Diploma in Ethical Hacking

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  • Career Opportunities
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Diploma in Ethical Hacking | Dublin Business School


Ethical hacking describes hacking performed to expose threats in a system, using tools and techniques with an organisation’s consent. A professional hacker uses different tools and platforms to penetrate the security that has been implemented to check for weaknesses. Therefore, to understand how hackers enter secure systems, retrieve confidential information or plant malicious software inside computers and networks, then you need to experience hacking first-hand. The Ethical Hacking  course, in which you receive a professional diploma takes a deep dive into the main areas of hacking: Web Hacking, Network Hacking and exploiting coding vulnerabilities in software.  By using isolated virtual environments like Kali Linux, this hacking can be practiced in a safe environment. In addition, this course also looks at various stages of penetration testing: Planning and Reconnaissance, Scanning, Gaining, Access, Maintaining Access and Analysis.  

Programme Aims and Objectives

This programme aims to immerse learners into the area of ethical hacking with a view to enabling them to understand how to identify and exploit computer systems in order to check for weaknesses and expose threats in an organisation’s computer system.


  • Provide learners with a deep understanding on how to analyse a website, examine it for vulnerabilities and exploit those vulnerabilities.

  • Introduce learners to the area of penetration testing.

  • Equip learner with the knowhow of setting up a virtual environment in which to perform attacks in a safe and isolated manner.

  • Understand how unsecure software can be exploited, looking at some of the common vulnerabilities including buffer overflow, heap overflow and stack overflow.


Click here to view provisional timetable.


To meet the requirements of the Diploma in Ethical Hacking students will have to complete continuous assessment in the form of an individual written assignment and a presentation. Students will work on a project to identify vulnerabilities and then present the results to the class.

 Please note this programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Content

The lecturing team consists of a team of staff that combine both academic qualifications with substantial practical experience, and this practical perspective is reflected in the delivery of the course. The diploma is broken into 3 areas: web hacking, network hacking, and exploiting coding vulnerabilities in software. Some of the key subject areas are the following:

  • Web Hacking

  • Introduction and overview of Ethical Hacking

  • Introduction to Linux & Python

  • Penetration Testing: Planning and Reconnaissance, Scanning, Access and Analysis

  • Coding Vulnerabilities


The key subject areas are delivered over 12 weeks with project assignment. Each week will consist of a number of different activities which incorporate classroom, live discussion forums and Moodle resources. Students will understand the fundamentals of ethical hacking with hands-on practical experience of key areas. This course allows students to understand how to evaluate a system, look for vulnerabilities and use common tools associated with hacking.


Click here to view provisional timetable.

Career Opportunities

The Professional Diploma in Ethical Hacking is designed to give learners the knowledge and skills required to move into a variety of cybersecurity roles. On completion of this programme students will have domain specific knowledge along with the soft skills required to work productively in any industry in the area of IT. DBS offers an extensive suite of professional evening diplomas if you want to further your skill-set even more.

Student Profile

Typically, students participating on this programme are from a variety of backgrounds from those starting out in the business world to managers or those advising such businesses, who need to understand what hacking and cybersecurity can mean for business. It is also beneficial to those who are not employed directly in ICT related roles but who are responsible for protecting business from cyber-attacks and who want to improve their understanding of hacking and the tools available to protect a system. No prior computing or mathematical qualifications are required. Learners would only need a very basic level of computer knowledge. The subject is taught from a basic level and pairing of learners for hands-on practical tasks is feasible.


The fee for the Diploma in Ethical Hacking is €1,500. This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership.

View all DBS Evening Diploma fees here.

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place. The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

DBS Student Facilities

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

  • Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS. 

  • DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies.  

  • DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills. 

  • Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre. 

  • Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

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Course overview

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Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Next Intake: February 2024
Duration: 12 weeks (part-time)
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