Cyber Security

Cyber Security programme

The programme Cyber Security consists of five core courses (cryptography, cyber data analytics, cyber risk management, network security, and software security). During the course we'll go on an off-site summer school, during which you will solve a real cyber security problem. Furthermore we offer a choice of electives e.g. biometrics, cybersecurity management, e-law, economics of security, digital forensics, privacy enhancing technologies, secure data management, security verification, software testing and reverse engineering, and quantum communication and cryptography and an individual final-year project.

what you will learn

This specialization will give you a broad, solid background in many aspects of cybersecurity. Developing secure systems and analysing the security of existing systems is a challenging task. You will develop a foundation that combines a scientific perspective with a practical approach.

As a Cyber Security graduate you will have in-depth understanding of security and privacy risks in ICT systems and be able to model and evaluate these risks. You will be capable of applying the formal methods and cryptographic foundations underlying security and privacy. You will have experience with methodologies for designing secure and privacy-preserving ICT systems. Also, you will have insight into cross-disciplinary aspects of security and privacy, such as law and business processes. You will be able to read and understand texts or communicate with experts from those domains regarding. You will have in-depth knowledge as well as practical experience regarding methods and approaches for the practical evaluation of ICT system security. Think, for example, of penetration testing or risk management. On top of all this, you will have specialist knowledge of one or more sub-fields or aspects of the security and privacy discipline. Think, for example, of cybercrime or security in mobile systems. Another of your assets will be your practical experience in scientifically researching security and privacy methods, contributing to such research, applying the results, follow sub-field trends and contributing to its further development.


Another way of meeting the requirements for our specialization in Cyber Security is to complete the Security & Privacy track offered by the EIT Digital Master School, one year of which takes place at the University of Twente. For programme details, check the EIT Digital-site.


If you wish to follow the Cyber Security specialization, you have to have a Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in Computer Science – or equivalent – and an interest in disciplines beyond computer science alone.

If you are interested in the 4TU Cyber Security Master’s specialization, you have to enrol in the Computer Science Master’s programme at the University of Twente or at Delft University of Technology. In order to enrol, you must first apply to the Computer Science Master’s programme either at the University of Twente or at Delft University of Technology.


If you do not have a university-level Computer Science Bachelor’s degree, you could bridge the knowledge gap though a pre-Master’s programme which will help you obtain sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to participate in the master's programme. The decision for a pre-Master's programme is made by the university. In Twente, the pre-Master’s programme includes calculus (7 credits), linear algebra (5 credits), probability and statistics (3 credits), algorithms (8 credits), and academic skills (7 credits). In Delft it includes calculus, linear algebra, a Bachelor’s seminar, reasoning and logic, algorithm design, and information and data modelling (5 credits each). 

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