This module can be taken as a Short Course for Credit or Standalone Short Course.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

The aim of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in the investigation of digital crime. These include the investigation of digital crime, the organization of digital systems, the seizure of digital evidence, the principles of device examination, the value of contemporaneous notes, the construction of reports and knowledge of relevant law.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,925

Course structure

Lectures and tutor guide classroom practical exercises followed by self-study

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Explain selected fundamental technologies, techniques, processes, standards, and legislation applicable to digital forensics.
  • Construct an effective search and seizure plan for a digital investigation.
  • Perform a forensically sound acquisition of digital evidence.
  • Perform an examination of a digital evidence source using common techniques.
  • Create appropriate documentation to accompany a digital forensic investigation (e.g. notes, continuity, and statements).

Core content

  • Introduction to Digital Forensics
  • Legislation
  • Handling Evidence
  • Quality in Digital Forensics
  • Digital Forensics Documentation e.g. notes, continuity and statements
  • Computer Architecture
  • Mobile Architectures
  • Other Digital Devices
  • Forensic Tools
  • Disk Imaging
  • Phone Extraction
  • Hashing Evidence
  • Analysis Techniques
  • Live Examination & Triage

Upgrade to a professional qualification

This course will be taught at Masters standard as it is one of the modules that comprise the postgraduate Forensic Modular Masters Programme. Registering for this Short Course for Credit and successfully passing the associated assessment will gain you 10 Cranfield credits. These could then be used to apply for a transfer towards a PgCert/PgDip or MSc in the Forensic Programme should you wish to complete one of these courses within 5 years.

Find out more about short course credit points.


Andrew Sheldon

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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