Postgraduate Diploma in Computing in Cybersecurity (Postgraduate Diploma in Computing in Cybersecurity)

ATU Donegal (TBC)
Key Programme Details

Postgraduate Diploma in Computing in Cybersecurity

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits




General Information

Thomas Dowling





Port Rd., Letterkenny, Co Donegal

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About this Course

The Labour market Review Information and Communication Technology 2016 states that “Ireland is home to the top 10 technology companies in the world, as well as the top 5 security companies”.
This course is a level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Computing in Cybersecurity. The objective of the course is to guide learners who have good general experience in and knowledge of technical computing and augment their skills and knowledge in readiness to begin a career in Cybersecurity.
Forecasting the Future Demand for High-Level ICT Skills in Ireland, 2017-2022 report says that there was a shortfall of approximately 2 million cybersecurity professionals worldwide with many companies struggling to fill cybersecurity roles. The report goes on to state that “Cybersecurity is a discipline where demand so outnumbers supply that new creative methods are being employed to upskill people from different backgrounds with the necessary skills.”

Entry Requirements

The course will be available to applicants who meet the following criteria:
A level-8 qualification in Computing.
A level-7 qualification in a Computing with 3 years appropriate work-experience.
Candidates who do not hold these qualifications may also apply on the basis of Recognised Prior Learning which includes a combination of education, training and work experience. Candidates should have some knowledge of computer networks and operating systems.

Long Description

This course is a level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity. The objective of the course is to guide learners who have good general experience in computing and augment their skills and knowledge in readiness for a career in Cybersecurity.

On completion of this programme, the graduate will be able to:
1.Manage self-directed acquisition and synthesis of new knowledge in Cybersecurity.
2.Apply significant abstract and applied skills in response to complex and/or ill-defined Cybersecurity problems.
3.Select, plan, organise and manage Cybersecurity projects with a high degree of autonomy.
4.Choose, explain and justify a solution in a variety of real-world Cybersecurity contexts.
5.Relate and reconcile abstract requirements to the development of concrete solutions with a particular emphasis on Cybersecurity.
6.Analyse, diagnose problems in the Cybersecurity domain, choose, and justify solutions.

This is a 100% online programme of study with a combination of synchronous (in the evenings) and asynchronous delivery.

Timetable Info

This course will be delivered part time (online) in the evenings. Delivery in this mode will facilitate upskilling and
reskilling the widest possible group of company employees without requiring employees to cease employment while
doing the course. As the course will be delivered online, it won’t matter where in the country students are located.
The course is designed to run in part-time mode in the evenings. The student will study one module at a time per
session with three sessions across an academic year.

Upon completion, there is an opportunity for students to continue and complete a Masters in Artificial Intelligence Research.

Course brochure can be found at:

Delivery Notes

Delivery Notes
• 100% Online, all students registering on the course should check the landing page for additional course
• A 2MB Internet connection is recommended for online classes. Additional notes and student updates will
be provided via Blackboard which is the online teaching support system (Virtual Learning Environment
• It is recommended that students have a headset for online classes and use a Chrome or Firefox web
• When students have registered they will have access to additional detailed information about course
delivery and college services through our website. Students should make sure they familiarise themselves
with this information.

Admissions Contact Details
Application Procedures

Applications can be made via the Springboard website All applicants are required to provide a
copy of their C.V
a copy of their highest education qualification certificate
documentary evidence of their eligibility for Springboard including residency (i.e., that they have been ordinarily resident in Ireland or the state EEA/EU/UK/Switzerland for 3 out of the last 5 years).

Eligibility criteria for Springboard is available on the Springboard website at