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.
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.
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 air transport industry.
Previous students have been employed by dedicated government investigation agencies, airframe and power plant manufacturers, air traffic services, safety regulation, insurers, and the military.
More informationVisit official programme website
- Fundamentals of Investigation
- Applied Aircraft Accident Investigation
- Research Methods
- Aviation Safety Management
- Flight Data Monitoring
- Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance
- Safety Assessment of Aircraft Systems
- Investigating Human Performance
- Crisis Management and Business Continuity
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 air transport industry
- 36 months
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DisciplinesAerospace Engineering General Engineering & Technology Transportation Engineering View 72 other Masters in Aerospace Engineering in United Kingdom
- The course is primarily aimed at those involved in aircraft accident investigation and other safety related industries. Applicants should have a good UK honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, or a recognised lower qualification plus relevant work experience in aviation/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 Aircraft Accident Investigation) as an Associate Student on a Continuing Professional Development course rather than applying as an MSc student.
International7833 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 23500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
EU/EEA7166 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 21500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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