This course is subject to University approval

Disasters can happen around the world at any time without warning. 

There is a crucial need to be able to use detailed and evidence based practice to investigate the cause, effect and mitigation of further incidents and look at a step-by-step chain of critical events leading up to a disaster that may end up with mass casualties. 

The PgCert in Disaster Response Science teaches you the intricacies of disaster investigation and subsequent steps that are taken to create a map of events and the political, ethical and scientific methods of reporting the investigation. 


  • Start dateOctober
  • DurationUp to 11 months full-time, up to two years part-time
  • QualificationPgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusCranfield campus

Course details

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Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.

Disaster Response Science

Compulsory modules

All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course:


The Development of Disaster Response 

Evidence Based Policing

Mass Fatality Scene Management 

Mortuary Identification and Repatriation

Judicial and Ethical Frameworks 

Teaching team

You will be taught by Cranfield's leading experts with capability expertise, industry knowledge and collective subject research, as well as external speakers from industry and defence. The Course Director for our PgCert in Disaster Response Science is Steph Giles . The teaching team includes:

How to apply

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.