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Information Security (MSc)

Overview - part-time ONLINE Programme

Two separate deliveries of this programme are offered; full-time on-campus by day and part-time online by night which is described in this page.

The MSc in Information Security programme has a strong applied emphasis which is supported by in-depth theoretical knowledge.The programme was developed with significant input from industry’s leading Information Security experts. Designed to address the widening practical and theoretical skills shortage in Information Security the programme delivers content that follows best practice in industry.The continuing trend of skills shortage in this area is predicted to increase the global demand for Information Security graduates.

Information security can be defined as the protection of information and information systems from unauthorised access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction in order to provide confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Today, Information Security is becoming a function of increasing importance for the continued operation of commercial entities. The increasing level of interconnectedness of information networks and the reliance of business models on this interconnectedness has resulted in a network currently (the Internet) that has over a yottabyte of information stored, much of which is unsecured. This continuing trend is predicted to strongly increase the importance of Information Security within most multinational entities.

This programme has a strong applied, hands-on emphasis, and was put together in consultation of many industry experts.  It aims to fill the ever increasing skills gap in this area and delivers material that follows the most current practice. Upon successful completion of this programme the student will both understand and deploy the most advanced methods to protect information at rest, in transit, and at work.

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Modules in this programme include Applied Cryptography, Digital and Network Forensics, Penetration Testing, Analytics, Network Security, Malware Investigations, Cloud Security, Information Security Law, Malware Reverse Engineering, Embedded Security, Software Security,Threat Intelligence, Offensive Security. Hands-on labs are provided through CIT’s private cloud giving students 24/7 access to state-of-the-art Information Security labs.
Upon successful completion of the MSc in Information Security programme, the graduate will both understand and have the capacity to deploy many of the most advanced methods and systems to protect information at rest, in transit, and at work.

Entry will require a minimum of a Level 8 Honours Degree in Computer Science or a cognate discipline. The MSc in Information Security is a 90 credit programme, consisting of 60 credits of taught modules and a 30 credit project.


The online programme is the same as the full-time programme. The only difference is that it is delivered online and this flexibility is attractive to people in work who want to upskill but cannot attend a full-time programme. All classes are delivered over the Internet and all practical work is completed using CIT’s cloud infrastructure. Lectures are delivered using Adobe Connect and labs are available 24/7 using CIT’s world-class private cloud environment. Our current online students are based in Ireland, the UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, South America and the USA.


Master of Science (MSc) in Information Security (90 ECTS)

The MSc in Information Security is a 90 credit programme, consisting of 60 credits worth of taught modules and a 30-credit project. It is expected that part-time students can complete this programme in 2 calendar years, and the programme is offered in a timetabled manner to support this.

In the event that a student completes the 60 taught credits and is unable to complete the project (30 credits), that student can opt to receive the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Information Security. Indeed it is possible to apply directly for the PGDip programme.

A student who receives a PGDip in Information Security, and who, after some time, decides that (s)he wishes to complete the MSc, has the option of revoking their PGDip, completing the 30-credit project and then presenting themselves for the MSc in Information Security.

PART-Time Programme Fees

€9,000 to complete the MSc in Information Security (in two payments of €6,000 and €3,000 for Stage 1 and 2 respectively)

Per semester fee instalments, as outlined below, may also be possible. Please contact if this is your preferred payment option.

Stage 1/Semester 1 (Sept 2017, 20 credits):                   €2000
Stage 1/Semester 2 (Jan 2018, 20 credits):                     €2000
Stage 1/Semester 3 (Sept 2018, 20 credits):                   €2000
Stage 2/Semester 4 (Jan 2019, 30 credits project):       €3000

Fee per 5 credit module             €  500
Fee per 10 credit module           €1000
Fee per 30 credit module           €3000

Duration & Delivery

18 months (4 semesters) is the minimum duration.

The MSc in Information Security part-time offering is taught fully online and is designed specifically for computing professionals working in the IT industry. The modules are assessed by online continuous assessment. The programme is hands-on in nature and provides the learner with detailed working knowledge of the tools used in the field of Information Security. Online lectures are delivered to students 2 evenings per week. Lectures are streamed live over the Internet and recorded to facilitate easy playback for learners.

Admission Requirements

Entry to the MSc in Information Security will require a minimum of a Level 8 Honours Degree in Computing or in a cognate discipline. Applicants who do not hold a Level 8 degree but have significant industrial experience will be considered on a case by case basis


All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.

Mandatory Modules

Incident Response and Digital Forensics (10 ECTS)
Security Management and Law (10 ECTS)
Applied Cryptography
Web Application and Network Penetration Testing (10 ECTS)
Networking Security & Forensics (10 ECTS)
Scripting for System Administrators
Information Security Research Project (30 ECTS)

Elective Modules

Cloud Security
Data Analytics
Malware Investigations
Malware Reverse Engineering
Threat Intelligence
Software Security
Free Choice Module


Master of Science in Information Security (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications)
Single module certification is also possible.


Vincent Ryan
Department of Computer Science
T: +353 (21) 433 5112


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