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Master of Science

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Master of Science

Cybersicherheit (Bachelor of Science)

Solving the challenges of today and providing security for tomorrow.

Cybersecurity (M.Sc.) at Saarland University

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  • Young and dynamic research areas.
  • Computer Science at Saarland University: top CHE ranking, 6 internationally renowned computer science institutions.
  • Lectures and Seminars are fueled by state-of-the-art research at CISPA and other Computer Science institutions on Campus.
  • Elective subjects allow students to choose specializations early on.
  • Proximity to research institutions enables you to specialize early and work with leading experts in the field.
  • During your studies: We are offering student helper positions to work with our researchers on current research projects.
Cybersecurity Master of Science

The Master’s Course Cybersecurity will prepare students for a career in research and industry alike. Students have the opportunity to choose their specialization in the areas of Cryptography, Privacy, Software Security, Systems and Networks, Formal Methods or legal aspects of Cybersecurity directly fueled by state-of-the-art research at CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, while continuing related topics in Computer Science. This program is equally suited for students who completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Cybersecurity or a similar area, a Bachelor in Cybersecurity is not mandatory. The program is designed for 4 semesters and you can equally start your studies in winter or summer semester.

Application Deadlines
until May 15
until November 15

Students are admitted to our program twice per year. For any winter semester starting in October, please apply via the Online Application Portal of Saarland University until May 15. For any summer semester starting in April, please apply until November 15.

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If you want to study Cybersecurity, you do not necessarily need a Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity: The Master's Program is aimed at both students with a Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity or Computer Science. Have a look at our example schedule to check our special track for students without prior experience in IT Security. Since our program is held in English, proficient knowledge of English (level C1) is required. Students have to apply via the Online Application System at Saarland University. Please find detailed information on prerequisites at the Master's website of Saarland University: Master's website.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, or a related subject
  • Proficiency in English (level C1) since the program is held in English
  • Programming Skills
For a Secure Future.
Program Details and Example Schedules
Have a look at our example schedules for your Cybersecurity Course providing you with the opportunity to choose from a large selection of core and advanced lectures fueled by state-of-the-art research at CISPA.

What's a typical day as a Cybersecurity student like?

During your studies, you will not only attend lectures, but solve exercises and follow tutorials and other projects with fellow students, which are highly relevant when finding your specialization or research direction later on.
Make sure you consider this when estimating your workload and planning your schedule. This is what an example day could look like:

  • a lecture in the morning (8:30 AM - 10 AM)
  • work on projects/assignments with fellow students (10 AM - 1 PM)
  • lunch break (1 PM - 2 PM)
  • attend tutorials (2 PM - 4 PM)
  • follow up morning lectures, reading list (4 PM - 5 PM)
  • work on projects and exercise sheets (5 PM - 6 PM)
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The CISPA − Helmholtz Center for Information Security is a German national Big Science Institution within the Helmholtz Association. Its research agenda comprises all aspects of Information Security.
With its ongoing growth, CISPA will have the critical mass of researchers (500+) to provide a comprehensive, holistic treatment of the pressing grand cybersecurity and privacy research challenges that our society faces in the age of digitalization. CISPA seeks to play a prominent international role on research, transfer, and innovation by combining cutting-edge, often disruptive foundational research with innovative application-oriented research, corresponding technology transfer, and societal outreach. Thematically, it strives to cover the full spectrum from theory to empirical research. It is deeply grounded in computer science and works interdisciplinarily with researchers in adjacent fields such as medicine, law, and the social sciences.

The Master's Program is fully held in English. No knowledge of German is required for your studies.
There are no general study fees in Germany. Current administrative and social student fees are around 300 EUR per semester. Please find more detailed information on study fees here:
The Master Course Cybersecurity requires a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or a related subject, such as Cybersecurity. If you completed a BSc other than Cybersecurity, we are offering a special course schedule providing you with all courses you will need to finish your Master's Course. If you finished your BSc in Cybersecurity, you can specialize on different courses. With both options, you will acquire a high-quality Master's Degree fueled by state-of-the-art research at CISPA and other excellent Computer-Science institutes on site.
You can find more detailed information on program details, requirements, and useful documents here.
Our courses assume a working time of 40 hours/week including courses, exercises, reading, and studying.
Yes, if you do have a letter from your university confirming that you passed your exams and that your BSc will be awarded before the lectures start (i.e., mid October).
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