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Cyber Security – MSc

12-month top British Master’s degree in Germany


This programme will prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in cyber security, application and software security, and cyber law enforcement, among others.

Cyber security is one of the greatest challenges of contemporary society, and it will only become more complicated as we progress. As a result, our programme provides you with the depth of knowledge and wealth of skills required to engage with and overcome these challenges.

During your studies you will study and explore eight taught modules and complete a substantial research project. These interdisciplinary modules will allow you to draw on expertise across four areas: Computing, Law, Sociology and Politics. Through studying these modules, you will develop a range of technical skills and gain specialist knowledge that will be invaluable as you progress in your career. Modules include Penetration Testing, Network and Systems Security, and Cybercrime.

In addition to the taught modules, you will also work on an individual research project, supervised by two academics. Through this project, you will obtain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of cyber security and technology. You will put the skills and knowledge you have developed throughout the year into practice and gain experience of tackling real-world cyber security issues.

Alongside this technical experience, you will develop practical skills, such as how to gather and analyse data, and how to accurately present and communicate your findings. Moreover, the engagement team will support this opportunity to generate opportunities and valuable network links within industry. All of which will enhance your career prospects.


1 academic year


  • October
  • January (via Pre-Master’s entry only)

Fees 2024/2025

  • International: €23,500
  • EU/UK: €15,500


Language of Instruction


Programme Overview

The aim of this programme is to equip students with state-of-the-art knowledge and the skill set needed to lead a successful career in cyber security in an international context. The ambition is to help shape the cyber security of the future, enabling them to analyse and solve problems and to make decisions with an awareness of the strategic context, the role of technology and of managing within and between organisations. The programme is designed to provide you with a solid core knowledge in Cyber Security, Network and System Security, Cybercrime and Forensics, as well as legal aspects.

The programme is designed for graduates interested in careers in cybersecurity, cybercrime or IT security. Graduates will be able to work as consultants or employees in virtually any industry.

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The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical understanding of criminological and sociological approaches to crime and deviance on the Internet (or ‘cybercrime’). Students will explore the range of links between crime, deviance, ‘information communication technologies’ (ICTs), and ICT users. The module will enable students advance their knowledge of ‘cybercrime’ through the study of criminological and sociological literature, and cybercrime case studies organised into specific topics, including cyber-stalking, online offences against children, and cyberterrorism. Such topics will enable key concepts and theories in this area to be used by students in a critical and imaginative manner. Finally, the module will help students understand how ICT users, the IT industry, criminal justice professionals, and policy makers become entangled in attempts to define and regulate networked ICT use within broader society.

Digital Forensics

This module aims to develop technical investigative skills with regard to the gathering of information from compromised systems. The module covers skills and technologies that you will require in order to gather information and draw inferences from that data regarding the attack as it occurred or as it unfolds. You will develop the skills required to apply the knowledge in order to carry out an investigation in a range of situations and on differing devices.

Information System Risk Management

The focus of this module lies on the current Information System Risk Management processes and best practices. For security staff to be effective it is important that they have a firm understanding of risk management strategies. Such an awareness enables them to analyse business threats and the risks they pose within well-known frameworks and take countermeasures to those threats equal with the level of risk they carry.

This module will identify key frameworks, international standards and best practices involved in Risk Assessment, Business Impact Analysis, Asset Identification and Risk Management.

The ultimate aim is to develop your critical appreciation for importance of Information Risk Management in the Information Systems Security arena.

Information System Security Management

This module focuses on the current Information security technologies and best practices. The module gives the students a wide appreciation of security within information technology, taking them through security technologies, access control systems, business continuity, disaster recovery and information security within the context of legal and ethical frameworks. The module will particularly focus on the impact security has in the corporate environment and how to effectively apply security in a networked environment.

Introduction to Law

The aim of the module is to give you a basic working knowledge of relevant legal systems, sources, institutions and personnel.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Demystifying legal culture
  • Introducing legal materials
  • Where to find the legal material – Introducing legal research methods online and in libraries
  • An introduction to the German legal system, covering historical development and court hierarchy
  • European Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • Cyber Law

Network and Systems Security

With more and more companies and institutions relying on systems connected to the public Internet, Internet systems security has become a major concern. The goal of this module is to provide an introduction to the process of networked system security. More specifically, this module reviews network and system security issues and threats, and gives a broad view of network and system security services and mechanisms, whose understanding is essential in the design and implementation of security strategies for a networked environment

Penetration testing

This module aims to furnish students with the skills and understanding to test IT infrastructures for vulnerabilities to malicious attack. The purpose is to enable students to understand the attack process in order for them to be able to develop IT infrastructures more able to withstand attack. The students will be given first hand practical experience of using tools and techniques to carry out such an attack in order to better understand it.

MSc Dissertation

A large part of the Master’s involves completing a dissertation project. This starts with you selecting a project by December in the first term of study. This piece of work will involve writing 20-30,000 words and consist of around 600 hours of work.

This is a self-study module that is designed to provide the foundation of the main dissertation, at a level considered to be publishable quality. On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to make value judgement relating to technologies and applications, and to justify these to peers and academic staff.

The topic of the project will vary from student to student, but will be at a level commensurate with the weight and level of the module. Students will refine, extend, and perfect their own scientific reflection and practice. The project also offers students the opportunity to apply their technical skills and knowledge on current world-class research problems and to develop expert knowledge of a specific area.

Programme structure

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases, changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is delivered via a combination of small group lectures and group-based tutorials. Assessment is via individual or group coursework, research, projects and examinations. You will be expected to undertake independent study throughout to supplement what is being taught/learned and to broaden your personal knowledge.

All teaching is conducted in English.

Degree Award

After finishing your programme, you will receive your degree certificate from the Lancaster University UK.


Develop the skills, knowledge, and experience to face one of the modern world’s greatest challenges. This programme will prepare students for an exciting and rewarding career in cyber security, application and software security, and cyber law enforcement, among others.

The programme is designed for graduates interested in careers in cyber security. The offering will be suitable for students pursuing a master’s degree as an extension to their BSc in Computer Science/ Statistics or other fields that equipped them with the necessary pre-requisites. Graduates from this course can expect to work as computer scientist in general, but more specifically as:

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Manager IT Security
  • Cyber Security Expert
  • Cyber Security Architect

Every day there are cyber-attacks on companies threatening their security and viability. Once successful, cybercrime can cost companies millions of Euros and sometimes even their existence. Thus, it is unsurprising that businesses are in need of experts who can protect them from such attacks by consulting them on IT security. Leipzig is a hub for cyber security with corporations like the Dutch company Northwave, that settled in Leipzig in 2019, the Munich founded electronics giant Rohde & Schwarz or Rhebo, originally a local startup. The federal cyber agency is based only half an hour from Leipzig concerning itself with cybercrime as an internal security risk. Cybersecurity is an omnipresent need in all bigger companies dealing with sensitive data, whether it is PwC, Deloitte, Sopra Steria or KPMG. Graduates of this field are in high demand in Leipzig and worldwide.

Sponsorship Available

Full MSc sponsorship and a job with Northwave Cyber Security – October 2024

Lancaster University Leipzig is proud to be a partner of Northwave Cyber Security, which is the leading Dutch interdisciplinary specialist in cyber security with offices in Utrecht, Leipzig and Brussels.

Northwave is looking for one candidate who will be offered a full sponsorship for their MSc Cyber Security and a job with Northwave during their studies and after graduation.

Note: Applicants are required to be proficient in German. Other Terms and Conditions apply.

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