This course 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.

This course, which is taught at MSc standard, will provide a through life perspective of explosives ordnance engineering.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee 

    £1,925 - Standalone Short Course fee  Concessions available

What you will learn

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

  • Describe the systems context within which explosives are developed, stored and used,
  • Discuss energetic materials and their application through life in a military context,
  • Explain the functioning of a military explosive system from trigger sequence to terminal effects,
  • Comprehension of through life compliance for military explosive systems.

Core content

  • Introduction to achieving desired target effects,

  • Initiation mechanism and the differences between deflagration and detonation,

  • Introduction to primary and secondary explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics and their application in military environments,

  • Relevance of safety, legislation, and environmental requirements,

  • Introduction to properties of explosions,

  • Workshops that focus on explosive ordnance engineering to support learning.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Explosives Ordnance Engineering MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for military officers, defence industry staff, government servants and civilian students who have an appropriate degree in science or engineering or relevant experience.


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

There are limited places on these courses. You may not receive an offer until places have been confirmed, usually 1 to 2 weeks before the start date.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

For further location and travel details

How to apply

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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.