MSc in Information Security Management

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The MSc offered by Apsley Business School offers two specialist units that are demanded in today’s business environment.

Information Security Fundamentals which covers what today’s managers and executives need to understand about cyber risks and cyber security.

Governance, Risk Management and Compliance which aims to teach the fundamentals of the OCEG Red Book Standard as a model for achieving effective GRC  frameworks and outcomes.


€24,750/ £19,500


Whole programme: The whole MSc is accredited at 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System Credits), which is equivalent to 240 credits at the postgraduate level in the British system. Most students will complete the whole programme in 12 to 24 months. The delivery is either classroom-based, blended or online.

Each unit: Each unit consists of Case Studies, videos, reading, and independent research. You will complete a written assignment for each unit which will be assessed. This is normally around 5000 words. Your Research Dissertation will be no more than 40,000 words.

Research: For the MSc your research topic will be detailed and applied for the industry. Most students opt for a technical thesis, examining a technical solution to an upcoming issue in Information Security.


ABS’ MSc programmes are aimed at professionals who wish to increase their skill and knowledge portfolios, and to help them achieve their career goals. On graduation you will be expected to be in a position to influence and manage people, set out a strategic direction, and make appropriate use of a range of financial, marketing, human and technological resources.


Mark Saunders, our lead course designer, spent many years consulting on Information Security for enterprises of all sizes, explains. "It is clear that Board Members often do not understand the opportunities and risks inherent in managing information. Most management and board level executives are well schooled in the traditional management skills, but few have the skillset and knowledge to truly understand the risks and costs associated with poorly run information security programmes to their organisation. These threats and opportunities will only become more central to the strategic direction of all business in the next 20 years."


Many organisations now have to take a more formal approach to governance as there are many laws and regulations that require organisations to behave and govern themselves in certain ways and provide information on these processes and decisions in the name of transparency to various audiences and stakeholders. Good governance is growingly seen not just as core administrative function, but as a marketing opportunity and a way to increase efficiencies, as organisations compete in a global marketplace for clients.


For the MSc there are two phases of study, a taught phase and a research phase.

Taught Phase
I Core units – You must take all of these (Each is worth 12.5 ECTS, or 25 credits in the UK)

Developing Strategic Management and Leadership Skills

Professional Development for Strategic Managers

*Governance Risk and Compliance

*Information Security Fundamentals

II Optional units – each 25 CATS/ 12.5 ECTS (to make up total of 60 ECTS or 120 credits in the UK))

Developing Corporate Culture

Leading E-Strategy

Creative and Innovative Management

Strategic Marketing Management

Strategic Change Management

Strategic Human Resource Management

Strategic Quality and Systems Management (Operations Management)

Strategic Planning

Managing Financial Principles and Techniques

Strategic Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Developing Successful Business Teams

*Students who take the following units, and choose a research topic within these fields, will be awarded the MSc in Information Security: Governance Risk and Compliance and Information Security Fundamentals

Research Phase

Research Methods for Strategic Managers (worth 10 ECTS, or 20 credits in the UK)

You will be introduced how  to conduct research into Strategic management at the Postgraduate level

Research Dissertation (30 ECTS or 60 credits in the UK)

A single research paper of no more than 40,000 words, supervised by a senior academic with practical experience in your field. It will generally be technical and applied for the MSc.

We recognize accredited prior learning pathways which may allow students to enrol by direct entry into the Research Phase of the MSc, where they simply have to take and pass the Research Methods module and write a dissertation


You will fit one of these profiles:

A. Bachelor degree + 3 years professional practice

B. A levels/ International baccalaureate (or vocational equivalent) + 5 years professional practice

We deliver the programme content in English, but in certain circumstance we can arrange for your research and dissertation supervision to be completed in additional languages- please ask for more information

Many of our applicants already have extensive CPD and vocational experience, and may be in a position to receive Accredited Prior Learning (APL) credit for these programmes, which makes them exempt from certain units. Please enquire about our APL policy.

Also, students who already have a postgraduate qualification in management or similar may be able to enter directly into the Research Phase of the MSc Programme.

Please enquire about our APL policy

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