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The aim of this course is to provide you with an understanding of the principles of internal, intermediate, external, terminal and wound ballistics and how they are used in forensic investigations. Read more Read less
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
- Please enquire for course dates
- Duration5 days
- LocationCranfield campus
- Cost£1,750 Concessions available
Course structureThe course is run once each 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
On successful completion of the course you will be able to:
- Explain the science underpinning internal and intermediate ballistics and the concepts involved in projectile external ballistics
- Describe those factors that affect the relationship between projectile and target
- Demonstrate an understanding of the factors affecting wound ballistics
- Critically assess those factors affecting the performance and ballistics of fragmenting munitions and shotguns
- Recognise and appraise the most common types of weapon failures.
- Internal ballistics
- Intermediate ballistics
- External ballistics
- Terminal ballistics
- Wound ballistics
- Fragmenting munitions
- Shotgun ballistics
- Hit probability
- Weapon failures
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.
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 a Short Course for Credit 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 course is a module 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
Accommodation options and pricesPlease contact us for information regarding accommodation.
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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How to apply
To apply for this course please use the online application form.
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