MSc in Cybersecurity

  • Application Deadline:
    13th December 2024
  • Start Date:
    20th January 2025
  • Duration:
    2 years part-time
  • Delivery:
  • Subsidised Fees:
    To be confirmed

MSc in Cybersecurity

Master the art of cyber resilience

This Online MSc in Cybersecurity will equip the student with state-of-the-art knowledge and practical skills that are increasingly sought after in industry today.

With the proliferation of cyber-attacks and data breaches over the last 12 months, Governments, businesses and SME’s around the world are struggling to keep up with the growing threat of cybercrime. No wonder cybersecurity is now the fastest growing area in IT – and why there’s never been a better time to upskill in this critical field. With a severe workforce shortage and ever-increasing demand for enhanced and robust cybersecurity systems, there are vast opportunities emerging for skilled cybersecurity professionals.

Whether you’re looking for high salaries, job security or the chance to work on exciting and challenging projects, a career in cybersecurity has something for every technology professional.  So why wait? Take the first step towards a rewarding and fulfilling career in cybersecurity today. Click here for more information on the skills and certifications you’ll need to succeed.

Cyberspace is considered as the fifth battlefield after land, air, water and space. With the rise in attackers and data breaches sweeping throughout companies, there is a greater need to keep personal and top-secret information safe from cyberattacks and to invest in enhanced and robust cybersecurity measures.

Cybersecurity is an essential need for a modern society in which information technology and services pervade every aspect of our lives. Cybersecurity has the fastest growth rate among all areas of IT, with the labour market encountering a severe workforce shortage in this field.


Orientation:  January 2025

Start Date: January 2025

  • Fully Online
  • 2 years, part-time
  • Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-10pm.


Time Commitment

Typically, 1 ECTS = 20  – 25 hours of total student effort.

Example Semester 1: 20 ECTS per sem x 25 hrs = 500 hrs per sem / 16 weeks = 31.3 hrs per week (academic week with 5 contact hrs + 5 direct learning + 21.3 hrs independent learning)

Semester 1 – 3 = 25 – 31.3 Hours per week.

Semester 4 = 37.5 – 46.8 Hours per week.


The part-time element is to help busy professionals to study and work at the same time and as the programme is designed from an applied perspective, all learnings in the classroom can immediately be incorporated into the work environment.


Semester 1

  • Security Fundamentals
  • IT Law and Ethics
  • Network Security and Penetration Testing


Semester 2

  • Secure Programming for Web
  • Cryptography
  • Malware Analysis


Semester 3

Specialisation: Cloud Security

  • Research In Computing
  • Secure Programming for Application Development
  • Cloud Security (elective)


Specialisation: Forensics

  • Research In Computing
  • Secure Programming for Application Development
  • Forensics and eDiscovery (elective)
  • Incident Response and Analysis (elective)


Semester 4

Research Project (Capstone)

  • Research Methods


For further breakdown on modules and programme information, please click here to download the MSc in Cybersecurity programme brochure.


Academic Eligibility

Candidates must have a Level 8 Honours Degree in computing or a cognate area with a 2.2 award or higher. Cognate area means a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) degree that also has taught programming/ application development-related modules. This is a highly technical course so candidates are expected to have programming ability.

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 experiences. 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.



The fees for this programme are part-funded by Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet. The reduced programme fees for 2025 programme intake are to be confirmed. Please use the enquiry form to be informed when the fees are confirmed.

Part-funded fees are only available to eligible applicants*.


*Funding Eligibility

Applicants must be working in a private or commercial semi-state organisation registered in the Republic of Ireland (Business, Consultant, Freelancer) to avail of the grant-aided fees. As a government-funded training network, we can only support those meeting these criteria.

Applicants who do not meet our funding criteria may in some cases be able to apply and pay the full fee per year if there are available places. Contact us for more information.


Please click the “Apply Now” button and submit a copy of your CV for the first stage of screening.

At the second stage of the application process you will be sent a link to make a formal application with the college. Transcripts of your primary degree will be required at this stage.