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Law, Ethics & Governance (digital Investigations)

  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Start: Feb 2025
  • Costs: € 3.000,-
  • Microcredential
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Our digitally transformed world creates many new opportunities for misconduct. Criminals are rapidly shifting their field of activity to the digital domain providing a growing need for trained forensic IT specialists who can act quickly and effectively in digital forensic investigations.

When the expertise of a digital forensics expert is called upon digital skills are a necessary requirement. They are however not sufficient. All digital forensic work exists in a context that needs to be understood in order to work effectively.

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

During the course you will gain a basic understanding of the legal and ethical context of digital forensic work  and how it is influenced by that context.  This course will require you not only to consider the most efficient way  to go about your work from a technical perspective, but also look at legal and ethical consequences of the choices you make.

The Law, Ethics & Governance 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 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. The curriculum combines theory & practice. Participants are expected to carry out practical projects and assignments in their own workplace or at the Digital Forensics Lab at the Digital Forensics & E-Discovery lectorate based at the HSD-campus in the Hague.


The following topics, among others, will be covered during the course Law, Ethics & Governance:


  • The international legal framework for cybercrime 
  • The national legal system versus the international legal framework 
  • The principle of legality in the context of a criminal investigation 
  • The convention on cybercrime 
  • Breaches of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of computer data and systems 
  • The digital forensic process in the context of criminal proceedings  
  • International police cooperation and joint investigation teams 
  • European law like , GDPR and AI Act 


  • Integrity and professional commitment 
  • Conflict of interest 
  • Bias 
  • Validated principles and procedures 
  • Confidentiality 
  • Ethical dilemmas regarding the use of new technologies 

Forensic Readiness 

  • The rationale for digital forensic readiness 
  • Frameworks, standards, and methodologies 
  • Digital forensic readiness of businesses 
  • Legal aspects 
  • Policies, processes, and procedures 
  • People Roles, responsibilities, skills, and training 
Admission requirements

The admission requirements for this course are:

  • Bachelor's degree ICT, Computer Science or Digital Forensics  (or completed pre-master program Digital Forensics).
  • Relevant work experience in the Digital Forensics field
  • 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.

Read more about the complete master’s program

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

After completion

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 

On-campus day for study year 2024-2025

5 EC

  • 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

Costs and planning

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

February 2025*

Register at latest by December 31st 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

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We're looking forward to seeing you! The course starts in February 2025. 

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Terms and Conditions

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