Digital Forensics & Cyber Investigation Fundamentals

The digital transformation of society is affecting crime, criminals and criminal investigation. The Digital Forensics & Cyber Investigation continuing education program at BFH was created to address new education demands for skilled digital forensic and cyber investigators. The CAS Digital Forensics Fundamentals provides you with the fundamental knowledge needed to understand cyber criminal activity, conduct cyber investigations, and collect digital forensic evidence.

This CAS:

  • provides an introduction to digital forensics and digital forensic investigation, basic Internet/cyber investigations, to cybercrime and cyber facilitated crime,
  • teaches basic digital forensic evidence acquisition,
  • consists of 4 residential one-week block (modules),
  • is taught in English by internationally recognized experts in the field.
Degree programme in English | BFH


  • Degree/Certificate Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
  • Duration Week 17 to week 40
  • Schedule 4 residential one-week blocks
  • Application deadline 24 March
    8–24 participants
  • ECTS credits 12 ECTS-Credits
  • Costs CHF 7'500
  • Teaching language English
  • Location Biel, Aarbergstrasse 46
  • School School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Next session Spring semester 2025


Structure + Content


The digital transformation of society is affecting crime, criminals and criminal investigation. New cyber criminal methods using advanced technical tools and exploitation are an opportunity for criminals and a challenge for investigators. Technically complex illegal activities are being sold as services to less skilled criminals, increasing the challenge of fighting cybercrime. On the other hand, criminals face challenges trying to hide and avoid attribution. The large amount of digital traces stored across multiple locations creates an opportunity for criminal investigators.
Crime scenes are also changing. With the growth of cybercrime, crime scenes are becoming virtual, global, and multi-jurisdictional. Investigating a trans-national cyber crime scene requires investigative tools to remotely gather information, and also collaboration between entities in both the public and private sectors.
Modern physical crime scenes have a comprehensive set of digital evidence sources. In addition to PCs and notebooks, digital evidence traces can be found in mobiles, IoT devices, automobiles, smart control systems, data stored with cloud providers, and distributed on servers across the Internet. With the increase in digital and online payment systems, financial transactions are also becoming an important digital evidence source, especially in financially motivated crimes.

Objectives + Skills

This continuing education program practical learning objectives. Students completing the CAS Digital Forensics Fundamentals will understand the fundamental concepts of modern digital forensics. They will have the skills to collect and analyze digital evidence from a variety of sources and have the ability to conduct basic cyber investigations.

This will prepare students for career opportunities in a variety of organizations:

  • Law enforcement - Federal agencies, KAPOs
  • Military and government - CERTs, cyber-troops
  • Finance industry - fraud/cybercrime investigation teams
  • Insurance industry - cyber insurance claims investigation
  • Large enterprises - security and incident response teams
  • Consultancy and audit - e-Discovery, accounting, «Big Four»
  • IT security service providers and product vendors
  • Private boutique digital forensic and investigation firms

The CAS Digital Forensics Fundamentals is designed for two groups of professionals:

  • Experienced forensic investigators who want to increase their technical skills in digital forensics and cyber investigations.
  • Experienced engineers and technicians who want to transition into the field of digital forensics and cyber investigations.

The individual modules that make up this programme are described below.

  • Digital Forensics Fundamentals
  • Cyber Investigation Fundamentals
  • Cybercrime overview
  • Digital Forensics Acquisition
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Skill levels

  1. Proficiency/knowledge
  2. Comprehension
  3. Application
  4. Analysis
  5. Synthesis
  6. Appraisal

A module may include a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, case studies, practical labs, assignments, etc.

To gain the 12 ECTS credits, students must demonstrate proficiency by successfully completing all coursework (examinations, project work).

As a rule, a university degree and practical experience are required for admission. 
People with a high vocational training can apply, provided they have suitable professional experience and prior scientific and methodological knowledge. 

Degree + Title

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in «Digital Forensics & Cyber Investigation»

Infoevent and Course guidance


Classes are held at Aarbergstrasse 46 in the new building of the Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne (SIPBB), which is withing easy reach of Biel/Bienne railway station.

A location with many advantages

  • Classrooms within two minutes walking distance from Biel/Bienne railway station
  • Ideal train connections from Bern’s main railway station (every 15 minutes) and from Bern Wankdorf (every 30 minutes)
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure in the new SIPBB building
  • Various catering options in the immediate vicinity
  • Innovation and networking events

And that’s not all! Biel/Bienne is…

  • an innovation hotspot,
  • a university city,
  • an industrial and service city with numerous major players in the watchmaking, mechanical engineering, precision engineering and medical technology industries and major representatives of the communications and telecommunications sectors,
  • bordered by Lake Biel and its wide range of sports and leisure facilities,
  • a city that embodies bilingualism,
  • a town with a vibrant cultural life.

Biel Aarbergstrasse 46 (Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne)

Biel, Aarbergstrasse 46

Bern University of Applied Sciences

Engineering and Computer Science
Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne
Aarbergstrasse 46
CH 2503 Biel