Developed in close collaboration with the marine accident investigation community, this course offers a unique combination of research-based learning and learning from real-world experiences, ensuring that students gain the skills and knowledge from the best of both academia and industry.
Who is it for?
The course is primarily aimed at those involved, or about to become involved, in marine accident investigation and other safety-related industries.
The course is suitable for those with a technical or operational background in marine or safety engineering and management, accident investigators, and those employed by national investigation agencies, operator, regulators, and manufacturers.
Why this course?
The course structure has been developed in close collaboration with the accident investigation community and with the endorsement of the Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre’s Industrial Advisory Board.
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 PgCert programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.
The course is delivered on a modular basis and consists of a combination of conventional learning tools and hands-on experience through field exercises and simulations.
The programme commences with attendance on the three-week module in Fundamentals of Investigation followed by a three-week module in Applied Marine Accident Investigation. The two compulsory modules have input from a significant number of external presenters from safety and accident investigation field.
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course
- Fundamentals of Investigation
- Applied Marine Accident Investigation
Applicants should have a good UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, or a recognised lower qualification plus relevant work experience in marine 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 Marine 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.