- Start dateJanuary or May
- DurationPart-time PgCert - one year
- DeliveryTaught modules 100%
- Study typePart-time
- CampusCranfield campus
Who is it for?
The course is primarily aimed at those involved, or about to become involved, in rail accident investigation and other safety related industries.
The course is suitable for those with a technical or operational background in rail or safety engineering and management, accident investigators, and those employed by national investigation agencies, operator, infrastructure providers, regulators, and manufacturers.
Why this course?
The course structure has been developed in close collaboration with the accident investigation community and with the endorsement of the Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre’s Industrial Advisory Board.
An important aspect of this course is the use of hands-on workshops and simulations to develop the practical skills required as an investigator. This is complemented by sessions and modules that enable you to conduct rigorous research and scientific analysis, along with technical writing, investigation and interviewing techniques.
Cranfield University is very well located for visiting part-time students from all over the world, and offers a range of library and support facilities to support your studies. This enables students from all over the world to complete this qualification whilst balancing work/life commitments. This PgCert programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.
Informed by Industry
The Industry Advisory Board for this course is made up of representatives from several organisations who have an interest in safety and accident investigation. As this is a new course it is expected that the Board will meet annually to ensure the course content remains relevant and up-to-date.
The course is delivered on a modular basis and consists of a combination of conventional learning tools and hands-on experience through field exercises and simulations.
The programme commences with attendance on the three-week module in Fundamentals of Investigation followed by a three-week module in Applied Rail Accident Investigation. The two compulsory modules have input from a significant number of external presenters from the Safety and Accident Investigation field.
AssessmentTaught modules 100%
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 modules and (where applicable) some elective modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2018–2019. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2019 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course
Fundamentals of Investigation
To provide accident investigators with the fundamental knowledge and skills to conduct a general transport accident investigation.
|Intended learning outcomes||
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
Applied Rail Accident Investigation
Advanced investigative skills
• Rail accident site management and dealing with other agencies
• Rail accident site risk management
• Advanced interviewing skills
• Advanced investigative photography
• Advanced analysis methods
• Rail crashworthiness and passenger survivability
• Investigating Safety Management System
|Intended learning outcomes||
On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:
The PgCert in Safety and Accident Investigation (Rail Transport) allows you to receive an internationally recognised qualification in the field of rail accident investigation. The majority of students join this course with the intention of receiving a qualification that will allow them to further their career development in accident investigation or other safety related areas of the rail transport industry.
How to apply
Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at this time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.