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Digital Forensics and Cyber Security / Fóiréinsic Dhigiteach agus Cibearshlándáil

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

2022 CAO Points: 290

Leaving Certificate Requirements:

Leaving Cert

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


Eng OR Irish



QQI/FET Requirements:

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award
Must include a Pass in 1 of the following:
  • Mathematics (C20139)
  • Mathematics (5N1833)
  • Maths for Information Technology (5N18396)
  • Mathematics for Computing (C20175)
  • Mathematics for Engineering (C20174)
  • Mathematics 6N3395
  • Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
  • LC Maths

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.  

Course Description

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Work Placement:

Our students frequently take up internships with some of the country's leading Cyber Security companies.

Further Study:

On successful completion, you’ll be eligible for year 4 of:Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security. 

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

  • Security Analyst
  • Security Consultant
  • Penetration Testing

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 and larger international companies like Qualcomm, IBM, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Ericsson, Zurick Insurance and many more.

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
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Database Fundamentals
  • Object-Oriented Analysis and Design

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
  • Penetration Testing

Semester 2

  • Secure Programming 
  • Network Security
  • Group Project

Advanced Entry is not being offered in 2023.

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, Digital Forensics and Cyber Security

On successful completion, you’ll be eligible for year 4 of: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security. 

TU Code



Level 7


Bachelor of Science


3 years

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EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

Progression Options

Years 1, 2 & 3
Bachelor of Science in Computing in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security (Level 7)
Year 4
Progress to the final year of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security (Level 8)