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Information Security (MSc)

Overview - FULL-TIme programme

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Two separate deliveries of this programme are offered; full-time on-campus by day and part-time online by night. This page gives details of the full-time programme.

Recognised by industry as Ireland's leading Cyber Security programme. Delivered by expert academic and industry professionals this programme has built a huge reputation in Ireland and abroad. Offered in both part-time online and full-time on campus modes.

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. Download the MSc in Information Security programme flyer here or by clicking the image over.

what is information security​

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 organisations.

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 organisations.

Ireland's Cybersecurity Capital

Cork is the Information Security capital of Ireland with major companies choosing to locate in the region. Sometimes referred to as cybersecurity, 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. Companies with an Information Security presence in Cork are listed in the table below, please click on each logo for company details.


IBM FireEye McKesson Forcepoint
Solarwinds Trend Micro Keeper Security esentire
Johnson Controls SmartTech United Technologies Research Centre Sophos
Malwarebytes Qualcomm TransUnion McAfee
vmWare Sonicwall Alien Vault Cylance
NUIX GetVisibility RSA

100% Information Security, no apologies

MSc in Information Security Programme Schedule

This programme has a strong applied, hands-on emphasis, and was developed in consultation with many industry experts. It aims to fill the ever increasing skills gap in this area and delivers material that follows the most current practice. Please click here or the programme schedule button for full module details.

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. It is expected that students will complete this programme in 12 months on a full-time basis.


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. Full-time students will complete the programme in one calendar year.

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.

Duration & Delivery

12 months (3 semesters) is the minimum duration.

irish national newspaper coverage

The following article was recently published in the Sunday Independent, Ireland's highest selling Sunday newspaper. The article features Adedamola Afolabi who is originally from Lagos in Nigeria and now works for IBM Security in Cork.

Admission Requirements

Entry to the MSc in Information Security will require a minimum of a Level 8 Honours Degree in Computing, Computer Science, Electrical/Electronic Engineering 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.

EU student FEES

EU student fees are €6,500. Per semester fee instalments are possible, please contact the Fees Office in CIT if this is your preferred payment option. Some students may be eligible for SUSI grant support, check the Eligibility Reckoner on the SUSI website for further details.

international students (Non-EU)

Non-EU fees are €12000, scholarships (25%) are available up to 31st March reducing fees to €9000. A scholarship of 15% is offered until the 31st May reducing fees to €10,200. After that date the programme fee returns to €12000.


Master of Science in Information Security (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).


September 2018.


The Department of Computer Science at CIT is one of the largest Computer Science departments in Ireland. We offer a range of modern undergraduate programmes and a host of opportunities at master’s degree and at PhD level. Our industry engaged programmes match the needs of our economy and have an excellent reputation for producing the most employable computer science graduates in the region. These highly skilled graduates are in huge demand and contribute significantly to the development of the region. As technology plays a greater role in our society the growth in the demand for these graduates will continue year after year.

ContactFurther information - MSc in Information Security

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

Apply now for this programme

Please select the correct button to apply for this programme. Please note that International (non-EU) applicants will be directed to the International Office and asked to follow a defined application process.

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