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Information Systems Risk Management

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.

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 the course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


12 months Full-time

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

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.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Dr. Mary Daly
+353 21 490 3631

Dr Simon Woodworth
+353 21 490 3830

Subjects taught

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.


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 2019 start dates will open on November 1st 2018.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means we offer places 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 EU application system closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications:

For all completed applications received by January 11th 2019
Offers will be made:Offers will be made by January 25th 2019

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by March 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offers will be made by May 15th 2019

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2019
Offers will be made: Offer will be made by July 15th 2019

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

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 9 September 2019

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