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Cybersecurity (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. (Please note that the MSc in Cybersecurity was previously titled the MSc in Information Security.)


Recognised by industry as Ireland's leading Cybersecurity 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 Cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity experts. Designed to address the widening practical and theoretical skills shortage in Cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity graduates. Download the MSc in Cybersecurity programme flyer here or by clicking the image over.


what is cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity 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, Cybersecurity 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 Cybersecurity within most organisations.


Ireland's Cybersecurity Capital

Cork is the cybersecurity capital of Ireland with major companies choosing to locate in the region. It is a mark of how highly we in MTU are regarded in Cybersecurity that we host both CyberIreland and CyberSkills, both of which serve the entire country. Sometimes referred to as Information Security, Cybersecurity 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 a cybersecurity 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

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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 MTU Cork's private cloud giving students 24/7 access to state-of-the-art Cybersecurity labs.


Upon successful completion of the MSc in Cybersecurity 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 Cybersecurity 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 Cyberecurity (90 ECTS)


The MSc in Cybersecurity 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 Cybersecurity. Indeed it is possible to apply directly for the PGDip programme.


A student who receives a PGDip in Cybersecurity, 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 Cybersecurity.


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

Further information - MSc in Information Security

Entry to the MSc in Cybersecurity 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.

Applicants should typically have good knowledge in the area of Computer Networking.

EU student FEES

EU student fees are €8,700. Per semester fee instalments are possible, please contact the Fees Office in MTU Cork 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)

You can find the answer to many common questions on the international student website including:


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



Applications are now open for September 2023. Closing date for applications is 31st August 2023, or whenever the programme is full.



The Department of Computer Science at MTU Cork 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.



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

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