Course Details

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1 Year Full Time
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Reiner Dojen
Email: Telephone: +353 61-213442

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Brief Description

*This programme is currently under review and restructure. It will run in Autumn 2024 however the structure may be altered from the below.

This MEng provides in-depth knowledge of emerging  security threats and solutions for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems.  Equips students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to identify, develop and implement highly secure systems and networks that serve enterprise goals.

Security has recently become a top priority as communication and information have become a key factor in economic and societal development. Networks and information systems are now supporting services and carrying data to an extent inconceivable only a few years ago. Concerns about security of electronic networks and information systems have been growing along with the rapid increase in the number of network users and the value of their transactions. Security has now reached a critical point where it represents a prerequisite for the growth of electronic businesses and the functioning of whole economies. Maintaining secure systems and guarding company information are considered critical in today's business environments. Most companies, especially those in banking, defence, e-commerce and telecommunications, are making systems security a top priority. Consequently, there is a great need for skilled professionals who can plan, analyse and implement security measures.

The MEng in Cyber Security programme aims to provide graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to contribute as technical leaders and researchers in systems security management.

The Master of Engineering in Cyber Security provides a comprehensive grounding in key areas of security of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems. The course is offered as a one-year, full-time taught postgraduate programme spanning a single academic year and requires full-time attendance on campus. The course consists of a taught component and a project. The total credit weighting of the course is 90 ECTS credits

Autumn Spring Summer
  • Cryptography & Security Fundamentals
  • Cryptographic Mathematics
  • Multimedia Communications
  • C++ Programming
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Forensics
  • Biometrics
  • Communication & Security Protocols
  • Network & Host Security
  • Master of Engineering Project 1: Project Identification’*
Master of Engineering Project 2: Project Design & Implementation*
  • *Master Project 1/2/ is a single project undertaken between Spring and Summer Semesters.

The programme introduces students to theory and practice of:

* Cryptography & security fundamentals, including security threats and vulnerabilities as well as security services for modern e-commerce and mobile applications.

* Cryptographic Mathematics used to underpin cryptographic algorithm techniques.

* Multimedia communications and networking infrastructures as used in communications for data in form of text, images, audio and video.

* Programming languages and development of object-oriented programming skills.
* Software engineering methodologies as used in software design for advanced communication systems.

* Data forensics techniques and their application for data collection, data preservation, investigation of potentially compromised systems and collection of evidence in compromised systems.

* Biometric techniques used for the identifying and verification of individuals. Security, performance, accuracy, standards, privacy and legal issues of biometric systems.

* Communication & cryptographic security protocols, their application, design and evaluation of their reliability.

* Network & Host Security operation, techniques and skills for their reliable operation and protection of networks and hosts against attack.

* Master of engineering project (practicum) enables students gain experience in undertaking a significant engineering task, which will involve research into a selected topic in the area of information and network security, along with advanced design and implementation.

The project commences in the Autumn semester and continues through to the Summer semester.

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

An honours primary degree (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland), at minimum second class honours, in a relevant engineering, computing, mathematics, science or technology discipline. Applicants from other disciplines who have a significant mathematics or computing element in their primary degree will also be considered. Applicants who possess an honours undergraduate degree, at minimum second class honours, or equivalent in a non-numerate discipline and have a minimum of three years experiential learning in an appropriate computing discipline will also be considered.


  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document)
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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EU - €7,430 per annum 

Non- EU - €18,900 per annum 

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email


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Graduates of this programme will be able to develop and manage security policies related to organisations' IT systems and to combat threats to corporate technical resources.

Deepak Graduate


Name : Deepak Venkatasuresh

Course & Year Graduated: MEng. Information and Network Security 2022

From: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Why did you choose UL?

UL has the best cryptography module in Ireland. The content of all the other modules seemed very interesting. When I spoke to some alumni of UL they all gave me good reviews.

What did you like best about your time at UL (and Limerick)?

I had an amazing time in UL. It has a very friendly and inclusive population. All the Indian festivals were celebrated there which helped me not to miss home. If I had the chance I would love to move back to Limerick as the people there are very polite and sweet.

What have you been doing since you graduated?

I am working as a Digital Forensic Analyst at Deloitte.

In what way did your course prepare you for your career?

The Forensic module has been very handy in my job. I was able to clear my interview because of all the knowledge I gained from that module.

Any advice for people thinking about coming to UL and doing this programme?

I would say that Limerick is much better than Dublin and UL is a great place with a mixture of awesome faculty who help a lot and all the parties that helps us relax!