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Digital Investigation and Forensic Computing, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The MSc in Digital Investigation and Forensic Computing from University College Dublin is designed for information technology specialists who need to acquire skills for the prevention and investigation of computer-related incidents.


The Digital Investigation and Forensic Computing programme is offered by the University College Dublin School of Computer Science and Informatics and introduces concepts, principles and professional practice in digital investigation, yet is highly practical and gives you information, knowledge and skills that you can apply straight away.

As it is delivered simultaneously in the classroom in Dublin and online you can attend and participate from your home or office, coming to UCD only for workshops and examinations each year. The MSc may be taken over one or two years. The programme is delivered in cooperation with the leading Irish and international experts in the field and a unique aspect to the course is the international student and alumni network that gives you an international perspective and global contacts that will be valuable in your future career.

Career Opportunities
  • Graduates of the MSc in Digital Investigation & Forensic Computing are employed as:
  • Project and program managers
  • Systems / network security managers
  • Developers
  • Information security specialists
  • Computer forensics and security analysts
  • Test, audit and engineering and technical specialists
  • Experts in risk management and fraud prevention
  • Researchers and lecturers
  • IT Helpdesk and technical support


Programme Structure

The programme is highly practical and uses tutors from industry and law enforcement as well UCD academics. This course is open to both law enforcement and civilian experts


  • Computer Forensic Foundations
  • Law for IT Investigators
  • Application Forensics
  • Investigative Techniques
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Information Security
  • Digital Investigation Project - this is an individual research project on a real-world topic in digital investigation
For more information, please visit programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      1 or 2 years

  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Applicants to the UCD MSc Digital Investigation and Forensic Computing will normally be expected to have a minimum 2.1 (Second Class Honours, Grade One) level bachelor's degree in Computer Science or an equivalent. However, all applicants will be assessed on a case by case basis.
  • Understanding of programming concepts and some familiarity with Java, C or C++ programming will be required. This is dictated by the changing landscape of digital forensics, which necessitates deeper understanding of computing technology on the part of digital forensic specialists.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Part-time fees: 4500 EUR


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