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Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation

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.

Entry requirements

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 accommodate both experts and beginners in the field of digital forensics and cybercrime investigation.


1 Year Part Time

Number of credits

30 credits

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Ian Bonar
Contact Number: +353(0)1 716 2947

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

Network Investigations

Programming for Investigators

Case Studies

Open Source Intelligence

Linux for Investigators

Investigations of Sexual Abuse of Children on the Internet

Advanced Scripting

VoIP and Wireless Investigations

Advanced Computer Forensics

Malware Investigations

Live Data Forensics

Data & Database Forensics

Advanced Malware Analysis

Online Fraud Investigations for Irish Law Enforcement

Mobile Devices Investigation


Financial Fraud Investigation

Financial Investigation Techniques - Following the Money


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

Application date

(Jan)PT (F009) Sept PT (F007)

Deadline: Rolling

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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