Applied Computer Networks & Security - Limerick Campus

This MSc is aimed at IT professionals who want to develop their career in computer networks and network security. These learners may be in employment in the IT industry already or may have little or no background in networks and wish to upskill from a cognate level 8 qualification. Learners who enrol in this programme will have the option of an exit award after achieving 60 credits (Diploma in Network Security) or 30 credits (Certificate in Applied Computer Networks).

What will the time commitment be?
Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.

MSc in Applied Computer Networks and Security
Embedded Professional Certifications
Cisco CCNA
VMware VCP
CompTIA PenTest+
Cisco CyberOps
Cisco NetSec

Subjects taught

What modules will I study?
Network Design: This module will examine designing and operating modern computer networks.

Private Cloud and Software Defined Networking: This module will examine the design and operation of private cloud implementations.

Data Centre Design and Networking: This module provides a comprehensive understanding of data centre design, construction and operation

Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking: Develop the knowledge and skills to plan, conduct and evaluate penetration testing of networks.

Network Infrastructure Security: Examine the concepts and skills to maintain the security and integrity of computer networks.

Information Security: Develops knowledge and skills to protect electronic data from unauthorised access or disruption.

Research Project

A research project to investigate a chosen aspect of Computer Science

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements:

(a) A minimum PASS honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a cognate discipline or

(b) A minimum PASS honours bachelor degree (Level 8) in a non-cognate discipline with considerable experience and/or ability evidenced by an RPL portfolio of prior experience and learning or

(c) Equivalent Qualifications. Applicants with equivalent qualifications on the European and International frameworks will also be considered. International students must evidence a proficiency in English language (IELTS 6.0).

Application dates

Application Process
All applicants must complete the online application form and upload the below supporting documents.

To complete your application process you must include the following with your application.

1. Current CV
2. Proof of existing educational qualifications


3 years

Post Course Info

What are the career prospects?
The programme is suited to those already working in an IT role to develop CPD or entry into technical computer networks and security roles in SME and Enterprise.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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