Cyber Security

Specialist Programme in Cyber Security

The specialist programme in Cyber Security 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 Cyber Security 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 42490

Technological Specialisation Courses

The specialist programme in cyber security 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 cyber security to specialize beyond the technological specialisation courses identified for the Computer Security study line.

In order to obtain the specialist programme in cyber security 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 cyber security.

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 cyber security certificate, the M.Sc. thesis should address a problem in IT security.

Special Courses for the Specialist Programme in Cybersecurity

As part of the work on the new specialist programme in cyber security, the following topics have been identified as important for cybersecurity professionals; these competences are not covered sufficiently by existing courses in security. In order to address the need for such competences, DTU Compute has defined the following special courses in collaboration with industrial partners.

Computer Forensics

This 5 ECTS course examines means to collect and analyse security incident data from computers and networks, so that they can be used to analyse the incident and so that they may be used as evidence in a possible court case. Among the topics addressed in this course are security intelligence, log analysis and big data techniques applied to the security forensics domain.

Computer Emergency Response

This 5 ECTS course covers a variety of topics that are commonly known as incident response. In particular, the course addresses security planning and preparation, security awareness, organisational security exercises and management of ongoing security incidents.

Practical Network Security

This 5 ECTS course focuses on technological issues in IT- and network security, such as authentication systems, problems arising from spoofing, the use of common components, such as Active Directory services or Identity Management systems, in the security architecture and protection mechanisms against typical attack vectors. The course builds on the mandatory technological specialisation course 02233 Network Security, but provides more hands-on experience with current security technology.


Ambitious possibility as M.Sc. student

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


Christian D. Jensen
Associate Professor, Head of Section
DTU Compute
+45 45 25 37 24


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