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Certificate in Data Cybersecurity

Certificate in Data Cybersecurity

A 30-credit minor award - commencing September 2021

Discipline: Computer Science and Applied Physics

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Online delivery

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: The minimum entry requirement is a level 6 (Higher education)

Credits: 30 ECTS


The fee for this programme is €1,620

Why Study?

IT and data security are universal in every organisation. The protection of an organisation’s data is a concern for management, administration and technical staff.

This 30 credit certificate aims to upskill IT practitioners in the current data cybersecurity practices in line with standards, risks and compliance best practices in the implementation and operation of a secure environment for an organisation and to implement security measures at the network and operating system level to protect data from unauthorised access, disclosure, modification, or destruction.

It introduces the learner to current tools and techniques to protect information at rest, in transit or processed for an organisation in line with industry best practices and in compliance with appropriate standards.

Programme Modules

  • Cybersecurity Standards, Risk and Compliance
  • Database Management
  • Information Technology Project Management
  • Cloud Information Security
  • Information Technology Operations Management
  • Cybersecurity Practical Project

Essential Information: 

How to Apply

Applications for 2021/22 are now closed. 

This user guide contains step by step instructions on how to create and submit an online application.

Start Date:          20th September 2021

This programme will be delivered in a part-time online mode.

  1. Teaching materials will be available online, and exercises and projects will focus on software and technologies that are available to students.
  2. Students will require access to a computer and the Internet, which are available on-campus but will have to be provided by students themselves when learning online.
  3. At the start of all module’s lecturers will schedule a webinar/lecture detailing how to communicate with lecturer and other students (email and forums). It will be highlighted that some assessment activities will require collaboration on the virtual learning environment (VLE) or other social networks.
  4. Lecturers will interact with students in person and on the VLE forum. Lecturers will lead by example by posting comments on their comments and facilitate discussion by posting links to relevant and interesting material. 
  5. Timely feedback will be given on assessment submissions. Lecturers will encourage discussion around their solutions versus others.
  6. Live (and recorded) webinars will be posted as links and will be continuously referred to during module.


Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a level 6 (Higher education) major award in a cognate area or equivalent.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be used as a means to gain entry to the programme, or gain exemptions in accordance with Code of Practice No. 6 (Policy and Procedures for the Recognition of Prior Learning). Prior learning can be certified or experiential and will be assessed in accordance with the code.

Contact Us

Mark Frain

Programme Chair