Cyber Security is a cross-curricular master’s programme which draws on a number of research environments gathered in the cyber security research programme.
The Cyber Security educational programme equips you with the skills to handle challenges in the increasing number of cyber-attacks, which companies and institutions are facing.
Application deadline March 1st.
You will learn about
- Crisis communication
- Strategic planning and design of solutions for development, test and verification of secure systems and software
- Development of critical risk- and threats analysis
- Analysis and handling of cyber threats and prevention of attacks
- Design and upgrade of the architecture in IT-systems
- Network security and honeypots
Half of your time is spent on project work in groups according to the AAU Problem Based Learning-model. Apart from good cooperation skills, this will give you the ability to handle technical problem solving at a high level as well as the capacity to work with and manage all phases of a project. However, you are also trained to master development-, analysis- and service tasks on independent level.
Video presentation of cyber security
Study environment at cyber security
When you study Cyber Security at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, you also become part of a community;
- You have the chance to work together with companies throughout your studies as part of the semester projects. Not only does it train you in working with real-world problems, but you also get to know different companies - and they get to know you.
- We organise activities such as training days, hacking evenings and invited talks. Our community brings together students, professionals, and other people interested in cyber security.
- AAU is part of the Danish Hub for Cybersecurity, which is a Danish initiative to accelerate innovation and development within cyber security. It brings together universities, start-ups and established companies.
- You get access to campus and cyber security lab 24/7.
- We are passionate about what we do, and we take our students seriously. Therefore, each student has a personal contact person among the professors. We want to learn about your interests and goals, so we can help you achieve it
I chose to study Cyber Security because I want to make the world a more secure and safe place to live in. The programme gives me the knowledge, skills and competencies to be able to do just this. What I appreciate most is that the courses are so practical and you get to do projects that are applied in the real world. Furthermore, it motivates me a lot to always keep up to date within the cyber security field and we talk about some of it in the projects. Currently I am working on a project involving Tor which is a browser that is freely available for all people who are interested in maintaining anonymity while surfing the internet. Users (political activists, whistleblowers, etc.) employ the Tor browser for different purposes, among others to avoid surveillance. However, Tor also enables people to access the dark web, where some services are invisible via normal browsers such as Google Chrome. In our project, we focus on hidden services offered via Tor that are not necessarily safe to use. It means that you can hack these services.
The M.Sc. programme in Cyber Security at Aalborg University is comprised by four semesters where you work with gradually more complex subjects.
See also the curriculum for the master’s programme in Cyber Security. Here, you may find details on courses and projects as well as information on the programme’s legal basis, etc.
Compulsory for all non-AAU bachelors
All bachelors enrolled in the programme who have not obtained their bachelor’s degree from Aalborg University must take part in a course on problem based learning (PBL) as part of the 1st semester project. In case, non-AAU bachelors get credit transfer for the 1st semester, they will be asked to take part in a course, ensuring that they are trained in working according to the PBL-model. Read more about PBL.
In the 3rd semester of the master’s programme in Cyber Security, you have the opportunity to go abroad or spend your semester in a company.
Aalborg University cooperates with a range of universities across the world and has well-established contacts in industry both in regards to student projects and company internships. The International Office at Aalborg University may assist you with guidance, but you must make your own preparations, incl. checking whether you need advanced credit transfer, looking for accommodation, checking up on insurance, visa and possible need vaccinations, and, if relevant, how to avoid a lapse of your Danish residence permit.
Admission and requirements
Job and career
Your Cyber Security profile qualifies you for jobs within companies, which develop cyber security products or solutions; companies, which have assets to be protected; or consultancies. These companies and public institutions demands experts within cyber security, cyber threats are increasing.
With your profile you will enable you to build secure systems, and to prevent, detect and mitigate cyber-attacks.
Witn an in-depth understanding of cyber security theory, methods and concepts, you will have the knowledge that enable you to continue learning and developing – this is crucial in a field where technologies and tools develop fast, and where continuous learning and development is part of the profession.
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