Cyber Risk for Business

Course OutlineCourse Outline
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.

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.

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.

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available at https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/

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

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

12 months Full-time

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.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
What can I do after I graduate with an 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.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Dr. Simon Woodworth
S.Woodworth@ucc.ie
+353 21 490 3830
https://www.cubsucc.com/programmes/postgraduate/#

Dr. Ciara Fitzgerald
CFitzgerald@ucc.ie
+353 21 420 5203

Subjects taught

Students take a total of 90 credits. Part I consists of 70 credits and Part II consists of 20 credits.

Part I
• BU6005 Applied Research Methods
• BU6510 Professional Development and Research Communication
• IS6017 Enterprise Business Processes and Applications
• IS6025 Design Thinking for Business Analysis
• IS6027 Information Systems Project Planning
• IS6028 Information Systems Project Tracking and Oversight
• IS6050 Business Data Strategy and Management
• IS6060 Cloud Technologies
• IS6061 Programming for Data and Business Analytics
• IS6062 Security Architectures
• IS6063 Information Systems Risk Control Auditing
• IS6065 Information Systems Governance
• IS6066 Breach Management and Recovery
• IS6067 Ethical Hacking and Threat Response

Part II
• IS6620 Applied Research in Cyber Risk
Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Comment

Unique Aspects of the 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.

Assessment method

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.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020
Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020
Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020
Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020
Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June
Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 7 September 2020

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