Industrial Networks & Cybersecurity

What is the programme about?
This Masters of Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity is designed to meet the needs of companies in traditional manufacturing, smart manufacturing companies and those engaged in Industry 4.0. The aim of the programme is to widen and enhance the existing skills of learners who typically have existing Operations Technology (OT) skills, and supplement these with a strong, skills-based, knowledge of industrial networking and Cybersecurity.

Graduates will acquire skills to bridge the gap between the manufacturing operations and the business and will gain a range of skills, techniques and approaches to equip them to best develop and protect the network and the processes in the manufacturing zone.

The aim of the programme is to develop theoretical and applied skills to allow graduates to work in operations, often with a close relationship to the IT manager and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), with a specific focus on the Industrial Networks and the Cybersecurity aspects of it.

Special Features of this course
Students will learn about Industrial Control and Automation Systems (ICAS), Programming, Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity. To promote engagement with industry and raise awareness of technical advances, this programme combines blended learning with a work-based project, to build bridges between understanding and commercial application.

Subjects taught

What subject areas will I study?
Industrial Control Systems
Advanced Industrial Automation
Programming I & II
Industrial Networks I & II
Cybersecurity I & II
Research Methods for Engineering
Dissertation (Engineering)
Work-based Project
Professional Development

Entry requirements

1. Graduates with a minimum for 2.2 honours in a Level 8 degree such as Electronics/Electrical/Mechatronics/Computer Engineering or equivalent programme.


2. Graduates with a Level 7 Distinction award in Electronics/ Electrical / Mechatronics/Computer Engineering or equivalent programme with a minimum 2 years relevant post qualification experience.


3. EU and International graduates whose qualifications which are in line with the Bologna agreement or the international NARIC system for Level 8 comparison.

4. International learners must have an English Language score of 6.0 ILETS or a Duolingo score of 100.


1 year full-time

Post Course Info

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?
• Work and collaborate with COO and CISO, operations engineers, IT engineers as well as vendors and information security consultants.

• Analyse, design, interpret performance data, pinpoint improvement strategies, and understand network and the cyber security cybersecurity threat landscape.

• Develop the skill and technical knowledge to be the focal point within the industrial operations team for networks and cybersecurity.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Successful graduates of this programme may apply to undertake a PhD at the Institute of Technology Carlow or other third-level institutions.

Potential employment opportunities
• Security architect
• Penetration tester
• Network engineer
• Security engineer
• Security auditor
• Information security forensic expert
• Incident responder
• Vulnerability assessor

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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