The process of accident investigation will be considered as a whole from notification and disaster response through evidence collection and analysis to the preparation of a final report and recommendations for change. Different approaches will be considered including ‘no-blame’, criminal and coronial investigations with particular emphasis on the role that human factors practitioners can play in the investigation and in dealing with the consequences of an accident and its associated recommendations.

This module is only offered as part of the Military Aerospace and Airworthiness MSc.

What you will learn

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

  • describe the accident investigation process as used in a number of industries;
  • identify roles and responsibilities within the accident investigation process;
  • critically assess analysis techniques used in accident investigation;
  • evaluate common causal factors.



Core content

Module topics:

  • accident investigation approaches and response;
  • investigation as it relates to safety management systems;
  • disaster response and emergency planning;
  • on site appraisal and preservation of evidence;
  • Human factors in investigations;
  • witnesses and interviewing;
  • cross-cultural issues in accident investigation;
  • preparing and managing recommendations. 

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

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