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courses in

Safety and

Airworthiness MSc
Safety and Accident Investigation – Air Transport MSc
Safety and Accident Investigation – Marine Transport PgCert
Safety and Accident Investigation – Rail Transport PgCert
Safety and Human Factors in Aviation MSc
Cranfield University
We are an exclusively postgraduate UK university with long-standing
relationships with some of the most prestigious global companies.
Our close collaboration with industry, and passion for the areas we
operate in, will help your career.

A research-focused
of our research is world-leading
professional community or internationally excellent
Research Excellence
Framework (REF) 2014

Over Five-time
£70 million
of external investment
winner of
the Queen’s
Anniversary Prize
in new facilities over for Higher and
the past three years Further Education

A professional of our graduates
network of

are employed or
in further study 4,600+
within 6 months
(DLHE longitudinal 2017)
As we are postgraduate only, we are not listed in league tables that help compare undergraduate
universities, such as The Times World Rankings and The Complete University Guide.

“I applied my current skills when on accident sites

– for instance, when preparing and writing reports,
and discussing problems with colleagues, and so
on. I’m ambitious; I’m aiming at becoming a better
investigator at work – it has been very beneficial to
take this course.”
Jon Sneltvedt, The Accident Investigation Board Norway,
(Safety and Accident Investigation – Air Transport MSc 2017)

Reasons to study safety and
accident investigation with us
1 Heritage
We are an award-winning 4 Flexible delivery
We recognise that the majority of
centre of excellence for aircraft students seek to further their
accident investigation and have careers or add additional skills and
run accident investigation courses, experience to their portfolio. Our
drawing attendance from around the courses are organised and resourced
world, for forty years. to provide flexible options to enable
participants to maximise limited

2 Industry links
Our close relationships with the
study time.

UK Air, Rail and Marine Accident Hands-on learning

Investigation Branches, the military
and overseas investigation agencies, 5 We use hands-on workshops and
simulations to bring our teaching
airlines and other transport to life. Students will learn from
organisations enable Cranfield to experienced academics and industry
deliver courses that are taught by professionals in an environment that
leading experts drawing on a wealth prepares them for their new role as a
of experience. safety professional.

3 World-class facilities Networking opportunities

The University features its own
airport, aircraft operations, 6 Studying at Cranfield will bring you
in close contact with leading safety
the National Flying Laboratory professionals and practitioners
Centre, Boeing 737-400, various from around the world, enabling you
flight simulators and accident to develop valuable connections
investigation laboratory. and potential career development

Generally modules and the taught component make up 50% of the course content,
and the group and individual projects make up the other 50%.

To keep our courses relevant and up-to-date, modules are subject to change. Please see the
website for the latest information.

All the courses below are offered part-time, except Safety and Human Factors in Aviation,
which is available both full- and part-time.

Airworthiness (accredited – see page 9) MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Airworthiness is at the forefront of aviation development. It is vital that staff have sufficient
knowledge and skill to apply principles in design, manufacture, operation and maintenance
of aircraft to both develop and maintain airworthiness. This part-time course has been
developed to meet industry demand for qualified airworthiness specialists.

Safety and Accident Investigation – Air Transport MSc/PgDip/PgCert

This part-time programme is designed specifically for aircraft accident investigators and
others working in related fields such as government agencies, manufacturers, operators,
infrastructure providers and safety regulators. It provides an internationally-recognised
academic qualification in safety and accident investigation.

Safety and Accident Investigation – Marine Transport PgCert

Developed in close collaboration with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB),
this part-time programme offers a unique combination of research-based study and
learning from real-world experiences, ensuring that students gain the skills and knowledge
from the best of both academia and industry.

Safety and Accident Investigation – Rail Transport PgCert

This part-time programme was designed by rail safety professionals. It provides
participants with the knowledge and skills to conduct a rail accident investigation in
accordance with the standards and recommended practices as required under the
appropriate national and European legislation.

Safety and Human Factors in Aviation (accredited – see page 9) MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Safety critical systems require high human performance, in combination with engineering
excellence. This unique programme synthesises the examination of human factors with
the study of safety and safety assessment, creating a powerful combination that adds
significant value in aviation and other safety-critical contexts.

Safety and Accident Investigation Safety and
Factors in
Air Transport Marine Rail Aviation

Air Transport Engineering - Maintenance Operations CHECK

Aircraft Accident Investigation and Analysis CHECK

Aircraft Accident Investigation and Response Elective

Aircraft Fatigue and Damage Tolerance CHECK

Airframe Systems CHECK

Airworthiness Fundamentals CHECK

Applied Aircraft Accident Investigation CHECK

Applied Marine Accident Investigation CHECK

Applied Rail Accident Investigation CHECK

Applied Safety Assessment CHECK

Aviation Medicine CHECK

Aviation Safety Management CHECK Elective CHECK

Capstone (Group Project) CHECK

Cognitive Ergonomics CHECK

Crisis Management and Business Continuity Elective

Design, Durability and Integrity of Composite Aircraft Structures Elective

Detail Stressing Elective

Flight Data Monitoring Elective Elective

Flight Experimental Methods Elective

Fundamentals of Accident Investigation CHECK CHECK CHECK

Fundamentals of Aerodynamics Elective

Fundamentals of Aircraft Engine Control Elective

Fundamentals of Material Failures for Accident Investigators Elective

Gas Turbine Fundamentals CHECK

Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance Elective Elective Elective

Human Performance and Error CHECK

Human-Computer Interaction in Aviation CHECK

Individual Research Project CHECK

Interviewing Techniques for Accident Investigators Elective

Introduction to Aircraft Structural Crashworthiness Elective Elective

Introduction to Avionics Elective

Investigating Human Performance Elective

Legal Skills for Accident Investigators Elective

Manufacturing for Airworthiness Elective

Mechanical Integrity of Gas Turbines Elective

Practical Reliability Elective

Research Methods CHECK

Research Methods and Statistics CHECK

Safety and Human Factors in Aviation Course Induction CHECK

Safety Assessment of Aircraft Systems CHECK Elective CHECK

Training and Simulation Elective

Work and Job Design Elective

Course structure
Our specialist, sector-facing master’s courses are set up and
developed in close collaboration with industry partners, ensuring
the content of our courses remains industry-relevant and employers
remain impressed with our graduates’ business-readiness.
This diagram illustrates the course structure of our full-time master’s courses. Please
check your course structure online for more detailed information, including the weight of
each phase and part-time course structure variations.
An opportunity to think and work
in an original way. For example,
this could be working on a project
The ability to understand how your for a university partner, delving
An intensive learning experience, part of a project affects the whole, deeper into an area of specific
providing the knowledge you need giving you a head start for the interest or a real-world challenge in
to excel in your specialist field. world of work. the sector you want to work in.

Taught Group Individual

programme project thesis

40% 20% 40%

80 credits / 800 hours 40 credits / 400 hours 80 credits / 800 hours

50% - 50%
100 credits / 1000 hours Courses without group project 100 credits / 1000 hours

200 credits
Registration Completion
2000 hours
Industry links
Cranfield has unrivalled links with industry. Our students benefit
from our extensive contacts and track record of close collaboration
with government and the environmental sector. These links include
industrial advisory panels and project sponsors.

Industrial advisory panel

Our courses are reviewed each year by a panel of industry advisers from leading
companies and institutions in the sector. This ensures that the skills you acquire are
up-to-date and what employers want. Some of the companies represented on our
safety and accident investigation courses industrial advisory panel include: Rolls-Royce,
Airbus, Bristow Helicopters, NATS, and Department for Transport (DfT).

Project sponsors
The group and individual projects that you will undertake as part of your course are often
run in collaboration with our industrial partners.

Some of our partners are shown on the back cover of this brochure.

Typically, our graduates go on to work in the following types of roles
in sectors such as:

Roles: Sectors:
• Accident Investigator, • Aviation,
• Airworthiness Adviser, • Aircraft engineering,
• Flight Data Specialist, • Marine,
• Human Factors Specialist, • Military,
• Safety Engineer. • Rail,
• Transport safety.

Academic staff
You will be taught by a wide range of subject specialists at Cranfield
and from industry, who draw on their research and industrial expertise
to provide stimulating and relevant input to your learning experience.

Professor Graham Braithwaite, Director of Transport Systems

Graham Braithwaite is Professor of Safety and Accident Investigation. He joined
Cranfield in 2003 and established new multimodal investigation courses in 2004
and the world’s first MSc programme for professional accident investigators a year
later. Graham is frequently called upon to speak at industry conferences and by
the news media. He also serves as the Independent Safety Advisor to the Board of
British Airways.

Dr Simon Place, Senior Lecturer

After a career as an RAF Engineer Officer, Simon studied for a master’s degree
in Flight Dynamics here at Cranfield University. After four years in engineering
consultancy in the rail industry, Simon, a Chartered Engineer and Member of the
Institute of Mechanical Engineers, is now Programme Director for the Safety and
Accident Investigation programme, responsible for modules in Airworthiness, Safety
Assessment of Aircraft Systems and Practical Reliability.

Cengiz Turkoglu, Senior Lecturer

Cengiz is an experienced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and former Quality Engineer
for SR Technics UK Ltd. He has worked in various airlines in both Turkey and the
UK. He held aircraft maintenance licenses from Turkish, USA and UK Authorities. He
has audited the quality and safety management systems of over twenty different
airlines in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe. He is the Course Director for the
Airworthiness MSc.

Saryani Asmayawati, Lecturer

Yani is the Course Director for our Safety and Accident Investigation programme.
She is involved in the design and delivery of various components of accident
investigation short courses and MSc modules, with particular focus on investigation
simulation exercises and cabin safety workshops. She began her career as an Air
Safety Investigator at the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee and
works closely with investigators from around the world.

Dr Jim Nixon, Lecturer

Jim is a chartered psychologist and lectures in human factors in aviation safety. He
is the Course Director for the Safety and Human Factors MSc programme and leads
on modules in Cognitive Ergonomics and Research Methods. Prior to coming to
Cranfield, Jim was a Principal Human Factors Engineer at BAE Systems Advanced
Technology Centre, applying human factors in a defence context, and a Human
Factors Specialist at NATS (formerly the National Air Traffic Services).

Key facts and statistics
Course information Cohort profile*

Full-time Geographic spread

One year 47% UK
25% EU
Part-time 27% Rest of world
Two to three years
See the course page for
more information about Average cohort age
part-time study.
Full-time: 25-45
Start date Part-time: 30-50
January, May, September
or October

MSc/PgDip/PgCert Average cohort size

Not all courses offer 28
all awards, see course
information pages for details
of awards offered.

Please see the individual
course pages on our website
for full fee information and
full-time or part-time options.
Terms and conditions apply. *These figures give an indication of the
course make-up at registration across our
safety and accident investigation courses
See for the entry 2017-2018.

The MSc award of these courses are accredited as follows:
• Airworthiness MSc: IMechE and RAeS
• Safety and Human Factors in Aviation MSc: Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and
Human Factors

Financing your studies
If you need advice on funding your course, we can
provide information and a range of online tools to
help you put together the funding package you need
for your course and living costs.

There is more information on our website:

How to apply
Read more about our entry requirements
and how to apply.

Life at Cranfield
A welcoming, professional campus community.
Located just over an hour from London in the English countryside, Cranfield’s campus
environment supports close, working relationships between our multinational postgraduate
students and academic and industry experts.
• Cambridge
Bedford •
Milton Keynes •
• Cranfield
Oxford • Luton Stansted

Shrivenham •
Swindon • LONDON
Heathrow •
Major train line

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Cranfield University businesses and
works with over governments

1,500 based in over

40 countries

These organisations include:


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For a full list of Cranfield University courses, please see the prospectus.

Every effort is made to ensure that the information in this brochure is correct at the time it is printed.
Please check our website for the latest information.

SATM-SAI-September 2018.