • Understand fire behaviour and Fire modelling.
  • Understand, apply and interpret analytical techniques and results, (GCMS, SEM and XRAY diff.
  • 1Undertake a complex practical fire investigation including photography, packaging, excavation and note taking, origin and cause determination and statement writing.
  • Provide a written O&C report and be informally cross examined.

Core content

  • Assessment of case studies, Miscarriages of Justice
  • The Myths of Fire investigation
  • Electrical Services/Equipment and H&S
  • Explosive Deflagrations/Bleves
  • Materials in fire and their behaviours. Theory/Practical
  • Ignitable liquids, identification, Analysis and interpretation.
  • Fire modelling/Compartment design.
  • Practical complex fire scene with ignitable liquids/ accelerants
  • Report and statement writing. Court room Experience.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

This 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

This course will be of interest to graduates and more experienced workers that already have an understanding of firearms and ammunition function who are looking to advance their knowledge in forensic firearms investigations.

You must have completed the Introduction to Fire Investigation course in order to take this as a Short Course for Credit or an appropriate degree or relevant work experience.

Accreditation

The courses is a module of the Forensic Modular Masters Programme, which is accredited by  The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.


Speakers

Hannah Moore

Concessions

Sponsored by company £1925.00

Individual £965.00

Alumni £485.00

Accommodation options and prices

This module will include material delivered at a Fire Ground in the Beds/Herts Area. 

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here.

Location and travel

Situated close to Milton Keynes and Bedford, the Cranfield campus is situated in Wharley End, very close to Cranfield village, and is about 10 minutes from the M1 motorway.  There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.

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Campus address

College Road
Cranfield
Bedfordshire
MK43 0AL

 

How to apply

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

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