Cybersecurity, M.Sc. | Part time | University College Dublin | Dublin, Ireland
24 months
9625 EUR/year
6375 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Cybersecurity programme at the University College Dublin is designed to prepare IT professionals for a managerial or technical career in cybersecurity. It will be of value to people working in project/product/systems management, or as software developers or software engineers, as well as those in incident response, tech support or networking, who are looking to move into cybersecurity.


It will help companies, government and state institutions, defence forces and others to upskill their staff to fill new roles in cyber security so that they can protect their organisations, their customers and the public.

The Cybersecurity programme at the University College Dublin it is designed to facilitate professional learners through flexible blended study options. Lectures are delivered online and complemented by occasional full-day workshops on campus, with a remote option for those who cannot attend in person. The combination of mainly distance but with some on-campus days allows flexible learning but with face-to-face interactions.

In developing the programme we have collaborated with industry and law enforcement practitioners – in particular the Leadership in Security and the Incident Response modules – to ensure that these modules meet the needs of professional learners.

The programme offers the option of undertaking a significant piece of research.

The curriculum is aligned with the ACM/IEEE/AIS SIGSEC/IFIP Cybersecurity Curricular Guidelines so that it will prepare students to take a variety of cyber security roles, including some modules for professionals seeking a managerial role in security.

Careers & Employability

The programme will help to reduce the cybersecurity skills shortage and prepare professionals for a rewarding career in cybersecurity; for example, to take a role as a security manager, security engineer, security analyst, or IT security specialist. Career development possibilities in this field are excellent. Organizations of all sizes in all sectors, including both Irish and foreign owned companies, are looking for people with these skills. Many global companies have a base in Ireland, including security software and cyber security companies with a security operations centre (SOC). There is a growing cyber security market globally as cyber security is recognized as critical for national security and the smooth functioning of society. Opportunities abound in government, healthcare, critical national infrastructure, ICT, financial services, telecoms, manufacturing and SMEs, which all face growing cyber security threats. Digitization and the move to remote working are increasing the threat surface.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Information Security
  • Leadership In Security
  • Risk Assessment & Security Standards
  • Privacy and Regulatory Compliance
  • Network Security
  • Incident Response

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines





Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The normal requirement is a second class honours degree, grade one (2:1). You should check the specific entry requirements for the course that you intend to apply for.  Some courses may require a higher standard for entry.
  • For applicants who do not have the required minimal entry standard, a year-long qualifying course may be available. In addition, many Master’s programmes have an associated Diploma course which, if passed at an appropriate honours level, may provide part of the necessary academic qualification for entry.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9625 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9625 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6375 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6375 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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