Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Master of Science: Cybersecurity

Program overview

  • Title: Cybersecurity
  • Degree: Master of Science
  • Standard length of studies: 4 semesters
  • Credits: 120
  • Language of instruction: German (DSH 2)
  • Start of studies: Summer + Winter Semester
  • Application deadline 2021: December 1st / June 1st
  • Costs: No tuition (only University of Potsdam's semester fees)
  • Flyer (german only)
  • Application

Cyber ​​attacks on the political, business and private sectors are steadily increasing. In order to protect the rapidly growing databases and access to them against misuse, the protection of digital systems is becoming increasingly important. Experts in the field of cybersecurity are therefore highly demanded in business and in public authorities. The Cybersecurity master's degree program provides students who want to specialize in IT security with comprehensive analytical, methodological and technical skills.

Have you already completed a bachelor’s degree in the field of computer science, mathematics, IT system engineering, data engineering or in a related subject area? Would you like to undertake a practical and research-oriented computer science study program? Then we look forward to your application!

We enable students to learn in small groups with the special supervision of our professors. It is possible to begin the study program in the summer and in the winter semester.

Career Prospects for Master’s Degree Graduates

Graduates of the master’s program earn an invaluable professional qualification. They are able to take on leadership or management positions, particularly where the development, maintenance and operation of complex safety systems play an essential role. IT security experts identify and eliminate vulnerabilities or security holes in software systems. Upon graduation students are ready to assume the position of as security engineer, security analyst, chief security officer or IT security entrepreneur.

Study Content

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity is a four-semester program at the Faculty of Digital Engineering, a faculty jointly founded by the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and the University of Potsdam (UP).

The study focuses on researching and developing a new generation of security policies, methods and techniques for monitoring and securing complex IT infrastructures. Whether it is about the characteristics of different types of attacks, cryptographic algorithms, data protection aspects or open source intelligence - the degree program is mainly oriented towards practical problems and features engineering-inspired IT security solutions.

Besides receiving in-depth knowledge of IT technology, students achieve competency in so-called soft skills, which play a vital role in the successful management of large IT projects. 

Module Groups

The master’s program has a flexible and individualized structure. Students can choose from a wide range of subjects and tailor the program to fit their individual needs and career goals.

An overview of all modules of the master's program Cybersecurity can be found here

Compulsory Modules

  • Security Technologies
  • Advanced Cryptography
  • Systems and Network Security
  • Application Security
  • Data Protection and Ethics
  • Security Lab
  • Recht, Wirtschaft, Management

 Specialization Areas

  • Security Analytics
  • Identity Management
  • Cyber Attack and Defense

Respectively, conception and methods, techniques and tools, specialization

Soft Skills

  • Soft Skills
  • Design Thinking

Security Lab/ Master Project

Scope of the Master's Program

In order to graduate with a master’s degree 120 credits are required.

  • 48 credits in the module group Cybersecurity
  • 2 specialization areas with 3 modules each (totaling 36 credits):

- Conception and methods
- Techniques and tools
- Specialization

  • 6 credits in soft skills modules
  • 30 credits for the master‘s project

You can find information on the application and selection procedure, also on the current study and exam regulations at the site for the Application to the Master’s Program.

Model Curriculum: Master Cybersecurity


Further information on application as well as study and examination regulations can be found on the page Application for the Master's Program.


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