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Start fourth cohort executive Master’s programme Cyber Security

Cyber Security challenges are dominating the international agendas. Therefore, the Cyber Security Academy (CSA) enthusiastically and proudly announces that on Thursday 18th January a fourth group of 26 professionals from a variety of public and private organisations will start the executive Master’s programme Cyber Security at the HSD Campus.

Inspirational learning environment

Participants are higher educated professionals (computer scientists, lawyers, policy makers) with several years of professional experience in and affinity with issues related to cyber security. They work in various private and public organisations dealing with cyber security issues. Their role is to contribute to the strengthening of digital defensibility of states, organisations, and individual citizens. By sharing their experience and knowledge with other professionals and with academic lecturers and lecturers from the professional field an inspirational learning environment has been created.

CSA’s key lecturers come from Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Additionally, guest lecturers from private and public organisations add a wide range of experience in cyber security. These parties include: management consultants (i-to-i, KPN, Considerati, Deloitte), technical specialists (NFI, vanderVoort Cyber Security, Fox IT), as well as other experts (NCTV, HP, OCOM , Gemeente Den Haag, TNO, Erasmus University, Nyenrode).


The master’s programme teaches the participants to make connections between technical, legal, and social scientific aspects of cyber security, in order to come to effective and sustainable solutions for cyber risks and threats. This enables them to contribute effectively to sustainable strategies for digital defensibility and security of society as a whole, including organisations and citizens. Participants develop an integrated vision on cyber security.


The part time two-year programme consists of four semesters: conceptualisation, specialisation, electives, and a thesis. The first semester provides a general introduction to cyber security. A common conceptualisation and basic knowledge is offered of cyberspace, cyber sub-domains, the use and abuse of the Internet, the actors in the (sub)domains, and their behaviour and the principles of cyber risk management. In the second semester participants can choose between a technical oriented track or a social scientific oriented track and in the third semester they can choose from several electives in the social science or technical field. Finally, in the fourth semester, they complete the master’s programme by writing a thesis based on an individual research project on cyber security. More information on the programme.

Cyber Security and CSA

The accredited and innovative master’s programme Cyber Security is developed by Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. They have joined their knowhow in the CSA. Private partners are actively involved in the programme.

The CSA initiates and stimulates the development and supervises the implementation of innovative Master’s degree programmes with a scientific or professional orientation, several shorter courses and tailored tracks in the field of cyber security. More information on the CSA.

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