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Computing - Applied Cyber Security

Information Technology is one of Ireland’s most important economic sectors, employing approximately 5% of the Irish workforce and accounting for a third of Irish exports (€32 billion per annum). The Dublin region has a significant concentration of IT multinationals similar to Silicon Valley and through its successes in the IT sector, Ireland has built an enviable international reputation as a technology center that is leveraged to attract investment to other sectors.

Against the background of growth in demand for IT courses and the needs of the business community, the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) have designed a new level 9 Master of Science in Computing degree where we expect to be a significant contributor to the needs of the economy and the regional business and social community.

The 90 credits NFQ level 9 masters programme will be made up of a taught component and a research project component. The emphasis of the programme is on applied skills with modules designed with the collaboration of industry and academia and where possible, modules will include content from industry certifications. The research component will be focused on real-world business problems and where possible, the research project will be completed during an internship with a company.

The courses are suitable for both entrants to a new discipline that require a broader range of taught modules to familiarize themselves with the skills and knowledge of the discipline and for specialist employees who want to up-skill in their specialist areas and require a narrow range of taught modules and more emphasis on the research skills project of the degree.

With our new degree structure, we seek to be flexible and responsive to industry needs while still maintaining a high standard of academic excellence.

Students will be required to take a minimum of 3 taught modules worth 10 credits each, giving a total of 30 credits. Students then have the option of two different paths to complete the 90 credits required for this master’s degree. One option is to take three more taught modules and a 30-credit research project. This path would suit students who are new to the discipline and require more taught modules and a smaller research project.

The other path is to take a 60 credit research project module route. This path would suit students who have a background in the discipline and who wish to dedicate more time to the research element of the masters and develop their research capabilities.

The MSc Research Project is a significant amount of work as it comprises from one-third to two-thirds of the credits for the masters. The research project will have at it core an applied component and incorporate the collecting and analyzing data for improving decision making purposes.

The MSc in Computing programme is of particular value to holders of a primary degree in computing, IT, or equivalent, working as IT professionals. It is also of value to individuals with a computing degree background who wish to develop their career towards working within a research-oriented environment at a postgraduate level.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for standard entrants to the Master of Science in Computing is 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5 or equivalent), in a Bachelor of Science in Computing (level 8) course, or equivalent.

Students progressing through the Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (BN509) who wish to enter the M.Sc. in Computing must attain a 2nd Class Honours Grade 2 (GPA 2.5) on the course.

In the event of a student not attaining this standard level , students must achieve an acceptable standard for progression by other means approved by QQI.

The acceptance of candidates with third class honours degrees and appropriate work experience and industrial certification on this course will be allowed provided there is evidence that the candidate can cope with the learning objectives of the course.

Candidates may be interviewed to assess their suitability to undertake the level of work required and to assess their commitment to succeding on the MSc in Computing Programme.

Duration

2 years (4 Semesters)

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 6.00pm -10.00pm

Careers or further progression

The Masters in Applied Cyber Security is designed to produce highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates to counter the cyber security threat. This course focuses on developing hands-on skills backed by theoretical knowledge. An essential part of the master’s degree is the creation of a body of work presented as a thesis which demonstrates ability in research methods, analytics and report writing. The graduates of this programme will be independent learners, good problem solvers and experienced researchers.

Students on this MSc in Applied Cyber Security will take part in Capture-the Flag competitions and through their course work, engage with real world problems with companies so that graduates from the programme have the necessary skills to make a difference in the work place.

Subjects taught

Year 1 Semester 1 - Sept 2016 to Dec 2016
•Digital Forensics (M)
• Secure Communications & Cryptography (M)

Year 1 Semester 2 - Jan 2017 to May 2017
•Network Security (M)
•Cyber Crime Investigation (E)

Year 2 Semester 3 - Sept 2017 to Dec 2017
•Business Continuity Management & Cloud Security (E)
• Research Skills & Ethics (E)

Year 2 Semester 4 - Jan 2018 to May 2018
•MSc Research Project (M)

Note :
The order of module delivery may differ from the listing above as there are other elective modules Secure Programming, Security Intelligence, Biometrics, Application Security.

Students must complete 6 modules and a thesis. All Modules are 10 ECTS Credits. The MSc Research Project is 30 ECTS Credits.

The order of Module Delivery may differ from the listing above.

An award of ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Computing’ may be granted if learners leave this programme having completed 6 taught modules and attained 60 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Comment

NFQ level: 9
Award title: Master of Science
Credits for Full Award: 90 @ NFQ Level 9
Awarding Body: ITB

Note :
This programme was formerly titled " MSc in Computing (Information Security & Digital Forensics - BN518). This new MSc in Applied Cyber Security was updated based on extensive feedback from industry and graduates. Most module titles remain unchanged and this new course better reflects the needs of industry.

Course fee

Fee: €2,000 per year

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