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Information Security

Information security 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, Information Security 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 Information Security within most multinational entities.

This programme is designed to produce graduates with advanced theoretical and practical skills in Information Security 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 Information Security will require a minimum of a Level 8 Honours Degree in Computing or in a cognate discipline.


Duration & Delivery
24 months (4 semesters) is the minimum duration.

The MSc in Information Security 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 Information Security. 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 campus over one academic year and some elective modules may be taken online.

Number of credits

M.Sc.: 90 ECTS
P.Grad.Dip: 60 ECTS

Further enquiries

Vincent Ryan
Department of Computing
T: +353 21 433 5112

Subjects taught

All modules are 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.
• Digital Forensics
• Security Management and Law
• Malware Analysis
• Applied Cryptography
• Advanced Penetration Testing
• Networking Security & Forensics
• Information Security Research Project (30 ECTS)

• Cloud Security
• IoT Security
• Free Choice Module


The programme is currently being developed and will commence in September 2016.

Application date

Closing date: 4th September 2017

Course fee

EU Applicants: €9,000
Non-EU Applicants: €12,000

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