11 months
20600 GBP/full
10300 GBP/full
Tuition fee
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Increased evidence of the destruction, theft, trafficking, forgery, fraud and laundering of cultural property has highlighted the need for specially qualified, skilled professionals to combat cultural heritage crime. You can learn more about this at Cranfield University's Forensic Investigation of Heritage Crime.

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Key facts

Cranfield University 's Forensic Investigation of Heritage Crime  MSc was developed in discussion with cultural heritage professionals, military agencies, law enforcement and art market stakeholders. Examining current threats to a range of cultural heritage from shipwrecks to fine art, this unique postgraduate programme will equip you with the specialist skills and international network required to work in the global field of heritage crime investigation and cultural property protection.

Elements of some modules as part of the course structure for this MSc will be undertaken at Cranfield University at Shrivenham located on the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Security clearance will be required for completion of these modules. Please refer to our entry requirements section for more details, or see further about security clearance for Cranfield at Shrivenham. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fakes and Forgeries
  • International Crimes Against Cultural Heritage
  • Investigation of Transnational Heritage Crime
  • Investigation and Evidence Collection
  • Reasoning for Forensic Science
  • Investigating Threats to Cultural Heritage
  • Field Methods in Heritage Crime Investigation 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 11 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Although there are no set application deadlines, we recommend that you apply as early as possible to secure your place.


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A first or second class honours degree or equivalent in forensic science or scientific discipline, or the professional equivalent. Students with other degrees who can show a knowledge of and interest in the scientific elements of the subject will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    20600 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20600 GBP for the full programme during 11 months.
  • National

    10300 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10300 GBP for the full programme during 11 months.


  • MSc Full-time £10,300
  • MSc Part-time £10,300 
  • PgDip Full-time £8,250
  • PgDip Part-time £8,250 
  • PgCert Full-time £5,150
  • PgCert Part-time £5,150


  • MSc Full-time £20,600
  • MSc Part-time £20,600 
  • PgDip Full-time £16,700
  • PgDip Part-time £16,700 
  • PgCert Full-time £8,350
  • PgCert Part-time £8,350

Living costs for Cranfield

700 - 1300 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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