Answering a global need

‌As the world goes digital, we must find new ways to process and protect the huge volumes of data we are creating. With an estimated 2.3 billion people across the globe relying on devices and the cloud to communicate, manage finances, access healthcare and even interact with household devices, new technological challenges are emerging every day.

At ECIT, our researchers are on a mission to make this changing digital space both safer and faster. Our experts are always one step ahead and are developing cutting-edge solutions to communicate even faster but in a safe and secure way. We are problem solvers, using our unique insight to come up with innovative ways to collect and store the huge volumes of data being created and shared across the globe every single day.

At the unique research and innovation centre academics, students, engineers and business development staff are working closely with world-leading companies and entrepreneurs, taking a business focused and entrepreneurial approach to tackling three areas of the global challenge.

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Working globally to tackle cyber crime

From bus tickets to banking, most of us rely heavily on the internet. But with 3.8 million cyber-attacks in the UK in 2016, our world-leading researchers are playing a leading role in cracking down on cybercrime for both today and the future.

Based at ECIT, researchers working in our Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) – the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre for cyber security – are working to protect the privacy of personal and sensitive data.

There are two emerging trends in this area – building security directly into a device, and making a system that can be used across a range of platforms. Our experts have developed a technology called Physical Unclonable Function (PUF) which is based on both of these trends.

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Communications for a smarter world

Through the Centre for Wireless Innovation (CWI) our researchers are looking at how to solve the global problem of achieving high rate data communication for people on the move, such as doctors, soldiers and sports people.

Our experts see the solution as a new form of ‘smart’ device being worn on the body or integrated into clothing, creating a generation of ‘smart people’.

This ground-breaking project could see a body-to-body network that would function over a short range and use high frequencies. This would make an important social impact – complementing and extending existing infrastructure networks by supporting network capacity, improving data rate and promoting green spectrum usage.

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Addressing the information explosion

Researchers at the Centre for Data Science and Scalable computing (DSSC) are working to come up with better methods to collect and store peoples data.

The overarching mission of this Centre is to investigate, explore, and advance the foundations that address the challenges relevant to the information explosion phenomenon.

This includes the collection, storage, processing, querying, extraction, integration, and analysis of data in heterogeneous forms from billions of sources.

Find out more about our Data Science Research

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Our 200 academics, students and engineers work closely with world-leading companies and entrepreneurs, taking a market driven and innovative approach to researching technologies for a future digital society.



2004: ECIT launched

2008: CSIT chosen as an Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC)

2015: CSIT awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education

2017: Professor Sir John McCanny received a knighthood in recognition for his services to higher education and economic development

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  • 250 people working in Institute, 180 in our building
  • 35 facilitated start-ups
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  • 2,700 people employed
  • Brought in £600 million of foreign direct investment to Northern Ireland since inception in 2001
  • £100 million p.a. in salaries for economy

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MSc Applied Cyber Security

"Our MSc has been developed in collaboration with global employers in the field of cyber security, to provide students with in-demand knowledge and practical skills with a strong focus on key security technologies. Students particularly benefit from our strong links to industry partners who offer project internships and employment opportunities."

Dr Kieran McLaughlin - MSc Applied Cyber Security course co-director

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Postgraduate research at ECIT

Both the MPhil and PhD programmes provide the opportunity to acquire an extensive training in research techniques.

Develop and refine appropriate research skills and learn to carry out significant, high-quality, original research in your specified area. You can find out more about the features of our programmes on our Research Programmes page:

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