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What is the Course about?

IT Security is the practice of safeguarding information from unauthorised access and modification. Cybercrime is illegal activity carried out with technology. With growing dependence on technology and increased interconnectivity between personal, business, government devices and critical infrastructure, the requirement for security in the IT ecosystem is amplified. This course aims to provide industry with graduates who are knowledgeable in cybersecurity processes, practices, implementation and assessment of both IT infrastructure and software, enabling secure and scalable solutions.

Course Structure

The course structure incorporates three knowledge pillars: software development, networking and cybersecurity. Initially the learners obtain the skills in the design and build of computer networks and software applications. The security modules enable the learners to assess the security risk and posture of digital environments and perform remediation on identified security vulnerabilities.

Is this course for you?

Are you the type of person who enjoys taking things apart to see how they work?

Are you interested in understanding and probing what is really taking place behind any digital media?

Have you the attention and determination to complete challenges to the best of your ability?

Special Features:

  • Students will be following our learning by doing model in first year with continuous assessment replacing final exams.
  • Work placement is incorporated into Year 3 of the course.
  • Final Year students will have the opportunity to display their skills and project work at the SETU Carlow industry showcase which is attended by leading IT employers.
  • Exit Award:Higher Certificate in Science in Computing and Risk Management (NFQ Level 6) after Year 2 and Bachelor of Science in Cybercrime and IT Security (NFQ Level 7) after Year 3.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
Applications and Interpersonal Communications (M) Computer Hardware 2 (M)
Computer Hardware 1 (M) Mathematics 2 (M)
Mathematics 1 (M) Networking 2 (M)
Networking 1 (M) Operating Systems (M)
Programming 1 (M) Programming 2 (M)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 2

Semester 3 Semester 4
Ethics 2 (M) Assembly and C (M)
Networking: Switching and VLAN Concepts (M) Networking: Wireless and Routing Concepts (M)
Scripting for Cybersecurity (M) Project Incident Handling and Risk Analysis (M)
Systems Administration (M) Systems Infrastructure and Security (M)
Web Programming and Databases 1 (M) Web Programming and Databases 2 (M)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 3

Semester 5 Semester 6
Networking III (M) Approved Semester Abroad (E)
Automating Security Practice (M) Project (Cybercrime) (E)
Cryptography (M) Work Placement (Cybercrime) (E)
Cybercrime Legislation and Compliance (M)
Penetration Testing (M)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 4

Semester 7 Semester 8
Basic Malware Analysis (M) Reverse Engineering (M)
Digital Forensics (M) Secure Application Development (M)
Enterprise Network Security (M) Artificial Intelligence in the Wild (E)
Project (Cybercrime) (M) Bias in Computational Systems (E)
Blockchain Technology (E)
Case Studies in Data Science (E)
Cloud Data Centers (E)
Data Engineering (E)
Data Visualisation (E)
Entrepreneurship (E)
Linux Infrastructure Engineering (E)
UI/UX Design and Development (E)

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

What are the minimum entry requirements?

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7
  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates who obtain an honours degree are eligible to proceed to suitable MSc or PhD postgraduate courses of study at SETU Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

With ever-growing concern over the privacy and security of digital information, cyber-security has become one of the fastest-growing sectors in the technology industry.

The World Economic Forum identified cyber-related threats as one of the highest of all global risks from the perspective of both impact and likelihood. Professionals with Cybercrime and IT Security qualifications and experience are highly sought after.

Career options include roles in ethical hacking, secure application development, secure network management and digital forensics.


Course Leader

Richard Butler

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Email: [email protected]