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 provide you with an understanding of the principles of internal, intermediate, external, terminal and wound ballistics and how they are used in forensic investigations.

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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

The 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.

Core content

  • Internal ballistics 
  • Intermediate ballistics 
  • External ballistics 
  • Terminal ballistics 
  • Wound ballistics 
  • Fragmenting munitions 
  • Shotgun ballistics 
  • Hit probability 
  • Weapon failures

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Accreditation

The Forensic Modular Masters Programme at Cranfield Forensic Institute is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Speakers

Concessions

£1,750 - Company (anyone being paid for by their company).

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

£435 - 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.