Cyber Security

University of Limerick

Cyber Security

Security has recently become a top priority as communication and information have become a key factor in economic and societal development. Networks and information systems are now supporting services and carrying data to an extent inconceivable only a few years ago. Concerns about security of electronic networks and information systems have been growing along with the rapid increase in the number of network users and the value of their transactions. Security has now reached a critical point where it represents a prerequisite for the growth of electronic businesses and the functioning of whole economies. Maintaining secure systems and guarding company information are considered critical in today's business environments. Most companies, especially those in banking, defence, e-commerce and telecommunications, are making systems security a top priority. Consequently, there is a great need for skilled professionals who can plan, analyse and implement security measures.

The MEng in Information and Network Security programme aims to provide graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to contribute as technical leaders and researchers in systems security management.

The programme introduces students to theory and practice of:

* Cryptography & security fundamentals, including security threats and vulnerabilities as well as security services for modern e-commerce and mobile applications.

* Cryptographic Mathematics used to underpin cryptographic algorithm techniques.

* Multimedia communications and networking infrastructures as used in communications for data in form of text, images, audio and video.

* Programming languages and development of object-oriented programming skills.

* Software engineering methodologies as used in software design for advanced communication systems.

* Data forensics techniques and their application for data collection, data preservation, investigation of potentially compromised systems and collection of evidence in compromised systems.

* Biometric techniques used for the identifying and verification of individuals. Security, performance, accuracy, standards, privacy and legal issues of biometric systems.

* Communication & cryptographic security protocols, their application, design and evaluation of their reliability.

* Network & Host Security operation, techniques and skills for their reliable operation and protection of networks and hosts against attack.

* Master of engineering project (practicum) enables students gain experience in undertaking a significant engineering task, which will involve research into a selected topic in the area of information and network security, along with advanced design and implementation.

The project commences in the Autumn semester and continues through to the Summer semester.

Subjects taught

The Master of Engineering in Information and Network Security provides a comprehensive grounding in key areas of security of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems. The course is offered as a one-year, full-time taught postgraduate programme spanning a single academic year and requires full-time attendance on campus. The course consists of a taught component and a project. The total credit weighting of the course is 90 ECTS credits

Cryptography & Security Fundamentals
Cryptographic Mathematics
Multimedia Communications
C++ Programming
Software Engineering

Data Forensics
Communication & Security Protocols
Network & Host Security
Master of Engineering Project 1: Project Identification'*

Master of Engineering Project 2: Project Design & Implementation*

*Master Project 1/2/ is a single project undertaken between Spring and Summer Semesters.

Entry requirements

An honours primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland), at minimum second class honours, in a relevant engineering, computing, mathematics, science or technology discipline. Applicants from other disciplines who have a significant mathematics or computing element in their primary degree will also be considered. Applicants who possess an honours undergraduate degree, at minimum second class honours, or equivalent in a non-numerate discipline and have a minimum of three years experiential learning in an appropriate computing discipline will also be considered.

Application dates


Qualification transcripts and certificates

A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate


1 year full-time.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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