Cybersecurity, Master | KU Leuven | Leuven, Belgium
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In our digitalized world, cybersecurity is key to protect our systems, services and data from ever-evolving cyberthreats. Join the Master of Cybersecurity programme at KU Leuven and immerse yourself in the underpinning technology, including cryptographic techniques, software and hardware security, systems security and privacy.

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Overview

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 the SolarWinds hack, the WannaCry ransomware attack, 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 programme at KU Leuven is structured around five themes: cryptography, privacy, hardware security, secure software, systems security. The first semester kicks off with an introduction to these themes, after which you select four of them to gain more in-depth knowledge. The semester also covers various research seminars on cybersecurity. In the second semester, you specialize in two cybersecurity themes. 

In addition, you take courses that provide insight into the broader context of cybersecurity in society. The compulsory course on the legal aspects of cybersecurity prepares you to operate at the intersection of law and technology, while the elective courses on cybersecurity management and governance focus on operations and on risk and business. The remainder of the second semester is dedicated to additional research seminars and your master's thesis.

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. In time, you can further evolve towards management functions. 

Depending on your preferences, you can pursue a career in industry, government or academia.

  • You can secure an engineering position in the cybersecurity industry, focused on the design and implementation of advanced technical solutions.
  • Another role is to integrate cybersecurity controls to ensure that sufficient cyber defenses are in place, especially in telecommunications, finance, insurance, healthcare, and industry automation.
  • By further developing management, risk, legal and governance skills, you can evolve to management functions such as CISO (Chief Information Security Officer), CIO (Chief Information Officer) or CTO (Chief Technology Officer).
  • Also a research career is an option, with PhD positions in cybersecurity. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • CyberSecurity Basics
  • Legal Aspects of Cyber Security
  • Master's Thesis: Cyber Security Project
  • Seminar in CyberSecurity
  • CyberSecurity Management and Governance: Risk and Business
  • CyberSecurity Management and Governance: Operations
  • Cryptography and Network Security
  • Cryptographic Protocols

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

1 June (non-EEA citizens living in Belgium with a valid residence permit)

Language

English
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
94

Credits

60 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
94

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Academic background: Candidates should hold a master's degree in ICT related fields; an academic degree of at least 4-year is required.
  • GRE test results: in order to be considered for admission, applicants are required to submit their GRE score (at the moment, there is no minimum requirement for GRE scores). Students who obtained a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in one of the EEA countries, the UK, or Switzerland are exempted from providing GRE scores. However, submitting GRE scores might still be considered as an asset when applying.
  • Strong motivation: all candidates must submit a statement of purpose to express your motivation to start the Advanced Master of Cybersecurity.
  • Reference: all candidates must submit 2 reference letters
  • English language proficiency: students should have a good command of English, both spoken and written. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2150 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2150 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2150 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2150 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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Scholarships Information

Below you will find Master's scholarship opportunities for Cybersecurity.

Available Scholarships

You are eligible to apply for these scholarships but a selection process will still be applied by the provider.

226 countries / Merit-based
Finduddannelse Sustainability Scholarship
Various benefits
Grant
22 Sep 2022
Deadline

Finduddannelse
225 countries / Merit-based
Education Future International Scholarship
200000 INR
Grant
Not specified
Deadline

Education Future
Worldwide
Spreadsheet Gladiator Scholarship
1500 USD
Grant
30 Jul 2023
Deadline

226 countries
BeArt-Presets Academic Scholarship Program
5000 USD
Grant
01 Apr 2023
Deadline

BeArt-Presets
226 countries
Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2022
Various benefits
Grant
11 Oct 2022
Deadline

U.S. government
225 countries / Merit-based
Higher Education Scholarship Test for Indian students
100000 INR
Grant
30 Oct 2022
Deadline

Ministry of Information & Technology (IT)
Belgium / Merit-based
Government of Flanders Master Mind Scholarships for International Students
8400 EUR
Grant
06 Apr 2022
Deadline

Government of Flanders
50 countries / Merit-based
Study a Masters in Europe Scholarships
Various benefits
Grant
16 May 2022
Deadline

educations.com
30 countries
The Smooth Movers Scholarship
1000 USD
Grant
30 Nov 2022
Deadline

The Smooth Movers
Belgium / Merit-based
Bursaries for conference interpreting students
3000 EUR
Grant
20 Sep 2022
Deadline

European Commission
226 countries
ServiceScape Scholarship
1000 USD
Grant
30 Nov 2022
Deadline

ServiceScape
226 countries
ACES Scholarships
3500 USD
Grant
15 Nov 2022
Deadline

ACES Education Fund
Worldwide / Merit-based
Pinsky Law New Venture Development Scholarship
Various benefits
Grant
30 Dec 2023
Deadline

Worldwide
Study abroad Scholarship - Collect
10000 SEK
Grant
31 May 2023
Deadline

Worldwide / Merit-based
iVisa Annual Scholarship
1500 USD
Grant
14 May 2023
Deadline

Worldwide
IMSOGLO Consortium Scholarship
2000 EUR
Grant
30 May 2023
Deadline

Worldwide
The Annual IELTS from 6 to 9 Scholarship
1500 USD
Grant
30 Mar 2023
Deadline

Worldwide
Anonymous Hope Fund
3000 USD
Grant
Not specified
Deadline

Worldwide
Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters scholarships
8000 EUR
Grant
Not specified
Deadline

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