This is a capstone module for the EOE course, by integrating the learning from the taught phase into a critical evaluation of new trends and technologies in EOE.

This is only offered as a core module on the Explosives Ordnance Engineering PgDip and MSc.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham

Course structure

Taught, group workshops, team work supported by staff mentors and Mahara e-portfolio

What you will learn

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

Knowledge and understanding

  • Apply anticipatory, back-casting, simulation, and visioning techniques to anticipate the continually changing needs of the military;
  • Conceptually demonstrate and understand the meaning of ‘scanning the horizon’ in an EOE context;
  • Outline the procedures and challenges associated with peer review and grading and prioritisation of presented work against a clear assessment framework.


  • Critically appraise the facts, principles, concepts, and theories relating to a specific area of EOE;
  • Present scientific ideas in a clear and concise manner;
  • Evaluate the value of funding / non-funding of research;
  • Work effectively in teams and manage their own.

Core content

  • Part-time students should only undertake this module when they have completed 50% of the taught phase unless agreed with the EOE Course Director;
  • The group work consists of a mix of part-time and full-time students.It will be necessary for the groups to communicate regularly between each other and meet with the group supervisor at least 3 times during the year;
  • The launch of the module is one full day (see separate timetable for dates);
  • The assessments require one day in January for a poster session and two days in March/April for Oral vivas;
  • There will be additional tutorials throughput the academic year and all students should attend in their groups unless agreed with the Course Director;
  • The compulsory taught modules from the EOE MSc;
  • Current ‘Hot Topics in EOE’, including, for example:
    • Nanotechnology,
    • Insensitive munitions,
    • Analysis and detection,
    • Environmental initiatives.

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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