Postgraduate Certificate in Blockchain Security (Blockchain Security)

Athlone Institute of Technology (Engineering Computing (Online/Blended Delivery))
Key Programme Details

Level 9 - Special Purpose Award (30 ECTS Credits)

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed, Distance


Part Time

ECTS Credits



Computer and Software Engineering

General Information

Enda Fallon



090 6471877


Department of Computer and Software Engineering,
Athlone Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Co. Westmeath.

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About this Course

Originating in cryptocurrency, blockchain technology has applicability to industries as varied as health care, banking and manufacturing. The global blockchain market size is expected to grow from USD 1.2 billion in 2018 to USD 23.3 billion by 2023. Despite the hype, blockchain is still an immature technology. Unstructured experimentation of blockchain solutions without due consideration of security implications has the potential to cause financial and reputational damage to early adopters.

Key Course Features:
-Level 9 Programme (30 ECTS)
-Blockchain is an emerging area of critical importance for the development of ICT skills as specified in a number of government reports; Technology Skills 2022 - Ireland’s Third ICT Skills Action Plan, Digital Transformation: Assessing the Impact of Digitalisation on Ireland's Workforce
-Blended and flexible mode of delivery
-Developed in partnership with the Midlands Regional Skills manager and relevant companies
-Strong potential for employment
-AIT has ongoing formalised relationships with over 75 ICT companies. Course proposal originated from our industrial partners.
-Personal and supportive approach to teaching and learning
-Companies have offered to provide and supervise "real world" oriented industry projects
-Problem Based Learning (PBL) based approaches will be used to challenge and expand the student's knowledge, skills and competence.
-The proposal 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.

Entry Requirements

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

Long Description

AIT is well positioned to deliver this course as it has practical academic and industrial knowledge based on an active security research team who participate in research projects at both national and European level. AIT researchers were principal investigators in the Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce and currently are coordinators on an H2020 security project. AIT has developed an innovative industry-focused course offering to meet the increasing need of cybersecurity professionals to counter the ever-growing number of cybercrime attacks.

The course will provide students with both theoretical and practical skills to perform Blockchain network security risk analysis, differentiate between security threats and attacks on a Blockchain network, analyse Blockchain cyber-attack vectors, understand Blockchain’s inherent security features and risks and demonstrate appropriate Blockchain data safeguarding techniques. Students will be given a comprehensive insight of the role and practice of Blockchain 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.
The course will deliver these core competencies though four modules covering the above areas and which are described in detail below. The course places a very strong emphasis on practical hands-on training and practice in order to give the students a very focused and realistic experience of attack and defense approaches, mechanisms, technologies, and tools. Equal time is dedicated to both theoretical and practical aspects of the course.

Timetable Info

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Delivery Location

Online/Athlone Institute of Technology

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery