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.


This course will provide an understanding of the principles and practical applications of the major forensic analytical techniques used in Forensic Intelligence (FORINT) and exploitation.

At a glance

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

What you will learn

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

  • Distinguish evidential types for use in court and for intelligence purposes
  • Evaluate the levels and range of forensic exploitation techniques
  • Manage and prioritise the exploitation of forensic intelligence derived from people, places and vehicles
  • Critically assess how forensic intelligence interfaces with other intelligence sources
  • Establish and maintain a FORINT exploitation policy within the frameworks of forensic best practice and the recognized intelligence cycle.

Core content

  • Role of communication and information sharing
  • FORINT in long term policing strategy
  • Exploitation and Military Intelligence
  • Pattern analysis, GIS and mathematics in forensic intelligence
  • Technical exploitation
  • Forensic exploitation
  • Planning and direction of forensic intelligence
  • Collection, Processing, Production, Management and dissemination of FORINT
  • Forms of output and report from FORINT.

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 is suited to those considering a career in civil or military intelligence roles, and as continuing professional development for current intelligence professionals seeking to understand more about tools and processes that can enhance the fusion of different intelligence sources, particularly using geospatial and open source information. As such it is also a useful course for anyone in an analyst role in other finance and government organisations.


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


  • Mr Stephen Johnson
  • Professor Andrew Shortland
  • Dr Gary Ackerman (University of Maryland START Prg) Speaker, provide datasets and Expert panel
  • Mr Roger Davies - Speaker and expert panel
  • Mr Marc Finch - Expert Panel
  • Mr Elliot Higgins - Speaker and Expert Panel (The famous Bellingcat/Brown Moses)
  • Mr Jez Ernshaw - Expert Panel
  • Mr Adam Stevens - Expert, panel, speaker and provider of MAPCITE for some exercises


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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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.