Master's Degree - IT Security

IT Security Experts – well sought after all over the world

Graduates of the Master’s Degree in IT Security can look forward to excellent career prospects, in both the science and business sectors, as IT security is one of only a few fast growing sectors. It is also expected to continue growing in the long-term, as the demand for IT security specialists is on the increase in companies all over the world. Some of the positions that companies are looking to fill include chief information officers (CIO), project managers in the IT security area and consultants for IT security certifications. This degree will open many doors for the graduates in a wide range of industry sectors - from banking and telecommunications to the automobile industry or aviation and aerospace – IT security plays an important role everywhere.

IT Security – technology of the future

IT security is the key to innovation in a future in which unbridled communication will be possible, in which the majority of transactions will be completed via the Internet, and in which we will make use of innumerable networked, embedded systems. Secure IT systems help to reduce economic damage caused by hacker attacks or economic espionage, which can be very considerable, as well as injury to life and limb caused by manipulated or unreliable hardware and software. IT security experts require specialist knowledge in order to be able to protect computer networks against attacks, harden software or plan critical infrastructures.

Master’s Degree in IT Security – fit for research and business

The Master’s Degree in IT Security provides the ideal foundation for a career in the area of IT security. The degree course not only imparts basic computer science knowledge, such as cryptography and formal methods, but also practical knowledge regarding the security of networks, software and embedded systems. And Darmstadt provides the perfect environment for studies in this area: thanks to the Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt (CASED), which is supported by Technische Universität Darmstadt, Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT and Darmstadt University of Applied Science, students are able to participate in highly topical scientific projects at a very early stage.

The degree focuses on three core areas. These are covered via compulsory courses, which provide an introduction to specific topics, and optional courses, which provide more in-depth knowledge:

  • Cryptography: modern encryption procedures and other fundamental cryptographic algorithms and protocols.

    How do/will current and future encryption procedures function? How do electronic signatures protect software updates? How can secureonline voting systems be realized?

  • System security: embedded system and network security

    How can I protect mobile phones against hacker attacks and malware? How can I guarantee the security and reliability of electronic control devices, such as those used in vehicles and aircraft?

  • Software security: software security and reliability, designing security architectures for large IT systems

    What must I take into consideration from the very beginning when developing secure software? How can I guarantee the reliable and error free operation of software in IT systems?


In order to obtain a really wide range of skills, students can also select additional courses in other computer science subjects provided by the faculty, outside of the IT security area. Furthermore, projects, practical work and semester and degree papers are completed in order to deepen the skills and knowledge gained during the courses.

PICTURE: “Secure Hardware – the TU Darmstadt performs research in order to make encryption procedures even more secure.“

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