Master of Cyber Security

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Technical University of Denmark

Master of Cyber Security Continuing Education   2 years, part-time

Master of Cyber Security Know the systems, understand the risks, and shape the cyber security policies in your company. The need for cyber security is rising – do you need to upgrade your competencies? Due to the increasing digitalization in Danish society and in the rest of the world, focus has increased on IT security and the various risks companies, authorities, and citizens face. As a result, DTU Compute Continuing Education has created a Master’s program in Cyber Security, so that companies and authorities have the opportunity to qualify and train IT security staff and managers to deal with the increasing pressure in relation to cyber crime. The Master’s program is especially relevant for you, if you are an IT security manager, product or project manager, IT architect or network architect / administrator. But the

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program can be followed by anyone with an IT/digital background who wants a broad introduction and solid professional foundation in cyber security. With a Master in Cyber Security you will be able to: • Develop risk assessments of your company’s current IT security situation • Develop secure IT systems • Formulate security policies for IT systems

Learning Objectives The Master in Cyber Security program touches on all the major aspects of cyber security, as well as key elements of the overall concept of ”information security”. It is designed to provide a professional overview for the benefit of those

who work (or want to work) with IT security and to provide the necessary competencies to manage cyber security efforts from project management (e.g. software development of security critical systems) to the corporate level.

Study Program

Study Plan

The study program for the Master in Cyber Security consists of 8 taught courses and 2 projects (incl. the final Master thesis project). The total workload is equivalent to one year of full-time work (i.e. 1680 hours), or 60 ECTS, but the study program is designed so that the courses and projects are taken over a 2 year period, with the possibility for an individual study plan for up to 4 years in total. All of the taught courses on the Master in Cyber Security can be taken individually.

The study plan outlined here shows the order that we recommend for the courses. It is possible to follow the courses in a different order, but the academic progression and scheduling of activities are based on students following the taught courses in the recommended order. The 4 semesters are outlined in the figure on the next page.

Each of the taught courses has a workload of 140 hours, which corresponds to 5 ECTS. The number of hours includes time spent in class or in online teaching activities, as well as time spent on preparation and assignments, examination and such like. All courses are taught and examined in English.

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The themes for the 4 semesters: Semester 1: IT-Security Management and Governance Semester 2: IT-Security Infrastructure Semester 3: Secure Applications and Systems Semester 4: Master Project Many of the courses and both projects are, at least partly, evaluated through practical work carried out in collabo­ ration with external organizations, in many cases the student’s own organization.

Recommended study plan for Master in Cyber Security Semester



Security Principles

Risk Management

IT Security Governance


Identity & Access Management

Enterprise Security Architectures

Consultancy Project


Application Security

Data Protection & Privacy

Trends in Cyber Security


Master Project

Courses         Projects

Admission Criteria Admission to the master’s program requires either a bachelor’s degree in a relevant technical discipline, such as computer science, computer engineering or information management, or equivalent technical qualifications, e.g. obtained through certifications and job experience. The study program assumes that all students have ­fundamental intuitions about mathematical concepts and knowledge of scientific thinking, as well as a solid ­understanding of the architecture, development, operation and application of IT systems. It is assumed that all applicants have received IT edu­ cation as part of their initial degree, as well as having 2 years of work experience in IT, either as an employee of an IT department or as a super user.

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Other requirements The program may also accept applicants who do not meet the formal requirements, but who, on the basis of an individual assessment (Da. “realkompetencevurdering”), are deemed to have equivalent qualifications (incl. applicants who have completed a Diploma program under the flexible degree program). The Master in Cyber Security program is offered in English, so all applicants should have good English language skills, i.e. equivalent to English at minimum B level in the Danish secondary education system.

Costs In total, the Master’s program in Cyber Security costs 190,000 DKK ex. VAT. The costs include: Courses with ECTS: Projects and supervision: Study tour:

150,000 DKK ex. VAT* 28,000 DKK ex. VAT 12,000 DKK ex. VAT

*)  It is possible to register for each of the courses with ECTS individually at a price of 22,000 DKK ex. VAT per course.

“Cyber criminals are constantly looking for easy ­low-cost prey. Today, knowledge on how to protect your business in cyber space is a part of your license to operate as you only have two options: Protect your business or wait for a devastating hit. With a Master in Cyber Security, an IT-professional can lead the cyber security work in an organization and reduce the risk from cyber criminals. Hence, I strongly recommend the Master of Cyber Security program.” Henrik Fougt, CEO Danish Hub for Cybersecurity

Contact DTU Compute Continuing Education DTU Learn for Life Technical University of Denmark +45 45 25 45 25

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