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 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
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,925 Concessions available

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you 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 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

Appropriate degree or experience.


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


Concessions are available for Cranfield alumni and multiple bookings from the same organisation, please contact us to discuss.

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.

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.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.