This course introduces the issues facing forensic and management personnel after a mass fatality incident, and the procedures and protocols in place to help the return to normality.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 16 - 20 Mar 2020
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,750 - Company (anyone being paid for by their company). Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

  • Categorise the different types of mass fatality incidents and confront the different problems and procedures associated with each
  • Describe the different government and NGO bodies involved in both national and international incidents and distinguish their responsibilities
  • Recognise the different roles of individuals on the site of the incident, how they are controlled and what techniques each uses
  • Recognise the need for sensitive handling of the relatives of victims, evaluate the stages of the grieving process and judge the correct ways of handling their needs
  • Assess the suitability and effectiveness of different management protocols and devise improvements
  • Accurately complete and reconcile Interpol standardized Ante-Mortem and Post-Mortem forms.

Core content

  • Types of mass fatality incident and their implications
  • Natural disasters
  • Man made disasters
  • Acts of terrorism, crime and war
  • National and international bodies and protocols
  • Management of a mass fatality incident
  • Roles and responsibilities on the site
  • Techniques for victim identification
  • Care and management of relatives of victims
  • Ethical and social concerns
  • Role and responsibility of the media.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

This short 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 accredited short course 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.

Who should attend

Appropriate degree or experience.


The short courses are modules of the Forensic Modular Masters Programme, which is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.



£766 - Individual (anyone paying for themselves to attend).

£383 - Student (a current student from any university or a former student of Cranfield University).

Accommodation options and prices

Please contact us for information regarding accommodation.

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.

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How to apply

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

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