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Software Design with Cybersecurity – MSc

  • Campus: Athlone

  • years: 1

Course Overview

The course will provide students with both theoretical and practical skills to understand and respond to computer security threats in the modern enterprise. It will arm them with a broad range of competencies to successfully engage in many different security career roles in the enterprise. Students will be given a comprehensive insight of the role and practice of security in the enterprise that will enable them to holistically understand the security context and to relate the security processes and lifecycle to the business activities of the organisation and to hence identify and prioritize security activities.
This activity will be supported by developing key security technology competencies in the student cohort. The course will provide a student with a thorough introduction to cryptography developing an understanding of cryptographic algorithms and mechanism. This will, in turn, inform the development of skills in the key areas of network security and computer security – the combination of which provides the security bedrock for the enterprise information technology infrastructure on which the enterprise conducts its business.

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Scholarships of €1,000 to maximum of €3,000 may be awarded based on academic achievement, personal statement outlining exceptional achievements, student ambassador programme, alumni scholarship and sibling scholarship to Non-EU students who apply through International Office or Country Advisors for TUS campuses.

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Contact Details

Dr. Enda Fallon

Head of Department


What are the entry requirements?

Applicants should hold a 4 year honours degree in software design or an equivalent qualification with a minimum grade of 2.1 (60%). In line with institute policies, non-native English speakers are required to have a minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent result in internationally recognised Test of English.

Course Modules

  • Object Oriented Programming I

  • Research Methods & Professional Practice

  • Network Security

  • Security in the Enterprise

  • Object Oriented Programming II

  • Computer and Cloud Security

  • Applied Cryptography

  • Engineering Team Project

  • Students may choose to complete a research dissertation or industry based work placement.

What can you do after this programme?

The proposed programme provides excellent employment opportunities for graduates. Historically there has been a significant shortage of graduates in the ICT area. According to the Forfás Vacancy Overview Report, 35% of all difficult to fill vacancies were for the ICT sector, primarily for professional roles in software development including software developers: mobile (iOS/Android), database (with Oracle/SQL), web, cloud; with skills in Java, JavaScript, C++, and .Net the most frequently mentioned. The proposed programme will provide these technical competencies. There was a 5% increase in employment in the software sector between quarter 4 2015 and quarter 4 2016, representing an additional 4,500 persons (Skills Ireland 2016).

In particular the available roles include:
1. Security Architect (SA)
2. Security Risk Analyst (SRA)
3. Security Operations Analyst (SOA)
4. Security Platform Engineer (SPE)
5. Secure Software Developer (SSD)

Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates have the opportunity to complete Level 9/10 programmes here at TUS or elsewhere.