University College Dublin

School of Computer Science

MSc in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation

Program Information

Degree Offered:

Graduate Certificate Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation, MSc in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The UCD Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation offers a full range of qualifications within the area of Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation (FCCI). This includes qualifications at Master of Science, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate level. Please note that our Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation programmes/modules are open to members of LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY which can include defence forces, government agencies and departments as well as police. If you are not a member of a law enforcement agency, you may wish to apply to the UCD MSc in Digital Investigation. The following Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation qualifications are available: MSc Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation Graduate Diploma Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation Graduate Diploma Forensic Computing Graduate Diploma Cybercrime Investigation Graduate Certificate Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation Graduate Certificate Forensic Computing Graduate Certificate Cybercrime Investigation Continuous Professional Development Modules Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation These programs are recognized internationally as being among the leading qualifications for law enforcement within this field. The purpose of the FCCI programme is to produce graduates with skills enabling them to effectively carry out investigations across a broad spectrum of cybercrimes. It introduces the concepts and principles of professional practice in forensic computing and cybercrime investigation. All of these programmes are designed to be accessible to members of law enforcement on an international basis; therefore lectures are delivered online, with workshops and exams taking place annually in Dublin, the Netherlands or the USA. Many of these programmes are available on both a full or part time basis and students can tailor their qualification to match their career requirements, by choosing those modules of most relevance. Students may start their programme in January or September. Within the Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation programme, there is a wide range of modules available. Students, in choosing their own modules, design their own Certificate/Diploma/Masters course. While the majority of students may choose to gain a qualification in “Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation”, students on the Dip/Cert programme can also choose to specialise in either “Forensic Computing” OR “Cybercrime Investigation”. However, specialisation is not required and if students wish to take modules from both areas, they can receive a qualification in “Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation”. Students who do not wish to commit to the Cert/Dip/MSc FCCI programme can choose to take modules individually through the CPD programme and learn at their own pace. If these students later decide to apply to the Cert/Dip/MSc FCCI programme, they can apply for credit towards their chosen qualification, based on their successful completion of the CPD modules (modules must be taken within a specified time period, typically three years). Foundation Modules MSc students are encouraged to take these as part of their first year • Computer Forensics • Network Investigations • Introduction to Programming for Cybercrime Investigators • Advanced Computer Forensics Module options • Malware Investigation • Mobile Phone Forensics • Live Data Forensics • Linux for Investigators • Advanced Scripting • VoIP and Wireless Investigations • Money Laundering Investigations • Open Source Intelligence • Investigation of Sexual Abuse of Children on the Internet MSc Project MSc students must complete either a minor or major piece of research • Case Study • Research Project Please note that will not send us your phone number or email address if you express interest in this program. You should contact UCD directly if you need information.


University College Dublin

International Student Requirements:

Lectures are pre-recorded and provided online via a virtual online learning environment, where they can be downloaded and viewed locally. For most modules, these lectures can be accessed throughout the semester from day 1; however students must complete related assignments by certain dates. Handouts, articles and links to online forums and resources support the lectures. Study is supported by forum discussion and assignments. While study is online, all students are required to come to Dublin once a year to complete examinations & workshops. Students on the MSc/Dip/Cert programme are also welcome to attend the graduation ceremony and an optional welcome session.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 90

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): MSc EUR

In State Tuition (per year): 4000 EUR

Out State Tuition (per year): 4000 EUR