2 years part time
Grant Aided Fee:
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Delivered primarily online

Programme Overview

Cyberspace is considered as the fifth battlefield after land, air, water and space. With the rise in attackers and data breaches sweeping throughout companies, there is a greater need to keep personal and top-secret information safe from cyberattacks and to invest in enhanced and robust computer security measures.

Cybersecurity is an essential need for a modern society in which information technology and services pervade every aspect of our lives. Cybersecurity has the fastest growth rate among all
areas of IT, with the labour market encountering a severe workforce shortage in this field.

This Online MSc in Cybersecurity will equip the student with state-of-the-art knowledge and practical skills that are increasingly sought after in industry today.


Entry Requirements

This MSc is targeted at people currently working in industry who wish to significantly deepen their computing skills through a specialisation in Cybersecurity. Candidates must have An honours (level 8) primary degree in computing or a cognate area with a 2.2 award or higher. Cognate area means a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degree that also has taught programming/application development related modules. Candidates are expected to have programming ability. An assessment and/or interview may be conducted to ascertain suitability if necessary for candidates who do not meet the normal academic requirements.

The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements may be considered based on relevant work and other experience. This may be assessed using a portfolio of learning, demonstration of work produced, and an interview. The programming ability of the applicant will also be assessed. Candidates must be EU/EEA nationals or working in Ireland on an Irish Employment Permit.


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.



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

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The closing date for applications is the 27th November 2020