This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive insight of the field of firearms, ammunition and ballistic investigations. 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 aims to equip students with the necessary understanding of science and technology, law, courtroom skills and research methods in order to thoroughly prepare them for professional development as an expert witness in forensic science.
The Forensic Ballistics MSc is part of the Forensic MSc Programme which is formally accredited by the Forensic Science Society.
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 four core modules, four role specific 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.
Duration: Full-time MSc - one year, Part-time MSc - up to three years, Full-time PgDip - one year, Part-time PgDip - two years
English Language Requirements
Students whose first language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 7
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 thesis.
- Analytical Techniques
- Courtroom Skills
- Failure Analysis of Components
- Firearms Investigations
- Forensic Ballistic Investigations
- Investigation and Evidence Collection
- Reasoning for Forensic Science
- Introduction to Firearms Investigations and Forensic Ballistics
- Fakes and Forgeries
- Fires, Explosions and their Investigation
- Forensic Archaeology: Recovering Buried Remains
- Forensic Investigation of Explosives and Explosive Devices
- Fundamentals of Forensic Anthropology: Osteology
- Mass Fatality Incidents
- Radiographic Investigations in Forensic Science
- Trace Evidence
- Hazardous Forensics
- Forensic Exploitation and Intelligence
- Digital Crime and Investigation
- Environmental Forensic Science
The individual project takes four months from April to July. The student selects from a range of titles, or may propose their own topic. Most are practically or experimentally based using Cranfield’s unique facilities.
By written and practical examinations, continuous assessment, project presentation and viva voce.
Takes you on to opportunities to practice as a professional expert witness in forensic ballistics, within forensic laboratories, police departments, government bodies and non-governmental organisations. It is also a necessary introduction that could lead into conducting research at PhD level in the subject.
For further information
On this course, please visit our course webpage http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/forensic-ballistics.html
A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page.