Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Course

Fully Online 4 Week Course

No Entry Requirements - Open to Everyone

Flexible Start Dates and Group or Individual Sign up Available

Ulster University Accredited

“Information does not have to be secret to be valuable” – Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
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Is Open Source Intelligence illegal?

Open source information is defined as:

"Information and data from publicly available sources including information obtained from the media (newspapers, radio, television, social media), professional and academic records (papers, conferences, professional associations), and public data (government reports, demographics, hearings, speeches)."

When gathering open source information, be it for an investigation, market research or analysis, it is essential to only collect this information from publicly available sources. Privately sourced data or information could be a breach of ethics and/or legislation, depending on the country you are working within.

Ethics are the moral principles that govern a person's behaviour or the conducting of an activity. Ethics are paramount to Open Source Intelligence with regards to respect for the autonomy, privacy and dignity of individuals and communities. Advances in technology extend the opportunities for data collection and analysis, which also introduce additional complexities around our adherence to established ethical principles. Open Source Intelligence must only involve the collection of publicly available data and information.

What is an Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) tool?

There are many Open Source Intelligence Tools which assist in the collection, processing and analysing of publicly available data and information.  In our Open Source Intelligence course, we take the student through all the different OSINT tools and techniques which can be utilised in a safe, structured and ethical way.

Why is Open Source Intelligence important?


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 Why do your online courses last four weeks?  

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.



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What is Open Source Intelligence?


A website you browse, a YouTube video you watch, a blog or social media post you read. This is all publicly available data referred to as Open Source Intelligence or OSINT.

Our University accredited OSINT course has been designed by academics and subject matter experts in cyber security and intelligence. The course provides training in intelligence gathering in the digital era, including social media intelligence training and an introduction to the Dark Web. The course also equips students with the necessary skills to protect their own cyber footprint.


This is the one of four cyber courses that are available fully online with Chenega and Ulster University. See info on our other courses here


Why Study our unique Open Source Intelligence Course (OSINT)?


Our Open Source Intelligence Course (OSINT) is a four week online short course delivered by Chenega Europe in partnership with the Ulster University.

This means that successful completion of our course will earn you a Level 4 certificate in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) from the Ulster University, a qualification which is globally recognised.

Our Open Source Intelligence Course (OSINT) will also give you 15 UK academic credits - this is equivalent to 4 US Credits or 7.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). 

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What does studying for our unique Open Source Intelligence Course involve?


Our Open Source Intelligence Course is designed in Modules and each module lasts a week.  There are three modules in total.  Students studying our Open Source Intelligence Course will have a least four online lectures each week which they can study at their own pace. It is recommended that students spend between 10 and 15 hours on the lectures as well as independent study. Students must also complete a number of assignments each week.

Our Open Source Intelligence Course is a Pass/Fail course and students must attain at least 40% pass mark in each of their assignments.

What are the Aims of our unique Open Source Intelligence Course?


The aims of our Open Source Intelligence Course are:

  1. To provide and deliver a realistic, structured course that is relevant to the role of open source intelligence.
  2. To provide current guidance and clarity for students involved in open source intelligence development.
  3. To provide students with opportunities to practice and apply open source intelligence techniques
  4. To train and educate students to the desired level of competence within open source intelligence tools.

What do students need in order to study our unique Open Source Intelligence Course?


Students do not need any prior knowledge of Open Source Intelligence. 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 on social networking, web browsers, search engines and capture tools. 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 (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari).
  3. Have a firm understanding of how to use a web browser.
  4. Be familiar with web search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing).
  5. Have a basic understanding of how to use a web search engine.
  6. Be familiar with popular social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube).

What is covered our unique Open Source Intelligence course?

In Module One of our Open Source Intelligence Course, in our Lectures we cover the following:

  • Data, Information and Intelligence
  • Internet Protocol (IP) and Anonymizing Software
  • Source Code and Hacking
  • Firewalls, Encryption, Secure Communications (COMSEC)
  • Online Trackers vs. Blockers

In Module Two of our Open Source Intelligence Course, in our Lectures we cover the following

  • Advanced Search Tools and Techniques
  • Web Scraping and Data Mining
  • Geolocation, Geotagging and Image Metadata
  • Crime on Social Media

In Module Three of our Open Source Intelligence Course, in our Lectures we cover the following:

  • Social Media Advanced Search Tools
  • Fake News and Website Hacking
  • Social Network Analysis, Threat Analysis, Image Analysis
  • An Introduction to the Deep and Dark Web

How are students taught on our unique Open Source Intelligence Course?


Chenega eTutors monitor student’s progress, facilitate peer discussion on the course discussion boards and host live sessions on Blackboard Collaborate upon request. Our eTutors 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 assessment.

How are students assessed on our unique Open Source Intelligence course?


Students are assessed using a range of practical exercises. 

The final written assignment is worth 50% of the course marks and involves an essay which 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. Successful students will be awarded academic credit (15 credits, level 4) from Ulster University. 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.




All students will receive a level 4 certificate from Ulster University upon completion of the course. Certificates are issued by the 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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This is the fourth of four online courses with Chenega and Ulster University.
See info on our other courses here.

OSINT Course Overview

4 weeks online, flexible distance learning

15 hours per week course content time (ie Lectures) plus independent study hours

Receive 15 UK academic credit and level 4 certification from Ulster University - this is equivalent to 4 US Credits or 7.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)


Full eTutor support from Chenega & Ulster University subject matter experts 


$1000 $600 per student or 3x $200 monthly payment instalments


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Course Testimonials

"Excellent online course, enjoyed from start to finish. Would recommend to any OSINT professional, analyst or those in the security industry seeking to improve their skill set with a professional qualification from a reputable university. Or just for your every day Internet user in order to gain a better awareness of online privacy and security."


"Overall great experience. Thoroughly enjoyed the content of the course and course material was super. Informative and easy to process in the most part. Any difficulty was quickly sorted. I have downloaded for personal use following the end of the course as a reminder and reference set of documents."

UK Police

"Whether you're an intel professional looking to expand your analytical toolkit or just wanting to learn about how you can use the Internet to the best of your ability; check out what Chenega's OSINT course has to offer"

Intelligence Professional, Australia

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