Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation

GradCert Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation
Academic Year 2020/2021
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 10 years, over 600 students from 58 countries and have started this programme. A wide range of modules is available at beginner and advanced levels. There are three core (foundation) modules and twelve further modules which students may select depending on their interests. See module descriptions for 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.

Who should apply?
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.

Programme Outcomes
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 anaylsing and performing cybercrime investigation

Research and develop custom tools for evidence analysis

Work in group to resolve computer forensic challenges

Understand cybercrime business model and how to perform the financial fraud investigation

Conduct research into novel forensic and cybercrime investigation problems

Tackle the forensic analysis of future technologies (both hardware and software) through the development of new applications

Investigate money laundering and trace illicit funds

Investigate cases of child sexual exploitation on the Internet

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

Entry requirements

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.

Subjects taught

Course content and the flexible mode of delivery are designed to suit busy working professionals located all over the world. There are 3 core modules and a further 12 elective 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. It is possible to take single modules as CPD. 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 each year to complete examinations and workshops for their modules. All modules are examined during a 2 week period in May/June each year in Dublin, Netherlands, USA and UK. We also hold optional exams in Dublin and London in December for our semester one modules.

Stage 1 - Option
Computer Forensics
COMP40100
Network Investigations
COMP40110
Programming for Investigators
COMP40120
Case Studies
COMP40150
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
Online Fraud Investigations for Irish Law Enforcement
COMP47420
Mobile Devices Investigation
COMP47430
Legislation
COMP47440
Financial Fraud Investigation
COMP47450
Financial Investigation Techniques - Following the Money
COMP47510
OSINT Collection & Analysis
COMP47630
Online Child Abuse Invest.
COMP47640

Credits

30

Duration

1 Year Part Time

Fees

GradCert Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation (F007) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 3390
nonEU fee per year - € 3390

***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.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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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.

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