Key programme benefits to future students
This programme provides graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to protect critical assets, ensuring the privacy of customer data and to maintain compliance with security regulations.

The course programme targets employment needs by incorporating practical modules and lab/tutorial content focusing on Cyber Security areas such as Host & Network Security, Biometrics, Data Forensics and Software Development.

The programme design mixes face-to-face learning approaches with blended learning activities educating students about fundamental Cyber Security technologies. The course cultivates critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, which are highly transferable.

Subjects taught

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

Spring Modules
• Data Forensics
• Biometrics
• Communication & Security Protocols
• Network & Host Security
• Master of Engineering Project 1: Project Identification*

Summer Modules
• Master of Engineering Project 2: Project Design & Implementation*

Entry requirements

An honours primary degree (Level 8 - QQI), 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.

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

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time, on-campus.

Enrolment dates


Post Course Info

Graduate Careers
Graduates of this programme will be able to develop and manage security policies related to organisations’ IT systems and to combat threats to corporate technical resources. Careers include: Security Engineer/Architect; Penetration Tester (“Ethical Hacker”); Cyber Security Manager/Consultant; Digital Forensics Analyst; Information Security Compliance Specialist; Information Technology Auditor; Security Systems Administrator; Cryptography Engineer; Network Security Engineer; Chief Information Officer; Doctorate postgraduate studies.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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