Cranfield Defence and Security is based at Shrivenham, Oxfordshire on a secure campus where Cranfield provide academic teaching, support and research to the British Armed Forces in the fields of Defence Management, Science and Technology. Cranfield's capabilities, research and facilities within these areas is unrivalled. Cranfield Defence and Security also offer a number of courses at postgraduate level and other short courses.
Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) is based at Shrivenham comprising of a world-renowned multi-disciplinary team including Forensic Anthropologists, Engineers, Microbiologists and Chemists. Its aim is to apply science and technology to law enforcement particularly, through forensic science and engineering. The CFI currently operate in several areas including: Forensic Science, Security Technology, Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology, Forensic Computing, Ballistics and Firearms, Forensic Engineering, Forensic Biomechanics and Osteomics, concentrating their efforts in research and development, consultancy and the provision of postgraduate education.
Forensic MSc Programme
Cranfield's Forensic MSc Programme offers graduates and professionals a wide range of modules allowing them to graduate with one of five tailored MSc courses that will closely match their desired area of professional expertise. Each MSc is accredited by the Forensic Science Society.
The programme comprises three components; two weeks of assessed introductory studies followed by eleven taught modules - four core modules, four role specific modules which determine your MSc selection and a further three elective modules. This is followed by a four-month research project and thesis. Students carry out an original research project allowing them to apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the taught phase of the course. The research project can be undertaken in industry or academia.
Each MSc is available on a full and part-time basis. For even more flexibility MSc modules are also available to study as individual short courses.
Duration: Full-time: One year. Part-time: Two-five years
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Before embarking on an MSc programme, many students attend one of the short courses or workshops organised by CFI. The majority of Forensic MSc Programme modules are offered as individual short courses. In addition a five-day Workshop in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology caters for non-specialists from a wide range of disciplines and provides a flavour of the Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology MSc.
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Facilities and teaching
Cranfield University has excellent facilities for research on the campus and has strong links with industry, attracting substantial sponsorship from both the public and private sectors. Based on a Military of Defence secure site, the CFI are able to provide unique facilities that are not available to Forensic students at other Universities, for example fire arms and explosive ranges and a series of woods for conducting forensic exercises and recovery of bodies. Students also have access to well-equipped science and engineering laboratories and visits to forensic establishments form part of the specific modules.
Students benefit from the expertise and support of our world renowned academics as well as visiting experts who contribute to teaching.
Cranfield graduates are very successful in achieving relevant work. Some 93% are in relevant employment or further study six months after graduation. For professionals already in industry, Cranfield qualifications enhance their careers, benefiting both the candidate and their employer.
The Forensic MSc Programme opens doors to several different career opportunities. These include employment routes to government and non-governmental bodies, police departments and independent forensic consultants working for insurance companies. It is also a necessary introduction to research at PhD level in the subject.
Specific course features that enable a high probability of employment include the niche areas of ballistics and explosives, and the science base to archaeology and anthropology.
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