LM634 Master of Engineering in Information and Network Security
Security has recently become a top priority as communication and information have become a key factor in economic and societal development. Networks and information systems are now supporting services and carrying data to an extent inconceivable only a few years ago.
LM634 Master of Engineering in Information and Network Security
Security has recently become a top priority as communication and information have become a key factor in economic and societal development. Networks and information systems are now supporting services and carrying data to an extent inconceivable only a few years ago. Concerns about security of electronic networks and information systems have been growing along with the rapid increase in the number of network users and the value of their transactions. Security has now reached a critical point where it represents a prerequisite for the growth of electronic businesses and the functioning of whole economies.
LM346 Master of Engineering in Computer and Communications Systems
LM634 Programme of Study
The Master of Engineering in Information and Network Security is a one-year, full-time taught postgraduate programme spanning a single academic year and requires full-time attendance on campus. The course comprises ten modules, taught over two academic semesters, Autumn and Spring and a major project (practicum) that spans the year. The total credit-weighting of the course is 90 ECTS credits.
Maintaining secure systems and guarding company information are considered critical in today’s business environments. Most companies, especially those in banking, defence, e-commerce and telecommunications, are making systems security a top priority. Consequently, there is a great need for skilled professionals who can plan, analyse and implement security measures.
The Master of Engineering in Information and Network Security is offered as a one-year, full-time taught postgraduate programme. The programme aims to provide graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to contribute as technical leaders and researchers in systems security management. Graduates of this programme will be able to develop and manage security policies related to organizations’ IT systems and to combat threats to corporate technical resources
An honours primary degree, at minimum second class honours, in a relevant engineering, computing, mathematics, science or technology discipline. Applicants from other disciplines who have a significant mathematics or computing element in their primary degree will also be considered. Applicants who possess an honours undergraduate degree, at minimum second class honours, or equivalent in a non-numerate discipline and have a minimum of three years experiential learning in an appropriate computing discipline will also be considered.
The following links illustrate taught postgraduate tuition fees for EU Students and for Non-EU students. As this programme qualifies for a scholarship for Non-EU students, please contact the International Education Division. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) for further information.
How to Apply
You can apply online here or contact Postgraduate Admissions at:
University of Limerick
Tel. +353-61-234377 or 233729
Module Summary Descriptions
Cryptography and Security Fundamentals
Introduces communication security, vulnerabilities, attacks and their classification. Introduces classical and modern cryptographic techniques and demonstrates the application of cryptography in the provision of identification, information confidentiality, message integrity, digital signatures, etc. for modern e-commerce applications.
Introduces the essential concepts of number theory to underpin cryptographic algorithm techniques: Divisibility and Primes. Modular Arithmetic. Primitive roots. Primality tests. Quadratic reciprocity. Elliptic Curves mod p. Discrete Logarithm.
Provide a unified view of multimedia communications and networking infrastructures, as well as understanding of how data is represented and reliably transmitted over different media. Study of Internet and world-wide web. Study of main subject areas associated with multimedia communications – applications, networks, protocols and standards.
Syntax and semantics of the C++ procedural subset. Objects and Classes; Function and Operator Overloading: function polymorphism. Inheritance and Polymorphism, Input and Output, Memory Management, The Standard Template Library.
Object Oriented Analysis/Design, Use Cases. Design Patterns. Software Reuse. Overview of Object-Oriented Programming Languages. Individual Project/Case Study. Team Project in the area of Software Design for Advanced Communication System
Fundamentals of biometrics; verification, identification and authentication with biometrics, the individuality of biometric data; performance of biometrics with emphasis on basic system errors, performance metrics, testing and evaluation; enrolment and biometric databases policies; integration of biometric data, attacks on biometric systems; standards, privacy and legal issues
Introduces the concepts and structures of computer operating systems, with emphasis on file systems for the storage of data on hard disks and related media. Equips the students with knowledge of information storage, data preservation, and the analytical skills necessary to investigate potentially compromised systems. Specialist tools are studied for the forensic investigation of on-line and off-line stored information.
Communication and Security Protocols
Introduces security services and cryptographic protocols used for information and system security, in areas such as wireless networks, e-commerce and the Internet. Provides an understanding of security protocol design techniques and formal methods for evaluation of the reliability of security protocols.
Host and Network Security
Introduction to security attack and defence techniques. Students will be aware of the major attacks on information in computer networks and how to plan for the deployment of secure architectures and security management tools. The student will be able to advise on security criteria and vulnerabilities and will be able to design a secure operating network and analyse its vulnerabilities.
Web-Based Application Design
Introduces distributed application architectures, current and evolving web-based services; as well as application design principles and techniques using available web-based technologies. Reliability and security issues of implementing distributed applications are addressed in order to identify potential security threats due to sloppy implementation.
Master of Engineering Project
The course project (practicum) enables students gain experience in undertaking a significant engineering task, which will involve research into a selected topic in the area of Information and network security, along with advanced design and implementation. The project commences in the Autumn semester of the Master’s year and continues through to the end of the following Summer semester.