MSc Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation From University College Dublin

Program Overview

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.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 9,970


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90


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Stage 1 - Option

  • Computer Forensics


  • Network Investigations


  • Programming for Investigators


  • Case Studies


  • Research Project in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation


  • Linux for Investigators


  • 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


  • Legislation regarding Fraud & Economic Crime


  • Financial Fraud Investigation


  • Financial Investigation Techniques - Following the Money


  • OSINT Collection & Analysis


  • Online Child Abuse Invest.


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.


An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version. 

In 2022 and 2023 we will accept IELTS indicator. It may not be recognised after that depending on the outcome of a review.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 

A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with no less than 21 in writing and at least 19 in every other section.

MSc Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation (T146) Full Time

EU          fee per year - € 10060
nonEU    fee per year - € 9970

***Fees are subject to change

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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