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.


Radiographic imaging techniques are employed in a wide range of forensic investigations. The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the principles and practical applications of radiographic imaging techniques used in forensic science, and it will be of interest to individuals from a variety of backgrounds including archaeologists, physical anthropologists, radiographers, scenes of crime officers, forensic investigators, ballistics specialists, engineers and others involved in forensic investigation. 


At a glance

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

Course structure

One course per year; 5 days duration per course.

What you will learn

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

  • Explain the fundamental principles of a wide range of imaging techniques
  • Identify current ionizing radiation regulations and interpret them so as to be able to apply appropriate radiation protection measures when employing radiographic imaging techniques
  • List and critically assess the advantages and disadvantages of different imaging techniques and their use in the recovery, analysis and identification of human remains and characterization of trauma and/or disease states
  • List and critically analyze the advantages and disadvantages of imaging techniques and their use in the identification and characterization of components and component failure
  • Practically apply appropriate imaging techniques for defined situations and interpret the results.

Core content

This short course will be taught at MSc standard and is one of the modules that comprise the postgraduate Forensic Programme. The course will take a pragmatic approach, moving from theory to creating and applying knowledge and skills and will introduce students to a range of topics including:

  • Physics of X-ray production and utilization
  • Radiographic equipment
  • Analogue and digital image recording media
  • Radiation protection and legislation
  • Forensic medical and dental imaging techniques and projections for use ante and post mortem
  • Terminal ballistics and radiography of gunshot wounds
  • Radiological methods of human identification
  • Radiographic techniques applied to artwork and other cultural material.
  • Radiographic techniques applied to the detection of narcotics and other concealed items.
  • Industrial radiographic techniques for engineering components including weapons, missiles and improvised explosive devices.
  • Complimentary imaging modalities – computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound
  •  The virtual post-mortem

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

  • Archaeologists
  • Physical Anthropologists
  • Scene of Crime Officers
  • Radiographers
  • Radiologists
  • Forensic Engineers
  • Ballistics Analysts
  • Pathology Technologists.


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



In addition to presentations, case studies, demonstrations and practical activities, national and international guest speakers from the fields of medicine, dentistry, law enforcement and industry will share and discuss their experiences of the practical application of radiographic imaging across a range of forensic disciplines.


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

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