- Graduate Certificate
- Graduate Diploma
- Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)
- Full time
- Part time
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Enrolment and Start Dates Comment
Start Date: September 2013
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
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Local Authority Funding:
Grant holders who complete a primary degree course may have the grant renewed in order to undertake a full-time taught or research graduate course. To apply for renewal, final year students should inform the UCD Grants Office in June, and write to their Local Authority when they have completed their primary degree. The grant, which covers fees, may be renewed in subsequent years but is limited to one graduate degree or diploma course for each student. For further information on budget 2012 please visit Student Finance.ie Funding Initiatives
Student Grants - New Grant Applications for 2012-13 APPLY AS EARLY AS YOU CAN, from the end of May - don't leave it till July
A new ONLINE ONLY grant applications system is being introduced for 2012 in Ireland. All new applications will be made online to a single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through www.studentfinance.ie.
Applicants to the FCCI MSc/Diploma/Certificate will normally be expected to have either an appropriate law enforcement qualification or a bachelor's degree or equivalent in a related discipline. Each applicant will be assessed on a case by case basis.
All applicants to the FCCI CPD programme will be assessed on a case by case basis and do not require a bachelor's degree to apply.
Students on the CPD programme, who wish to enter the MSc/Diploma/Certificate programme at a later stage, may apply based on their performance in the CPD programme. All progressions within the programme are subject to agreement with the Course Director and are NOT automatic.
Students are required to fulfil UCD's English Language Requirements.
Please note that all Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation programmes / modules are restricted to members of LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY. This includes agents of any organisation that has responsibility for the enforcement of national or local legislation.
Delivery & Attendance
Lectures are pre-recorded and provided online via a virtual online learning environment, where they can be downloaded and viewed locally. For most modules, these lectures can be accessed throughout the semester from day 1; however students must complete related assignments by certain dates. Handouts, articles and links to online forums and resources support the lectures. Study is supported by forum discussion and assignments.
While study is online, all students are required to come to Dublin once a year to complete examinations & workshops. Students on the MSc/Dip/Cert programme are also welcome to attend the graduation ceremony and an optional welcome session.
The UCD Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigation (UCD CCI) offers a full range of qualifications within the area of Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation (FCCI). This includes qualifications at Master of Science, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate level. In addition, UCD CCI also offers individual modules for study under its Continuous Professional Development programme (CPD).
The FCCI programme is comprised of a range of online modules which form the UCD Masters/Diploma/ Certificate/CPD courses in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation. Students decide which qualification level they wish to attain and can then select the modules that are of most relevance to them.
The UCD Centre for Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Investigations programmes are recognised internationally as being among the leading qualifications for law enforcement within this field. The purpose of the FCCI programme is to produce graduates with skills enabling them to effectively carry out investigations across a broad spectrum of cybercrimes. It introduces the concepts and principles of professional practice in forensic computing and cybercrime investigation.
All of these programmes are designed to be accessible to members of law enforcement on an international basis; therefore lectures are delivered online, with workshops and exams taking place annually in Dublin. Many of these programmes are available on both a full or part time basis and students can tailor their qualification to match their career requirements, by choosing those modules of most relevance. Students may start their programme in January or September.
Within the Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigation programme, there are a large range of modules on offer. Students, in choosing their own modules, design their own Certificate/Diploma/Masters. While the majority of students may choose to gain a qualification in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation, students on the Dip/Cert programme can also choose to specialise in either Forensic Computing OR Cybercrime Investigation. However, specialisation is not required and if students wish to take modules from both areas, they can receive a qualification in Forensic Computing & Cybercrime Investigation.
Students who do not wish to commit to the Cert/Dip/MSc FCCI programme can choose to take modules individually through the CPD programme and learn at their own pace. If these students later decide to apply to the Cert/Dip/MSc FCCI programme, they can apply for credit towards their chosen qualification, based on their successful completion of the CPD modules (modules must be taken within a specified time period, typically of the order of three years).
Introduction to Programming for Cybercrime Investigators
Advanced Computer Forensics
Mobile Phone Forensics
Linux for Investigators
Live Data Forensics
Number of Credits
Grad Dip 60
Grad Cert 30
Tel: 01 716 2947