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Cyber Security (MSc)

Other modes of study

Would you like to learn about the latest academic insights into this rapidly evolving, dynamic field, but do you not want to complete the entire programme?

Are you interested in broadening your knowledge and understanding the topic of cyber security better, in all of its complexity? Would you like to learn about the latest academic insights into this rapidly evolving, dynamic field, but do you not want to complete the entire programme? Then maybe enrolling in a single, high level introductory course could be something for you.
You can enroll in just one course, two courses or in all three courses. Take a look at the two options available to you:

You can follow our introductory courses as a non-examination student, which means you join the regular lectures without taking part in the course assignments and without taking the exam.

At the end you receive a participation certificate, which does not contain any study results (as no exam was taken).

You can also follow our introductory courses as a contract student, which means you join the regular lectures and have the right to take part in the course assignments and to take the exam alongside the regular students. The results you achieve are recorded and can help you obtain an exemption if you decide to go on to follow the full study program at a later stage.

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Three introductory courses

We offer three introductory courses, as part of this master, that you can join as a non-examination student or a contract student. Lectures are hosted at our campus in The Hague.

The course 'Introduction to cyberspace' gives you a broad introduction into the digitally networked environment that we know as cyberspace. It sheds light on the technical basis of this environment, but also teaches you about the legal, regulatory, governance and organisational challenges of this environment.

'Introduction to cyber security' provides you with a broad introduction to the biggest security challenges in and of cyberspace. It gives you insight in both the technical root causes of these challenges and the ‘human side’ of security issues in cyberspace, for instance focusing on human behavior.

The course 'Cyber risk' provides you with a broad introduction into one of the key concepts that underpins cybersecurity challenges today: the notion of risk. It familiarizes you with one of the most important approaches to understanding risk in cybersecurity: risk management. It also shows you what the limitations of this approach are, and provides you with insights from the social sciences on risk to enrich our understanding of risk in cyberspace.

Each course consists of seven weeks of classes scheduled on Fridays from 09:30-16:45 hrs. Occasionally a class is scheduled on a Thursday. On top of that there will be 8- 12 hours self-study per week. Please click here for an overview of the lecture dates in 2021.

For a more detailed description of the courses including the assessment methods, please see the online prospectus.

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