MSc Cybersecurity

Designed to prepare IT professionals for a managerial or technical career in Cyber Security. The programme offers the option of undertaking a significant piece of research

MSc in Cyber Security

Dr. Liliana Pasquale,  Associate Professor at the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin and Academic Programme Director discusses Secure Software Engineering module and benefits for  learners taking this programme.

The Secure Software Engineering module aims to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a Security Engineer, Architect, or Analyst career.
Learners will be encouraged to be active, motivated learners who can promote security practices and work in groups towards breaking, fixing, and building software systems. The module will provide a learning environment that will encourage professionals to construct their knowledge through problem-solving as part of a team and critically reflect on recent security breaches and vulnerabilities to develop their own and others' leadership and advocacy skills.


Most modules require a 2.2 degree in a related discipline or equivalent professional experience.

Should you have any queries regarding your eligibility, please contact us at

Learning outcomes on successful completion of the programme will depend on the modules taken but will include some or all of the following:

Knowledge and understanding of:

1.Information security principles and challenges in networks and software systems

2.Network security, secure software systems development, and cryptography

3.Security trends and technologies

4. Cybersecurity laws that apply to complex organisations and apply protection measures to comply with these laws

5.Cryptographic techniques to secure software, systems and computer networks

6. How to apply incident response principles and methodologies to secure infrastructures and operations

7.How to apply advanced security knowledge to address industry and research problems

Making judgements:

1.Evaluate trade-offs involving security, regulations, business, economic and management principles

2.Apply appropriate (quantitative/qualitative) risk assessment techniques to measure security risks

3.Appraise intrusion detection system and security of modern internet protocols (e.g., IPv6)

4.Identify effective penetration testing strategies

5.Apply appropriate incident response principles and methodologies to secure infrastructures and operations

6. Apply appropriate cryptographic protocols to secure networks, software and systems

7.Assess strengths and limitations of modern security trends and technologies

Communications and working skills

1.Communicate security risks and mitigation strategies to executives

2.Work and engage in discussions in security teams, share work fairly to meet the obligations set by the group

3.Explain advantages and disadvantages of cryptographic protocols

4.Communicate security research challenges and methodologies adopted to tackle the problem and the results obtained

Learning skills :

1.Attract and assess security talent

2.Lead security teams and influence organisational culture

3.Be curious about latest security vulnerabilities and technologies

4.Actively promote security practices within the organisation

5.Identify novel security research directions









Learn from world renowned academic staff in Ireland’s leading, future focused and globally recognised colleges.

Gain an accredited NFQ qualification/micro credential that you may count towards a full award if you so wish in the future.

Previous modules may be used as recognition of prior learning towards Advance Centre degree programmes.

Equip yourself with the latest in demand skillset, tools, know-how and knowledge to succeed in your career.

Gain a competitive edge, influence growth and steer strategic goals in your organisation upon completion of your studies with the Advance Centre.

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