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Duration
2 years / 4 years
Scope
Full time/part time
Start
Autumn 2024
Campus
Grimstad

The study programme is only open for EU/EEA applicants.

The modern society is living the new age of digitalization, we are using digital tools for organizing our day, managing our finances, education and almost every activity a human conduct in their daily routine life. Such deep integration of digital tools bearings many concerns related to safety, security, and information privacy. Today, there is a significant need for expertise in information and systems security; integration of cybersecurity principles in the design and development of software and hardware; developing efficient monitoring and detection technologies; cyber incident management and more. A master's degree in cybersecurity Engineering is an education that qualifies for professional positions in both the public and private sectors. If you choose the master’s program in Cybersecurity Engineering, you will gain broad and deep knowledge in crucial areas of cybersecurity, covering technological, organizational, and societal aspects.

The cybersecurity engineering study program has a clear technological profile and is intended for those who will work on the preparation, integration, and development of technologically oriented security solutions. The study plan of the program covers topics in various areas such as security for the Internet of Things, security for cyber-physical systems and critical infrastructure, security in cloud solutions, ethical hacking, and more.

UiA CTF is another advantage of joining our program, where students from our program and other study programs at UiA formed their own CTF (Capture the flag) team. UiA CTF members actively involved with the cybersecurity community in Agder and beyond through the organization of CTF competitions/workshops at UiA and participating in competitions organized by others like EPT and Telenor competitions.

As a student in the Master's in Cybersecurity Engineering program, you will have an exciting and industry-relevant master's program. We have guest lecturers visiting, and we collaborate with several relevant companies in the field of cybersecurity. Our partners include Telenor, NSM, Nkom CERT, Netsecurity, Utel, Skatteetaten and Sykehuspartner. Most students write their master's thesis in collaboration with external companies and organizations. Here you can find previous thesis projects. As a student, you can also choose to undertake an internship as part of your master's degree.

The master's program is offered as a full-time study program over two years or a part-time study program over four years. As a general rule, lectures, labs and workshops take place on campus, and the university expects both full-time and part-time students to attend and actively participate in the classes and the learning process. As a part-time student, you must allocate two days per week for on-campus learning activities. Students admitted to the program choose whether to follow a full-time or part-time schedule during the semester registration at the beginning of the program.

What do you learn?

  • Knowledge and understanding of cybersecurity methods and principles for monitoring and protecting cyber physical systems, critical infrastructure, and cloud infrastructure.
  • Extensive theoretical insight into the operation of basic security services, cryptographic primitives and cryptographic protocols
  • Competence in using and applying machine learning, artificial intelligence, decision support systems methods to improve cybersecurity technologies for system monitoring and protection.

Course structure

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Job opportunities

With a master’s degree in Cybersecurity Engineering, you are are qualified to take upon positions in  public and private sectors, or continue a career in academia. Many governmental, and private organizations are in great need for expertise in cybersecurity and cyber defense.

The educational plan layout for this master’s degree has a clear technical profile for the graduates , which enables them to work immediately in preparation testing, integration of security principles in software and  technology development. . The education also provides a foundation for working with security management, technological leadership of security operations, planning and implementation of projects, and operation of critical infrastructure.

 

Admission requirements

Admission requirements include the completion of a three-year bachelor's degree in engineering, based on the national curriculum, in the fields of data, electronics, or mechatronics. Applicants with mechatronics as the basis for admission must demonstrate proficiency in object-oriented programming.

Additionally, the following requirements, which partially exceed the minimum requirements in the curriculum, apply:

  • At least 25 ECTS credits in relevant mathematics
  • At least 5 ECTS credits in statistics
  • At least 7.5 ECTS credits in physics

A weighted average grade of C or better is required. Admission is also subject to the regulations for admission to studies and courses at the University of Agder.

The program is conducted in English and is open to applicants from the EU/EEA. Admission is otherwise in accordance with the regulations on admission to studies and courses at the University of Agder.

Start-up requires accreditation by the University's education committee in spring 2024.

Details

Application deadline

1 March

Application code

9823

Credits

120 ECTS

Language of instruction

English

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