Computer Science - Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation
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. Over the past 17 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 (CS) and UCD Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation (CCI) is 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).
A wide range of modules is available at beginner and advanced levels. On successful completion of the programme, depending on the module taken, students will be able to:
Understand methods used to conduct forensic analysis of digital devices including computer systems and mobile devices
Identify, collect, process, analyse and present digital forensics evidence
Use common network investigation techniques
Develop critical thinking in analysing and performing cybercrime investigation
Research and develop custom tools for evidence analysis
Work in groups to resolve computer forensic challenges
Understand the cybercrime business model and how to perform the financial fraud investigations
Conduct research into novel forensic and cybercrime investigation problems
Investigate cases of child sexual exploitation on the Internet
Tackle the forensic analysis of future technologies (both hardware and software) through the development of new applications.
Course content and the flexible mode of delivery are designed to suit busy working professionals located all over the world.
There are two core modules and a further fifteen elective taught modules. Masters students are recommended to take the core modules and then select further modules, according to their interests and experience. Please look at the detailed module descriptions for pre-requisites, learning outcomes, assessment scheme and workload. It is not mandatory to do a dissertation - the MSc may be completed with taught modules only. Most students follow the part-time MSc (T025) over 2 years. Graduate Diploma (T007) and Graduate Certificate (F007) options are also available. It is possible to take single modules as CPD (F001)
Computer Forensics COMP40100 (core)
Network Investigations COMP40110 (core)
Programming for Investigators COMP40120
Case Studies COMP40150
Research Project in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation COMP40160
Linux for Investigators COMP41430
VoIP and Wireless Investigations COMP41580
Malware Investigations COMP41650
Live Data Forensics COMP41660
Data & Database Forensics COMP47370
Advanced Malware Analysis COMP47380
Mobile Devices Investigation COMP47430
Financial Investigation Techniques - Following the Money COMP47510
OSINT Collection & Analysis COMP47630
Online Child Abuse Investigations COMP47640
All applicants must be current employees of a law enforcement organisation (LE) working in an investigative role. You do not have to be a sworn officer. LE includes any organisation that has responsibility for the enforcement of national or local legislation such as:
Local, National, or Federal Police Forces
Government law enforcement agencies
Immigration & Border Control, Revenue & Customs
Defence forces including military police
International Police organisations (Europol, Interpol, etc)
Regulatory Enforcement agencies etc
Public prosecutors / Attorney General's office
We prefer applicants with a primary degree in computer science. However if you do not have this, but you have been working in the field of digital forensic investigations in law enforcement for more than 2 years and you have successfully completed advanced training, then we will consider this in compensation, at the discretion of the course directors. In such cases we may ask you to take 3 single modules as CPD (Continual Professional Development) and if you achieve grades of B- or higher you may be allowed to transfer to the MSc programme.
Please note that in some countries, a Masters degree is not recognised unless you also have an undergraduate degree and do a major piece of research as part of your Masters.
Each applicant will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Students are also required to fulfil UCD’s English Language Requirements
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation Sept FT (T146)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
MSc Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation Sept PT (T025)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
MSc Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation (T025) Part Time
EU/NONEU fee per year - € 4835
MSc Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation (T146) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 9670
nonEU fee per year - € 9670
***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. Tuition fees are the same for EU and non-EU students.
Next Intake: 2024/2025 September.
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Careers & Employability
For law enforcement officers, having this qualification has the additional advantage of adding credibility to their testimony as expert witnesses. Career development possibilities in this field 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 Law Enforcement (LE) powers, defence forces, specialist cybercrime agencies, revenue, customs and border protection.