The academic executive master’s programme Cyber Security is multidisciplinary; the programme covers technological as well as legal, administrative, economic and psychological aspects of digital security.
This programme is developed by Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and The Hague University of Applied Sciences and various private partners. Leiden University is responsible for the programme. The programme has been accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).
Starting date is subject to a sufficient number of participants.
This programme information is subject to change.
The programme consists of four phases: conceptualisation, specialisation, electives and thesis.
In the first phase you will get a general introduction into cyber security based on the bowtie model.
The second semester starts with two compulsory modules. First, you follow the compulsory module Legal Perspectives on Cyber Security. Then, following your background, either the compulsory module Social Science Perspectives on Cyber Security (capita selecta of social sciences) or Technological Perspectives on Cyber Security (a survey of technical aspects of cyber security) for cross-over knowledge. After this compulsory module you choose a specialisation: 1. the technical track or 2. the governance track.
For participants with a scientific background the technical track offers three specialised modules.
The governance track offers three specialised modules.
In this phase, you can broaden or deepen basic knowledge of cyber security obtained in previous phases. Four electives are offered of which you can chose two. Examples of electives are Actors & Behaviour in Cyberspace, Data Mining, Industrial Control Systems & Critical Infrastructures, and Cyber Security Economics & Insurance.
The number of electives can vary, depending on the number of participants, their interests and background. The subjects of the electives can vary, depending on current issues. For several electives admission may depend on prior education and knowledge.
You will conclude your executive master’s programme with a thesis. Together with your fellow participants, you will identify a complex issue or case from practice in the field of digital security. You will then individually research a partial aspect that connects to your prior knowledge and interests. You will include your insights and reflections in an academic final project.
See for an elaborate description of the different modules the website of Leiden University.
During the whole programme 4 to 6 extra-curricular activities will be organised on specific cyber security themes(for instance cyber forensics, cyber terrorism, cyber crisis communication) and current cyber security issues (for instance new developments in cybercrime, open data and big data, law enforcement) in accordance with the multidisciplinary character of the programme
When applying for the intake you will provide copies of your diplomas and a brief motivation letter in English as well as a CV.
Admission takes place on the basis of an intake procedure:
In addition to the information above
In May 2018, dcypher made an analysis of the curriculum of the Executive Master Cyber Security at the Cyber Security Academy. The curriculum at that time was comprised of technology (33%), organisation (33%) and human & behaviour (33%). More details of the analysis can be found on the website of dcypher.