Systems & Software Security

Is this course for me?
Our Master of Science in Computing in Systems & Software Security is a two semester programme followed by a dissertation. Developed in collaboration with the IT industry and with major companies, including Pramerica, following graduation you'll be perfectly positioned to make the most of your future career opportunities in computer security.

At the heart of the course is a focus on a range of topics applicable to Systems and Software Security. This is followed by a dissertation where you can apply your learning to demonstrate an extended knowledge and ability in that area. The dissertation will normally be completed over one or two semesters.

Successful graduates find opportunities in companies with any large IT infrastructure, as well as the Payment Card industry and in Financial Services. Roles include becoming a Security Incident Analyst, a Secure Systems Manager or IT Security Threat Analyst.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Level 8 Honours Degree in Computing, or equivalent, second class honours (2.2), or Higher Diploma in Computing (Conversion Course into Computing). If you do not have an honours degree but have relevant experience you may also be eligible to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Subjects taught

Semester Proposed Modules Mandatory/elective Credits Hours Per Week

Year One
Semester 1
• Secure Infrastructure Mandatory 15 5
• Secure Programming Environments Mandatory 15 5

Semester 2
• Security Threats and Countermeasures Mandatory 15 5
• System Security and Cryptography Mandatory 15 5

Year Two
Semester 3
• Dissertation Mandatory 30 4


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time


EU Fees: €5,000.00
Non-EU Fees: €10,000.00

Post Course Info

Follow-on Courses
Follow up programmes elsewhere include:
• Level 10 studies (Doctoral) at other institutions and universities at home and abroad.

Career Pathways
The main employers are:
• Companies with Large Computer Networks
• Payment Card Industry
• Financial Services Companies

Graduate Careers
Graduate careers typically include:
• Security Incident Analyst
• Secure Systems Manager
• IT Security Threat Analyst

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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