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Digital Forensics and Cyber SecurityFóiréinsic Dhigiteach agus Cibearshlándáil

Course Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of




2 H5's

Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award
A distinction in 3 modules is required, plus a pass in 1 of the following:
  • Mathematics (C20139)
  • Mathematics (5N1833)
  • Mathematics (6N3395)
  • Maths for Information Technology (5N18396)
  • Mathematics for Computing (C20175)
  • Mathematics for Engineering (C20174)
  • LC Maths

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6.0 overall (or equivalent).

Do you question accepted approaches to cyber security, or wonder how a network intruder or hacker behaves? This course will provide you with an all-round perspective on information security risk and risk management. It is designed to produce highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates to counter the growing cyber security threat facing the world today. Graduates are in high demand in all parts of the Information Technology sector, as security is one of the fastest-growing parts of the industry.

Subjects covered range from the basics of Programming, Networking, Web Development and Databases to Advanced Programming, IT Business Management, Penetration Testing, Secure Programming, and Network Security. In your final year, you will cover advanced topics such as Mobile Device Forensics, Biometrics and Forensics Applications, Application Security, as well as undertaking a project which will feature in our annual graduate showcase.

As well as hands on labs and lectures, students on this course will have the opportunity to take part in regular Capture-the Flag competitions and field trips. Visiting industry specialists help students to develop cutting edge skills by engaging on a range of real world cyber security challenges.

Outside of the classroom, you might consider joining our HackerSoc, which offers a range of annual events and workshops. Alternatively, why not sign up for the qualifiers of the European Cyber Security Challenge. Each year the Irish team is packed with students from our courses aiming to compete with the world’s best in Cyber Security talent.

During your studies, you will have access to state-of-the-art computing, networking and cyber-security labs. You’ll have easy online access to course materials, and on-site support from enthusiastic academic staff willing to share their expertise and knowledge with you.

Work Placement

Our students frequently take up internships with some of the countries leading Cyber Security companies.

Professional Accreditation

As well as studying core knowledge, our modules build towards a number of industrial certifications like ACE, CISSP, Cisco Security, Security+ and Ethical Hacker so that students will be well placed to take some of these industry exams as a value-added extra to their final degree qualifications.

IT Requirements

A MEDIUM spec (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. Be able to use Wi-fi and camera to attend online classes, use other software such as SPSS, Adobe Connect, Minitab, Maple, so needs more RAM, SSD, etc.)

Please search for the TU Dublin offer on the HEA website www.heanet.ie/store

You will find graduates from this course working in a range of industry leading roles including:

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Security Risk Analyst
  • Penetration Tester
  • Security Architect
  • Security Auditor
  • Chief Information Security Officer

Former graduates currently work in leading Cyber Security roles in companies such as;

  • Deloitte
  • Integrity360
  • Fidelity Investiments
  • Triology
  • Forcepoint
  • Rits
  • Espion
  • BH-Consulting
  • Liberty IT
  • Cobalt Technology
  • Ward Solutions
  • Qualcomm
  • IBM
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • Grant Thornton
  • Amazon
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Ericsson
  • Zurich Insurance

Semester 1

  • Fundamentals of Programming 1
  • Computer Systems
  • Networking Basics
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Web Development Fundamentals
  • Algorithmic Problem-Solving

Semester 2

  • Computer Architecture
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Routers and Routing Basics
  • Web Development Client-Side
  • Fundamentals of Programming 2

Semester 1

  • LAN Switching and Wireless
  • GUI Programming
  • Information Technology Mathematics
  • Database Fundamentals
  • Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Interactive Multimedia

Semester 2

  • Advanced Programming
  • Operating Systems
  • Web Development Server-Side
  • WAN Technologies
  • Software Engineering and Testing
  • IT Business Management

Semester 1

  • Computer and Network Forensics
  • Secure Communications
  • Professional Penetration Testing

Semester 2

  • Secure Programming
  • Network Security
  • Group Project

Semester 1

  • Biometrics and Forensics Applications
  • Network Security Analytics
  • Application Security

Semester 2

  • Mobile Device Forensics
  • Business Continuity Management and Cloud Security
  • Individual Project

Please note, there is no advanced entry to this course.

The course initially appealed to me because it included my favourite topic, mathematics, and because it has a wide variety of modules to give students a taste of everything, Being biased, I believe this is the best course. You never stop learning as there are always new technologies evolving and it is an industry that has a huge demand for graduates.

Emma Heffernan, Graduate - Digital Forensics and Cyber Security

On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin or elsewhere.

TU Code


CAO Point Range 2023



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Honours)


4 years

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EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

Progression Options

Years 1 - 4
Bachelor of Science in Computing in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security (Level 8)
On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin or elsewhere.