Taught course

Safety and Accident Investigation - Rail Transport PgCert

Cranfield University · Transport Systems

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good UK honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, or a recognised lower qualification plus relevant work experience in rail/safety related areas.

Applicants without a good UK honours degree (or equivalent) are encouraged to attend one or two modules (such as Fundamentals of Accident Investigation and Applied Rail Accident Investigation) as an Associate Student on a Continuing Professional Development course rather than applying as an MSc student. Please go to the Fundamentals of Accident Investigation CPD webpage.

Months of entry

January, May

Course content

We have been a centre of excellence in the field of accident investigation for almost 40 years. The course format draws on the experience we have gained in running similar MSc programmes which have proved to be both successful and popular. The format suits professionals based in UK and abroad, as teaching is conducted in modules and research and assessments can be completed remotely.

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 MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1234 758083