GradCert Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)

This 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 started this programme. A wide range of modules is available at beginner and advanced levels. There are two core (foundation) modules and fifteen further modules which students may select depending on their interests. See the module descriptions in the tabs below for descriptions and learning outcomes. Students may graduate with a Graduate Certificate award once they have successfully completed and passed exams for 30 credits taken from modules from the wide range available in the programme. Depending on the modules taken, on completion of the course 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 this qualification 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. No

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 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 flexible enough to accomodate both experts and beginners in the field of digital forensics and cybercrime investigation.

This is a distance learning degree programme for LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY. This programme aims to provide high quality forensic computing and cybercrime investigation training and formal education. It is also designed to delivery cutting-edge, up-to-date cybercrime investigation techniques, strategies and tactics that allow students to understand and tackle emerging trends in cybercrime.

Over the past 16 years we have brought in specialists from around the world to review and advise on the content considering the needs of digital forensic investigators and computer crime specialists. The UCD School of Computer Science (CSI) 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. CSI 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 academia staff from CSI and CCI but also  experts who are the leaders, managers, heads of forensic departments 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.

The programme structure fosters and encourages close liaison between students, so graduates leave not only having required skills for all cybercrime investigating services but also an excellent international network of contacts for the future. (Learning outcomes). All lectures are pre-recorded and provided online via a virtual online learning environment, allowing students to participate from their home or office. All modules consist of continuous formative assessment components assessing core practical skills and culminate in a written summative assessment final exam. Students attend UCD exam centres only for examinations each year. Each module is either 5 credits or 10 credits. Students will graduate with a UCD GradCert when they have achieved 30 credits. 

  • Conduct research into novel forensic and cybercrime investigation problems
  • Develop critical thinking in anaylsing and performing cybercrime investigation
  • Identify, collect, process, analyse and present digital forensics evidence
  • Investigate cases of child sexual exploitation on the Internet
  • Investigate money laundering and trace illicit funds
  • Research and develop custom tools for evidence analysis
  • Tackle the forensic analysis of future technologies (both hardware and software) through the development of new applications
  • Understand cybercrime business model and how to perform the financial fraud investigation
  • Understand methods used to conduct forensic analysis of digital devices including computer systems and mobile devices
  • Use common network investigation techniques
  • Work in group to resolve computer forensic challenges

View All Modules Here

Course content and the flexible mode of delivery are designed to suit busy working professionals located all over the world. There are two core module options and a further fifteen additional taught modules, allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests and experience. You can choose to include a case study as part of your Graduate Certificate if you wish. 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.

GradCert Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation (F007) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 3864
nonEU    fee per year - € 3864

***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.

All Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation programmes/modules are restricted to members of LAW ENFORCEMENT (LE) ONLY. Applicants must be working in an investigative role. This includes agents of 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), Fisheries, Revenue & Customs, Immigration, Border Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Defence Forces / Military.

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate programme should have 5 years experience in LE. If they have less than 5 years experience in LE, applicants should have a degree in computing / policing studies / related discipline or 2 years LE experience in Digital Forensics / Cybercrime Investigation role. Each applicant will be assessed on a case by case basis.

The following entry routes are available:

GradCert Forensic Computing&Cybercrime Investigation Sept PT (F007)
1 Years
Part Time

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