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Information & Network Security- Specialist Diploma

Course Details

Award: Specialist Diploma
Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award Delivery:
Blended (combination of on-line and on campus delivery)
3 semesters, 11 months (September-August)
Weekly On-campus classes (Thursday evenings 6pm - 9pm)
Start Date: September 2020 Enquiries:

Maintaining secure networks and information systems and guarding company information are considered critical in today's business environments. Most companies, especially those in banking, defense, 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.  This programme aims to address these needs and is delivered on a part-time basis over 1 year.

1 year: 3 semesters – Autumn (Sept- Dec), Spring (Jan-May) and Summer (end May- Aug).

This programme is designed for ICT professionals who wish to upskill to meet an emerging skills gap in the Information and Network Security area and is also suitable for applicants with a previous history of employment who meet the entry requirements and who may require additional up-skilling or reskilling in order to re-enter employment.

An honours primary degree, at minimum second class honours, in a relevant computing, electronics, engineering, mathematics, science or technology discipline.

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.

It is expected that applicants will have a working knowledge of a programming language and of computer networking (TCP/IP);

Education qualifications, work experience, motivation and overall potential to be successful on the programme are considered in evaluating an application.

Alternative Entry Route:
Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria can be evaluated under the UL RPL policy and may be interviewed to ascertain their suitability for the programme.

Students will have the opportunity to embed their newly developed knowledge and skills via an in-company project in the second and third semester. Employed applications would need to ensure their company would be willing to support an in-company project, and it is assumed applicants could base their project in their own company.

Minor Award at Level 9 NFQ

36 ECTS (European Credit Transfer)

The course content will address the skills shortages for Network and Security ICT professionals by developing learners’ knowledge and skills - specifically in the module areas of:

1) Cryptography & security fundamentals: including security threats and vulnerabilities as well as security services for modern e-commerce and mobile applications

2) Communication & cryptographic security protocols: their application, design and evaluation of their reliability;

3) Network & host security: techniques and skills for the reliable operation and protection of networks and hosts against attack;

4) Data forensics: techniques and their application for data collection, data preservation, investigation of potentially compromised systems and collection of evidence in compromised systems;

Estimated time requirement is 8-10 hours per week per module (including one on campus evening per week and a substantial online component).

Semesters 1 & 2: One evening per week (Thursday) from 6pm to 9pm. Starting 12 September 2019

Semester 3 (Summer): Project write up.

€5,250 payable in two equal instalments in September and January (€2625 *2)

As this is a Springboard funded Programme, initial applications will come through the Springboard website. Successful applicants will then apply again through the UL system one month before course start.

Before you apply, you will need to gather documentation. Please visit the How to Apply page to read detailed guidelines on which documents to gather and the application fee. You will also find the application link for your chosen course on the 'How to Apply' page.

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