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.
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.
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- 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
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- 12 months
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1 June (non-EEA citizens living in Belgium with a valid residence permit)
DisciplinesComputer Sciences Human Computer Interaction Cyber Security View 13 other Masters in Computer Sciences in Belgium
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We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.
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- 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.
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International2150 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2150 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
EU/EEA2150 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2150 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
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