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Cybersecurity Management (MSc)

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  • Type of Course:

    Masters Degree

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  • Application Closing Date:

    10th September 2020

Course duration:

12 months (3 semesters) is the minimum duration to complete. The learning will be delivered online primarily during the evening using CIT state of the art e-learning platform.

Admission Requirements:

Entry to the MSc in Cybersecurity Management will require a minimum of a Level 8 Honours Degree. Applicants who do not hold a Level 8 degree but have significant industrial experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Course summary

The MSc in Cybersecurity Management programme will prepare a broad range of graduates for roles as cybersecurity professionals with leadership responsibilities within industry. This programme is targeted at Business, Humanities and Arts graduates who would like to move into roles with cybersecurity responsibilities. The programme is also suitable for those from technical backgrounds who would like to develop the management skills necessary to move into a leadership role in cybersecurity.


Computer Science

This programme will run subject to sufficient student numbers. 

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2020-2021 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures. For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students. Queries to fees@cit.ie



EU student fees are €8,700. Per semester fee instalments are possible, please contact the Fees Office in CIT if this is your preferred payment option. Some students may be eligible for SUSI grant support, check the Eligibility Reckoner on the SUSI website for further details.



Non-EU fees are €12,000, scholarships (25%) are available up to 31st March 2021 reducing fees to €9,000. A scholarship of 15% is offered until the 31st May 2021 reducing fees to €10,200. After that date, the programme fee returns to €12,000. Queries to international@cit.ie


CIT Computer Science website




This programme is a 90 credit programme and embedded within this programme is a Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity Management comprising the first 60 credits of this award.



Cybersecurity managers must ensure that the risk to information assets is minimised by implementing well designed security measures. They are responsible for staying abreast of the threat landscape to prevent (and design policy to respond to) malicious actors. They implement cybersecurity management frameworks and ensure that all employees and vendors operate within these frameworks. They advise and guide their business on national, EU and international laws for dealing with personal data, credit card information, health care data and other personally identifiable information. They have governance responsibilities ensuring cyber risks are identified and quantified according to well defined metrics and implement systems that mitigate these risks. Cybersecurity managers also need to have the digital skills in enterprise security architecture to work with teams in procuring and developing IT systems, the transversal skills to determine what risks/vulnerabilities/attacks these systems identify/detect/prevent, the management skills to be capable of prioritising cybersecurity resources and will have leadership skills in working with diverse teams. In order to perform the role required learners will undertake a series of modules designed to develop these skills.



Cork, Ireland is currently positioning itself as a cybersecurity centre of excellence and is home to some of the leading cybersecurity companies such as AlienVault, Cylance, eSentire, FireEye, Forcepoint, GetVisibility, IBM, VMware, Johnson Controls, Keeper Security, McAfee, McKesson, Nuix, Qualcomm, SmartTech, Solarwinds, Sonicwall, Sophos, TransUnion, Trend Micro, UTRC. These companies currently operate across a diverse range of sectors such as banking, IoT, Telcom, engineering and automotive and require a workforce with a broad range of cybersecurity skills to contribute to various roles within their respective organisations. However, the challenge is that there is a dire shortage of cybersecurity professionals which is placing our digital economy at risk because we do not have enough skilled personnel to protect, respond and mitigate against security threats and breaches.


At present, there is 0% unemployment reported in cyber security roles worldwide, with 3.5 million unfilled jobs predicted by 2021, resulting in increasing global competition for talent and investment. Ireland’s national cyber security strategy published in Dec 2019, clearly states the urgency in addressing this critical skill shortage and places clear emphasis on the need for a ready supply of talent to ensure that our data centres which house a large proportion of Europe's data (approx. 30%), businesses (SMEs to large multinationals) and critical infrastructure are protected. This supply of talent is necessary as it is our best defence in an increasingly complex threat landscape with: the emergence of ubiquitous computing networks i.e. IoT and industry 4.0; and professional cybercriminals who make it their business to cause havoc to our citizens, businesses and society and profit from such activities through ransomware and other forms of attack. Conservative estimates show cybercriminal revenues at $1.5-3 Trillion (Europol) or significantly larger than the global illicit drug trade. By developing a steady supply of skilled cybersecurity professionals Ireland will be able maintain its reputation as a safe place in doing digital business which is necessary to continue to attract investment from some of the world's largest technology firms and grow a burgeoning start-up scene.



The MSc in Cybersecurity Management is a 90 credit programme, consisting of 60 credits worth of taught modules and a 30-credit project. This blended learning programme lasts for one calendar year.


In the event that a student completes the 60 taught credits and is unable to complete the project (30 credits), that student can opt to receive the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Cybersecurity Management. Indeed, it is possible to apply directly for the PGDip programme.


A student who receives a PGDip in Cybersecurity Management, and who, after some time, decides that (s)he wishes to complete the MSc, has the option of completing the 30-credit project and then presenting themselves for the MSc in Cybersecurity.



Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

This programme will be delivered full time, 100% online, over one academic year with the majority of modules delivered during the evening using the state of the art eLearning platform at CIT.


Further information on delivery timing and modules can be found in the provisional Semester 1 and Semester 2 timetables. This newly developed programme is from the same expert team of lecturers and industry professionals who have delivered Ireland's leading technical MSc in Cybersecurity programme.

  • Online application is open for course commencing 11th September 2020.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
  • Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.
  • Delivery of this programme is subject to sufficient number of applicants. Eligible candidates will be considered on a first come first served basis.


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Dr Seán McSweeney
+353 (21) 433 5120