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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.


Full-Time: 1 Year 3 Semesters.

Part Time: Also delivered on-line over 24 months


Part Time

Fully Online (Material and Assessments)

No. of weeks per semester: 13

Which days: Monday - Friday

Full Time

Online & CIT Bishopstown Campus

No. of weeks per semester: 13

No. of timetable hours/week: 16

Which days: Monday - Friday

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 both online and on campus.

Number of credits


Further enquiries


Vincent Ryan

Cork Institute of Technology

Rossa Avenue

Bishopstown Cork

T12 P928 Ireland

Phone: +353 21 4335112



Subjects taught


The programme places significant emphasis on student learning by doing. It adopts a practical, hands-on, 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.

Semester 1 (Autumn)

Network Security & Forensics

Incident Response & Forensics

Scripting for System Automation

Cloud Security

Malware Investigations

Data Analytics

Free Choice Module

Semester 2 (Spring)

Security Management and Law

Offensive Security

Applied Cryptography

Malware Reverse Engineering

Threat Intelligence

Software Vulnerabilities

Free Choice Module

SEMESTER 3 (Summer)

Research Project

Module descriptors can be viewed

Application date

EU Applicants: Apply online

Closing date: 4th September 2019

International Applicant

Closing Date: 31st May 2019.

To apply, please e-mail the following documents to

• Completed Application Form:

• Birth Certificate OR Photo Page of Passport – Photocopy of either document

• School Leaving Examination Certificate OR High School Transcript. Include forecast results if final results are not available.

• Academic Transcript and Proof of Final Degree (required for transfer and postgraduate applicants) & Academic Marking/Grading Scheme

• English Language Proficiency score for applicants whose first language is not English. i.e. IELTS Academic Certificate, TOEFL.

• Curriculum Vitae/Résumé

Course fee

Online EU & Non EU: €9,000

Full-time on Campus:

EU Applicants: €6,500.

Non EU Applicants: €12,000

Students should note that the Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions.

Full-time (On Campus) EU Postgraduate Students will also be liable for the €7 USI Levy.

For further information on the USI levy please go to:

Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

Students can check their account balance and pay their fees online at

Failure to pay fees on time will result in a late payment fee of 10% being applied and students will no longer have access to IT Facilities.

• Where course fees are being funded by an employer, you are asked to seek payment or reimbursement from your employer. Where an employer requires an invoice in their Company name the employer must e-mail with the relevant details and the amount of Fees they will be funding.

• For Semesterised courses, students pay for the relevant modules at the beginning of each semester. Payment of fees by laser, debit or credit card can be made online at or by phoning +353 21 433 5440.

Students should familiarise themselves with the relevant section of the Student Regulations.

Please note that the Fees Office will use your CIT email account for important communications.

Withdrawing from a course

Students who wish to withdrawn from a course must notify the admissions office and complete a withdrawal form. Where Students fail to inform admissions of their withdrawal they will remain liable for any unpaid fees on their accounts. E-mail

Refund Policy

All courses at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a course cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

• A full refund will be given to all applicants for courses which do not proceed.

• A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before 5th September.

• Where students pay the online application fee to accept an offer they have 14 days in which to withdraw and claim a full refund provided the course has not commenced.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for short courses, if requested up to one week after course commencement. No refunds will be given thereafter. A short Course is less than 12 weeks duration.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for semesterised and full year courses if requested up to one month after the commencement of Semester 1 and before the end of February for Semester 2. No refunds will be given thereafter.

• All applications for refunds must be made on the appropriate Refund Form which can be requested from the CIT Fees Office (email

NB: Students are reminded to ensure that they have clearly understood all the terms of their enrolment with CIT, in particular clauses concerning refunds, deferments, waivers, course transfers, and visa applications (when applicable).

Enrolment and start dates

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