Specialist Programme in Cybersecurity

The specialist programme in Cybersecurity at DTU aims to equip students with the proper knowledge and skills to protect an organisation's assets (both intellectual- and physical property) through system security analysis; application of prevention, detection and ethical response techniques and to ensure business continuity by installing and operating suitable recovery mechanisms. In particular, students should be able to:

  • Conduct a security analysis of an organisation, which will include risk analysis, definition of threat- and attacker models, implementation of applicable counter-measures.
  • Implement continuous monitoring to enable real-time detection and collection of security data that may be used in forensic security analysis.
  • Participate in forensic analysis of cyber incidents and assist in recovery of operations.
  • Participate in the formulation, update and communication of organisational cybersecurity strategies and security policies.

The specialist programme in Cybersecurity is defined in the context of the Computer Security study line on the M.Sc in Computer Science and Engineering programme. To apply for the additional profile, students must meet all the requirements and rules of the Computer Security study line, but students will receive a separate certificate to show that they have obtained the defined cybersecurity competences as part of their studies.

General Competence Course

10 ECTS points must be chosen among the following courses (additional ECTS points count as electives):

We recommend that students follow one of the Project Management courses, but this is not a requirement.

Technological Specialisation Courses

The specialist programme in cybersecurity requires the mandatory course and at least one of the specific technological specialisation courses to be selected.

Mandatory Course

Specific Technological Specialisation Courses for the Specialist Programme in Cybersecurity

Other Technological Specialisation Courses

The remaining technological specialisation courses can be freely selected among the specific technological specialisation courses for the specialist programme in cybersecurity and all the technological specialisation courses defined in the study handbook for the M.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering. It is recommended that these courses are selected in a way that allows an alternative study line to be selected later on, i.e., they should not consist exclusively of introductory courses.

Elective Courses

The elective courses allow students who follow the specialist programme in cybersecurity to specialize beyond the technological specialisation courses identified for the Computer Security study line.

In order to obtain the specialist programme in cybersecurity certificate, most of the elective courses must be selected among a small set of mandatory "elective" courses. For a description of these courses, see below.

Moreover, some elective courses from the study handbook are recommended here because they are particularly relevant for the specilalist programme in cybersecurity.

Mandatory "Elective" Courses 

Recommended Elective Courses

Other Elective Courses

Remaining elective courses can be chosen freely among the technological specialisation courses and elective courses defined for the computer security study line.

M.Sc. Thesis

In order to obtain the specialist programme in cybersecurity certificate, the M.Sc. thesis should address a problem in IT security.

Ambitious possibility as M.Sc. student

Students who follow the Cybersecurity profile will receive a special additional certificate to document their competencies in cybersecurity.

If you want to apply for a certificate you can contact:


Christian D. Jensen
Associate Professor
DTU Compute
+45 45 25 37 24


Signe Møller Jørgensen
Senior Studies Officer
DTU Compute
+45 45 25 37 37