Higher Diploma in Computing with Specialisation in Cybersecurity

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Location: Virtual

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Programme overview

The Cybersecurity programme provides detailed knowledge, problem-solving and specialised technical skills required for application security development, Digital Forensics, Security Principles and Secure Programming and Penetration Testing. The aim of the Higher Diploma in Cyber Security is to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and competence at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). It is to enable graduates to apply their skills in the pursuit of creating applications that are secure and tested, with exposure to real working environments

Learning outcomes:

On completion of this programme, learners should be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and understanding of theory,
    concepts and methods in the specialist area of Cyber Security.
  • Analyse, design, implement, test, deploy and document a technical
    software solution for securing software applications using relevant
    programming solutions, secure coding practices/standards, programming languages and applying secure software development lifecycle processes. Identify and analyse common software vulnerabilities and investigate countermeasures to mitigate the threats to applications resulting from such vulnerabilities.
  • Apply best practices in designing computer solutions in a range of realworld contexts. This involves investigation of different types of security threats and examination of technologies, regulations, standards, and practices to protect individuals and organisations from cyber attacks.
  • Communicate, effectively present and defend the approach used in the
    development of a software solution.
  • Critically and effectively analyse problems through both independent and collaborative efforts to develop computing solutions as part of a software development team.
  • Analyse and apply new and emerging technologies and standards, which
    may include ethical implications, in the development of a software solution. Identify, analyse and assess the ethical implications and impacts of design decision, the ethical questions in disclosing vulnerabilities and the ethics of thorough testing.

Who is the course for?

  • This programme is for non-technical professionals and college graduates from non-technical disciplines at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • This course will appeal to learners who wish to change their non-ICT
    qualification into the cyber security field through a level 8 award in computing.
  • It will also appeal to technical and non-technical professionals who would like to upgrade their skills in this programme, helping them to progress faster in their employment or to apply the knowledge in their current role.


Semester 1:
• Software Development (10)
• Web Design and Client-Side Scripting (5)
Semester 2:
• Object Oriented Software Engineering (5)
• Introduction to Databases (5)
• Security Principles and Secure Programming (10)
Semester 3:
• Computer Architecture Operating Systems and Networks (5)
• Network and Web Penetration Testing (5)
• Digital Forensics (5)
Semester 4:
• Project (10)

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