Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity

Next start date: September

Online & interactive course content,
discussion forum & webinars

Part time study

NFQ Level 9 – 60 ECTS Credits

Complete Postgraduate Diploma within 1 year

Certificate awarded by The University of Sunderland

Online delivery

*UK level 7 comparable to level 9 on Irish national

Course fee is €7,500 with a discounted rate of €7,000 when paid in full Payment plan available – €235 per month for 36 months

Apply by May 24th 2021 to begin in May 2021
180 credits • 2 years part-time • €7,500 total fees

How to apply

This course is now open to applications through Springboard

Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity

The Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity will enable learners to acquire the skills which are highly sought after by recruiting employers. Jan Carroll, the lecturer delivering this programme, has recently been shortlisted for Cyber Educator of the Year in the EU Cyber Awards 2022. With a recognised shortage of suitably qualified professionals in this market, there is an urgent demand amongst employers to obtain the requisite skills to overcome this imminent challenge. This programme, which draws together two themes of cyber security and user experience will provide learners with the necessary technical knowledge, skills and competence to obtain employment in this growing sector.

Study is part-time and online. Online delivery is supported by an induction day at the beginning of the programme. The informative live webinars (7pm-9pm every Monday and Thursday) will aim to develop participants’ ability to apply knowledge and understanding of cybersecurity and user experience. Participants will attend 5 interactive group sessions (Saturdays). These sessions facilitate discussion and debate and promote the transference of skills and knowledge into the workplace, with guest lectures contributing to these important workshop sessions.

Advance your career in a wide range of roles, including: information security manager, security analyst, security architect, security administrator, incident responder, security engineer, security auditor, security software developer and vulnerability assessor.

Programme Modules

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

Cover a range of governance and management topics which will enable you to determine, establish and maintain appropriate governance, delivery and creation of cybersecurity solutions for information, systems and network security.

Technology Management for Organisations

Learn to apply the principles, policies and procedures of cybersecurity and data science to provide resilient and robust organisational solutions for secure and valuable information.

Cyber Resilience and Incident Response

Consider the concepts of secure design across a range of platforms and problem areas. Study applied cryptography, secure programming and defensive programming. Gain the knowledge and skills to undertake first-response in cyber breach.

Cybersecurity and User Experience Design

Study the two themes of cybersecurity and usability in software design. Learn to understand the trade-offs and challenges these themes present. Research challenges in the areas of usable security.

Assessment is 100% coursework-based with no exams. Methods include written reports and practical assignments, designed to evaluate participants’ professional and practical development journey.

Programme Modules

There are 4 core modules on this programme: Fundamentals of Cybersecurity, Technology Management for Organisations, Cyber Resilience and Incident Response and Cybersecurity and User Experience Design

How distance learning works

Chevron is committed to the delivery of a high-quality learning experience through blended learning. Our approach combines the flexibility of learning online, with classroom-based support and instruction, drawing on the strengths of each learning space. We have considerable expertise in flexible study and our online interactive learning management system is designed to enable you to study at your own pace.

All materials such as course notes, supplementary reading documentation, online videos, and assignment briefs are contained in folders within each module. You will also have access to our online student community, webinars, and discussion forums to foster communication with our other students to discuss and resolve issues related to your studies.

Online delivery is supported by an induction day at the beginning of the programme and 5 ​interactive Saturday sessions throughout the course.

Student support

At Chevron College we are committed to the ongoing needs of our students and offer unrivalled support to all our learners:

  • Highly qualified and experienced tutors.
  • Online & interactive course content, discussion forum & webinars – study when it suits you.
  • Scheduled weekly webinars (Mondays & Thursdays 7-9pm).
  • The opportunity to avail of formative feedback on draft assessments.
  • Studies Advisor to assist with study plan and skills, in addition to referencing support.
  • Recommended reading uploaded on online platform.

The companies our graduates work for

Entry Requirements

We require applicants to hold an undergraduate degree with a classification of 2:2 or above in computing or a 2:1 or above in a relevant non-computing discipline, such as mathematics, statistics or engineering.

You may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

Qualification Gained

Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity FHEQ level 7 comparable to NFQ level 9

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