Master in cybersecurity

This formation is taught in english.

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  • Programme title
    Master in cybersecurity
  • Programme mnemonic
    MA-SECU
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Sciences
    • Ecole Royale Militaire
    • Université Catholique de Louvain
    • Université de Namur
    • Haute Ecole Bruxelles Brabant
    • Haute Ecole Libre de Bruxelles Ilya Prigogine
  • Degree type
    Masters 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Sciences and technics/Sciences
  • Schedule type
    Daytime
  • Languages of instruction
    english
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
    Outside campus ULB/Plaine/Solbosch
  • Category / Topic
    Sciences and technics - Sciences and technics
  • Jury President
    Jean-Michel DRICOT
  • Jury Secretary
    Jérôme DOSSOGNE

Details

General information

Degree type

Masters 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)

english

Schedule type

Daytime

Campus

Outside campus ULB/Plaine/Solbosch

Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Sciences and technics - Sciences and technics

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)
Infor-études

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.

Presentation

This Master in Cybersecurity trains students who will act as professionals in information security, security management, and security engineering in the many branches of the IT industry.

We want our graduates to have a strong sense of ethics and to be fully autonomous, able to self-teach, dedicated to their role in society, self-evolving throughout their careers, and to have a high level of qualification in IT security.

Courses in this Master are offered by four academic partners (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université Catholique de Louvain, Université de Namur, and the Royal Military School) and two higher education institutions (Haute École Bruxelles-Brabant and Haute École Libre de Bruxelles), which jointly deliver a single diploma; classes are given in a rich, multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.

Many opportunities for a work placement or a study programme abroad (Erasmus exchange programme)

Courses in this Master are offered by four academic partners (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université Catholique de Louvain, Université de Namur, and the Royal Military School) and two higher education institutes (Haute École de Bruxelles and Haute École Libre de Bruxelles), which jointly deliver a single diploma; classes are given in a rich, multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.

Students attend interactive theoretical classes and take part in projects and challenges that further add to the expertise and practical know-how required in the IT industry.

These projects will give students (alone or in groups) the opportunity to apply the concepts covered during the lectures, and to learn new material by solving proposed challenges.

Along with the practical implementation of these learning activities, students develop their abilities (soft skills) to write solid, scientific, and structured reports and documentation. In addition, they look into cybersecurity from the perspective of management and ethics.

Access conditions

Programme

The programme is organised around five specific and complementary key disciplines: (1) Cryptography, (2) Systems and Networks, (3) Legal, ethical, and human aspects, (3) Security management, and (5) Secure software engineering

The first year of the Master is dedicated to a common set of courses. Several seminars and elective courses ensure the curriculum is dynamic and remains up to date. For instance, 10 credits can be chosen as elective courses, selected from courses already taught in the participating academic institutions.

In the second year, half of the programme's credits are for courses in one of two focuses: ‘system design and analysis’, which is dedicated to the design and thorough analysis of secure systems, and ‘corporate strategies’, which is dedicated to more concrete applications. Both focuses are built on the students’ personal involvement and self-learning, through several projects. A significant part of the skills involved is acquired during the mandatory long-term work placement in a professional environment (typically 12 weeks).

Students take part in projects and challenges that further add to the expertise and practical know-how required in the IT industry. They apply the concepts covered in lectures, and learn new material by solving proposed challenges.

At the end of the programme, students prepare a Master's dissertation under the supervision of a professor who is an active researcher in the field.

What's next ?

Prospects

Our students are active in a wide variety of domains, ranging from telecommunications, software industry, public administrations, military, law enforcement, and banks, to national and international institutions.

Typical positions for cybersecurity experts are:

  • Chief Security Officer (CSO) • Law enforcement officer • Computer emergency response team member • Security architect • Network architect • Security analyst, consultant, and auditor • Forensics expert • Researcher