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Safety and Accident Investigation - Marine Transport PgCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Accident Investigation Marine Safety / Survival

Course type


Course Summary

This 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. 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. The course is primarily aimed at those involved, or about to become involved, in marine accident investigation and other safety related industries.

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.

Your career: The PgCert in Safety and Accident Investigation (Marine Transport) allows you to receive an internationally recognised qualification in the field of marine 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 marine transport industry.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date



This module builds on the Fundamentals of Accident Investigation to develop specialist skills for the investigation of marine accidents.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students 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.

Department profile

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally. We are unlocking the potential of people and organisations by partnering with business and governments to deliver transformational research, postgraduate education and professional development in the areas of aerospace, transport systems...more