This course 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.

This course introduces the techniques and challenges encountered in the forensic examination of mobile devices. You will learn about various technologies associated with mobile devices, procedures for preserving, collecting and analysing data, as well as related legal and procedural concerns. The course concentrates on the Android and iOS operating systems but includes an overview of other mobile and embedded devices, including non-smart phones and IoT technologies.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£2,080 - Short Course for Credit fee

    £1,925 - Standalone Short Course fee

Course structure

This course is delivered by tutorials, framed discussion periods and group presentations.

What you will learn

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

  • Construct a clear explanation of the technologies involved the result in the creation of mobile device evidence,
  • Select and perform appropriate techniques for the preservation and acquisition of mobile device evidence,
  • Select and perform appropriate techniques for the examination and interpretation of mobile device evidence.

Core content

  • Legislation and Procedures,
  • Evidence Seizure and Preservation,
  • Network History and Technologies,
  • SIM Cards - Theory and Analysis,
  • Mobile Technologies and Artefacts,
  • iOS and Android - Smart Devices,
  • 'Dumb' Phones,
  • Call Data Records and Cell Site Analysis,
  • Backups and Cloud-based Evidence,
  • Advanced Extraction Techniques,
  • Other Mobile Devices & Trends.

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.


Richard Walker

How to apply

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

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