Postgraduate Diploma in Software Design with Cybersecurity (Springboard)

Postgraduate Diploma in Software Design with Cybersecurity (Springboard)

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

The need for graduates with cybersecurity skills is a recurring theme in a number of governmental studies carried out over the last number of years. 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 the Course:
-Level 9 Programme (60 ECTS)
-Cybersecurity 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
-Blended and flexible mode of delivery
-Developed in partnership with 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 students’ knowledge, skills and competence.
-The proposal addresses to significant level all four key areas, which have been deemed by government as being of critical importance at this time: digital skills, transversal skills, management and leadership skills and the workplace of the future

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, in conjunction with partners including VMWare, 4Securitas, NPD Group and Mckesson, developed an innovative industry-focused course offering to meet the increasing need of cybersecurity professionals to counter the ever-growing number of cybercrime attacks.

What will I experience?

​The 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.

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Enda Fallon



090 6471877


Department of Computer and Software Engineering,

Athlone Institute of Technology,

Dublin Road,


Co. Westmeath.


Head of Department

Course Details

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Course Award:
Postgraduate Diploma
Course NFQ Level:
Level 9
Dept of Computer and Software Engineering
Minimum Entry Requirements:

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

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