Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Security (September 2019)

National College of Ireland (PGDCYB_SEP)
Key Programme Details
Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Cybersecurity

NFQ Level

9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Classroom - Evening

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

Department

School of Computing

General Information
Contact

The Springboard Team

Email

springboard@ncirl.ie

Phone

1850 221 721 (Option 4)

Address

National College of Ireland
Mayor Street
IFSC
Dublin 1

Role

Springboard Co-ordinator

Important Dates
Application Deadline

30/08/2019

Start Date

16/09/2019

End Date

31/08/2020

About this Course

Overview of Course:
This course is ideal for ICT professionals or graduates with a level 8 degree on National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), in computing/ computer science or in a cognate area (STEM) that wish to develop a career as a cybersecurity professional; to take a leading technical or managerial role; to progress faster in their exmployment or to apply the knowledge in their current role. Candidates who do not hold a computing degree and are currently working in the IT sector may be considered based on relevant academic qualifications or extensive work experience. NOTE: Candidates are expected to have programming ability.

Overview of Eligibility:
Even though this course is open to applicants irrespective of their employment status the HEA requests that we must prioritise those in receipt of a social protection payment and those classified as ‘returners’ to upskill or reskill and re-enter the workforce by providing places free of charge. Therefore, a number of places on this course will be reserved for these applicants. Please note to participate in a NFQ Level 9 (Post Graduate) course, a period of at least one year must have elapsed since completing a full time undergraduate degree course leading to a major award at level 8 on the NFQ.

Fees: A student contribution fee of €695 is applicable if you are in employment. No fees are applicable if you are unemployed and in receipt of an eligible DEASP payment. This amount must be paid in full no later than Friday 15th November 2019. If a student withdraws before the commencement of the course the full amount that they have paid is refundable. No refund will be processed once the student commences the course the week beginning 16th September 2019. Please see https://www.ncirl.ie/NewStudents for more details. The scheme does not cover any allowance for books and materials.

Objectives

As a graduate of the course you will be able to:
• Conduct independent research and analysis in the Cyber Security domain including secure application design, development and testing within a given context e.g. Web, cloud computing, and forensic investigation.
• Demonstrate practical skills and expert knowledge of technologies and tools that support cryptanalysis, application and service vulnerability detection and patching, security incidents detection and log file analysis.
• Critically evaluate the design and implementation and evaluation of a research idea.
• Analyse and evaluate the legal, ethical and economic ramifications of developing secure applications and services.
• Communicate effectively to a range of audiences in both written and verbal media and undertake selflearning in order to acquire new knowledge.

Entry Requirements

This course is ideal for ICT professionals or graduates with a minimum of a level 8 (honours degree) qualification (2.2 or higher) or equivalent on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), in computing/ computer science or in a cognate area (STEM) Candidates who do not hold a computing degree and are currently working in the IT sector may be considered based on relevant academic qualifications or extensive work experience. NOTE: Please note that prior programming experience is a requirement to gain entry to this course.

Non- English speaking applicants must demonstrate fluency in the English language as demonstrated by IELTS academic score of at least 6.0 or equivalent. Please note that prior programming experience is a requirement.

Laptop Requirements
This programme has a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. Specifically, students are expected to successfully participate in lectures, laboratories and projects using a portable computer (laptop/notebook) with a substantial hardware configuration. Its minimal suitable configuration is 8GB of RAM (16GB are recommended); a modern 64-bit x86 multi-core processor (Intel i5 or superior); 250+ GB of available space in hard disk; WiFi card; and a recent version of Ubuntu, macOS, or Windows.

Long Description

The course offers two specialisations: Forensics and Cloud Security. Learners must select one specialisation. Please note that students will choose their elective module in Semester 3.

Year 1/Semester 1
• Security Fundamentals
• IT Law and Ethics
• Network Security and Penetration Testing
• Career Bridge

Year 1/Semester 2
• Secure Programming for web
• Cryptography
• Malware Analysis
• Career Bridge

Year 1/Semester 3
• Research in Computing
• Secure Programming for Application Development
• Cloud Security - Cloud Security Elective
• Incident Response and Analytics- Forensics Elective
• Forensics and eDiscovery- Forensics Elective
• Career Bridge

Relevant Employment/Placement can be undertaken within the course timeline, generally 2nd or 3rd semester or commenced within 3 months of course completion.

*Note that all modules count towards the final award classification

Why Choose This Course

Career Prospects
This year, Cybersecurity Ventures estimated that cybercrime damages could amount to as much as $6trn by 2021. According to Michael Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, “the cyber security industry in Ireland is growing at an unprecedented rate and we believe Ireland is uniquely placed to benefit from increased global investment to position itself as a world class cyber security cluster.”
Growth is driven by the rapid rise of the internet of things (IoT), bring your own device (BYOD) and artificial intelligence, each of which exposes a company and their data to costly breaches (www.hays.ie).

Career Opportunities

The Career Bridge module is worked into each of the programme schedules. Assisting students develop and achieve their career goals is a core mission within the NCI Career Development & Employability Office (CDEO) who have won the AHECS “Excellence in Employability Award” for 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2018. These were awarded for the work undertaken with students completing skills conversion programmes. The Career Bridge module involves producing a career action plan and develops in students the ability to self-manage their careers, identify and apply for career opportunities, develop an online brand, network effectively and promote themselves at interview.

Timetable Info

1 Year, 3 semesters from September to December 2019 , January to May 2020 & May to August 2020

Indicative Schedule: Monday & Wednesday 18.00 - 22.00 and a number of Saturdays 09.00 - 16.00
(Career Bridge Classes will be delivered one day per week 17.00 - day to be confirmed).

While every effort is made to schedule exams for part-time students in the evenings or Saturdays this is not always possible and all students, Part-time and Full-time, are expected to sit end of semester examinations during the day and evening Monday to Saturday

*All start dates and schedules are indicative and can be subject to change unless otherwise stated*

Delivery Location

National College of Ireland,
Mayor Street,
IFSC,
Dublin 1

Delivery Notes

Campus/Classroom

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

The Springboard Team

Address

Springboard Office,
National College of Ireland,
Mayor Street,
IFSC,
Dublin 1

Phone

1850 221 721 (Option 4)

Email

springboard@ncirl.ie

RPL Information

Recognition of Prior Learning process meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic entry requirements, may be considered based on relevant work or other experience.

Application Procedures

ACTION ITEM: Throughout the application process please continue to check your Spam and Junk folders in your email account as emails from springboard@ncirl.ie can at times default to these folders instead. In addition, please ensure that you have only one email address registered with Springboard. The email address that you login to your Springboard account with must match the email address on your Springboard application form. If the email address on the application form is different, you will need to update it. Failure to do so will only cause confusion and as a result you may end up missing vital emails from the Springboard team in regards to your application. We also ask you to review the postal address that you have included on your application form and ensure that is up to date.

NEXT STEPS:
This supporting documentation must be uploaded to www.springboardcourses.ie along with your application or within a few days of having submitted your application to ensure that your application can be assessed for a September start.

1. Your current curriculum vitae:
Please provide an up to date CV. The Employer Name and Location needs be outlined for every job. If you were unemployed or travelling for a period of time this too needs to be included on your CV including the dates and location(s) of where you resided during that time. Any unexplained gaps will result in a delay in the processing of your Springboard+ application

2. Career Statement:
Please include a 300 word career statement detailing what has motivated you to undertake the programme and how the programme fits in with your career objectives. This statement is compulsory and must be course specific. It should clearly demonstrate that you have researched the course and have a broad understanding of the course you are applying for. Unless it refers explicitly to the course you are applying for it will not be accepted. Please also ensure that you have included your full name and the exact course title on the career statement.

3. Educational Transcripts for any relevant qualifications listed in your application form and the final certificates for any qualifications listed in your application form. Alternatively a Diploma Supplement will suffice if it contains a breakdown of all subjects taken for the duration of the course.

4. Candidates whose qualifications are in foreign languages - please ensure all documentation is provided in its original language. You must also have these documents officially translated into English by a professional, registered translation company. Translations done by you, the applicant, are not acceptable. There are a number of such companies here in Dublin 1 who will do this for you.

5. A copy of your current passport

6. Non-EU applicants will need to provide a copy of their GNIB card showing a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM . You will need to upload evidence of your first Stamp 4 Visa and your current Stamp 4.

7. Verification of Status Required:
Employed - please provide a recently dated letter from your current employer on headed paper, signed and dated.
Returner - Please provide a letter/statement signed by the Commissioner for Oaths confirming your current status. A form to complete the process is available here: https://springboardcourses.ie/pdfs/Declaration%20for%20Returners%20(2019).pdf
Department of Social Protection - Please provide a recently dated letter confirming that you are on the live register detailing which payment you are in receipt of (alternatively your most recent post office receipt will suffice) or a letter confirming that you are signing for social insurance contribution credits.
Previously Self Employed - A letter from your accountant or revenue confirming that your business is no longer trading.

This supporting documentation must be uploaded to www.springboardcourses.ie along with your application or within a few days of having submitted your application to ensure that your application can be assessed for a September start.

Further Documentation/Interview Requirements
Depending on your background you may be required to submit additional documentation and/or participate in an interview or logic test. The Course Director may also request to meet you in person for an informal interview to assess your suitability for the course. We will advise you in due course if any of the above applies to you.

English Language Requirements
Candidates whose first language is not English may also be required to sit the free NCI Academic Competency Test. Regardless of how long you have lived or worked in Ireland if you have not already successfully completed an academic course through English lasting at least one year and if you cannot provide a suitable IELTS or TOEFL test result you may need to do the NCI Academic Competency Test. We will advise you if this applies to you.

Please note that once courses are at capacity they may close without warning.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Cybersecurity

You will find more in depth information on the programme outcomes and contents of each module by following the link below. Please be aware that the semester/schedules contained in the link below are not reflective of how the course will be run for Springboard students. That information can be found under “Timetable Info” and the “Long Description” above.

http://courses.ncirl.ie/index.cfm/page/course/courseId/2377


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