Computer Science - Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation

MSc Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
This is a distance-learning education programme for law enforcement. It 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. Over the past 14 years we 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) are 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 to transfer high impact research achievements and efficient, free forensic tools to the law enforcement community. This programme is delivered by experienced academics from CS and CCI and also by experts who are leaders, managers and heads of forensic departments in law enforcement agencies and in industry.

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.

Vision and Values Statement
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. (Purposes). Over the past 12 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) 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 academia staff from CS and CCI but also the experts who are leaders, managers, heads 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. (Values). 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 house 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. Students will graduate with a UCD MSc when (s)he has achieved 90 credits. (Approaches to teaching learning and assessment).

Entry requirements

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 (see http://www.ucd.ie/international/study-at-ucd-global/ucdenglishlanguagerequirements/)

Subjects taught

Course content and the flexible mode of delivery are designed to suit busy working professionals located all over the world.

Modules available

There are two core modules and a further thirteen 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
Advanced Scripting COMP41570
VoIP and Wireless Investigations COMP41580
Advanced Computer Forensics COMP41590
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

Course delivery

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 to come to Dublin, or another UCD exam centre for approx. 5 days each year to complete examinations and workshops. All modules are examined in May each year in Dublin, Netherlands and the USA/Canada. We also hold exams in Dublin in December for our semester one modules, however if you cannot make it to Dublin in December, those modules are also examined the following May.

Duration

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time Online

Fees

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.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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Careers & Employability
In the past 14 years, over 1200 law enforcement officers from 70 countries and have studied on this programme. 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 on the course.

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    MSc

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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