Applied Cryptography

This module provides an introduction to the field of cryptography, with an emphasis on modern techniques used in the real world. The module is meant to be practical and as accessible as possible in terms of mathematical content, but a modicum of mathematics is inevitable when discussing cryptography.

Applied Cryptography

Listen to Liana Tomescu, UCD MSc in Cybersecurity student who talks about her experience  studying as a professional learner and working full time in a busy and constantly evolving sector.

She talks about many benefits of taking the programme and its positive impact it had on her career.

Among many modules she enjoyed, Applied Cryptography was one them.


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

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On successful completion of this module learners will be able to:

1. Understand the fundamentals of the major algorithms used in modern cryptography

2. Understand the practical deployment of such algorithms

3. Use cryptographic tools and techniques to encrypt, decrypt and sign messages

4. Identify attacks and vulnerabilities in cryptographic systems, and their countermeasures

5. Explain multi-step security protocols

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.

Yes, if you complete this module it can be credited as part of the MSc in Cybersecurity or Graduate Certificate.

The learner subsidy is provided for this micro-credential to reduce the learner fee by 80%.

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