Course Details

Full Course Name:
Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation

Course Dates

Next Course Commencing:
September 2020
10 weeks, Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 9.30 pm

Course Award

City Colleges Diploma
Not Applicable

Course Fee

€995 (€1,095 if paying in instalments)
€895 (€995 if paying in instalments)
Call +353 1 4160034

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)

Non-EU students: Call +353 1 4160034


A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded.

Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided.

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.

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