2 years part time
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Delivered primarily online

Programme Overview

This course is aimed at graduates with a technical background who are new entrants to the field of Cyber Security or those currently working in this specialist area who want to perfect, update or hone their skill level and receive recognition at Masters level for their competence.

With Ireland bidding to remain a centre of excellence in cyber security there is a growing focus on training the next generation of cybersecurity experts. This part-time Cyber Security MSc (Level 9 on the NFQ) is an outstanding opportunity for anyone looking to expand or start their career by learning a range of crucial security skill sets. The course is deliveredover two years and delivered entirely online.

The graduates of this programme will be independent learners, good problem solvers and experienced researchers.

The Masters Award

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

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

For students who successfully complete the six modules and the research project, they will be awarded the MSc in Applied Cyber Security.

An award of Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Computing may be granted if learners leave this programme having completed 6 taught modules and attained 60 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Programme Delivery

Lectures are streamed live online (and recorded) on Tuesday and Thursday from 6.00pm to 10.00pm. Modules will be assessed through continuous assessment with the exception of one exam in the Secure Communications & Cryptography module.  Applicants should also note that there will be a maximum of 3 half days per semester required for on-campus attendance to facilitate continuous assessment.

Typical Course Schedule

Year 1 Semester 1 
Digital Forensics
Secure Communications & Cryptography

Year 1 Semester 2
Network Security
Cyber Crime Malware

Year 2 Semester 3
Business Continuity Management
Research Skills & Ethics

Year 2 Semester 4 
MSc Research Project-30

Programme Content

Digital Forensics: Introduction to the investigation methodology of evidence preservation, acquisition, analysis, documentation and reporting. Coverage of the Criminal / Fraud Legislation and Data Protection Laws. Hands-on practical work using commercial tools such as EnCASE and FTK and open source tools in analysing computers, mobile devices and network systems.

Secure Communications & Cryptography: Analyse and evaluate different types of methods used to secure communications systems in private/public networks. Test the limitations of using off-the-shelf technologies by exploiting the vulnerabilities in communications systems.

Cyber Crime Malware: Carry out online investigations of criminal activity while remaining
anonymous. Study and appraise prevalent malware threats and develop reverse engineering skills to analyse malware.

Network Security: Appraise the under lying network / communications protocols and their vulnerabilities. Build IPS/IDS systems and analyse network traffic for intrusion or malicious activity.

Business Continuity Management: Evaluate issues to improve assurance and risk management. You’ll evaluate human factors relevant to information assurance plans, and understand the roles of accreditation, compliance and governance in information assurance.

Research Skills and Ethics: Essential skills for engaging in research covering all stages of research from finding a research question to research methodologies, to writing dissertation and publishing.

MSc Research Project: 30 Credits: Independent research project to give learners the experience of developing an individual project at postgraduate level. Learners will demonstrate their responsibility for substantial independent research and a full project from problem specification through to implementation and evaluation.

Key Training Personnel

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 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.

Hear from past participants

“I undertook the Masters in Applied Cyber security to enhance my career in the cyber security industry while working for Deloitte’s cyber risk services. The demand for information security professionals has never been higher and it’s only projected to grow. This course is an excellent first step to launch and develop a successful career in information security.”

Liam O’Connor, Manager in Deloitte Cyber Risk Services.

“I have found the course to be interesting, challenging and relevant to my day job. There is a good blend of module course content and a strong focus on research, with the thesis project accounting for a large part of the Masters. This is very valuable to employees such as myself taking the part time option as it facilitates a deeper research that can relate to real world security scenarios.”

Maria Hyland, Program Director – Collaboration Solutions Ethical Hacking, IBM

“Cyber security is no longer the preserve of the IT organisation solely so gaining a grounding in all aspects is useful for each participant and sponsoring company. To my mind the principles gained throughout this course will be of real benefit to each participant.”

Stephen McCormack, Head of IT, The Maxol Group


The course is suitable for both new entrants to the security discipline as well as those who require a broader range of skills to equip themselves in this specialist area. The course is aimed at holders of a primary degree in computing, IT, or equivalent who are working in the Republic of Ireland and who want to specialise in Cyber Security.

The minimum entry requirement for standard entrants to the course is 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5 or equivalent), in a Bachelor of Science in Computing (Level 8) course, or equivalent.


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The closing date for applications is the 31st July 2020