Edu type:
Formal education
Edu level:
Master (EQF 7)
Start date:
Study load:
3360 hrs
2 Years
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Leading programme in Computer Systems Security

The Master track in Computer Systems Security focuses on system and security issues related to operating systems, hardware and applications (topics like hacking, malware, reverse engineering, vulnerabilities). This specialization in Computer Systems Security is a joint effort by VU Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam. The emphasis on system related issues is what sets this track apart from other master programmes on security, which tend to have a focus on formal methods or the math behind cryptography. You’ll be taught by leading researchers in the field of computer security. Many of the challenging courses have a very hands-on character.


Students graduating in the Computer Systems Security specialization have knowledge of

  • security issues in system-level software including weaknesses and defenses;
  • static and dynamic analysis techniques for software (benign and malicious);
  • modern scalable computer and network architecture;
  • secure software development for modern, highly parallel computer systems.


Download the brochure Computer Science: Computer Systems Security

This track is a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam. Courses are given at the two Faculties of Science. Graduates receive a diploma accredited by both universities.

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