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Cyber Risk for Business (MSc)

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Programme Description

The MSc in Cyber Risk for Business provides students with the skills they need to become IS security analysts, IS risk auditors and to understand IS and data governance and project management.

The MSc in Cyber Risk for Business (MSc CRB) 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 programme is a selection of topics covering cloud technologies, IT performance management, data management as well as IT project management. Additionally, students specialize in the topic of Information Systems (IS) Cyber Risk. This allows students to fulfil 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.

The MSc(CRB) is designed to provide students with the skillset to be successful in roles such as Data Protection Officer, IT Risk Analyst, Security Analyst and Threat Intelligence Analyst.

The Cyber Risk for Business programme offers the following subject specific modules:

  • Information Systems Risk Control Auditing
  • Secure Information Systems Architectures
  • Information Systems and Data Governance
  • Ethical Hacking and Threat Analysis

These modules allow students to gain a critical understanding of audit controls and security measures to help organisations minimise Cyber Risk in an increasingly hostile and unstable environment. Systems failure or data breach due to attack or leakage are increasingly costly scenarios which ultimately can prove fatal to some organisations.

Additionally the programme offers a curriculum of core Information Systems topics:

  • Cloud Technology
  • Data Strategy and Management
  • Project Management
  • IT and Organisational Performance
  • Enterprise Business Processes
  • Design Thinking
  • Programming for Data Analytics

These core modules provide students with the skills and techniques for managing IS projects to successful completion. These skills are essential in any organisation where IS is integral to the success of the business. A research project facilitates students in the practical application of these skills.

Why Choose This Course

This course is strongly associated with the Information Systems industry, and with organisations where Information Systems play a critical part. Active input on course content and specialisms is continuously incorporated from both local and multinational industry leaders. The Cyber Risk for Business study path is aligned in part with the ISACA curriculum for Information Systems and Data Governance and Audit.

 

Skills and Careers Information

What can I do after I graduate with a MSc Cyber Risk for Business?

MSc Cyber Risk for Business graduates can look forward to positions in multiple industry sectors, 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 Public Services sectors all require graduates from this programme. Typical roles include Project Manager, Business Analyst, Risk Analyst, Data Analyst, Threat Analyst, Data Protection Officer, Operations Research and IT Manager.

What are our graduates doing?

At least one graduate has gone on to work in the IT security sector. Another has secured a position as an account manager in a US-based firm.

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Practicalities & Assessment

16 lecture hours per week, with 2 hours of lab work per week. Between 3 and 5 field trips will be organised throughout the year. Group project work continues to early July, concluding formal course content. However, students may be required to complete an individual essay in their own time up late July/early August.

 

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

Assessment

A hybrid approach to assessment is used in this programme. Assessments methods include formal written exams, essays, group and individual project work and some lab practicals. Some modules are 100% continuous assessment and most modules have a minimum of 40% continuous assessment. During the programme, students will work individually and in groups. Some of the learning and assessment is structured around industry standard blue team / red team defence and attack techniques. A strong emphasis is placed on oral presentation of work.

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Entry Requirements

Candidates to have a 2.2 primary degree at NFQ Level 8 Honours Degree or equivalent, with appropriate information systems or computing technology skills content. You may also be admitted to the course on the basis of extensive practical or professional experience, as deemed appropriate by the Professor of Business Information Systems and Cork University Business School. Typical students are 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 object - oriented programming knowledge.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison site. 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

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Application Process

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary form as part of the application process for this programme. A copy of this form is available here CKL52 Supplementary Form MSc Cyber Risk for Business

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds.  The closing dates for each round can be found here

 

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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