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About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

We focus on a variety of specialist themes including Defence and Security, which has an unrivalled reputation for defence, education, research and consultancy.

Cranfield Defence and Security is a postgraduate academic provider to the UK’s Ministry of Defence with a portfolio including forensic sciences, digital warfare and cybersecurity and counterterrorism among many more.

Cranfield Forensic Institute

Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) has extensive expertise and exceptional facilities in a wide range of forensic sciences specialities. Our education and research is unsurpassed.

Cranfield University has invested £7.2 million in the latest forensic equipment at its Cranfield campus. Building on our distinctive strength in defence and security, this forensic science teaching and research facility will be unparalleled in the UK.

You will have access to all our new facilities including: a virtual reality autopsy table, digital forensics laboratory, crime scene investigation rooms and a simulated mass grave excavation site.

CFI has become a leading international player in the field known for the best research and postgraduate teaching and we significantly enhance the employability of our students by producing postgraduates of the highest quality.

The majority of our MSc’s are accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Find out more about CFI

Forensic and Counterterrorism Courses

Our Forensic MSc Programme includes:

Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology MSc

Intrigued by archaeology and anthropology? The course is designed to provide you with an understanding of how traditional and advanced techniques from archaeology and physical anthropology can be applied in the forensic context.

Forensic Ballistics MSc

This course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive insight of the field of firearms, ammunition and ballistic investigations. This MSc is highly practical and hands-on, aiming to produce a clear understanding of how firearms and ammunition function, the science of ballistics and the role of the forensic firearms examiner.

Forensic Explosive and Explosion Investigation MSc

This course introduces you to the investigation of explosive and CBRN crime scenes considering both pre - and post-blast scenes. This MSc develops your ability to apply forensic intelligence and exploitation techniques, and blend it with open source intelligence.

Forensic Investigation MSc

A highly practical and hands-on MSc, designed to give an understanding of the cutting-edge research and latest forensic methodologies. This enables you to resolve issues in relation to civil and criminal law.

Forensic Investigation of Heritage Crime MSc

Due to the rise in heritage crime there is currently an increasing demand for highly qualified subject matter experts. Developed from discussions with cultural heritage bodies, NGOs, military and police, this MSc will provide you with real world skills that
will enhance your employability.

Our Counterterrorism MSc Programme includes:

Counterterrorism MSc

The need for accessible, comprehensive and reliable research and education on terrorism and counterterrorism remains profound. This MSc addresses those needs offering you an exceptional and cutting edge programme in this critical area.

Counterterrorism, Risk Management and Resilience MSc

This MSc is a specialist course designed particularly for those working in the risk management and risk mitigation sectors. This course provides you with the fundamental knowledge, core expertise and much more necessary to understand, analyse, prevent and mitigate terrorism.

Funding Available

We have a number of funding options available for 2021/2022 entry.

Pool Re Postgraduate Scholarships

Pool Re is providing funding for up to five scholarships for UK students undertaking the Counterterrorism, Risk Management and Resilience MSc.
Funding value: £2,000 towards tuition fees
Deadline: 01 September 2021

Cranfield Forensic Institute Excellence Scholarship 2021

In celebration of the £7.2m investment in the Forensic Programme at the Cranfield campus, Cranfield University are awarding six scholarships to study for one of our world-leading full-time Forensic MSc degrees.
Funding value: £10,000 towards tuition fees
Deadline: 28 May 2021

Forensic and Counterterrorism Bursary 2021

Cranfield University are awarding six bursaries to study for an MSc degree on our world-leading Forensic Programme and our two Counterterrorism MScs.
Funding value: £1,000 towards tuition fees
Deadline: 28 May 2021

Cranfield University GREAT scholarships 2021

In partnership with the British council and the GREAT Britain campaign, Cranfield University is offering scholarships for students applying for an MSc Forensic degree from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand
Funding value: £10,000 towards tuition fees
Deadline: 01 May 2021

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Key statistics

  • 7.3
    No. of students per staff
  • 68%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 28 : 72
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 3,013
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2022 World University Rankings