MSc in Software Design with Cybersecurity (Midlands Athlone) (Athlone - Sept 22)

Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (Athlone - Engineering - Sept 22)
Key Programme Details

Master of Science in Software Design with Cybersecurity

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits



Computer and Software Engineering

General Information

Dr Enda Fallon



09064 68000


Department of Computer and Software Engineering
TUS Athlone Campus
University Road
Co Westmeath


Head of Department

Important Dates
Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date


About this Course

Cybersecurity refers to the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect networks, devices, programs, and data from attack, damage, or unauthorized access.

The need for graduates with cybersecurity skills is a recurring theme in a number of governmental studies. Cybersecurity skills are in demand right across the cyber value chain from companies who design and develop security products using AI through to companies who wish to defend their enterprise operations.

Key features of this course
• Excellent employment track record
• Level 9 Masters Programme (90 ECTS)
• 12-week work placement
• Research dissertation option available
• The programme will be online to facilitate learners that are already employed
• The course is developed in partnership with the Midlands Regional Skills manager and relevant companies.
• Learners will have the opportunity to apply their new skills on real world “Company Driven projects”.
• Blended and flexible mode of delivery with a personal and supportive approach to teaching and learning
• The programme addresses to significant level the four key areas specified by government; digital skills, transversal skills,management and leadership skills and the workplace of the future.

This is a Springboard+ Funded Programme.

This programme will be fully funded for eligible unemployed applicants.

Eligible employed applicants will be 90% funded. They will have to pay 10% directly to TUS. The 10% payable is €690.


This programme will provide students with both theoretical and practical skills to understand and respond to computer security threats in the modern enterprise. It will arm them with a broad range of competencies to successfully engage in many different security career roles in the enterprise.

Students will be given a comprehensive insight of the role and practice of security in the enterprise that will enable them to holistically understand the security context and to relate the security processes and lifecycle to the business activities of the organisation and to hence identify and prioritize security activities.

Entry Requirements

Honours (Grade 2.2) degree in an appropriate engineering, computing or cognate discipline, or an equivalent qualification

Long Description

The Master of Science in Software Design with Cybersecurity is a high-level programme with 90 ECTS. It is intended for IT professionals who wish to gain specific skills in Software Design with Cybersecurity.

This programme has 12 contact hours per week and at least 12 hours of self-directed learning are necessary per week. This programme also has a work placement or industry focused dissertation so that students can directly apply theory to practice.

Programme Content
• Network Security
• Computer Security
• Security in the Enterprise
• Intro to Cryptography
• Security in the Enterprise
• Object Oriented Programming 1 & 2
• Continuous Build & Delivery
• Agile Design & Testing

Why Choose This Course

The course will provide students with both theoretical and practical skills to understand and respond to computer security threats in the modern enterprise. Over the course of the programme, students will gain a broad range of competencies, including an understanding of risk assessment algorithms and mechanisms, which equips them for a wide variety of security career roles. Students will develop skills in both network and computer security – the combination of which will enable them to create a security bedrock of information technology infrastructure on which enterprise can conduct business.

This activity will be supported by developing key security technology competencies in the student cohort. The course will provide a student with a thorough introduction to cryptography developing an understanding of cryptographic algorithms and mechanism. This will, in turn, inform the development of skills in the key areas of network security and computer security – the combination of which provides the security bedrock for the enterprise information technology infrastructure on which the enterprise conducts its business.

Career Opportunities

Software development is an enormous growth area in ICT engineering. Over 900 software companies are currently in operation in Ireland employing more than 24,000 people. Ireland’s reputation as a centre of software excellence is unrivalled in Europe. It is home to multinational and indigenous firms generating €16 billion of exports annually. The sectors wide-ranging activities include software development, R&D, business services and EMEA/International headquarters.

Partner companies have indicated a clear need for cyber security skills that remain as yet unfulfilled by the current supply of graduates at a national level. All of these companies gave input to identifying the types of skills needed and hence to the course content. In some cases, this was expressed as broad areas such as the need for students to give a holistic perspective on security as it pertains to business - these needs have been taken into account in the specification of the Security in the Enterprise module. All stressed the fundamental importance of cryptography. The set of roles covers all the roles in the security value chain from product design through deployment, enterprise risk management through incident handling and recovery. The companies also detailed the type of practitioner skills they needed for these roles and emphasised the importance of combining theory and practice.

Possible roles available to graduates of this programme include:
1. Security Architect (SA)
2. Security Risk Analyst (SRA)
3. Security Operations Analyst (SOA)
4. Security Platform Engineer (SPE)
5. Secure Software Developer (SSD)

Timetable Info

Induction for the September 2022 programmes takes place (online via Zoom) on Saturday 10th September 2022 from 9.30am to 1.00pm.
In advance, you will be required to review Pre-Induction reading material, available to you on

During Induction, you will be given the opportunity to:
- Meet your programme lecturers, programme co-ordinator and students
- Overview of the programme handbook, programme’s modules, assessments and delivery timetable
- Introduction to TUS learning systems including MS Office, Zoom, Moodle etc
- Outline of the learning supports available to you during the programme

1 year: Two evenings per week online (TBC)

Week commencing 12th September 2022

Delivery Location

Online and TUS Athlone Campus.

Delivery Notes

This programme will be delivered primarily online.

Students may have to attend TUS Athlone Campus in person for examinations.

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Dolores Kelly


Funded Flexible Learning Office
TUS Athlone Campus
Co Westmeath


09064 68119


Application Procedures

You may only apply for this programme on

To do this, click on the Apply Now button on this page.

- Please ensure that your email address and mobile phone number are correct when making your application.
- Please ensure that your employment status is also accurate, as this detail on your application must match the funding eligibility documentation you will submit when your application is processed.
- Please upload a copy of your Level 8 Degree or equivalent when making your application.

Any offers of places on the course will be provisional on the condition that you upload further documents closer to the course start date - it will occur in early August and we will advise you of the exact dates and deadlines by email.
We strongly recommend that you gather them in advance.
The documents that will be required are:
(1) - EU National – Scan/photo of your Passport / Drivers Licence.
- Non-EU National – Scan/photo of both your passport (photo and details page) and your GNIB Stamp 4 visas for the past 3 years.
(2) -If you apply as an EMPLOYED person - A copy of a recent (within 4 weeks of start date) employer's payslip showing your employer name, your name and your PPSN (you can redact any pay details)
- if you apply as an UNEMPLOYED person - a recent (dated within 2 weeks of the start date) Dept of Social Protection Statement
- if you apply as a RETURNER - a completed and signed Returner Affidavit available here (please copy & paste into your browser to access)
(3) Evidence that you have been resident in an EU country (inc Ireland), Switzerland or the UK for 3 of the 5 years up to the course start date.
- Documents that would demonstrate this are utility bills, revenue documents for example Employment Detail Summary, Tax Credit Certificate, P60 or P21. You can download Irish revenue documents by logging into your account on
- One document required for each year – most applicants will submit one document for each of 2019, 2020 and 2021 for this requirement.
(4) Proof that you live in Ireland - A recent (dated within a month) utility bill to demonstrate that you currently live in Ireland – the address must match your home address on your application.