Hogeschool Leiden

Computer Forensics

  • Microcredential
  • Digital Forensics
  • Start September 2024
  • Duration 20 weeks
  • Engelstalig
  • Microcredential


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.

The module Computer Forensics focuses on digital forensic artifacts that can be found on computers. The module covers the principles of computers and their operating systems. With this knowledge students research various artifacts, the influence of the environment on these artifacts and even anti-forensics. The students research traces, which can be left behind by applications, virtual computing, and/or cloud storage.

For whom
The module Computer Forensics is geared towards professionals with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree working in the digital forensic field looking to widen their knowledge and developing their technical skills.  

Lectorate Digital Forensics & E-Discovery

This module is part of the Master Digital Forensics. Leiden University of Applied Sciences is the frontrunner in education dedicated to the digital forensic field with the full-time & part-time bachelor's programs Forensic ICT and the part-time Master Digital Forensics . These programs are executed in close collaboration with the Lectorate Digital Forensics & E-Discovery.

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Students learn to apply various digital forensic processes and techniques, for identifying, acquiring, analysing, and reporting various traces. Students can apply this knowledge in practice (digital forensic investigations, E-Discovery investigations).

The following topics are covered during the Computer Forensics module:

  • Principles of Operating Systems
  • Timing and timestamps
  • Computer memory investigation
  • Disk and File analysis
  • Virtual Computing Forensics
  • Cloud Forensics
  • Application forensics


Upon successful completion of this module, 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.

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The module Computer Forensics is part of the Master Digital Forensics, a two-year part-time program. The duration of the module Computer Forensics is 20 weeks and has 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 admission requirements for this module are:

  • Bachelor's degree ICT, Computer Science or Digital Forensics (or completed pre-master program Digital Forensics).
    • Solid understanding of binary arithmetic, data encoding and bitwise programming
    • Experience with low level programming Python and or Assembler is an advantage
    • Demonstrable experience with imaging and digital forensic tools
    • Experience with different operating systems (Linux, MacOS, Windows)
    • Understanding of Digital Forensics Principles
  • 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)

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.

Interested in developing your knowledge and skills in the field of Digital Forensics? We offer several modules of the Master Digital Forensics as microcredential.
View all courses in the field of Digital Forensics.

Practical information

Are you planning to participate in the module Computer Forensics? View practical information about start, registration and costs here.

5 ECTS per module - combination of self-study, on-campus lectures & practical assignments.
Option to follow lectures online with exception of several mandatory on-campus meetings.

On-campus day for study year 2024-2025


20 weeks per module

Upon successful completion, you will receive a microcredential

September 2024

Register at latest by August 15th 2024. We will inform you shortly after July 5th 2024 if the module is starting.

! Courses are only confirmed when there is sufficient participation.

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Read more about the requirements, enrollment and costs of the Master Digital Forensics, and the information for employers.