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Masters in Cyber Security

Date: 23rd September 2017
Duration: 2 year part time
Grant Aided Cost: Email
Location: IT Blanchardstown
Course Code: ICT301

This industry led programme has been developed in conjunction with IT Blanchardstown.  It is aimed at individuals who are interested in Cyber Security and is ideal for employees who want to be skilled in leading or supporting Cyber Security efforts for their own company or client organisations. The course will be suitable for both new entrants to cyber security and employees who want to up-skill in their area of cyber security as a range of modules will be offered to cater for different interests and needs. The graduates of this programme will be independent learners, good problem solvers and experienced researchers.

The MSc in Applied Cyber Security (Level 9) will be a 90 (ECTS) credit degree consisting of:

  • Part 1 is a taught component of 30 credits made up of three different modules worth 10 credits each;
  • Part 2 is a research component of 60 credits consisting of a research project with
    dissertation as the deliverable.

For students who successfully complete the three modules and the research project, they will be awarded the MSc in Applied Cyber Security. For students who for various reasons, can’t undertake the research project but successfully complete the three modules, there will be an exit award of Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Cyber Security.

The course will be delivered on a part-time basis over two years. In Year 1 the focus will be on the first three core modules with additional work if required depending on the previous educational level of each participant. Most of this course work will involve a mix of classroom, online, and self-study work. In the second year the focus is on the major research project which it is intended will be carried out within the company where the participant is working.

Participants will be required to select modules in order of their own preferences. Running modules on any course is subject to the number of students taking the module and the availability of resources (e.g. staff/equipment) to deliver the course to the required standard. It is expected that the programme will be able to run up to six modules at once which should satisfy the demand of most participants.

Participants will select from the following range of modules:

  • Digital Forensics
  • Secure Communications & Cryptography
  • Cyber Crime Malware
  • Network Security
  • Business Continuity Management
  • Security Intelligence
  • Biometrics
  • Secure Programming
  • Research Skills & Ethics
  • MSc Research Project

The programme will be delivered by experienced college lecturers and individual subject experts from industry who can supply evidence that their education and work experience is sufficient to meet the education needs of the programme and recruitment policies of the College.

It is the policy and practice of ITB to recruit suitable candidates working in the industry/business sector to delivery modules on course either in the evening, at weekends or during normal working hours, with the consent of their company.

This approach brings a fresh, up-to-date and “real-world” knowledge to the courses while at the same time creates a two way feedback process of ideas and creativity.

Applicants should have a primary degree (Level 8) in Computer Science or a cognate discipline. Those who do not meet this requirement will be considered on their merits based on their level of industry experience and training which shows evidence that their education and work experience is sufficient to meet the education needs of the programme and recruitment policies of the College. The final decision in such cases rests with IT Blanchardstown.

Applications are now being accepted for a place on the September 2017 programme, simply forward your CV to


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