This programme is designed to prepare IT professionals for a managerial or technical career in cybersecurity. It will be of value to people working in project/product/systems management, or as software developers or software engineers, as well as those in incident response, tech support or networking, who are looking to move into cybersecurity.
It will help companies, government and state institutions, defence forces and others to upskill their staff to fill new roles in cyber security so that they can protect their organisations, their customers and the public.
It is designed to facilitate professional learners through flexible blended study options. Lectures are pre-recorded and made available on the VLE Platform (Brightspace). Lectures are complemented by occasional full-day workshops on campus (as indicated in the timetable of each module). The combination of mainly distance but with some on-campus days allows flexible learning but with face-to-face interactions. Some module coordinators may deliver live online lectures (e.g., via Zoom) periodically (e.g., bi-weekly).
In developing the programme we have collaborated with industry and law enforcement practitioners – in particular the Leadership in Security and the Incident Response modules – to ensure that these modules meet the needs of professional learners.
The programme offers the option of undertaking a significant piece of research.
The curriculum is aligned with the ACM/IEEE/AIS SIGSEC/IFIP Cybersecurity Curricular Guidelines so that it will prepare students to take a variety of cyber security roles, including some modules for professionals seeking a managerial role in security.
Flexible study options for professional learners
The programme is designed to facilitate professional learners through flexible blended study. Lectures will be delivered online and will be complemented by face-to-face, intensive full-day tutorials that will typically be delivered three times per semester. The combination of mainly distance but with some on-campus days allows flexible learning but with face-to-face interactions.
Teaching activities will be supported by using security use cases, open-source web applications (e.g., WebGoat), cyber ranges (Kypo Cyber Range https://crp.kypo.muni.cz/) and tools (e.g., Metasploit). Where applicable, the modules of the programme will adopt problem based learning.
The online portion of study consists of an engaging mixture of videos, assignments, quizzes and tutorials. In addition to making the study materials available, lecturers will answer student queries through the course discussion boards, or through a virtual classroom environment. Tutors provide regular additional support through the online portal. The full-day workshops/practicals will cover exercises and group activities for all the modules taught in that specific trimester.
The workshops/practical sessions are intensive mandatory study days on campus. These sessions currently fall on a Friday and consist of 3 days per semester. (Please refer to your timetable for details).
Academic rigour and a focus on the needs of practitioners
When developing the programme we met with industry practitioners to understand which cybersecurity skills are most needed. We have recruited law enforcement and industry practitioners as Adjunct Faculty. To link the academic curriculum to professional practice, we are working with industry to formulate 30-credit Professional Cybersecurity Projects that students can tackle at the end of the programme. These projects will be co-supervised by a practitioner from industry and a member of the academic staff at the UCD School of Computer Science. Projects will be classified depending on application areas (e.g., management, secure software development, IT security operations, research, enterprise architecture). Depending on the student’s chosen career path, they can identify a project in their area of interest. Instead of the Professional Project, students can take additional taught modules and a Case Study. We also offer the option of an academic research project under the supervision of a UCD academic.
Stage 1 - Option
Leadership in SecurityCOMP47800
Cybersec. Professional ProjectCOMP47820
Cybersecurity Research ProjectCOMP47830
Cybersecurity Case StudyCOMP47840
Trends in CybersecurityCOMP47850
Cyber Risk Assessment and StandardsCOMP47900
Secure Software EngineeringCOMP47910
Cybersecurity Law and RegulationLAW42160
Minimum of a 2.1 honours bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (or a cognate discipline) or
2:2 honours bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (or a cognate discipline) and equivalent (> 5 years) industrial experience in software development or software/system security.
Each applicant will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Students are also required to fulfil UCD’s English Language Requirements.
This holistic and well-rounded programme prepares students for a career in cybersecurity. It will be of great interest to executives and professional / technical staff who:
need to acquire knowledge and skills in cybersecurity;
want to gain a promotion;
want to open up new career opportunities for themselves in cyber security related roles;
are interested in doing some research in this field, perhaps in relation to a current work problem;
want to gain a qualification to add to their standing and credibility within their professional life.
How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Cybersecurity PT (T380)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised
2 years part-time.
MODE OF DELIVERY: Face-to-Face
NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.
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Careers & Employability
The course will prepare professionals for a rewarding career in cybersecurity; for example, to take role of a security manager, security engineer, security analyst, or IT security specialist. Career development possibilities are excellent. Organisations of all sizes in all sectors, including both Irish and foreign owned companies, are looking for people with these skills. Many global companies have a base in Ireland, including security software and cyber security companies with a security operations centre (SOC). There is a growing cyber security market globally as cyber security is recognized as critical for national security and the smooth functioning of society. This holistic and well-rounded course will be of interest to executives and professional/technical staff who:
• need to acquire knowledge and skills to equip themselves better for their current role
• want to gain a promotion
• want to open up new career opportunities for themselves in cyber security related roles
• are interested in doing some research in this field, perhaps in relation to a current work problem
• want to gain a qualification to add to their standing and credibility within their professional life