The next occurrence of this course will be delivered online, offering the flexibility to study from a location convenient for you. Using our digital teaching platforms, the course will offer a mix of sessions from live lectures, group exercises and self-study. For more information on the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre’s approach to online course delivery click here. If you require more information regarding the online delivery of this programme, please do contact us.

Accident analysis is one of the key aspects in conducting a successful accident investigation. The ability to conduct a methodical and structured analysis, based on a thorough understanding of the approach, is one of the core skills of an accident investigator.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost£2,050
    Concessions available

What you will learn

The course will cover selected accident analysis techniques and their underlying theories. Factors to be considered in selecting analysis techniques will also be discussed; this includes system structures, system component relationships, system behaviour, trade-offs, and limitations of each approach. Attendees will be encouraged to critically evaluate selected techniques  based on case studies, and to have practical exercises of some of the techniques, including developing timeline/sequence of events, evaluation of evidence, and identifying safety issues. Further exercise for those attending the course as part of the MSc Safety and Accident Investigation will focus on translating analysis models to written reports.

Core content

The aim of this course is to introduce a selection of accident analysis techniques and their underlying accident causation theories, and provide the approach to selecting the techniques and the opportunity to apply them in a learning environment.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

All of the short courses within the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre are available as standalone courses. Our postgraduate programme in Safety and Accident Investigation allows you to combine many of our courses towards a part-time postgraduate qualification.

Structure of accident investication course

Who should attend

The course is aimed at professionals who are involved in accident/incident investigation with the purpose of improving safety in safety critical domains and high reliability organisations, such as civil and military transport (aviation, rail and marine), healthcare, process industries, and general utilities.


Where three delegates or more are booking from within one site or one organisation, a discount of 10% will apply to the invoice for the course tuition fee. Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

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

How to apply

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

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