The MSc in Cybersecurity part time offering is taught fully online and is designed specifically for computing professionals working in the IT industry. The modules are assessed by online continuous assessment. The programme is hands-on in nature and provides the learner with detailed working knowledge of the tools used in the field of Cybersecurity. Online lectures are delivered to students 2 evenings per week. Lectures are streamed live over the Internet and recorded to facilitate easy playback for learners.

The full time offering is taught on the Bishopstown Campus, and some elective modules may be delivered online.

Cybersecurity can be defined as the protection of information and information systems from unauthorised access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction in order to provide confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

Today, Cybersecurity is becoming a function of increasing importance for the continued operation of commercial entities. The increasing level of interconnectedness of information networks and the reliance of business models on this interconnectedness has resulted in a network currently (the Internet) that has over a yottabyte of information stored, much of which is unsecured. This continuing trend is predicted to strongly increase the importance of Cybersecurity within most multinational entities.

This programme is designed to produce graduates with advanced theoretical and practical skills in Cybersecurity and a demonstrated ability to perform research on topics related to this field of study.

This programme aims to fill the ever increasing skills gap in this area and delivers material that follows the most current practise. Upon successful completion of this programme the student will both understand and deploy the most advanced methods to protect information at rest, in transit, and at work.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Entry to the MSc in Cybersecurity will require a minimum of a Level 8 Honours Degree in Computing or in a cognate discipline.

Applicants who do not hold a Level 8 degree but have significant industrial experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Subjects taught

The programme places significant emphasis on student learning by doing. It adopts a practical, handson, approach to learning, where all modules are fully assessed using continuous assessment methods. There are no formal end of semester written examinations and this ensures that you will learn by doing from the first module to the last.

Network Security & Forensics (10 ECTS)
Incident Response & Forensics (10 ECTS)
Scripting for System Automation (5 ECTS)
Elective x 1 (5 ECTS)

Security Management and Law (10 ECTS)
Offensive Security (10 ECTS)
Applied Cryptography (5 ECTS)
Elective x 2 (5 ECTS)

Research Project (30 ECTS)
Elective modules offered may include
Malware Investigations
Malware Reverse Engineering
Threat Intelligence
Software Vulnerabilities
Distributed Ledger Technology
Online Fraud Analytics
Embedded Security
Cloud Security
Big Data Processing
Data Analytics


M.Sc.: 90 ECTS


Full-time 1 year (3 Semesters)
Part-time Online over 24 months


Part Time
Fully Online (Material and Assessments)
No. of weeks per semester: 13
Which days: Normally two nights a week

Full Time
CIT Bishopstown Campus
No. of weeks per semester: 13
No. of timetable hours/week: 18
Which days: Monday - Friday


Online delivery: €9,000
Full-time on Campus delivery:
EU Applicants: €6,500.
Non EU Applicants: €12,000

Enrolment dates

Information Evening
Institute staff will be in attendance during each session to offer career guidance and assistance.

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

The Information Evening for the academic year beginning September 2019 will take place from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 3rd September 2019
CIT Bishopstown Campus

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