Cybersecurity Risk Management

Successful completion of this MSc, graduates will be able to;

• Analyse the cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities and risks faced by an organisation

• Assess the cybersecurity posture of an organisation and recommend and implement appropriate solutions

• Test, monitor and continually improve the effectiveness of an organisation's cybersecurity defence mechanisms

• Formulate business continuity and disaster recovery plans for an organisation

• Formulate cybersecurity and data protection policies and procedures for an organisation.


1. Demand for graduates with technical skills in cybersecurity and business know-how is at an all-time high. The skills students gain from this course provide a pathway to working in all industry sectors.

2. Students will be exposed to the latest developments in cybersecurity through interactions with experts from our industry partners, such as Accenture, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Cisco.

3. Optionally, students can also gain qualifications with two professional IT security accreditation bodies, CompTIA and EC-Council, whose awards are internationally recognised within the industry

Entry requirements

Normally a Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, a minimum H2.2 but preferably a H2.1 or H1 (or equivalent international qualification). IELTS score of at least 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable. It is expected that successful applicants will come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Prior exposure to information technology is a requirement. The personal statement made on application is important to express your conviction that the programme is right for you and to explain how it fits into your career plans.

Application dates

CLOSING DATE: University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


1 year, full-time;

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
The "Cyber Security Skills Report 2021: National Survey"
concluded that 82% of organisations will hire cybersecurity
staff and 50% will hire new graduates. Graduates of the MSc
Cybersecurity and Risk Management will have the necessary
skills and expert knowledge to take on these challenging roles.
Graduates of this programme can find employment in the
following roles:

• Cybersecurity Consultant
• Information Security Analyst
• Cybersecurity Trainer
• Information Security Compliance and Risk Officer
• Data Protection Officer
• Systems Architect
• Systems Administrator
• Ethical Hacker / Penetration Tester / Vulnerability Assessor
• Technology Risk Auditor / IT Auditor
• IT Security Project Manager
• Helpdesk Manager
• Business Applications Developer
• Software Development / DevOps

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time

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