Elements of this Module will be undertaken at Cranfield University at Shrivenham located on the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Security clearance will be required if this module is selected. Please refer to our entry requirements section for more details, or see further about security clearance for Cranfield at Shrivenham.

This course will present the fundamentals of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats and hazardous investigations and assess techniques for analysing them and ensuring a safe methodical investigation.

At a glance

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course those attending should be able to:

  • Define the types of hazard that might be presented by a forensic scene or by the weapon used
  • Discriminate between a range of systematic options for managing CBRN and hazardous scenes
  • Evaluate the value of evidence and its admissibility due to possible contamination
  • Prepare a crime scene report for a CBRN scene which objectively critiques the methodologies used and draws justified conclusions appropriate for the evidence
  • Appraise the evidence and procedures specific to the use of a hazardous material and understand the challenges presented.

Core content

  • Introduction to hazardous threats
  • Recognising a CBRN Incident
  • Recognising hazardous scenes
  • Management of a CBRN and hazardous scenes
  • CBRN contamination and evidence challenges
  • Attribution and CBRN investigation report types
  • Analytical techniques for CBRN and hazardous materials.

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

Those undertaking or managing investigations either in hazardous or remote environments, or where the source of investigation may itself be hazardous (CBRN, Explosives, Hazmat) or if the investigation is in a hazardous situation such as a war.


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


  • Mr Stephen Johnson - Module Leader
  • Dr Matthew Healy
  • Dr Mike Williams
  • Mr Kevin Miller - Speaker, venue for 1 day of training and on the expert panel.
  • Mr Dave Field - Speaker and Expert Panel
  • Mr Roger Robson, MD of Forensic Access - Speaker and Expert Panel
  • Mr Marc Finch - Expert Panel
  • Mr Matt Jones - South Wales Fire Service - Expert panel and speaker.


Sponsored by company - £1,750

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

Alumni/Current Student - £435

Accommodation options and prices

Please 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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Campus address

College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

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

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