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Master in Cybersecurity: Threats and Defense

Ecole Polytechnique
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

Graduate Degree in Cybersecurity: Threats and Defense

We have all heard stories of companies being harassed by viruses and malware. When this happens, huge amounts of money, confidential information, and infrastructure can be stolen in just seconds. These attacks often involve little in the way of investment or risk on the part of attackers, which come from anyone from individuals to hostile state-sponsored agencies.

The field of cybersecurity revolves around ensuring the security and integrity of the many interconnected electronic devices that make up our current modern life, and are used in big companies and at an individual level. Those that are most critical include:

  • Servers
  • Industrial automation
  • Nuclear power stations
  • Cloud computing facilities
  • The basic infrastructure of the internet itself

This Cybersecurity: Threats and Defense master's program is taught using the the École Polytechnique's trademark interdisciplinary approach. Students will complete the program with expertise in all aspects of cybersecurity -- regarding both hardware or software. This is the complete program for future cybersecurity experts, and for all professions that require the protection of data or privacy. During your time in this program, adapting to new threats and finding new defenses will be your daily challenge.

Admission requirements

Application deadlines for an entry in September 2021 are:

  • Round 1: 4th Nov 2020 to 4th Dec 2020
  • Round 2: 12th Jan 2021 to 12th March 2021
  • Round 3: 23rd March 2021 to 23rd April 2021

Please visit our website for full admission requirements.

Entry in Year 1 : Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Applicants with other degrees may be considered, provided that they have a strong background in the mentioned subjects.

Entry in Year 2 : 1st year of Master’s degree in Computer Science with the following courses: Fundamentals of modern computer networking, Introduction to cryptology, Computer architectures and operating systems, Advanced cryptology, Information systems security, Network security. Optional courses among: data bases, machine learning, information theory.

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Program content

This two-year Master's degree, fully taught in English, is designed to equip you with the skills required for the business world. The first year of the Program is devoted to acquiring tools and techniques, while the second year focuses on real-world applications. Throughout the two years, students also get the opportunity to connect with industries, thanks to two internships and on-the-ground experience with researchers from l’X and visiting lecturers.

Tuition fees

The cost of this program is €15600 per year


After completing this program, students will earn a Graduate Degree in Cybersecurity: Threats and Defense

Career opportunities

Students of the Cybersecurity: Threats and Defenses Master's Program learn how to address different issues in cybersecurity, whether directly or by creating adapted software. After graduating, they have access to a wide range of high-level jobs, from security auditors to system developers and security architects, to name a few.

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About this institute

École Polytechnique: A Tradition of Scientific Excellence

Located just 20 minutes from Paris the École Polytechnique, is the most prestigious engineering Grande Ecole in France. The university is supported by the state and has been operating since it was founded in 1794. The École educates the nation's scientific,...

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Why study at Ecole Polytechnique

École Polytechnique is a leading French institute that combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. The school produces socially responsible professionals who excel in leading complex and innovative projects which address current and future challenges facing our society.

École Polytechnique, also known as l'X, is an historic institution. Founded in 1794, it holds a leading role in the French academic tradition – Poincaré, Ampère, Schwartz and Fresnel are just a few of the prestigious scientists to have studied here. Three French presidents, three Nobel Prizes (including Jean Tirole in 2014), one Fields Medalist and many illustrious CEOs like Citroën or Schlumberger, also walked the halls. However, no need to time travel to find proof of our academic excellence: our Alumni, researchers and professors receive prestigious awards and distinctions years after years.

Academic rankings demonstrate the competitiveness of École Polytechnique in France and abroad. Leader of scientific and technological institutes in France, l'X was also ranked 13th best European University in the QS university ranking 2015/16 thanks to our emphasis on innovative teaching methods and our continued presence at the forefront of French research. Our renowned Alumni, including numerous current CEOs of French and international companies, visit frequently and you will reap the benefits of having them share their knowledge in special seminars and conferences.

As part of our commitment to innovation, l'X has been the pioneer of MOOCs and e-learning in France, with several courses available on various platforms including Coursera and more under development.

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Ecole Polytechnique

91128 Palaiseau Cedex

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