This module can be taken as an Accredited Short Course 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 provide you with an understanding of the principles involved in forensic investigations involving firearms.

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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

  • Dates
    • 25 - 29 Jan 2021
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,750 - Company (anyone being paid for by their company). Concessions available

Course structure

One course per year. Each course lasts for 5 days. Lectures, practical firearms and ammunition examinations, live firing exercises, group working and individual assessment.

What you will learn

This course provides you with an unrivalled opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience with firearms, ammunition and live firing testing that is not available at any other UK University.

Core content

  • Weapon function and design
  • Introduction to gunshot residue analysis
  • Introduction to serial number restoration techniques
  • Deactivated, reactivated and improvised firearms
  • Classification under current UK firearms legislation
  • Firearms examination and recovery of evidence.

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.

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 Firearms Investigations and Forensic Ballistics course in order to take this as an Accredited Short Course or an appropriate degree or relevant work experience with prior knowledge of firearms and ammunition function, and a fundamental understanding of firearms investigations. 

There are no prerequisites if taken as a Standalone Short Course.





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


  • Ms Katherine Norton-Hewins


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

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

Accommodation options and prices

Please contact us for information regarding accommodation.

How to apply

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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.