UCC Postgraduate courses

Information Systems Risk Management

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Information Systems Risk Management

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    12 months Full-time

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • EU Fees 2018

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2018


  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Programme not on offer in 2018/2019

  • Start Date

    This course is NOT going ahead 2018-2019.

Course Outline

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.

CyberSecurity Expert is listed as one of the top ten jobs in the Information Systems sector (see http://www.itbusinessedge.com/slideshows/top-10-most-in-demand-it-job-titles.html .  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.

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. 

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.

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 multinational industry leaders. The Information Systems Risk Management study path is strongly aligned with the ISACA curriculum for Information Systems and Data Governance and Audit and provides an optional stepping stone to ISACA certification if desired.

Skills and Careers Information

What can I do after I graduate with a MSc ISRM?

MSc (ISRM) graduates can look forward to positions in the information systems security sector, as cybersecurity specialists, threat analysts, risk auditors, business analysts and project managers. Graduates will also find positions in project management, business analysis and general management open to them in the broader IT sector. 

Occupations associated with this MSc Information Systems Risk Management 

Financial services sector and Information Systems manufacturing and service organisations all require graduates from this programme. Typical roles include Project Manager, Business Analyst, Risk Analyst, Cyber Security Analyst , Operations Research and IT Manager.

What are our graduates doing?

Not applicable as this is the first year of running this programme.




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 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 .

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €10,500.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,000.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Postgraduate Fees Schedule is available here

How Do I Apply

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 MSc (Information Systems Risk Management) Supplementary Form

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 Programme not on offer in 2018/2019