This course 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.

Students will learn how to apply appropriate safety assurance for activities involving explosives and ordnance.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£2,350 - Short Course for Credit fee 

    £1,925 - Standalone Short Course fee
    Concessions available

Course structure

Lectures and syndicate work.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the evolution and importance of regulations and legal context for explosive safety,
  • Design a suite of metrics for a safety programme,
  • Produce a proactive safety protocol for an EOE activity,
  • Critique or defend safety procedures for EOE activities.

Core content

  • Introduction to key safety legislation and military protocols,
  • Undertake syndicate work associated with specific programmes that support the recognition of threats and failure modes,
  • Complete safety assessments that are in-line with real and theoretical scenarios,
  • Discuss and debate the complexity of safety protocols.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the Explosives Ordnance Engineering MSc.

Find out more about short course credit points.

Who should attend

Students must have successfully completed the Introduction to Explosives Engineering course or have relevant experience in order to take this as a Short Course for Credit.

There are no prerequisites if taken as a Standalone Short Course.


A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

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

How to apply

Please complete the online application form.

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