Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust

  • Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust
  • 90 Credits
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages
  • For full details, go to Admissions- Recognition of Prior learning
  • 1 Year Full-time / 2 years part-time
  • Carlow 
  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Further Study & Careers
  • PAC Codes & Fees
  • How to apply
  • Contact


Unfortunately, terms such as phishing, piracy, the dark web, online scams and cyber fraud have become familiar to both the general public and businesses alike. This programme will develop graduates that are skilled in the latest cybersecurity techniques and technologies. Graduates will be able to propose solutions to solve some of the most pressing issues in cybersecurity that enhance both privacy and trust in ICT systems.

What will be able to do when I finish this programme?

The modules of Security Management and Compliance; Network and Cloud security; Advanced Incident Response; and Penetration Testing will focus on developing keys skills to enable graduates to become Security Analysts, Security Engineers, Penetration Testers and Security Managers in the Cybersphere.

The programme will introduce students to innovative ways in which privacy and trust can be established via the Cryptography and Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers modules. Students will develop applications that will provide solutions to create a more trustworthy cyberspace.

Special features of this programme 

This is an on-line programme, delivered over 14 hours per week.

What subjects will I study?

  • Security Management and Compliance
  • Network and Cloud Security
  • Modern Cryptography
  • Research Methodst
  • Advanced Incident Response
  • Penetration Testing
  • Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers
  • Dissertation

NOTE: Coursework also includes an industry aligned project as a main programme deliverable.

Entry Requirements

A second-class honours level 8 primary degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or cognate discipline with significant numerate, technical and analytical content.


Applicants who do not meet the above standard entry requirements will also be considered if they have an undergraduate degree (at Level 7 or higher) and a minimum of 3 years verifiable relevant industrial experience. Shortlisted applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements will be invited for interview.

Shortlisted applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements will be invited for interview.

EU and International graduates: equivalent qualifications that are in line with the Bologna agreement or the international NARIC system for Level 8 comparison. Candidates for whom English is not their primary language, should possess an IELTS score of 6.0, with no individual section lower than 6.0 or equivalent recognized English language test.

Study & Career Opportunities

Graduates are well positioned to apply to related fields of study at Master and PhD levels.

Graduates will have the skillset to work in a variety of roles within Cybersecurity such as:

  • Security Analyst
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Cloud Engineer
  • Penetration Tester
  • Secure Application Developer
  • Information Risk Advisors.

Programme Codes & Fees

Programme Code Programme Title Campus Location Schedule Fees Closing date for applications
Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trust
Carlow Full-time €8,700 Full details available on the Admissions-Postgraduate pages

How to apply

  1. Research & choose your programme from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.
  2. Check all of the relevant programme information including entry requirements, programme code and closing dates, taking time to read the Application Instructions.
  3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at SETU Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email:

All Non-EU international applicants should refer to the International section of the SETU website for further information.


Dr James Egan
BSc, PhD
Programme Director

International (Non-EU) applicants may contact:
P: 00353-59-9175205