Postgraduate Diploma in Software Design with Cybersecurity


  • Cybersecurity refers to the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect networks, devices, programs, and data from attack, damage, or unauthorized access.

Postgraduate Diploma in Software Design with Cybersecurity

Aim of Programme

AIT have three postgraduate programmes on offer in Cybersecurity.  The entry requirements are the same for all three.  However the breadth of knowledge to be acquired and relative time commitment required from students is significantly different.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Software Design with Cybersecurity  is a broad software design programme with 60 ECTS.  It includes all content in the Postgraduate Certificate, but builds on the skills and knowledge gained further with focussed emphasis on Object Oriented Design and Agile Design.  This programme has 12 contact hours per week and at least 12 hours of self-directed learning are necessary per week.

Click the links below for details of the other two postgraduate programmes:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Software Design with Cybersecurity

The Master of Science in Software Design with Cybersecurity

It is necessary that you contact the Programme Coordinator to discuss which programme is most suited to your needs before you make an application.  Please do not apply for more than one programme within this suite of programmes.

Aim of Programme

These programmes will provide students with both theoretical and practical skills to understand and respond to computer security threats in the modern enterprise. It will arm them with a broad range of competencies to successfully engage in many different security career roles in the enterprise. Students will be given a comprehensive insight of the role and practice of security in the enterprise that will enable them to holistically understand the security context and to relate the security processes and lifecycle to the business activities of the organisation and to hence identify and prioritize security activities.


  • 9
    NFQ Level
  • 90

Programme Content

Programme Content

  •  Network Security
  • Computer Security

  • Security in the Enterprise

  • Applied Cryptography

  • Object Oriented Programming 1 & 2

  • Agile Design and Testing

  • Continuous Build and Deliver

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Honours (Grade 2.2) degree in an appropriate engineering, computing or cognate discipline, or an equivalent qualification.



Student Induction Sessions will take place in AIT on Friday 18th September 2020 6.00pm to 9.00pm, Saturday 19th September 2020, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm. All registered students must attend one session, and you will be advised of your session when your application is processed.

All current regulations and public health guidelines in relation to social distancing will be in place at these sessions.




1 Year 

1 Year Full-Time


Two evenings per week online 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Plus 3 selected Saturdays – face to face classes in AIT


1 Saturday per Month


Induction – Online 9.30am Saturday 11 September 2021        

Online – Week commencing 13 September 2021

Programme Fee

To be confirmed.

NOTE: This programme has been submitted for Springboard+ funding. 

If approved for funding the programme will be free/part-funded to applicants that meet Springboard+ Funding Eligibility Criteria.

Confirmation of all Springboard+ Funded programmes is expected in May/June 2021.


Dr Enda Fallon – [email protected]