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Master's in Cybersecurity

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

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Master's programme in Cybersecurity

Our society is increasingly dependent on digital infrastructures, and as a result, cyberattacks on power grids, financial systems, and communication infrastructure have devastating consequences. Cybersecurity has emerged as one of the most critical challenges for the future. In a domain where knowledge is scarce, the master's programme in Cybersecurity provides a modern portfolio of courses fostering the cybersecurity engineers of the future. This is a new programme with the first batch of students start their studies in the autumn of 2022. 

Cybersecurity at KTH

Cybersecurity 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 behaviour. The programme is rooted in computer science and reaches out to aspects of the business and social context of cybersecurity.

The master's programme in Cybersecurity gives students access to all courses offered by the faculty in cybersecurity at KTH. The programme 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 programme are also courses that put cybersecurity in the context of ethics, law, threat actor behaviour, end-user behaviour, sustainability, and business and societal consequences of cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity. Students can specialise in even more complex security courses or complement their cybersecurity expertise with experiences in artificial intelligence and machine learning, critical infrastructure monitoring and control, and user interaction design. The last semester of the programme is dedicated to a master's degree project where students work closely with the KTH research faculty within cybersecurity.

In addition to involving KTH research faculty in the programme, we have also made extra efforts to build close ties to the industry. The programme has a reference group gathering key cybersecurity 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.

Even though the programme is campus-based, it is no surprise that much of the teaching is conducted digitally. This is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits) given in English. Graduates are awarded the degree of Master of Science. The programme is given mainly at KTH Campus in Stockholm by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (at KTH).

Admission requirements

To be eligible for the master's programme in Cybersecurity, you must meet the listed admission requirements and submit the documents required in your application. We will assess your application according to the selection criteria set for the programme. The same process applies to students with a bachelor's degree from a Swedish university.

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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).


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. 

Career paths

Career opportunities are plenty in the field of cybersecurity. Digitalization is increasing rapidly, and with every new digital feature, the IT security of that feature needs to be ensured. There is also a vast security deficiency in older IT infrastructures running our world that were not designed with security in mind. Moreover, bottom-line security is a never-ending chase between attackers and defenders planning and reacting to each other's behavior, technical knowledge and deployed technology.

There is a demand for cybersecurity expertise in almost all fields. On the software development side, this ranges from start-ups and small companies to large enterprises. On the user side, this includes all organisations employing software systems for running their business and operations. The programme provides students with competencies for multiple cybersecurity tasks ranging from managerial positions to technical experts.

Cybersecurity is also a growing area in academia, an expanding research field with opportunities to continue towards a PhD at technical universities in Sweden and abroad. Several surveys in recent years have highlighted cybersecurity as an area with a high demand for more competence. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists cybersecurity jobs as one of the fastest-growing professions in the US, expected to increase over seven times faster than the US average job growth of 4% by 2029.

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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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