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Fully Online 4 Week Course

No Entry Requirements— Open to Everyone

Flexible Start Dates for Groups or Individual Sign-ups Available

Ulster University Accredited

E-Tutor Training Support

“Demystify the Dark Web, the more you learn, the less you fear.”

4 weeks online, flexible distance learning

Study at your own pace

Receive level 4 certification and 15 UK academic credits

Daily E-Tutor support from subject matter experts

Flexible payment options available

Bespoke Group training Packages Available



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Why Study our unique accredited Dark Web Course?


This is an academically accredited course that will guide you into and through the Dark Web safely and securely.  It will teach you how to navigate the Dark Web by taking an ethical and legal route.  You will learn research tactics and techniques to confidently and effectively investigate hidden content and impart knowledge gained from Dark Web to others.  You will learn where to look to keep up to date with security breaches and cyber risks.

Students Will:


  • Study online at a time and place which suits them
  • Have access to e-tutors on a daily basis including weekends
  • Have the option to attend ‘online live classroom sessions’
  • Be assessed through the submission of practical tests
  • Learn about Dark Web tools and techniques in a legal and ethical framework
  • Gain best practice skills on recording and capturing their investigations

Who is this course for?


Law enforcement personnel, threat intelligence agents, intelligence analysts, cybersecurity experts, insurance and fraud investigators, journalists, and anyone who has an interest in keeping themselves cyber secure in this ever-evolving technological age.

Some of our previous students include:

  • Open-Source Intelligence and All-Source Analysts
  • Law Enforcement Personnel
  • Military Personnel
  • Private Investigators
  • Insurance Claims Investigators
  • Intelligence Analysts
  • Journalists
  • Researchers
  • Social Engineers
  • Digital Forensics Analysts
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence Responders

What the Dark Web course covers...

Navigating the Dark Web

  • Exploring the Surface, Deep & Dark Web
  • Ethics & Legality
  • The Onion Router (TOR)
  • The Hidden Internet Project (I2P)
  • Dark Web Search Engines

Crime on the Dark Web

  • The Hidden Wiki
  • Dark Markets
  • Drugs on the Dark Web
  • Weapons & Hitmen on the Dark Web
  • Fake Documents on the Dark Web
  • Human Trafficking & Sexual exploitation on the Dark Web

Digital Currency

  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Blockchain Technology & Architecture
  • Bitcoin
  • Digital Wallets
  • Digital Money Laundering
  • Bitcoin Gambling

Frequently Asked Questions

The Dark web, also called the Dark net, is part of the internet, but you cannot access it using an ordinary web browser such as Google Chrome: instead, you have to use specifically designed software such as the TOR browser.  Even with the right software, it is a place which is very difficult and dangerous to navigate if you don’t know what you are doing. 

Mention the Dark Web and most people associate it with drug dealers, paedophiles, terrorists, and anything which is illegal, risky and dangerous. It is true that the anonymity of the dark web makes it the ideal breeding ground for criminality and depravity of all kinds. However, it is also used by people in countries where their speech is censored or by whistle blowers who need to reveal what they know but remain anonymous.

Most people would not venture into a strange neighbourhood at 2am on a Friday night; it is too risky, they may get hurt!  However, some people such as law enforcement officers, paramedics, or charity volunteers don’t have a choice, they have to go there to help and rescue people. Similarly, on the Dark web, sometimes you have to go there to help and protect yourself, your family, or your business.  For example, one of our Dark Web experts, is a missing person volunteer who goes into the Dark web to find missing people, another expert, comes from a law enforcement background and has previously used the Dark web to glean intelligence on organised crime. 


Our courses are designed to be studied on a part time basis over a four-week period however, this time frame is flexible and any of the courses can be completed within a shorter time frame on a full-time basis if necessary.  The main criteria is that all the course material is studied and all of the assignments are completed and a pass obtained in each one.

Click on the link below to go to the UU page on short courses which outlines all that you need to know about Ulster University short courses


Students do not need any prior knowledge of the Dark Web. Students will be given all the tools they require to study our course in the form of a preparatory module which will be distributed before the course commences. The preparatory module contains course specific prerequisite material. Students are expected to understand the prerequisite material to ensure everyone commences learning on an equal standing.


Students enrolled on this course will be required to:

  1. Have access to a laptop, computer, or tablet and an Internet connection.
  2. Download and install a web browser application
  3. Have a firm understanding of how to use a web browser.
  4. Be familiar with web search engines
  5. Have a basic understanding of how to use a web search engine.
  6. Be familiar with popular social networking sites
  7. Download and install a VPN

Our e-Tutors monitor student’s progress, facilitate peer discussion on the course discussion boards and host live sessions on Blackboard Collaborate upon request. Our e-Tutors are available to contact each day throughout the duration of the course. Online teaching is comprised of the following elements, with the addition of support resources and recommended and required reading material:

  1. Theory– Lecture Documents
  2. Practical– Practical Tutorials and Discussion Board Tasks


To achieve the qualification and academic accreditation, students must successfully complete all units within each learning module, including lectures, practicals, and assessments. Students are assessed using a range of practical exercises. . 

The final written assignment is worth 50% of the course marks and involves an essay that should be at least 750 words and must be evidenced and properly-referenced.

All assessments must be completed in English.

This is a pass/fail course and students must attain a 40% pass mark.


Feedback & Credits

All students will receive grades and feedback on their performance. Students are offered more in-depth confidential personal feedback upon request. Although personal feedback is optional, students are encouraged to take up the offer, as the feedback gives an opportunity to talk through the results.



Once a student has been registered onto the course with Ulster University, the option for a refund will no longer be available.

All students will receive a level 4 certificate from Ulster University upon completion of the course. Certificates are issued by  Ulster University Exam Board. The Exam Board meets twice annually for Winter and Summer Graduations (February and July). Students should expect to receive their course certificate at the relevant graduation period. For example, if a student completes the course in October, they should expect to receive their certificate during the Winter graduation period in February.


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