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.


The aim of the module is to introduce students to the principles of setting up and running a temporary mortuary, enable them to apply those principles in simulation exercises and allow them to learn and progress through reviewing their decisions/actions and discussing and critiquing their pros and cons. Furthermore, students will learn how to present their findings in a formal, legal setting as well as understanding the emotive and sensitive nature of victim identification work.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 13 - 17 May 2024
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus/Online
  • Cost£1,925 Concessions available

Course structure

The module consists of 8 lecture sessions and 20 practical exercise sessions during the first four days, with the focus shifting from lectures to exercises as each day progresses. The last day will be a series of individual presentations. Exercises will contain independent group work, group discussions as well as discussions with supervisors. 

What you will learn

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

1. Evaluate and critically assess the principles of temporary mortuary setup & operation.
2. Select the best mortuary workflow processes after evaluating the impact of the physical space and equipment available.
3. Judge the efficiency of the mortuary workflows and apply changes to further improve efficiency.
4. Develop the expertise to set up and ru8n a temporary mortuary in any given environment or context.
5. Develop the ability to present sensitive victim identification data in the legal and formal setting of an Identification Commission.




Core content

  • Introduction to temporary mortuary setup and operations principles.
  • Documentation of temporary mortuary operations.
  • Setting up a temporary mortuary.
  • Understanding the workflows of a temporary mortuary operation.
  • Operating a temporary mortuary.
  • Collating data from temporary mortuary operations.
  • Preparing data collated for an Identification Commission.
  • Judging how to responsibly advise the ID Commission.
  • Presenting victim identification data formally in a legal setting.

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

Appropriate degree in a scientific or related background.


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



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

How to apply

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

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