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Graduate Diploma in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation


The UCD Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation (UCD CCI) offers a full range of qualifications within the area of Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation (FCCI). Qualifications include Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master of Science and Continuing Professional Development programme (CPD).

This Graduate Diploma specialises in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation and is comprised of a range of online modules. Its also possible to specialise in either Forensic Computing or Cybercrime Investigation.

Please note that all Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation programmes /modules are open to members of LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY. If you are not a member of law enforcement, you may wish to apply to the UCD MSc in Digital Investigation & Forensic Computing.

Applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. If your application is successful, you will receive an official offer which you can then either accept or decline.


This Diploma is completed by building 60 credits selecting modules from both semesters and can be completed in one year on a full-time basis or in two years on a part-time basis

Structure / Attendance

Lectures are pre-recorded and provided online via a virtual online learning environment.

Students are required to come to Dublin or to one of our other exam centres - (Apeldoorn, The Netherlands / Madison, USA), in May / June each year for approximately 10 days, to complete examinations and workshops.

While students can complete all exams for the year in May / June, we also hold exams in Dublin in December for students who wish to complete exams for our Semester 1 modules.


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Semester 1

September – December

Semester 2

January – May

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
  • Military

Applicants to the M.Sc. / Grad. Diploma / Grad. 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;
2 years LE experience in Digital Forensics / Cybercrime Investigation role; OR
Have completed 3 CPD modules with average grade, B- or above

Each applicant will be assessed on a case by case basis.


Information on Fees and course codes are available on our Fees page

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.

How to apply

All applications are submitted via the UCD Online Applications system at: www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/apply.html.

Once you click on this link, you will be brought to the UCD Online Applications website. You will be required to complete the application form by providing your personal information, and then selecting which course you wish to apply to. If you are unsure about which options to select, instructions on how to complete the form can be found by clicking the following link: Completing the UCD Online Application form.


General Queries

For additional information and queries please contact the UCD Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation at:

Telephone:   +353 1 716 2948 or +353 1 716 2947

Email:            cci.info@ucd.ie or an.lekhac@ucd.ie