• » Master of Science in Computing in Systems & Software Security

    Programme Title  Master of Science in Computing in Systems & Software Security
    CAO Code  
    LYIT internal code  LY_KSSCT_M
    Duration  1 year full-time or 2 to 3 years part-time
    Standard Code Places:  12 (We are now taking part-time and full-time applicants for the 2017 intake).
    National Framework Level  9
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from QQ1
    Is this Course for You?  
    The MSc is a three semester taught programme in computing which focuses on topics applicable to Systems and Software Security. These are followed by a dissertation which will offer the student the opportunity to apply a range of topics covered in the taught part of the programme to demonstrate an extended knowledge and ability in that area. The dissertation will normally be completed over one to two additional semester’s.
    From an industry point of view, this programme was developed in partnership with the IT industry in the north-west and with Pramerica in particular. The objective of developing the course is to ensure a supply of highly-skilled and experienced graduates for key employers locally and throughout Ireland. The existence of the course reflects the commitment of employers to this field of expertise. Graduates from this course can expect to find attractive employment opportunities locally and nationally.
    For testimonials from students of the course follow this link.
    Note: Students may chose to leave the course after the first 60 credits (taught modules) and will obtain an exit-award of a Post-graduate Diploma in Computing in Systems and Software Security. Students who continue on to complete the dissertation will obtain an MSc in Computing in Systems and Software Security.
    The course will be available to applicants who meet the following entry criteria:
    • An Honours Degree in Computing with first or second-class honours or an equivalent qualification.
    • A level-8 conversion style Higher Diploma in Computing with Merit 2 or higher. The course should have included a significant programming component, preferably an OO language such as Java.
    • Non-computing graduates with first or second-class honours who have completed a significant element of computing as part of their studies, including a significant element of IT including operating systems, data communications and programming will also be considered.
    Admission to this course will be by standard LYIT application procedure for alevel 9 course.
    Apply: Postgraduate Programmes Application Form
    What will I study?
    Full-time mode
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Secure Infrastructure Mandatory  15  5
     Secure Programming Environments Mandatory  15  5
     1/2  Security Threats & Countermeasures Mandatory  15  5
     Computer Security & Cryptography Mandatory  15  5
     1/3  Dissertation Mandatory  30  
    Part-time mode
    Year/SemesterProposed ModulesMandatory/
    No of creditsClass hours per week
     1/1  Secure Infrastructure Mandatory  15  5
     1/2  Security Threats & Countermeasures Mandatory  15  5
     2/3  Secure Programming Environments Mandatory  15  5
     2/4  Computer Security and Cryptography
    Mandatory  15  5
     3/5  Dissertation Mandatory  30  
    Learning Outcomes 
    On completion of the course the graduate will be able to:
    • Appraise discipline expertise in computing principles and concepts and of secure coding and infrastructure in particular.
    • Critically analyse and evaluate a wide range of computing related technologies and their application with emphasis on secure technologies.
    • Evaluate, synthesize, defend and discuss research,  development and application of computing technologies  in a structured, reasoned and coherent way
    • Evaluate the application of computing technologies in its economic, legal, social and ethical context.
    • Work effectively as an autonomous individual or as part of a team.
    Follow-on Courses
    Progression to programmes leading to a Doctoral Degree (by research), are available internally at LYIT or through a range of other Institutes of Technology and Universities in Ireland and abroad.
    Progression internationally to some second cycle (e.g. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes.
    The Programme commences in September each year and the fee for the Master of Science in Computing in Systems & Software Security is currently €5,000. The fee for Non-Eu students is €9,000. Full-time students who are not in receipt of a grant to assist with their fees may apply for one of a limited number of bursaries to reduce their fees to €3000. Bursaries are awarded on a competitive basis.
    Financial Support for Students Applying for this Courses.
    There is no universal system of State-funded tuition fees or maintenance grants for postgraduate courses in Ireland however you may also find the guide on studentfinance.ie useful. Click on the “maintenance grants” link to find the guide which will help you work out whether you may be eligible for financial support. Some graduates may also be eligible to get a grant to cover their fees or may be able to get help with their fees through LYIT’s bursary program. If you are unsure if you qualify for financial support feel free to contact LYIT or SUSI for further information.
    Career Opportunities
    Worldwide there are about 1.5 million people working as computer security professionals and employment in this area is growing at approximately 9% per year and industry projections are that this rate of growth will continue or improve in the future.
    Typical employers in the computer security field include:
    • Companies running enterprise computer networks;
    • The payment card industry;
    • Companies involved in e-commerce;
    • Financial services companies;
    • Academic institutions;
    • Government departments;
    • Internet service providers.
    Each of these service providers have distinct security needs which require different solutions to meet their needs.
    Thus graduates in this field require specialist knowledge of the differing security needs of different types of businesses, the primary technical solutions available to meet these needs, the primary methods of attack on computer systems, how to plan for such attacks both in terms of defense and damage control, how to detect intruders and how to gather evidence to identify the intruders, track their actions and present evidence detailing their activities.
    For more detailed information on Careers in Systems and Software Security  
    For articles from 2013/14 which you might find helpful see:
    Demand for Cyber Security Jobs Is Soaring
    Year of living dangerously – security breaches and scams of 2013
    93pc of firms worldwide plan to beef up IT security measures
    Top Tech Jobs 2015 – Cybersecurity
    To see what’s going on in the Department of Computing check out our Facebook Page
    Non-EU/EEA Applicants
    The tuition and registration fees for this course are €9000, no additional scholarships are available.
    The start date is September of each year.
    English EILTS 5.5 is required
      Applicants require:
    • An undergraduate honours degree in computing or an equivalent qualification. 
    • OR
    • In certain circumstances an honours degree in a different discipline plus at least 5 years industry experience in computing may be considered on a case by case basis.  The quality of your computing experience will be a significant factor in determining your eligibility.
    Please note: “The Irish Government has agreed to extend the Third Level Graduate Scheme, for non-EU/EEA students at level 9 and above of the National Framework of Qualifications. The new permission will double the ‘stay back option’ for masters and PhD students from 12 months to 24 months. This will allow eligible graduates who have studied in Irish higher education institutions and whose award is granted by a recognised Irish awarding body at Masters or PhD level to remain in Ireland for two years to seek employment. http://www.educationinireland.com/en/News/Ireland-24-Month-Stay-Back-Option-.html
    For further information on the application process, visas etc. please contact Jill Murphy in the International Office (jill.murphy@lyit.ie)
    • Contact Thomas Dowling, Head of Department of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by
    • E- Mail: thomas.dowling@lyit.ie
    • Telephone: (074) 918 6304
    Non-European Applicants
    Applications from non-EU applicants are very welcome.  Please contact Jill Murphy at jill.murphy@lyit.ie for details about application forms, fees, visas etc.