The course aims to give officers and senior non-commissioned officers (NCO) the extra background knowledge and practical skills required to be able to plan, execute and report on a military trial. Read more Read less

The course concentrates on trials in the MOD environment, but much of the material is relevant in other environments.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 01 - 12 Nov 2021
  • Duration10 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£3,500 Concessions available

Course structure

Two courses per year, each course two weeks in duration. Lectures which include human factors and virtual trialling exercises. A course trip to a trials unit. A practical trial in syndicates, finishing with a trials report delivered to the course. These may involve trials of rifles, binoculars, body armour plates, helmets or virtual control systems.

What you will learn

What you will learn;

• To give students an understanding of the trials management task and to promote the use of modern management techniques in the planning, control, reporting and administration of trials
• To make students aware of the MOD planning environment within which the trials manager must work
• To gain experience of the planning, conduct and documentation of trials from service and commercial trials practitioners and through a practical trials exercise
• To give students an awareness of the application of statistical and operational analysis techniques which provide a numerate and objective foundation for planning trials and analysing their results.


Core content

• MOD Acquisition Environment
• Trials in Acquisition
• Planning and Designing Trials
• Organising and Leading Trials
• Trials and Requirements Documentation
• Reporting Trials
• Operational Analysis
• Probability and Statistics
• Subjective judgement and questionnaires
• Simulation and virtual trials
• Development  trials
• Risk and Reliability
• Human factors integration and ethics
• Visiting lecturers from Trials and Development Units (TDUs)
• Course trip to a trials unit 
• Practical trial in syndicates 

Who should attend

The course is designed for serving officers, senior NCOs and civilians of officer status who are concerned with military trials. 

The course is suitable for:

• those who hold or are soon to start at land based Trials and Development Unit appointments (priority loading) or experimental /research establishments
• those staff and project team members planning or supervising trials.


There are several external speakers who vary from course to course but are all currently involved in trials or acquisition.


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

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

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