Get a detailed understanding of the nature of crime scene investigation and its various components.

The purpose of the Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation is to equip learners (from a variety of professional or interested backgrounds) with a basic understanding of this growing area from a range of perspectives. In addition, practical crime scene information will be considered, including crime scene management, offender profiling and fingerprinting, to name but three. These will be related to the various theories of crime and offending. At the end of the course, learners will have a detailed understanding of the nature of crime scene investigation and its various components.

Course Overview

During this course the student will learn how to understand and record crime scene evidence that will assist in uncovering criminal activity. You will see case studies that demonstrate the importance of crime scene measurements, scaled drawings, photographing crime scenes, and preserving evidence. Students will grasp that with correct foundational theory and through proper collection of evidence, a crime scene can be reconstructed – and as a result – a theory can be formed about the crime.

Who Should Apply

Gardaí of all ranks, especially those who wish to expand their knowledge of Crime Scene Investigation. Those working in the criminal justice system in Ireland. Those in other careers whom are interested in modern developments in crime scene investigation.

Course Content

Week 1 – Fundamentals of Investigative and Forensic Psychology

Week 2 – Command and Control: Crime Scene Management

Week 3- Offender Profiling and Criminal Behaviour Analysis

Week 4 – The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour

Week 5 – Sexual and Violent Crime

Week 6 – Collection of Trace Elements/Fingerprinting/Footprint Impressions

Week 7 – Firearms, Ballistics and Gunpowder Residue

Week 8 – Bloodstain Pattern Recognition and DNA

Week 9 – Photography & Forensic Entomology (study of insect behaviour on dead bodies)

Week 10 – The Psychology of the Courts

Course Fee

Classroom-based: €995
(€1,095 if paying  in instalments)

Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)

If paying in instalments by direct debit, the deposit to book a place is €150 and the balance is split into three equal monthly payments.

Non-EU students: Call +353 1 4160034


Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided.

If completing the course online, students’ attendance and participation of the live or recorded classes is tracked through Moodle.

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma.

Similarly, the assignment must be submitted on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

Successful students will be invited to attend a graduation event in Dublin in April 2020.



John O’Keeffe

BA (NUI) Dipl. Legal Studies, Grad. Dip Law, LL.B., MA (Laws) PG Dip Crim. (Cantab.) M.St. (Crim.)(Cantab.) DGS (ad eundem Cantab.) (Dubl.)

John O’Keeffe is a Criminologist, Lecturer in Forensic Psychology & Criminal Law, and Broadcaster. If you would like to hear John speaking on a Criminology matter on his weekly radio show, namely the relationship between Terrorism and Psychopathy, you may listen here.

John is Director, Colleges of Criminology & Psychology at City Colleges, Dublin where he is also a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law which he teaches on the FE1 Examinations and the Entrance Examination for the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. He is a Magistrate in the UK where he sits on the Northumbrian Bench and an Associate Member of and the New Zealand Bar Association. John is formerly Adjunct Faculty at Trinity College Dublin where he was Assistant Professor at the School of Psychology.

John is a graduate of University College Dublin, UWE Bristol, London Met. University and the University of Cambridge, where he is a life member of Homerton College. He is also an Associate Member of Exeter College, Oxford and was awarded a Doctoratus in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) from Trinity College, Dublin.

John was appointed a Visiting Scholar at the Centre in Crime, Justice & Policing at the University of Birmingham and teaches on the Forensic Doctoral programme(s) in the School of Psychology in Birmingham. He also holds Honorary Visiting Fellowships in the Dept. of Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour at the University of Leicester and Dept. of Sociology at the University of Surrey. He is currently Editor of the Garda Review. He is also a Director of the charity, AdVIC (Advocates for the Victims of Homicide).

Why City Colleges?

  • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
  • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
  • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
  • Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
  • Study rooms and library in our City Centre location
  • Limited class size
  • Parking

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Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation (Classroom)

Classroom Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

John O’Keeffe


Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation (Online)

Online Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

John O’Keeffe