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Master's in Cyber Security

KTH Royal Institute of Technology
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall 2022
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Program description

Master's in Cyber Security

Cyber Security is a broad and multi-faceted subject. It ranges from fundamental computing theory to software engineering, computer communication, large-scale distributed systems, and physical process control into human and social behavior. The program is rooted in computer science and reaches out to aspects of the business and social context of cyber security.

The master's program in Cyber Security gives students access to all courses offered by the faculty in cyber security at KTH. The program starts with mandatory courses providing both an overview of the field, with a course in, for example, ethical hacking, and a solid base in the fundamental security pillar of cryptography. Mandatory in the program are also courses that put cyber security in the context of ethics, law, threat actor behavior, end-user behavior, sustainability, and business and societal consequences of cyber attacks.

Cyber Security is not only a broad topic per se; it also has many application domains and junctions with other engineering disciplines. To explore this range, students choose freely among various elective courses covering different aspects of cyber security. Students can specialize in even more complex security courses or complement their cyber security expertise with experiences in artificial intelligence and machine learning, critical infrastructure monitoring and control, and user interaction design. The last semester of the program is dedicated to a master's degree project where students work closely with the KTH research faculty within Cyber Security.

In addition to involving KTH research faculty in the program, we have also made extra efforts to build close ties to the industry. The program has a reference group gathering key cyber security individuals from Swedish industry and the public sector. Many courses include external guest lecturers, and most master's degree projects are done in collaboration with companies.

Admission requirements

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Program content

Mandatory courses:

  • Computer Security Overview
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Ethical Hacking
  • The Sustainable Cyber Security Engineer
  • Cyber Security in Context 
  • Theory and Methodology of Science 

Conditionally elective courses:

  • Language-based Security
  • Software Safety and Security
  • Project course in System Security
  • Networked Systems Security 
  • Advanced Networked System Security
  • Building Secure Networked Systems
  • Foundations of Cryptography
  • Privacy Enhancing Technologies
  • Hardware Security 
  • Security Analysis of Large-Scale Computer Systems 
  • Design of Fault-tolerant Systems 
  • Automated Software Testing and DevOps
  • Forensics and Incident Response 

Recommended courses:

  • Machine Learning
  • Foundation of Machine Learning
  • Advanced Algorithms
  • Parallel and Distributed Computing 
  • Machine Learning, Advanced Course 
  • Statistical Methods in Applied Computer Science 
  • Deep Learning, Advanced Course
  • Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Architectures
  • Deep Learning in Data Science
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Dependable Autonomous Systems
  • Communication and Control in Electric Power Systems
  • Interaction Design Methods

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Program delivery

Even though the program is campus-based, it is no surprise that much of the teaching is conducted digitally. This is a two year program (120 ECTS credits) given in English.

The program is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (at KTH).

Tuition fees

The full program tuition fee for non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens studying this program is SEK 310,000.


Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. 

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical...

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Brinellvägen 8
114 28 Stockholm

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