Course Details

Course Code:
NFQ Level 8 Major Award
Faculty: Electronic & Computer EngineeringScience and Engineering
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Elaine.Butler
Email: Telephone: +353 (0)61 237798

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Brief Description


Next Intake: September 2023

Limerick for IT in partnership with The University of Limerick and UL@work have developed a Level 8 degree apprenticeship for a Cybersecurity Practitioner. This programme is run in conjunction with our industry consortia partners.

The Cybersecurity Practitioner apprenticeship programme aims to address this critical skills shortage of skilled professionals in Cybersecurity and provide a talent pipeline for industry. It is a 3 year work based education programme which supports the development and knowledge base of Cybersecurity amongst practitioners in organisations. It offers a new and exciting pathway for those who are new or existing employees of the sector that combines practical implementation and learning in the workplace with blended learning through the University of Limerick.


Following this programme, the apprentice will be capable of developing systems using cognitive computing, the IoT, cloud computing, computer forensics/data retrieval processes and more.

They will also be skilled in building security systems along with investigating and implementing key security measures, undertaking risk analysis and analysis of security breaches.

With an ever increasing volume of data collected and required by companies CS Practitioners are responsible for safeguarding this through monitoring networks and systems for detection of intrusions, identifying security flaws and vulnerabilities, and recommending and installing appropriate tools/ countermeasures.

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Security is paramount in all industries today, it is imperative that systems and processes are cybersecure from incursion.   Companies need cybersecurity practitioners to protect the computer and network from cyber-attack. The cybersecurity practitioner will be involved in the operation and maintenance of information security aspects (data integrity, availability, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation).  They will also be involved in the monitoring of network and systems for detection of intrusions, identifying security flaws and vulnerabilities, risk analysis, analysis of security breaches and the recommendation and installation of appropriate tools/countermeasures.  

Course structure:

The apprenticeship is a blended combination of on-the-job employer-based training and off-the-job training. The programme has been designed to be flexible to facilitate participation and to ensure the apprentice can minimise the amount of time away from work.  Learning material will be delivered by a combination of academic subject matter experts and industry professionals. Programme content will be delivered both virtually and on campus. A combination of evening and day lectures and masterclasses will be scheduled this will require apprentices be released from work to be on campus 1 day per week during the semester to engage primarily in labs and tutorials.   There is an emphasis on directed assignment work in each of the modules to allow participants to spend more time applying the concepts in the context of their own organisations. 

This immersed learning approach allows you to earn-as-you-learn whilst also developing highly-valued skills within the workplace.

Apprentices will be registered on the University of Limerick Virtual Learning platform where they will be able to access programme content, examination and assessment requirements, electronic library and on-line collaboration spaces.  

Year 1*

Year 2

Year 3


Operating Systems 1

Introduction to Security Cryptography

Applied Cloud Computing

Computer Software 3

Computer Law, Investigations & Ethics

Introduction to Data Engineering & Machine Learning

Modern Communications Fundamentals

Reflective Learning Journal 2

Project 1

Computer Network Standards, Protocols & The Internet of Things


Reflective Learning Journal 5


Operating Systems 2

Data Security

Host & Network Security

TCP/IP Networking

Introduction to Cloud Computing

Computer Forensics

Mobile & Wireless Communications

Reflective Learning Journal 3

Project 2



Reflective Learning Journal 6


Reflective Learning Journal 1

Reflective Learning Journal 4


* Advanced entry into Year 2 will be possible for students who hold a relevant Level 7 qualification in an ICT related discipline and have relevant work experience).


Applicants for this programme must meet the following: 

  • Minimum academic requirements (or RPL) for the programme of study. – i.e. NFQ level 6 qualification in an ICT discipline or equivalent (60 ECTS) with relevant work experience or NFQ Level 6 ICT Associate Apprenticeship
  • Irish based with an Irish contract of employment with your registered employer for the duration of the programme of study (3 years)
  • Have company sponsorship / support
  • Ability to meet the necessary on the job learning requirements
  • Ability to undertake your studies alongside your employment. (attend campus 1 day per week) 
  • Meet the English language requirements as laid out by the University of Limerick

​​​​​​​What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  • 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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€1,200 Per Year

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Qualified candidates will be eligible to work with both technical and business functions across a range of technologies in the field of information and communications technology, working with either hardware or software as appropriate.  They will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in communications technologies, networks, IT Forensics, computers and computer-based applications, security in information technology, as required.