Cranfield University Forensic Ballistics

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Cranfield University Forensic Ballistics

This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive insight of the field of firearms, ammunition and ballistic investigations.

  • Start dateOctober
  • DurationMSc: 11 months full-time, up to 3 years part-time. PgDip: Up to 11 months full-time, up to 2 years part-time
  • DeliveryBy written and practical examinations, continuous assessment, project presentation and viva voce.
  • QualificationMSc, MSc by Research, PgDip
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time

Who is it for?

The course offers students a wide range of different experiences with unique facilities available to no other university in the UK.

The MSc in Forensic Ballistics course usually has around 10-15 students per year. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds, usually with a science or forensic science first degree. Many students come from abroad, especially Europe, Africa and North America.

Why this course?

The MSc Forensic Ballistics course is part of the MSc Forensic Programme which is formally accredited by The Chartered Society for Forensic Sciences.

The course is highly practical and hands-on, aiming to produce a clear understanding of how firearms and ammunition function, the science of ballistics, the role of the forensic firearms examiner and how the forensic evidence produced in gun crime can be used to help resolve issues in relation to criminal and civil law.

The course consists of a one-week period of introductory studies followed by academic instruction in modular form. Most modules are of five days duration, interspersed with weeks devoted to private study. Students are required to take eight core modules and choose three elective modules based on their particular background, future requirements or interests. This is followed by a four-month research project and either a thesis or literature review and paper.

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