Bachelor of Science in Mobile Communications and Security
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
Entry Route: Computer Science Common Entry - LM121
Students who choose the BSc in Mobile Communications and Security will come from a variety of backgrounds. If you...
- Enjoy learning about computing and networks but also like helping and working with people, you could work as an IT consultant;
- Have an aptitude for solving mysteries and doing a bit of detective work you can follow the security and forensics track;
- Like the thought of designing and creating things, you may want to pursue a career in web design and programming;
- Are business oriented, perhaps you will work in e-commerce.
Why Study Mobile Communications and Security at UL?
Today, at the start of the 21st century, computers, networks and mobile devices are everywhere. We rely on them for our banking, for our shopping, to store and send all kinds of sensitive and important data. But are they safe? When you use an ATM machine, how do you know that your transaction is secure? When you order groceries, how can you trust the system not to give away your credit card details?
In a wireless-connected world populated by computer viruses, spyware, malware and bots, security is vital. As the world is becoming increasingly interconnected using telecommunication networks, Cloud Computing and the internet, there has been a rapid growth in security software and the electronic communications market. Companies, governments and research organisations in Ireland and across the world are actively seeking professionals to design, manage and secure networks and telecommunications systems.
The BSc in Mobile Communications and Security Degree in UL is about teaching you how to build secure systems to protect vital information, like bank details and medical records. You will be equipped with the expertise to be a leader in the on-going mobile networking revolution. You will be taught key concepts in computer and web security, such as: Software Development, Data Forensics, Ethical Hacking, Encryption, Computer Law and Ethics, Cloud Computing fundamentals and security. By the end of this course you will be well placed to build the secure and safe networks and systems of the future, in addition to tackling web and computer-based crime. Our well-equipped and modern laboratory facilities will enable you to acquire practical experience that will make you very competitive in today’s and tomorrow’s job market.
Entry route to Mobile Communications and Security at UL is via LM121 Computer Science Common Entry
You will study the modules presented in Year 1 of the Common Entry route to Mobile Communications and Security. The emphasis in Year 1 is on programming, an understanding of its basis, and the study of the physical machine on which programs run. Throughout the following 3 years, the focus areas will include: Computer Programming/Software, Operating Systems and Data Forensics, Communications and Networking, and Data/Network Security. Plenty of hands-on practical laboratory experience is provided throughout the course.
Your study of Computer and Network Security modules begins in semester 3 and runs throughout the course – including topics in Cryptography, Computer Forensics, Computer Law and Ethics and Host and Network Security. Finally, you will also study Web, Internet and Mobile technologies throughout the course.
During the final year, you will have the opportunity to apply the skills learned in the previous three years in the specialist security and networking modules. You will also undertake a final year project which develops skills in design, implementation, testing and reporting. Each student will work with the guidance of an individual supervisor. The final year project will help you to 'pull together' the skills and techniques that you have acquired throughout the course.
As with other UL courses, a Cooperative Education placement provides 30 weeks of industrial work experience. In this course, Coop takes place in the second semester of 3rd year and through the summer break preceding 4th year.
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Programme of Study in more detail
Year 1 is common with the Common Entry Programme LM121 Computing Technologies
Year 2,3 and 4 are designed to offer specialist modules in: Software, Security, Telecommunications, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems
|Year 1||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Introduction to Programming||Software Development|
|Introduction to Model Driven Development||Games Modelling Design|
|Fundamentals of Computer Organisation||Computer Systems Organisation|
|Foundations of Computer Science 1||Analogue Electronics|
|Discrete Mathematics||Computer Mathematics|
|Year 2||Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Web & Database Technology 1||Web & Database Technology 2|
|Computer Software 3 - Algorithms||Mobile App Development|
|Operating Systems 1||Operating Systems 2|
|Communications Networking Fundamentals||TCP/IP Networking|
|Introduction to Security and Cryptography||Data Security|
|Year 3||Semester 5||Semester 6||Summer|
|Network Protocols Laboratory||Co-Operative Education (including summer)|
|Outcome-based Learning Laboratory|
|Distributed Computing with Java|
|Computer Law, Investigation & Ethics|
|Year 4||Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Communications Networking Standards||Mobile & Wireless Communications|
|Cloud Computing||Host and Network Security|
|Systems Analysis & Design||Project Management & Practice|
|Electroncis & the Environment||Computer Forensics|
|Project 1||Project 2|
Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
In addition, applicants must hold a minimum grade O2/H6 in Mathematics. A Special Mathematics Examination will be offered at UL following the Leaving Certificate results for those students who did not achieve the Mathematics requirement.
We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.
Entry to this course is gotten through the common entry course, LM121 - Bachelor of Science in Computing Technologies
Careers open to you with a degree in Mobile Communications and Security include:
- Computer programmer/software developer (who designs and builds new computer applications)
- E-commerce/Web developer (who builds the systems, like Amazon, Facebook, e-Bay and Google which allow everyone to use the Internet for business and for fun)
- IT/Networking project manager (who specifies, designs and runs networking projects and installations)
- Network administrator/manager (who keeps the computer networks running)
- IT administrator/manager (who runs or manages the IT department in an organisation)
- Network security analyst/consultant (who designs and maintains computer systems which resist cyber attack)
- Computer crime consultant (who assists in the detection and investigation of cybercrime)
- Advanced study and research (developing the systems of the future)
There are many possible careers available to graduates from this programme. The knowledge and skills gained in this course are needed in all industries across public and private sectors and at both national and international level. Employment opportunities exist in the development, deployment, maintenance and enhancement of secure networks.
For example: major multinationals need people with IT security skills to help protect their vital computer systems, banks will employ them as IT security experts, helping to secure the vital data and networks that are their primary assets, and police forces need people with skills in IT forensics to help detect and prosecute computer crime. Graduates with the skills provided by this programme will help to design and build the safer, more trustworthy computer systems and networks of tomorrow.
Recent graduates are working for employers like Intel, Dell, FireEye, JLR (Jaguar Land Rover), Citco Fund Services (Europe) B.V., AWS, WP Engine, Vodafone, Temetra, First Data, BearingPoint, HSE, etc.
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My official job title is Development Analyst with BearingPoint Ireland - a consulting practice with a large development group. The best thing about my job is the variety. Since I started here I have worked on 2 completely different projects. Each project was so different that it was almost like starting a new job each time. There are a number of ways in which this job relates to my degree. My job can vary so much from project to project that it is necessary to have a broad spectrum of skills. I feel that I gained these vital skills during my time at UL. Most employers no longer look for graduates with just one skill. My degree gave me a great foundation in programming along with many other abilities, all of which I have applied in my new job.
I did my placement at Intel Communications Europe, Shannon. During the 8 months, I spent there, I worked on a diverse range of projects that showed me just how much I had learned and how it could be applied in the ‘real world’.
I also developed my own programs. In one case I developed a software tool that was implemented in every lab in the global Intel structure, for which Intel gave me an award. My CoOp was the defining moment of my time in UL.
I went on Co-Op to FireEye in Cork. FireEye provide cybersecurity systems. My role was that of Customer Support Intern and my tasks involved helping the customers of FireEye with their IT issues around malware. The company gave me an insight into IT security and I gained a lot of knowledge that we then only covered in our final semester of 4th year. Having already learned some of the material in the workplace meant I was able to pick up the information much quicker and focus more on my other modules. I particularly enjoy the modules on network security, like Cryptography and Computer Forensics.
I like the practical aspect of the course. All of the main modules have purpose to them and I have been able to apply my knowledge in setting up internal networks and CCTV recording with Raspberry Pi’s. Along with these practical skills, I also gained skills in communication and teamwork during my Co-Op. The experience has really prepared me for my future career as I am returning to the company to take up a full-time role after I finish my final year.