MSc in Cyber Risk for Business

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This course is strongly associated with the information systems industry and organizations where information systems play a key role. Active input on course content and specialties from both local and multinational industry leaders is continually incorporated.

Program description

The MSc in Cyber Risk for Business provides students with a portfolio of business and project management skills, as well as enhancing knowledge of IS concepts and core technical skills. At the core of this program is a selection of topics covering cloud technologies, IT performance management, data management, and IT project management. In addition, students specialise in the topic of Information Systems (IS) Cyber Risk. This enables students to meet the industry need for professionals who can establish and manage robust systems that are secure against data loss and data breach. A research project will allow students to explore and develop an IS solution to a specific business problem in the domain of information security and risk management.

Career options

  • What can I do after graduating with an MSc Cyber Risk for Business?

MSc Cyber Risk for Business graduates can expect positions in multiple industry sectors, such as risk analysts, threat intelligence analysts, risk auditors, data privacy officers, business analysts and project managers. Graduates will also find positions in business analysis and general management open to them in the IT sector.

  • Occupations associated with this MSc Cyber Risk for Business

The information technology, pharmaceutical, financial services, manufacturing and utilities sectors all require graduates of this program. Typical roles include project manager, business analyst, risk analyst, data analyst, threat analyst, data protection officer, operations research and IT manager.

Program Structure

Students earn a total of 90 credits. Part I consists of 70 credits and Part II consists of 20 credits. 
  • Applied research methods
  • Research communication and professional development
  • Business processes and applications
  • Design Thinking for business analysis
  • Information systems project planning
  • Monitoring and supervision of information systems projects
  • Enterprise Data Strategy and Management
  • Cloud Technologies
  • Programming for data and business analytics
  • Security architectures
  • Information Systems Risk Control Audits
  • Information systems governance
  • Infringement management and recovery
  • Responding to ethical threats and attacks
  • Applied research in cyber risk 

Admission requirements

  • Candidates should have an honours degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent) with appropriate information systems or IT skills content.
  • They may also be admitted to the course on the basis of extensive practical or professional experience.
  • Typical students come from technical disciplines such as Management Information Systems (MIS) or Business Information Systems (BIS), engineering, computer science and mathematics. It is also suitable for business and humanities graduates who have studied Computer Science and Business Information Systems (BIS) subjects and who have some knowledge of object-oriented programming.
  • In the case of international candidates, the foreign equivalent is required. In addition, a degree officially translated into English will be required.
  • IELTS 6.5, with no less than 5.5 in any component (or internationally (or its internationally recognised equivalent).

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