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Research Methodology

  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Start: Sept 2024
  • Costs: € 3.000,-
  • Microcredential
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Throughout the Research Methodology course students develop research skills. As this course is part of the Master Digital Forensics, the workshops and skills taught are focused on research within the digital forensic field.

Something for you?

You are a professional with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree working in the digital forensic field looking to develop or improve your research skills.

About the course

 The research methodology course is based on 3 pillars;  

I) a critically inquisitive attitude,  
II) being able to use literature (and research) of others (scholars) and  
III) being able to conduct a practice-based study independently.  

The course is part of the Master Digital Forensics, a two-year part-time program. The duration of the course is 20 weeks with a study load of approximately 140 hours (5 ECTS). Our education is offered in a hybrid format, providing the option to follow lectures online with the exception of several mandatory on-campus meetings.

What you will learn

During the workshops of Research Methodology, insight is offered into the following components: what scientific research is, what a research cycle looks like, what role literature has, and how we deal with references responsibly. It also covers formulating a research objective, the central question (the research topic), and related research questions.

Students later translate this into their own research design. Subsequently, research methodology takes center stage at the workshops. This form determines the (philosophical) starting points of the study, associated research designs, different forms of data collection, and data analysis.

Finally, attention is paid to formulating findings, translating the literature and data for professionals (recommendations), and critical reflection. Additionally, in this course there is a focus on developing students’ critical thinking skills and abilities while they are conducting research within the digital forensic field.

Admission requirements

The admission requirements for this course are:

  • Bachelor's degree ICT, Computer Science or Digital Forensics
  • Suitable workplace in the field of digital forensics
  • Good command of the English language (minimum B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • Resume check to review if you meet the entry-level requirements of the module (if needed to determine this, you will be invited for an introductory interview)
About the Master Digital Forensics

The Master of Digital Forensics is specifically tailored to professionals who would like to:

  • advance their technical skills in modern day digital forensics and investigations. 
  • acquire the necessary management and communication skills required to perform forensic investigations.
  • be prepared for the technology paradigm shift towards IOT forensics.
  • learn how to use analytics, AI, and ML methodologies and apply forensic frameworks to control huge investigations.
  • learn to develop state of the art forensic tools.

*Please note not all modules of the Master Digital Forensics will be offered as microcredentials therefore, it is not possible to complete the entire Master’s program via microcredentials.

After completion

  • You can: formulate a research objective
  • You know: how to make your own research design
  • You understand: what scientific research is

Upon successful completion, you will receive a microcredential. Microcredentials certify the successful learning outcomes of short courses, trainings and other learning modules. They offer a flexible, targeted way to help you show how you are developing the knowledge, skills and competencies you need in your personal and professional development.

Purely practical

Duration and location

20 weeks (September 2024 through January 2025)

On-campus day

5 ECTS (140 hrs) 

  • Combination of self-study, on-campus lectures & practical assignments. 
  • Option to follow lectures online with exception of several mandatory on-campus meetings.

HSD-campus, the Hague

Cost and planning

Cost per module
€ 3.000,- VAT exempt (excl. literature)

September 2024*

Register at latest by 15 August 2024.

*Course will only be confirmed when there is sufficient participation.

Why Leiden?

  • Leiden is known for its high-quality educational programmes, particularly in healthcare, education, and Life Sciences. 
  • The involvement, personal approach, and expertise of our teaching staff are significant. 
  • Enjoy the historical charm, museums, and cultural events of Leiden
Beeld gemaakt door Claar Schuurs | Leiden Botermarkt

Made your choice?

We're looking forward to seeing you! The course starts in September 2024. If you want to participate, register before 15 August 2024.

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All modules are subject to the terms and conditions of Leiden University of Applied Sciences (in Dutch).