Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity for Business is a level 9 solid foundation-level qualification designed for students who wish to embark upon a career in the highly sought after area of IT security within business, government, the public service, or the not-for-profit sector.

An important and very attractive aspect of this specialised part-time programme is that NUI Galway is involved in academic partnerships with two professional IT security accreditation bodies, CompTIA and EC-Council, whose awards are globally recognised within the industry. The fees for the programme include the cost of access to learning materials and examinations to obtain the CompTIA Security+ and the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) professional awards, in addition to the academic Level 9 Postgraduate Certificate award conferred by NUI Galway.

Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates will be able to:

  • Analyse the cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities and risks faced by an organisation
  • Assess the cybersecurity posture of an organisation and recommend and implement appropriate solutions
  • Test, monitor and continually improve the effectiveness of an organisation’s cybersecurity defence mechanisms
  • Formulate business continuity and disaster recovery plans for an organisation
  • Formulate cybersecurity and data protection policies and procedures for an organisation

Applications and Selections

Applications are made via Springboard


Who Teaches this Course

  • Michael Lang
  • David Kreps
  • Noel Carroll
  • Anatoli Nachev
  • Mairéad Hogan
  • Anastasia Griva

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

This programme is open to applicants from all backgrounds who hold a NQAI Level 8 qualification (minimum) or equivalent. Persons who hold formal qualifications at Level 7 or below may also apply, subject to provision of satisfactory evidence of having attained Level 8 competencies through prior experiential learning (minimum of two years working in an IT or business role).

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Check Springboard for details.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

Semester 1

  • MS5121 Fundamentals of Organisational Cybersecurity (10 ECTS)

Plus any one module from the following list:

  • MS805 Database Systems (5 ECTS)
  • MS806 Business Applications Programming (5 ECTS)
  • MS5120 Advanced Database Technologies (5 ECTS)
  • MS5107 Business Modelling & Analytics (5 ECTS)
  • MS807 Information Systems Management (5 ECTS)
  • MS804 Systems Development and Project Management (5 ECTS)
  • MS873 Business Information Systems (5 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • MS5119 Ethical Hacking (10 ECTS)

Plus any one module from the following list:

  • MS810 Information Systems Security & Ethics (5 ECTS)
  • MS5118 Cloud Computing (5 ECTS)
  • MS803 Business Data Communications (5 ECTS)
  • MS5114 Advanced Programming for Business Analytics (5 ECTS)
  • MS821 Applied Systems Analysis (5 ECTS)


(1) The online module “Fundamentals of Organisational Cybersecurity” is aligned with the syllabus of CompTIA Security+, a globally recognised entry-level qualification for cybersecurity professionals.

(2) The online module “Ethical Hacking” is aligned with the syllabus of the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) module delivered by EC-Council, a globally recognised intermediate-level qualification for cybersecurity professionals.

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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates will find employment in roles such as:

  • Information Security Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Trainer
  • IT Security Compliance and Risk Officer
  • Systems/Database Administrator
  • IT Auditor
  • Helpdesk Manager
  • Software Development/DevOps

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€0 p.a. 2020/21*

Fees: Tuition

€0 p.a. 2020/21*

Fees: Student levy

€0 p.a. 2020/21*

Fees: Non EU

€Not available**


*There are no tuition fees for DEASP customers or Returners but any subsequent costs such as travel, and course materials must be borne by the participant 

For further details see

Employed participants and recent graduates must pay a  10% course fee contribution (€450). The formerly self-employed not in receipt of a DEASP payment must  pay 10%. This is payable directly to NUI, Galway.

**Please refer to the Springboard + website for eligibility criteria and required documentation.

Find out More

Programme Operations Coordinator,
J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics.


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