This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit  and 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 complex application, interpretation and determination of Fire investigation and explosive deflagrations in the criminal, civil judicial process.

The specific application of fire and explosion investigation skills in real world applications and investigations and understand the applications of materials behaviour, fire dynamics and theoretical approaches to fire investigation, research and academic practices.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,925 Concessions available

Course structure

One course per year. Each course lasts for 5 days.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Comprehensive understanding of the theoretical and analytical techniques and equations utilised within fire science, investigation and fire protection industry.
  • Define heat transfer and undertake computational analysis of heat transfer.
  • Classify fire science behaviour and undertake mathematical determinations of fire science theories and equations.
  • Recognize forensic engineering techniques, materials engineering and other analytical techniques available to the FI.
  • Define complex material behaviours within fires and undertake computational analysis of materials

Core content

  • Heat Transfer
  • Ignition and Heat Growth
  • Smouldering Fires/ Other Fire Phenomenon
  • Thermal properties of materials
  • Gas/And Other explosions.
  • Materials, SEM/EDX Other/Mechanical Testing
  • Electrical assessment and ARC mapping.
  • 3D/CFI Modelling
  • Marine FI
  • Aviation FI
  • Fire modelling/Compartment design
  • Practical material analysis
  • Fire science and behaviour of explosive events.

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

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


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


  • Mike Moulden


Concessions are available for Cranfield alumni and multiple bookings from the same organisation, please contact us to discuss.

Accommodation options and prices

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.  Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

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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Location address

Campus address

College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.