Master of Cybersecurity 12 months Postgraduate Program By KU Leuven |Top Universities
Program Duration

12 monthsProgram duration

Tuitionfee

2,277 EURTuition Fee/year

Scholarship

YesScholarships

Main Subject Area

Engineering - GeneralMain Subject Area

Program overview

Main Subject

Engineering - General

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Cybersecurity

In our digitalized world, cybersecurity is key to protect our systems, services and data from ever-evolving cyberthreats. Join our Master of Cybersecurity programme and immerse yourself in the underpinning technology, including cryptographic techniques, software and hardware security, systems security and privacy. Top off your technical skills with insights into the legal, business and operational framework of cybersecurity.

About this programme 

The digital transformation has made our global society and economy highly reliant on online platforms, services and assets—­and thus liable to cybersecurity risks. Just think about notorious attacks such as SolarWinds and WannaCry, or data leaks on social networks. It takes trained cybersecurity experts to protect governments, organizations and individuals from threats such as hacking, malware, phishing, DDOS attacks, data theft, industrial espionage and more. The demand for cybersecurity experts is high and career possibilities abundant.

The Master of Cybersecurity covers five areas: cryptography, privacy, hardware security, secure software, systems security. The first semester  introduces these themes, after which you select four of them to gain in-depth knowledge. In the second semester, you specialize in two themes, and explore the broader societal context of cybersecurity. Legal aspects are addressed in a compulsory course, bridging law and technology, while elective courses delve into cybersecurity management, governance, risk and business operations. The final part of the second semester focuses on research seminars and the completion of a master's thesis.

Programme structure

This 60-ECTS programme is the result of a joint effort by COSIC and DistriNet, two internationally renowned research units within the KU Leuven departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Aimed at graduates from electrical engineering, computer science and mathematics, the English-taught programme can be completed on a one-year full-time basis.

Career perspectives

When graduating as a Master of Cybersecurity, you are well prepared for a variety of technical jobs and roles within the cybersecurity field. You can pursue a career in industry, government or academia:

  • Engineering positions in the cybersecurity industry, focused on the design and implementation of advanced technical solutions.
  • Integrate cybersecurity controls to ensure that sufficient cyber defenses are in place, especially in telecommunications, finance, insurance, healthcare, and industry automation.
  • Management functions such as CISO (Chief Information Security Officer), CIO (Chief Information Officer) or CTO (Chief Technology Officer).
  • PhD positions in cybersecurity.  

Program overview

Main Subject

Engineering - General

Degree

MSc

Study Level

Masters

Study Mode

On Campus

Master of Cybersecurity

In our digitalized world, cybersecurity is key to protect our systems, services and data from ever-evolving cyberthreats. Join our Master of Cybersecurity programme and immerse yourself in the underpinning technology, including cryptographic techniques, software and hardware security, systems security and privacy. Top off your technical skills with insights into the legal, business and operational framework of cybersecurity.

About this programme 

The digital transformation has made our global society and economy highly reliant on online platforms, services and assets—­and thus liable to cybersecurity risks. Just think about notorious attacks such as SolarWinds and WannaCry, or data leaks on social networks. It takes trained cybersecurity experts to protect governments, organizations and individuals from threats such as hacking, malware, phishing, DDOS attacks, data theft, industrial espionage and more. The demand for cybersecurity experts is high and career possibilities abundant.

The Master of Cybersecurity covers five areas: cryptography, privacy, hardware security, secure software, systems security. The first semester  introduces these themes, after which you select four of them to gain in-depth knowledge. In the second semester, you specialize in two themes, and explore the broader societal context of cybersecurity. Legal aspects are addressed in a compulsory course, bridging law and technology, while elective courses delve into cybersecurity management, governance, risk and business operations. The final part of the second semester focuses on research seminars and the completion of a master's thesis.

Programme structure

This 60-ECTS programme is the result of a joint effort by COSIC and DistriNet, two internationally renowned research units within the KU Leuven departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Aimed at graduates from electrical engineering, computer science and mathematics, the English-taught programme can be completed on a one-year full-time basis.

Career perspectives

When graduating as a Master of Cybersecurity, you are well prepared for a variety of technical jobs and roles within the cybersecurity field. You can pursue a career in industry, government or academia:

  • Engineering positions in the cybersecurity industry, focused on the design and implementation of advanced technical solutions.
  • Integrate cybersecurity controls to ensure that sufficient cyber defenses are in place, especially in telecommunications, finance, insurance, healthcare, and industry automation.
  • Management functions such as CISO (Chief Information Security Officer), CIO (Chief Information Officer) or CTO (Chief Technology Officer).
  • PhD positions in cybersecurity.  

Admission requirements

Undergraduate

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Admission criteria

Academic background: Candidates should hold a master's degree in ICT related fields; an academic degree of at least 4-year is required.

For the most recent – and only official – information on the admission requirements, please check our webpage.

Student profile

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is targeted to master students with backgrounds in electrical engineering, computer science or mathematics. (Typically two out of three.)

  • Students should have a genuine interest in cybersecurity areas, such as cryptography, software security, hardware security, system security, and privacy. 
  • Students will be trained to develop secure systems and services, and to integrate such controls to guarantee sufficient cyberdefenses. 

1 Year
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Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

2,277 EUR
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International Students

2,277 EUR
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