Course Overview

The MSc in Cybersecurity Risk Management is a specialist qualification designed for students who wish to embark upon a career in the highly sought after area of IT security in a consultancy, strategic, business or management context. Upon 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.

 Cyber Ireland’s recently launched report “Cyber Security Skills Report 2021: National Survey” concluded that:

  • Cybersecurity teams are understaffed and there is evidence of very significant skills shortages
  • 48% of the respondent organisations have unfilled cybersecurity roles
  • 19% of organisations indicated that it takes 6 months or more to fill a cybersecurity role, often having to recruit staff from overseas because of a lack of suitably qualified persons in Ireland
  • Despite the introduction of a number of new cybersecurity courses in Ireland since 2020, there remains a very significant shortage of graduates and a high demand for such skills

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Semester One exams: December. Semester Two exams: May.

A range of assessment methods are integrated and assessed throughout the programme. These include but are not limited to Flipped learning, simulations and case studies, E-learning materials and virtual machine laboratory exercises, Written and MCQ tests and collaborative activities.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Normally a H2.1 degree (NFQ Level 8 or equivalent). However, candidates with a H2.2 honours degree and who have a minimum of 2 years relevant work experience will also be considered.. IELTS score of 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.

Additional Requirements


Full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 years)*

Next start date

September 2023

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code


Course Outline

Semester 1:  Core modules

MS5121 Fundamentals of Organisational Cybersecurity    10 ECTS

MS807   Information Systems Management           5 ECTS

MS___   Seminar in Cybersecurity  (Part 1) 5 ECTS *

Semester 1 electives: Choose two

LW___   Technology Regulation & Governance     5 ECTS

MS806   Business Applications Programming        5 ECTS

MS5107 Business Modelling & Analytics                5 ECTS

MS805   Database Systems                                     5 ECTS

MS5120 Advanced Database Technologies            5 ECTS

CS___    Elective from School of Computer Science 5 ECTS

Semester 2:   Core modules

MS5119 Ethical Hacking                                          10 ECTS

MS5118 Cloud Computing                                      5 ECTS

MS___   Philosophy of Information & Information Ethics  5 ECTS

MS___   Seminar in Cybersecurity  (Part 2)            5 ECTS *

Semester 2 electives: Choose one

MS5114 Advanced Programming for Business Analytics    5 ECTS

MS803   Business Data Communications               5 ECTS

MS821   Applied Systems Analysis                         5 ECTS

CS___    Elective from School of Computer Science           5 ECTS

Year-Long:  Core module

MS___   Professional Portfolio                               30 ECTS

* The “Seminar in Cybersecurity” module is 10 ECTS, split across semesters 1 & 2 and examined fully by continuous assessment.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

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

Cybersecurity risk management is very challenging, requiring both technical insight into the security of digital systems and devices and also the management of people who interact with them. This programme prepares students to manage cybersecurity within an organisation, from influencing the risk appetite of the board to managing incident response strategies during a cyber attack.

It is designed for graduates looking to understand or apply cybersecurity in a consultancy, strategic, business or management context. Students will develop a clear understanding of the cyber threat landscape and how a cyber incident may evolve. They will cover the key technologies required to defend and protect organisational information infrastructures from threats and attacks, and will learn how to manage and limit the impact an attack can have on a business.

J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics is the only AACSB-accredited business school in Ireland or Britain to offer a programme in this space. It has academic partnership agreements in place with EC-Council and CompTIA so that students have pathways onto internationally recognised professional certifications.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Find out More

Programme Director:
Dr Michael Lang

Programme Administrators:
Ms. Melissa O’Hea
Ms. Christina Mulgannon


  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2023

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2023 PDF (20.6MB)