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Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation Graduates

Your new and growing law enforcement network

Our law enforcement-only MSc programme has attracted participants from 58 countries. For investigators, this gives you an international perspective on approaches to solving crimes and useful contacts in other countries. The networking continues long after graduation with friendships and meet-ups and opportunities to collaborate in research and training projects.

As a graduate in law enforcement, you join a community of alumni committed to the fight against cyber crime and convicting criminals through the use of digital evidence. Many alumni and their organisations are working with us on development of forensic tools, piloting training courses and other projects so the learning continues for years afterwards. On these projects and courses you will meet and reconnect with fellow graduates and continue to develop the network beyond your class, building relationships, which will be valuable in future cross-border investigations.

To date, close to 600 people, from 58 countries, have participated in our graduate law enforcement education programme. About 70% of our students are from police forces and international law enforcement agencies such as Europol and Interpol. We also have a growing number from defence forces, government ministries and regulatory enforcement agencies, revenue / tax collection and immigration, customs and border control agencies, among others. If you are one of them, we would love to hear from you! Please call our International Postgraduate Liaison Rupert Bowen on +353 1 716 2948 or email rupert.bowen@ucd.ie.

See our recent survey of graduates from the MSc in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation programme

Cindy Murphy alumniCindy Murphy - Detective, City of Madison, WI Police Department, USA.

“I would say to anyone considering doing the course to do it. It’s a good quality course, which fills a really needed space in law enforcement training and education. I found the collaboration with international law enforcement one of the most useful aspects of the course. I believe that the MSc is a great credential for court, and for my professional future. My dissertation has been published in a peer reviewed journal and has generated interest for other papers, a book chapter, and international speaking opportunities. Attending UCD provided an opportunity for my work to be noticed, and to begin to make a difference, on an international level.”

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Cindy Murphy has been a Law Enforcement Officer since 1985. She recently earned her MSc in Forensic Computing and Cyber Crime Investigation through UCD. She is a certified forensic examiner and has been involved in digital forensics since 1999. Det. Murphy has directly participated in the examination of hundreds of hard drives, mobile phones, and other items of digital evidence pursuant to criminal investigations including homicides, missing persons, computer intrusions, sexual assaults, child pornography, financial crimes, and various other crimes. She has testified as a computer forensics expert in state and federal court on numerous occasions, using her knowledge and skills to assist in the successful investigation, occasional exoneration and prosecution of criminal cases involving digital evidence.

Richard Ross alumniRichard Ross - Senior Forensic Investigator, HM Revenue & Customs, UK.

“The diverse backgrounds of the students on the program led to some interesting challenges when undertaking some of the group activities, not least from a geographical perspective. However, if anything, the cultural differences, different levels of experience and the opportunity to exchange information on local practices made the completion of these tasks even more fulfilling.”

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Shortly after graduating with his MSc, Richard secured a promotion to HMRC's newly created Cybercrime team. He makes frequent use of the international network of contacts he made on the course, calling on colleagues in the field of digital forensics and cybercrime investigation throughout Europe and beyond.

Matthijs van Amelsfort alumniMatthijs van Amelsfort - Senior Digital Expert, Netherlands Police Agency, Netherlands.

“I am very honored that I have received this award! I would like to thank my family and all the members of the staff of FCCI. The result would not have been the same without their support!  Also I would like to thank my employer for giving me the opportunity to study. Because this is the only Law Enforcement Masters in the field of FCCI, I felt I had to follow this course. With this qualification I think I can call myself an Expert. This is a great course with excellent teachers. Also the administrative support is great! All you learn can be used almost directly in your work. UCD is a great University! It was a pleasure to study here!”

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Matthijs is the 2012 winner of the Garda Commissioner's Award as the student graduating in his year with the highest grade point average (GPA).

Alwin Hilberink alumniAlwin Hilberink - Computer Crime Specialist at the Police Academy of the Netherlands.

“This is a good qualification to get started or expand your knowledge in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation. The MSc broadened my view of the digital investigation world. There where some subjects that were new to me because I have never had such a case as money laundering. It is good to see and hear how other countries fight cybercrime and I have learnt some new tricks during the course. Also I now have now a contact list of European police officers, who I can contact in case we have a problem, for instance on the subject of fraud investigation. This has proven to be very helpful.”

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Alwin achieved a 1st class honours when he graduated with his MSc in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation in 2010. He is now a lecturer and researcher at the Police Academy of The Netherlands, lecturing on digital investigations, especially acquiring evidence in complex situations, hacking investigation, windows forensics and SSD forensics. He was motivated to take the UCD MSc because of the practical approach of the course and the broad range of different subjects. It was a good choice and he subsequently recommended it within the Dutch police. The new international contacts he gained during the MSc have also helped him in his career as a lecturer. He did the MSc with a colleague and they are now more aware of different techniques they can use in the investigation and training they provide. The Police Academy has benefited from this new knowledge.

Santiago Tellado González  alumniSantiago Tellado González - Spanish National Police.

“I had been working as a cybercrime investigator for several years when I first heard about the MSc in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation at UCD. I chose it for two main reasons. Firstly, because the MSc is an international programme that gave me the opportunity to meet with other cybercrime investigators from diverse EU countries. Secondly, because it was specifically designed and developed for law enforcement.

The MSc at UCD not only can be considered a step forward in my studies, but also in my career. Thanks to the MSc and my experience in the cybercrime area I am currently working at an international police organisation as a seconded national expert in cybercrime.”

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Santiago successfully obtained two degrees in Spain – one in Education Science and another in Police Science – when he decided to take on MSc in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation. Santiago felt that these studies would allow him to specialise in the cybercrime area, while on the other hand, the MSc would allow him to start a PhD. Santiago graduated in 2011.

Yves Vandermeer alumniYves Vandermeer - Detective Chief Inspector - IT investigations at the Federal Computer Crime Unit (FCCU), Belgium.

“I had the opportunity to follow this program in 2009-2011 and it improved my skills in several part of IT forensics tasks. Moreover, it provides a robust base to rebuild the training in my own country. The knowledge shared by the highest level trainers allows the students to integrate the topics on a confident way and to straight enhance the way they handle criminal cases in their daily job.”

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Yves is a Belgian police officer who has over 12 years' IT crime investigation experience. He writes IT forensic software tools which can be shared at national and international level. Yves was responsible for developing new IT forensics training in Belgium. He has contributed to several international training programmes and, as the Chairman of E.C.T.E.G. he supports international co-operation in IT forensic training. Yves has an MSc in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation from UCD.

Liam Walker alumniDetective Liam Walker - Computer Forensic Expert at the Police Service of Scotland.

“It was a very comprehensive course. I made many good contacts and friends, despite the fact that it was distance learning. But be prepared for the work involved!”

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Liam did his MSc because two colleagues had done a Masters and he didn't want to be left behind. He funded his UCD MSc himself and did it in his own time, so the flexible distance learning format and low fees were an attraction. He already had 8 years experience in digital forensics, so in some respects, the Masters was an endorsement of skills he had already acquired. One of the things Liam found most beneficial was that his Masters qualification made him a much more credible witness in court, which also benefits his employer.

Peter Pilley alumniPeter Pilley - Manager of Special Projects team CenSPEC, the Censorship & Electronic Messaging Compliance unit of the Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand .

“Computer forensics is a branch of digital forensic science pertaining to legal evidence found in computers and digital storage media. I chose to study at UCD partly because of the reputation that UCD holds as in this area and also due to highly regarded Dr Pavel Gladyshev and of course the DigitalFIRE lab members.

The goal of the Msc is to enhance your skills, research and investigation techniques and knowledge in traditional areas such as digital media and network forensics and emerging areas such as wireless communication and malware analysis. The course offers real world learning presented by Practitioners and members of Law Enforcement with the added benefit of being a distance learning course.

This course provided me with the ability to develop and enhance my methodologies and become a better forensic analyst whilst still being able to complete a full time job.”

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Peter graduated with a First Class Honours MSc in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation in 2011, following which he was promoted from Senior Inspector to Manager.