Information Systems Risk Management MSc

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Course Code: CKL52

Course Title: Information Systems Risk Management

College: Business and Law

Information Systems Risk Management

Duration: 12 months Full-time

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: MSc

NFQ Level: Level 9

Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU fee €10,500; 2017/2018 Non-EU fee: €18,000. There will be field trips which are not covered by the course fee.

Entry Requirements: See detailed entry requirements

Closing Date: Programme not on offer in 2017/2018

Next Intake: To be decided.


The MSc in Information Systems Risk Management provides students with the skills they need for to become IS risk auditors and to understand IS and data governance and project management.

The MSc in Information Systems Risk Management (MSc ISRM) 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) Risk Management. This allows student to fulfil the industry need to manage robust systems that are secure against cyberattack. A research project will allow students to explore and develop an IS solution to a specific business problem in the domain of information systems security and risk management.

Course Details

CyberSecurity Expert is listed as one of the top ten jobs in the Information Systems sector (see .  The MSc(ISRM) is designed to provide students with the skillset to be successful in this or related roles.

The Information Systems Risk Management programme offers the following subject specific modules:

  • Information Systems Risk Control Auditing
  • Secure Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Data Governance
  • Risk Management
  • Law of Cybercrime

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

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

  • Cloud Technology
  • Data Acquisition and Management
  • Project Management
  • IT and Organisational Performance
  • Enterprise Business Processes
  • Research Project


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.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Eligibility for the MSc ISRM requires 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 the School of Business. 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 with some computer programming content.

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 click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Application Procedure

Application for this programme is on-line at Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to apply.

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 MSc (Information Systems Risk Management) Supplementary Form

All required documentation must be sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway.

The Cork University Business School uses a system of offer rounds to facilitate decision-making and early notification to applicants. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Candidates who do not have their final degree marks available may be made a conditional (provisional) offer.

New applications will continue to be reviewed at each round if there are still programme places available.

Course Practicalities

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.


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. A strong emphasis is placed on oral presentations of work.

Who Teaches This Course

The course is taught by leading academics in the area. Many are staff from the Cork University Business School with a small number from outside University College Cork. The academics who teach on the course are experts in their field. These lecturers all have PhDs and/or significant industry experience. Several of the Faculty have worked previously at leading IT organisations, major banks and research agencies. Our academic staff are also engaged in research with involvement in or leadership of research centres in UCC, and publish regularly in international peer-reviewed Information Systems and business journals.

Further Contact Information

Programme Coordinator 

E: Dr. Simon Woodworth

P: +353 (0) 21 4903830
W: Website

Address: Business Information Systems, O’Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Ireland.

Contact us

E: Dr. Mary Daly

P: P: +353 (0) 21 4903631
W: Website

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