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.

To provide an understanding of international heritage crime, the main players and the methods of both attacks and defence.

At a glance

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to;
    • Compare the main threats to international heritage,
    • Appraise the dangers of the destruction of trafficking of heritage across borders and the international bodies and laws designed to prevent this,
    • Critically assess research on the international heritage crime and create methods for combating the threat,
    • Evaluate how forensic strategies are applied in this field and critique their effectiveness
    • Be able to apply, summaries and evaluate their knowledge in writing a report about a specific case

Core content

Indicative module content: 

• Introduction to international heritage crime,
• Specific legal ordinances of relevance, e.g. Hague Convention,
• Culture and conflict areas,
• Heritage assets during warfare,
• Deliberate destruction of sites,
• Cultural heritage as a terrorist weapon,
• Looting,
• Trafficking of illicit antiques,
• Auction houses, dealers and collectors,
• Ethics of collecting.

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.


Sponsored by company - £1,750

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

Alumni/Current Student - £435

Accommodation options and prices

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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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