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Cybersecurity Research

Is this course for me?
Our Master of Science in Computing in Cybersecurity Security Research has 30 taught credits and a 60 credit dissertation. Developed in collaboration with the IT industry, following graduation you'll be perfectly positioned to make the most of your future career opportunities in cybersecurity.

At the heart of the course is a focus on a range of topics applicable to Cybersecurity, Software Compliance, Threat Management and Information Security Management. This is followed by a research 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 to three semesters.

Key features
• Flexible part-time and full-time options
• Industry input into course design
• Excellent career opportunities for graduates
• An opportunity to develop in-depth skills through a major piece of research.

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).


1 year, full time
2 years, part time

Careers or further progression

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

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.

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

Graduate Careers
Graduate careers typically include:
• Cloud Architect/Engineer
• Cloud Systems Administrator
• Cloud Services Developer

Further enquiries

Department Administration:
Tel: +353 (0)74 918 6306
Thomas Dowling
Head of Department
Telephone: +353 (0)74 918 6304

Subjects taught

What will I study
Semester 1
• Secure Infrastructure (M)
• Cryptography and Forensic Analysis (M)

Semester 2
• Threat Management 1 (E)
• Information Security Management 1 (E)
• Software Compliance (E)

Semester 3
• Research Dissertation (M)

(M) = Mandatory, (E) = Elective

Pick one elective and do a Dissertation that is relevant to the overall learning outcomes of the course.
Elective modules will be offered subject to demand.

Application date

We are now taking applications for the next intake in September 2020.

Applications will close on August 31th 2020 or earlier if the course is full.

Students requiring a study visa for Ireland should apply no later than May 29th 2020.

Course fee

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

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