This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

The course teaches the effective application of x-ray imaging techniques to the investigation of human and non-human subjects. Read more Read less

Modern Imaging Techniques, the theory of x-ray production and image recording methods and radiation protection are taught by lecture and practical sessions. A cutting edge perspective is afforded by the use of interactive video-conference sessions with international experts in the field.

At a glance

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, which will be taught at MSc standard, is one of the modules that comprise the postgraduate Forensic Programme. The course covers a broad range of topics including:

  • Physics of X-ray production and utilization
  • Radiographic equipment
  • Analogue and digital image recording media
  • Radiation protection and legislation
  • Medical imaging techniques and projections for use ante  and post mortem
  • The virtual post-mortem
  • Radiographic techniques applied to art work
  • Industrial radiographic techniques for engineering components including weapons, missiles and improvised explosive devices
  • Complimentary imaging modalities – computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound.

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.


Sponsored by company - £1,750

Individual (anyone paying for themselves to attend) - £875

Alumni/Current Student - £435

Accommodation options and prices

Please contact us for information regarding accommodation.

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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