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Computing - Systems & Software Security

Is this the course for you?
This Masters programme is a two semester taught programme in Computing which focuses on topics applicable to Systems and Software Security. This is followed by a placement and then a dissertation. The dissertation will offer the student the opportunity to apply a range of topics covered in the taught part of the programme to demonstrate an extended knowledge and ability in that area. The dissertation will normally be completed over one to two semesters. From an industry point of view, this programme was developed in partnership with the IT industry and with Pramerica in particular.

The objective of developing the course is to ensure a supply of highly-skilled and experienced graduates for key employers locally and throughout Ireland. The existence of the course and the placement reflects the commitment of employers to this field of expertise.

Graduates from this course can expect to find attractive employment opportunities locally and nationally as there is a huge shortage of IT security graduates.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
Level 8 Honours Degree in Computing, or equivalent, second class honours (2.2). If you don’t have an honours degree but have relevant experience you may also be eligible to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


1 year full time, 2 years part time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Successful graduates find themselves working in the following sectors:
• Companies running Large Computer Networks
• The Payment Card Industry
• Financial Services Companies

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

Follow-on courses
• Level 10 studies (Doctoral) at other Institutions and universities at home and abroad.

Further enquiries

Head of Department
Thomas Dowling
Telephone: 074 918 6304

Non-European ApplicantsApplications from non-EU applicants are very welcome. Please contact Jill Murphy at for details about application forms, fees, visas etc.

Subjects taught

Mandatory modules
Semester 1
• Secure Infrastructure
• Secure Programming Environments

Semester 2
• Security Threats & Countermeasures
• Computer Security & Cryptography

Semester 3
• Placement
• Dissertation

Enrolment and start dates

Proposed Commencement Date: September (annually)

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