Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation

Continuing Prof Education (level 75 nfq)

The Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation programme comprises a comprehensive suite of modules at beginner and advanced levels leading to MSc, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate awards. It is also possible to take single modules from the programme as CPD (Continuing Professional Development) either before embarking on the MSc or after completing it. The Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation programme gives law enforcement officers knowledge and skills to investigate cybercrimes and to gather, handle and use digital evidence and intelligence in order to disrupt criminal activity and prevent crime and to secure convictions. 

In the past 16 years, over 1500 students from over 70 countries and have studied on UCD's Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation programmes. The majority have enrolled in the MSc programme, but it is also possible to take single modules. See module descriptions for learning outcomes. Depending on which modules you take, on completion you will be able to conduct forensic analysis of a computer and use common network investigation techniques, investigate malware-based intrusions, perform mobile device forensics, preserve and analyse volatile evidence contained in the main memory (RAM), use Linux forensics analysis tools and techniques, write custom tools for data analysis and build forensic applications, overcome investigative challenges of VoIP and locating mobile users, investigate money laundering and trace illicit funds and investigate cases of child sexual exploitation on the Internet. 

Careers & Employability

For law enforcement officers, having qualifications in this field has the advantage of adding credibility to their testimony as expert witnesses. Career development possibilities are excellent. Graduates include senior staff at Europol and INTERPOL, members of national and regional police forces and police training colleges, government ministries and agencies with LE powers, defence forces, specialist cybercrime agencies, revenue, customs and border protection. Our graduate community is one of the benefits of the course. Contact us if you'd like to speak to a graduate about their experience.

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This programme is open to current members of LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ONLY. This includes employees of any organisation that has responsibility for the enforcement of national or local legislation including but not limited to: Police Forces, International law enforcement organisations (Europol, Interpol, etc), Fisheries, Border control, Immigration, Tax/Revenue & Customs, Regulatory enforcement, Military (Army, Navy, Air Force etc). The programme is designed to be flexible in accomodating both experts and beginners in the field of digital forensics and cybercrime investigation.

(i) Purpose
This is a programme for law enforcement. This programme aims to provide high quality forensic computing and cybercrime investigation training and formal education. It is also designed to deliver cutting-edge, up-to-date cybercrime investigation techniques, strategies and tactics that allow students to understand and tackle emerging trends in cybercrime.
(ii) Education and subject description, professional values
Over the past 10 years we brought in specialists from around the world to review and advise on the content considering the need of digital forensic investigators and computer crime specialists. The UCD School of Computer Science (CS) and UCD Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation (CCI) have been working closely with law enforcement agencies and industry practitioners in seeking solutions to technologies-related crime. CS and CCI staff also collaborate with the scientists from European Cybercrime Training and Educational Group at Europol (ECTEG) to work on applied research and developing forensic tools and then transfer both high impact research achievement and efficient, free forensic tools to the students. This programme is delivered by not only the experienced academic staff from CS and CCI but also the experts who are the leader, manager, head of forensic department in law enforcement agencies and industries. Besides, with a modular structure and part-time options, students can combine study with full-time work and family commitments.
(iii) Learning outcomes
The programme structure fosters and encourages close liaison between students, so graduates leave with not only having the required skills for all cybercrime investigating services but also an excellent international network of contacts for the future.
(iv) Approaches to teaching learning and assessment
All lectures are pre-recorded and provided online via a virtual online learning environment, allowing students to participate from their home or office. Students are required to attend in-person examinations each year at UCD exam centres located in Dublin, the Netherlands, Canada and the USA. Each module is 10 credits (ECTS). Students will graduate with a UCD MSc when they have achieved 90 credits.


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Course content and the flexible mode of delivery are designed to suit busy working professionals located all over the world. There are fifteen modules available, allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests and experience. Lectures are pre-recorded and provided online via a virtual online learning environment. Exercises, reading and assignments and projects are conducted online and in our virtual labs. Students are required attend a UCD exam centre to complete examinations and workshops. All modules are examined in May each year in Dublin, Netherlands, Canada and the USA. We also hold optional exams in Dublin and the Netherlands in December for our semester one modules.

Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation (F001) Part Time
EU/NONEU    fee per credit - € 133.6

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.  The cost of examination trips is not included in the tuition fee and students are expected to support themselves while attending examinations and other events.

As well as being restricted to members of LAW ENFORCEMENT (LE) organisations, applicants are normally expected to be working in an investigative role. Law enforcement includes any organisation that has responsibility for the enforcement of national or local legislation including but not limited to:
Local, National, or Federal Police Forces
International Police organisations (Europol, Interpol, etc)
Revenue & Customs


The following entry routes are available:

Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation (CPD) (F001)
1 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised