Cybersecurity and Software Development

Two-year part-time Springboard+ online programme with awards of 60 ECTS in total.

This course provides:

• A specialisation in Cybersecurity making participants aware of cyber threats, vulnerabilities and attacks, threat models, secure software development (DevSecOps), Crypto API, including programming languages such as, Java, Java Enterprise, JavaScript (NodeJS) and Python.

• A structure for industry collaboration, which allows the industry to influence the development and training of participants, through a dedicated eight-month internship programme.

• Significant placement/internship will allow participants to gain relevant experience and also provide industry partners with an opportunity to assess potential recruits.


1. Internship: The programme provides a substantial eight month industry internship with our partners Rapid 7, Cisco, IBM, HPE, and TitanHQ which will dramatically increase graduate employment prospects.

2. Online Delivery: Flexible online delivery with pre recorded lectures allowing students to work full-time or part-time while completing the course.

3. Demand for graduates with skills in Cybersecurity and Software Development are at all time highs, with large starting salaries available.

Entry requirements

This programme is open to applicants from all backgrounds who hold an NQAI Level 8 qualification or equivalent. Persons who hold formal qualifications at Level 7 may also apply, subject to provision of satisfactory evidence of having attained Level 8 competencies through prior experiential learning (minimum of two years working in an IT role)

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: Check Springboard for details:


2 Years Part Time

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Career Opportunities

A selection of roles that graduates will be eligible to apply for:
• Application security engineer
• Network security/Cybersecurity engineers
• Cybersecurity specialists
• Cybersecurity Architect
• Information security, cybersecurity, or vulnerability analysts
• Penetration 5ester
• DevSecOps engineer
• Software developer/engineer (Java, C#, Frontend JS)
• Backend developer
• Database analyst
• Software analyst
• IT manager
• Automated test engineer

The career pathways are taken from an analysis of past graduates and the new cybersecurity roles are sampled from those available from our partner companies.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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