Cyber Security

Open University in Ireland

Cyber Security

Cyber security is a growing concern – there’s a significant skills gap and global demand for cybersecurity professionals. Our MSc, provisionally accredited by the National Cyber Security Centre, develops the skills you need to pursue a career in the industry. The course covers various topics, including information security, digital forensics and other fundamental concepts. It also incorporates transferable skills applicable to professional development and finishes with a substantial independent project.

Subjects taught

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits.

For module details go to the course webpage below.

Entry requirements

To start this MSc, you will need a UK bachelors degree (or equivalent) in computing, cyber security or a related discipline, or relevant industrial experience in the area of cyber security. If you do not hold a bachelors degree, irrespective of your industrial experience, you will need to study a module from the Postgraduate Certificate in Computing (K22) to demonstrate your ability to study successfully at postgraduate level.

Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.

Our badged open course, Succeeding in postgraduate study, will introduce you to the nature of masters-level study. It offers essential preparation for pursuing your learning at this level – and is free.


2 - 6 years

How long it takes
This qualification can be completed within two years. Most students will study this qualification over three years, completing 60 credits each year. The maximum time to complete this is six years.

Enrolment dates

See Course Web Page link for next start date.

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Career relevance
The modules in the postgraduate cyber security programme are for professional security specialists, computer specialists, engineers, technical managers and scientists who need to develop or update their skills and knowledge in the area of cyber security and gain a recognised qualification to develop their careers. They have been developed to combine theoretical and practical aspects of cyber security, to enable you to become an effective professional in the industry.

In addition, they aim to encourage you, through the provision of appropriate educational activities, to develop study and transferable skills applicable to your employment and your continuing professional development.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

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    Part time

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