Over the past decade environmental regulators and the public have aimed to improve the quality of environmental management by basing choices on reliable data and assessment.

However risk analysts often develop their competencies from their specific profession, for which the requirements can vary across industries, government bodies and geographical boarders. This course will provide a transdisciplinary understanding of the theory and practice of effective management of all phases of environmental hazards. The course covers key topics including conceptual model development, probability, risk characterisation, and informatics. In doing so, this course aims to provide you with the capability and capacity to assess the wide range of increasingly complex risks and hazards facing organisations, policymakers and regulators.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost


Course structure

Lectures, workshops, practicals. Group and individual working. Formative feedback is provided throughout the course on the basis of personal presentations by student (on specific hazards, geohazards and risks) as well as throughout the group based risk assessment workshop on Friday.

What you will learn

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

  • Identify, analyse and evaluate the wide range of environmental risks within the UK (e.g. animal disease, chemical spills, high winds, flooding) and be able to identify and apply appropriate methods of assessing these risks,
  • Critically evaluate the decision process underpinning the management of such risks and provide justification for the prioritisation and application of different risk management actions,
  • Examine and interpret the relationship between risk, social, economic, political and technological trends and be able to provide appropriate suggestions for communication of assessment and management of environmental risks related to the influencing factors,
  • Analyse and explain the possible consequences in a given situation where environmental risks will occur and their likely impacts on a population and the potential secondary impacts,
  • Review, critique and suggest improvements for other risk assessment and management methodologies within the given scenarios.

Core content

  • Current legislation for environment (water, air and land) protection and pollution control,
  • Qualitative, quantitative and probabilistic risk analysis tools,
  • Systemic risks,
  • Problem definition and conceptual models,
  • Spatial analysis and informatics,
  • Risk screening and prioritisation,
  • Assembling strength and weight of evidence,
  • Evaluating and communicating sources of uncertainty.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Cranfield credits are available for this short course which you can put towards selected Cranfield degrees.


Dr Simon Jude

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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