This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit.

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 provides an understanding of the principles and practical applications of some of the main analytical techniques found in a Forensic laboratory. Read more Read less

Our objective is to develop an understanding of a wide range of techniques, including microscopy and X-ray and chemical techniques; to examine their practical application and the interpretation of their results; to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the different techniques and their use in the identification and characterisation of materials.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 31 Oct - 11 Nov 2022
  • Duration10 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost

    Sponsored by company £1925.00

    Individual £965.00

    Alumni £485.00

    Concessions available

Course structure

This two week course covers the theoretical background of a range of analytical techniques through lectures, workshops, and directed study, and includes 3 days of laboratory practical sessions and demonstration.

What you will learn

The practical approach followed in this course equips you to plan your own materials based investigations and to evaluate the work of others. The capabilities and limitations of the different methods are discussed and while forensic examples are used to illustrate the techniques they can be equally well applied to other aspects of material science.

Core content

Laboratory accreditation and standard operating procedures 
X-ray diffraction (XRD) 
X-ray fluorescence (XRF) 
Electron microscopy (SEM) and micro-analysis 
Optical microscopy 
Spectroscopic methods: Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy. 
Mass spectrometry (including ICP-MS) 
Chromatographic and other separation methods: e.g. GC, GC-MS HPLC 
DNA analysis and forensic genomics 
Isotope analysis and carbon dating 
Radiography 
Hyperspectral imaging 
Proteomics 

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 20 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

  • A graduate who is new to the field of forensic analysis
  • A graduate employed in materials science, failure analysis or quality assurance
  • Requires appropriate degree or experience.

Accreditation

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

 

Concessions

 

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
Cranfield
Bedfordshire
MK43 0AL

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