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Safety and Accident Investigation MSc

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Accident Investigation

Course type


Course Summary

We have been a centre of excellence in the field of accident investigation for over 40 years. Designed specifically for safety professional, 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. We started our multi-modal accident investigation training in 2005, and have since then established our rail and marine accident investigation training capabilities.

An important aspect of this course is the use of hands-on workshops and simulations to develop the practical skills required as an investigator, including interviewing techniques, analysis techniques, and technical writing. For the MSc degree, this is complemented by sessions that enable you to conduct rigorous research and scientific analysis.

The course is specifically designed to meet the academic study aspirations of the international safety professional community. The highly practical nature of the course requires course attendance in the UK for the major parts of the programme. However, most of the research and module assessments can be completed remotely. Cranfield University offers a comprehensive range of library and IT services tuned to support distance learning, enabling international students to study while balancing work/life commitments. Wherever possible, the University will continue to evolve to maximise distance learning opportunities within its programmes.


Industrial roles which draw on skill sets in safety and human factors demand the skill sets developed in this module in support of the course level learning outcomes.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The course is primarily aimed at those involved in 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.

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