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MSc in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation


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Please note that the MSc in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation course is 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.

Applications are now closed for September 2018. Applications for September 2019 will open on October 1st next.


This Masters degree is completed by building 90 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

Programme Structure

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.

Applications for the September 2017 start are now open and will be considered until June 2017.

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