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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

Our Cybersecurity Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship was developed by Limerick for IT in partnership with the University of Limerick and UL@Work. 
Our industry consortia partners are integral to the success of this programme.

This Level 8 Executive Apprenticeship will equip you with in-demand practitioner skills and serves as a talent pipeline for industry. It is a three year work-based education programme which supports the development and knowledge base of cybersecurity practitioners in organisations. It provides a new and exciting career pathway if you are just starting out in industry or are already working there by fusing blended learning at the University of Limerick with real-world application and learning in the field.

You will learn how to develop systems using cognitive computing, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, computer forensics, data retrieval processes, and more. You will also be skilled at building security systems, analysing security breaches, and investigating and putting into practice crucial security measures.

Cybersecurity Practitioners are responsible for safeguarding the ever-growing amount of data collected and required by companies, monitoring networks and systems for intrusions, identifying security flaws and vulnerabilities, and recommending and implementing the appropriate tools and 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*



Operating Systems 1

Computer Software 3

Modern Communications Fundamentals

Computer Network Standards, Protocols & The Internet of Things


Operating Systems 2

TCP/IP Networking

Mobile & Wireless Communications


Reflective Learning Journal 1

Year 2


Introduction to Security Cryptography

Computer Law, Investigations & Ethics

Reflective Learning Journal 2



Data Security

Introduction to Cloud Computing

Reflective Learning Journal 3



Reflective Learning Journal 4


Year 3


Applied Cloud Computing

Introduction to Data Engineering & Machine Learning

Project 1

Reflective Learning Journal 5



Host & Network Security

Computer Forensics

Project 2

Reflective Learning Journal 6


* 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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Company Registration Process:  No Charge 
Online Student Application Fee: €50 
Annual Student Fee: €1,200  
*It should be noted that these fees are subject to change depending on the programme of study and external funders requirements 
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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.