This module can be taken as an Accredited Short Course or a Standalone Short Course.

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

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding and experience of the disciplines underpinning critical evaluation of quantitative information applied within the Forensic Sciences.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 19 - 23 Oct 2020
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,750

Course structure

One course per year; 5 days duration per course.

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Recognise the fundamental features of effective experimental design
  • Explain how confidence may be secured through effective reliability and reproducibility assessments
  • Frame and defend an effective argument concerning quantitative information
  • Understand the minimum requirements for presenting scientific evidence in court
  • Distinguish between evidential types used in court and research environments
  • Apply appropriate statistics to forensic evidence for analysis and interpretation
  • Explain the statistical processes to the layman
  • Apply Bayes’ Theorem to forensic evidence.

Core content

  • Experimental design
  • Interpretation and assessment
  • Effective framing & rebutting of arguments
  • Problem solving
  • Evidential types
  • Use of relevant statistics for design & interpretation
  • Courtroom statistics.

The syllabus will follow the general course of a generic investigative process from the appropriate framing of a question to the critical interpretation of data and information. The appropriate use of data in well constructed arguments will be considered in order to distinguish between fact, opinion and speculation. Intellectual rigour will be challenged, and the ability to identify weakness in argument will be developed. Data will be examined for reliability and reproducibility with a focus on the distinct features of forensically related data. Appropriate use of descriptive and hypothesis testing statistics will be practiced and the ‘prosecutor’s fallacy’ explored. Bayes’ Theorem will be considered and rehearsed through case studies.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

This short 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 accredited short course 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.

Who should attend

Suitable for anyone wanting to understand how critical assessment, argument and design are applied in the area of forensics.


The short courses are modules of the Forensic Modular Masters Programme, which is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Accommodation options and prices

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How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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