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.

Course Code: LM634
Level: Master of Engineering (MEng) Degree
Length: 1 Year

Contact: Dr Reiner Dojen
Phone: + 353 61 213442
Email: reiner.dojen@ul.ie
Web: www.dcsl.ul.ie

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LM634 Master of Engineering in Information & Network Security

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.

Interested in broadening your educational journey, check out our open day information video below presented by Head of Department, Prof. Martin Hayes.

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

Entrance Requirements

An honours primary degree (Level 8 – National Qualifications Authority of Ireland), 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.


  • Qualification transcripts and certificates
  • English language qualification if English is not your first language
  • Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
  • A copy of your birth certificate (long document)


English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English – Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English – Grade A
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


The following links illustrate taught postgraduate tuition fees for EU Students and for Non-EU students, https://ulsites.ul.ie/finance/finance-documents-0#fees. As this programme qualifies for a scholarship for Non-EU students, please contact the International Education Division. (Email: int.ed@ul.ie ) for further information.

How to Apply

You can apply online here or contact Postgraduate Admissions at:

Postgraduate Admissions
Graduate School
University of Limerick
Limerick, Ireland

Tel. +353-61-234377 or 233729

Fax. +353-61-233287

Email: gps@ul.ie


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.

Cryptographic Mathematics

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.

Multimedia Communications

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.

C++ Programming

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.

Software Engineering

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

Data Forensics

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.