M.Sc. Cyber Security: What You'll Learn
With digitalisation, cyber-attacks on software and systems are on the rise. To ensure the confidentiality, availability and integrity of their data, just about every company, organisation, and government agency alike requires competent cyber security professionals. There is now a huge and unmet demand for security experts with a keen eye to identify and defend against cyber-attacks. With the IU International University of Applied Sciences Master in Cyber Security, you will acquire all the skills you need to protect data and ensure top security measures for systems used by companies worldwide. You'll become a specialist in securing infrastructures against attacks, risks or malware using statistical and digital forensic methods.
All the important details about this programme
Master of Science (M.Sc.)120 ECTSStudy format: Online or On Campus
Duration of study
24 monthsPart time models available
Online: From 489 98 euros per month
On Campus: From 750 499 euros per month
120 ECTS - English - OnlineOnline study programmes are accredited in line with German and European standards120 ECTS - English - On CampusOn campus study programmes are accredited in line with German and European standards
Undergraduate Degree in Related Field
Scholarship Programme Options
Field Specific Knowledge
Reduce your study fees
Many scholarship options available
Don’t yet meet the requirements for work experience, English language skills or level of education? Not a problem – IU’s Scholarship Programme gives you the chance to start your online degree and fulfil the eligibility criteria while you study, just get us your proof of work experience, English language skill and education certificates to us before you complete 50% of your ECTS.
A cyber security expert masters the basics of modern operating systems and is also familiar with distributed applications in the cloud as well as methods of software forensics and data analysis. In our practice-oriented distance learning programme for cyber security, you will be trained to detect cyberthreats and demonstrate leadership potential.
Corporate Governance of IT, Compliance, and Law
Cyber Security and Data Protection
Advanced Research Methods
Seminar: Advanced Cyber Security
Cyber Risk Assessment and Management
IT Systems: Software
IT Systems: Hardware
Cyber Systems and Network Forensics
Theoretical Computer Science for IT Security
Seminar: Standards and Frameworks
Project: Current Challenges of Cyber Security
Master Thesis & Colloquium
In the 120-credit options, you'll choose electives amounting to 20 ECTS credits. In this way, you can specialise in your area of interest.
After completing this module, you will be familiar with the functions and processes of blockchain technology. As a result, you will understand important applications, especially BitCoin.
After completing your Master's degree in Cyber Security, you will be a highly sought-after expert who is optimally qualified for efficient response to cyber incidents as well as forensic methods of identification and defence.
You will have the necessary hard and soft skills required to take responsibility over central security architectures as well as for confidently advising companies and teams on how to optimise cyber security. As an expert in your field, you will have excellent opportunities to lead your employer's security measures as a future manager. You could also be responsible for digital transformation of teams and companies, based on "security by design" and work with external agencies to detect and deter criminal activities.
As an IT security architect, you are responsible for the overall IT security of the technical architectures in your company. You establish the necessary processes and procedures for handling data protection and information security. In addition, you support the IT department in the conception and implementation of security by design.
Security managers ensure that digital systems in IT are protected against the growing number of threats. They identify gaps in the IT infrastructure of companies or develop preventive measures to protect IT systems from attacks. In doing so, they take adequate and effective measures that minimise potential damage in the event of an attack.
As a cyber forensics analyst, you secure evidence that reveals manipulations of data or software. You deal with computer crime, economic and industrial espionage as well as software piracy. For this purpose, you prepare IT forensic reports that can be used by public prosecutors, for example.
Study Models & Fees
Find a plan to suit you: For our online programmes, you can easily choose whether you want to study full time or part time. This helps you fit learning to your schedule.
Duration 24 months
Perfect for those who want to hit the ground running and learn at the fastest pace possible. Starting from:
Duration 36 months
Great for all-round talents who want to go full throttle in their studies but also keep up with other commitments. Starting from:
Duration 48 months
Ideal for students with a lot of work or family commitments. This plan also reduces monthly study costs. Starting from:
For students in Asia, Africa, and South & Central America, the prices displayed show regular tuition fees including graduation fees, scholarships or other discounts. For students from Europe, the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan & South Korea, the prices displayed do not include graduation fees, scholarships or other discounts. Additional fees may apply.
Our IU study programmes include the following benefits
Take exams online
Access to partner network
Free extension of study period
Online library as well as podcasts and videos
Flexible payment options
Correction and assessment of module exams
Support and career services
What our students say
In both my passion and my career, the skills and competencies I learned at IU have made a big difference.Zena Massaad, MBA - Master of Business Administration
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- Completed undergraduate degree (180 ECTS) in Computer Science, IT security, Business Informatics, Theoretical Computer Science, Applied Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Media Informatics or an information science related subjects
- From a public or officially recognised university/higher education institution.
- At least a ‘satisfactory’ or Grade C equivalent in your previous education.
Start your online degree with our Scholarship Programme and receive a scholarship up to 80%.
This helps you get started as a participant with immediate access to 50% of your courses even when your previous studies were in a different field. With the Scholarship Programme, you can start this degree by taking an Entrance Examination.
The Entrance Examination can be used for the consecutive 120-ECTS version of this degree and involves two specific courses which are included in the Scholarship Programme (do not have to be passed before)
At IU, we teach in English to prepare you for the international market.
We therefore ask for proof of your English language skills*. If English is your native language or you graduated from an English-speaking school/university, you don’t need to prove your English skills.
- Speexx B2.2 Certificate (complimentary when signing up with IU)
- TOEFL (min. 80 points) or
- IELTS (min. Level 6.0 out of 9 points) or
- Duolingo English test (min. 95 points) or
- Cambridge Certificate (min. B grade overall) or
- Equivalent proof
*Proof must be provided before the start of the study and must not be older than two years.
In addition, a minimum of 30 ECTS in Computer Science must be completed in the course of the undergraduate degree for admission. For applicants who do not meet this requirement, modules from the university's bachelor's degree programs are offered as bridging courses for free.
The Best of Both Worlds
Choose where you want to spend which semester and switch between online and campus studies. Our new approach sets us apart from our competitors and gives you freedom to experience online studies and campus life. All you need to do is let us know in advance.
Accredited & Globally Recognised
IU International is accredited and certified with a seal of approval from the German Accreditation Council. All IU study programmes, materials, and services meet high internal and external quality standards, which are regularly reviewed and updated.
Gain Real Support
We provide you with innovative learning tools, digital study material, tutorial videos, student advice and support, and forums to exchange with other students. You also have full access to our large online library. Your tutors are always available to answer your questions.
The Ideal Mix of Theory & Practice
Our courses provide you with key theoretical knowledge and focus, above all, on practice-oriented studies designed to best prepare you for your future career. Our wide range of subject specialisations gives you maximum choice and allows you to immerse yourself in areas that match your interests.