Cybersecurity is an essential need for a modern society in which information technology and services pervade every aspect of our lives. The cybersecurity field has the fastest growth rate while the labour market encounters a severe workforce shortage.
The aim of this programme is to provide learners with essential research and expert technical knowledge and competence of the most important technical concepts of security applied in emerging areas such as cloud security and forensics.
The course is technical and practical in nature, uniquely embedded in industry, and develops in-depth expertise of core technical topics within the area of cybersecurity such as information security, secure programming, network security, penetration testing, IT law and ethics, and technologies and tools that support application and service vulnerability detection, incident detection, data and log retrieval and analysis. The course also provides a narrower focus into forensics and cloud security through the two specialisations that are offered to the learners.
A unique feature of this course is the strong collaboration of the college with the industry in the development and delivery of the MSc in Cybersecurity course. The Domain Context module creates a space into which companies may provide in-house training, professional certification preparation or deliver knowledge on the latest technologies currently used by specific cybersecurity companies. The Internship module also connects students with the industry and supports students’ employment in the cyber security domain.
This course is ideal for ICT professionals or graduates with a level 8 degree on National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), in computing/computer science or in a cognate area (STEM) that wish to develop a career as a cybersecurity professional; to take a leading technical or managerial role; to progress faster in their employment or to apply the knowledge in their current role. Candidates who do not hold a computing degree and are currently working in the IT sector may be considered based on relevant academic qualifications or extensive work experience. Candidates are expected to have programming ability.
As a graduate of this course you will be able to:
Several reports highlight the skills shortage in Cyber Security. The Bureau of Labour Statistics projects 36.5 percent employment growth for information and cybersecurity experts and analysts by 2022. This field has the fastest growth rate when compared with the rest of the technology jobs.
The US News and World Report published in 2015 has highlighted that information security is considered one of the best jobs for the next seven years. Ireland has a strong presence of companies in cybersecurity. The top 5 worldwide companies are located in Ireland.
Considering the high demand of various type of jobs in the cybersecurity domain that currently exist in the market, graduates from this course may work in the following roles: information security analyst, secure application developer, cyber security tester, risk advisory on information security and forensics, cloud security analyst, etc.
The MSc in Cybersecurity is awarded by QQI at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This award will allow transfer to level 9 research awards and in some cases progression to doctoral study at level 10 on the NFQ.
An honours (level 8) primary degree in computing or a cognate area with a 2.2 award or higher. Candidates are expected to have programming ability. Cognate area means a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree that also taught programming/application development related modules. An assessment and/or interview may be conducted to ascertain suitability if necessary for candidates who do not meet the normal academic requirements.
The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements may be considered based on relevant work and other experience. This may be assessed using a portfolio of learning, demonstration of work produced, and an interview. The programming ability of the applicant will also be assessed.
This course has a BYOD (bring your own device) policy. Specifically, students are expected to successfully participate in lectures, laboratories and projects using a laptop with a substantial hardware configuration.
Mondays and Wednesdays 18.00 to 22.00 and some Saturday workshops.
This course runs over 2 years.
The course offers two specialisations: Forensics and Cloud Security. Learners must select one specialisation.
Cloud Security Specialisation:
All modules count towards the final award classification.
For more information on the modules taught on this course view our module descriptors.
The cost of this course is €4,475 per annum with a total fee of €8,950.
You can spread the cost of this course with a direct debit plan.
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