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Cranfield University: Safety and Accident Investigation MSc

Institution Cranfield University View institution profile
Department Cranfield University
Telephone +44 (0)1234 758083
Study type Taught


We have been a centre of excellence in the field of accident investigation for over 40 years. Designed specifically for accident investigators and those working in related fields, this course will provide you with an academically recognised, high standard qualification.

Who is it for? The MSc in Safety and Accident Investigation allows you to receive an internationally recognised qualification in the field of accident investigation. The majority of students join this course with the intention of receiving a qualification that will allow them to further their career development in accident investigation or other safety related areas of the transport industry.

Why this course? We have been a centre of excellence for aircraft accident investigation for over 40 years. In 2011, we were awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our world leading work in aviation safety through research and training in air accident investigation.

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.

The course format is suitable for professionals based all over the world, as teaching is in modules, and research and assessments can be completed remotely if necessary. 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.

Informed by Industry The Industry Advisory Board for this course is made up of representatives from several organisations who have an interest in safety and accident investigation. The board meets annually to ensure the course content remains relevant and up-to-date.

Course details The programme commences with attendance on the Accident Investigation module, which may be completed as two three-week modules in Fundamentals of Investigation.

Upon completion of these core modules, you can then select four optional modules (covering core investigation skills, management, engineering, human factors and specialist techniques). Most optional modules are one week and many are offered as standalone short courses.

Prior to starting your Individual Research Project, you are required to attend the final core module, Research Methods and Statistics.


Cranfield University

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

We are focused on the specialist themes of aerospace, defence and security, energy and power, environment and agrifood, manufacturing, transport systems, and water. Cranfield School of Management is a world leader in management education and research.

We have many world-class, large-scale facilities, including our own global research airport, which offers a unique environment for transformational education and research, living laboratory for testing transformative technologies and new approaches to deliver enhanced social, economic and environmental outcomes. …

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