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MSc in Network and Information Security

MSc in Network and Information Security


Take the next step in your career and become a network and information security specialist

This Level 9 MSc in Network and Information Security aims to equip students with the necessary skills to pursue an interesting career in this specialist area.

Why Study Network and Information Security at Griffith College?

Designed specifically to address a growing need in the industry, the MSc in Network and Information Security at Griffith College is a 1-2 year programme which aims to enable students to develop robust and efficient network security plans, strategies and solutions. Delivered on a full and part-time basis, as a graduate of this course, you will:

  • Obtain specialist knowledge and skills essential for a career in network security.
  • Establish an analytical mindset necessary for independent academic and professional research.
  • Gain a practical understanding of how to identify industrial requirements of computer network security and analyse security risks.
  • Develop a team player attitude necessary to communicate problems, ideas and solutions to all levels of the industrial team.
  • Build upon your knowledge of supporting topics in the area of network and information security.
  • Fantastic job prospects with a 100% employment record from a sample of 35 graduates from our class of 2017

Course Highlights

  • Finish early with Post-Graduate Diploma
  • Small class sizes
  • Access to state of the art facilities
  • A dedicated experienced lecturing Team
  • Industry guest speakers

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

  • February 2020*
  • September 2020

*subject to sufficient numbers

What our students say

I found the course to be both challenging and rewarding as it gave me the opportunity to acquire a valuable accreditation whilst enhancing my computer expertise. The modules on the course are extremely interesting and beneficial, knowledge of which will prove useful in the IT marketplace.

Course details

Duration: 1 Year Full-time, 2 Years Part-time

Please Note: The duration for full-time students who commence the programme in Semester 2 will be 1.5 years

The programme contains eight taught modules and a final Dissertation / Dissertation by Practice. Four modules are taught per semester and then you’ll complete a project over a period of twelve weeks. The overall programme is one calendar year long.

Core Modules
Information and Network Security Technologies

This course aims to provide the learner with the knowledge of the techniques of attacks and protection of computer networks. This course of study gives the learner a mastery of a variety of methods used in attacking or protecting networks. 

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Legal and Ethical Aspects of Information Security

This module aims to provide the learner with the knowledge and understanding of the legal and ethical issues surrounding information and information security, privacy and data protection. The module gives the learner an understanding of Irish and international information relating laws. The learner also focusses on the legal and ethical aspects of computer crimes and their investigations, and issues relating to intellectual property. The module does not aim at have the learner becoming an expert in legal matters but will make the learner aware of legal responsibilities and be able to recognise when a lawyer is required. 

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IT Infrastructure Protection & Ethical Hacking

This module introduces the learner to the latest strategies and measures for protecting IT infrastructure against faults and security risks. The learner will understand what the latest threats are, and how the threat environment is evolving. This module studies the frameworks, standards, guidelines and best practises that organisations face in legal & regulatory requirements with respect to IT infrastructure security.

With a sound foundation in the principles of Infrastructure Security, the learner will focus on Ethical Hacking, and its role in the protection of IT Infrastructure. The role of ethical hacking is extensively studied, providing the necessary understanding to develop a skillset and competence with hacking concepts like footprinting, scanning, enumeration and penetration testing. 

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This module aims to provide the learner with a mastery of the core aspects of computer communication security. This module gives the learner a mastery of security models, policies and mechanisms, encryption and decryption, confidentiality, integrity, authentication, cryptography and secure communication, digital signatures, certificates and coding. The learner will gain in depth knowledge of the classical techniques as well as state of the art approaches of cryptography. 

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Computer Forensics

This module introduces the learner to the concepts of computer forensics. They encounter various techniques used in digital forensic investigations and the tools required for these investigations. Learners also gain an exposure to the practical digital evidence gathering process. Current trends in Computer Forensics, such as network and cloud forensics are introduced through the use of academic papers. 

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Managing Information Security

This module aims to give the learner an understanding of the issues relating to the management of information security in modern industry. It explores the roles, policies and procedure applied in information security. The module further explores the specific role that software systems play in the threat against information security. 

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Telecommunication Networks and Services

This module aims to provide the learner with an understanding of the issues involved in the design and analysis of telecommunication networks, as well as knowledge of such systems in terms of physical implementation, protocols, routing algorithms, management. The learners will gain in depth knowledge of core topics, and state of the art architectures and emerging trends. This module also focusses on IP6 and QoS in communication networks. 

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Research Methods

This module serves to significantly deepen the learner's research skills, both in relation to the module related assignments and later in the completion of a dissertation/dissertation by practice. Specifically, it extends the ability of self- directed learners by equipping them with the appropriate vocabulary for reflecting on, critiquing and evaluating their own work and that of others. Throughout the module, learners are required to engage in a number of research methodologies and current research issues and trends in computing science. The module also addresses the need for good project management skills and techniques for the successful delivery of any project. 

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Dissertation / Dissertation by Practice

Each learner is required to perform and complete a dissertation project worth 30 ECTS credits for fulfilment of the Masters programme. The starting point of the dissertation begins in week one of semester 1 in the Research Methods Module and will carry on through Semester 1, Semester 2 and finally the full dissertation in Semester 3. There is a full process that all learners must adhere to and progress through to complete the Dissertation. 

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Course Contacts

Limerick Campus
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Candidates applying for this course should have a 2.2 Level 8 Honours degree or above in Computing Science, or a 2.2 Higher Diploma in Computing or related discipline or international equivalent and/or relevant work experience.

How to Apply

To apply for the MSc in Network and Information Security please submit an online application

A member of our admissions team will then be in contact with you to request to following documents:

  • A copy of your undergraduate degree transcripts

  • A copy of your passport or driving licence


For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from time of application.

Tuition Fees
Irish/EU, living in Ireland

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Full-Time


EUR 8,150.00

Irish/EU, living abroad

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time


EUR 7,750.00


General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time


Non-EU living in Ireland: EUR 9,500.00

Non-EU living abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


Academic Progression

On completion of the Level 9 MSc in Network and Information Security, students may progress onto a range of Level 10 Doctoral programmes on the National Qualifications Framework. The Postgraduate QQI validation means that your qualification is recognised not only in Ireland and Europe but throughout the world.

Career Progression

 Through the MSc in Network and Information Security, you will have gained valuable professional experience, specialised in a key emerging field and developed many technical skills. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • Information Security Architect
  • Information Security Risk Lead
  • Cyber Security Manager
  • Computing Consultant
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Information Security Engineering
  • Microsoft Solutions Engineer
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Academic Research
  • Web Developer

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