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.


Understand the nature of fire, its basic principles, and the application of fire investigation in the criminal and civil judicial process. Appreciate the application of fire investigation skills in real world applications and investigations.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 23 - 27 Jan 2023
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost

    £690 - Short Course for Credit Fee

    £1,925 - Standalone Short Course

Course structure

Lectures, tutorials and laboratory exercises

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • Identify the principals of fire
  • Evaluate the area of origin and cause of a fire
  • Identify and discuss fire spread and fire damage patterns
  • Classify the scientific principals and bias within fire investigation
  • Evaluate a basic practical fire investigation including photography, packaging, excavation and note taking.

Core content

  • The basic principles of fire chemistry
  • Principles of Fire investigation
  • Photography of fire scenes/dark environments and associated techniques.
  • Ignition sources and their viability
  • Case studies
  • Basic crime scene packaging, evidential continuity and recovery of fire scene samples
  • Basic fire scene debris analysis
  • The effects of fire on common household items
  • Practical fire scene investigation and origin and cause determination

Upgrade to a professional qualification

After successful completion of this course 10 credits can be put towards the following courses

  • Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology MSc
  • Forensic Ballistics MSc
  • Forensic Explosive and Explosion Investigation MSc
  • Forensic Investigation MSc
  • Investigation of Heritage Crime MSc



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.

This module will include material delivered at a Fire Ground in the Beds/Herts Area.

Location and travel


How to apply

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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.