Cybersecurity, Master's Programme

120 credits

Help defend the society against cyberattacks and develop next-generation security solutions. During this two-year master’s programme you will get cybersecurity competence needed in every sector of society. The combination of theoretical courses and practical exercises will give you the right tools to meet the digital security challenges of today and tomorrow.

Cybersecurity, Master's Programme

Autumn 2023 / Full-time / Linköping

Cybersecurity, Master's Programme - Second admission round mainly for Swedish and EU/EEA students

Autumn 2023 / Full-time / Linköping

Cybersecurity, Master's Programme

Autumn 2024 / Full-time / Linköping

Application period 16 Oct - 15 Jan

Cybersecurity has become one of the most critical challenges for the future. Linköping University conducts world-class research in the cybersecurity field, and this master’s programme offers the breadth of knowledge required to succeed in the cybersecurity landscape. During these two years you will get cutting-edge knowledge and expertise skills in cyberlaw, digital forensics, organisational security, and social engineering attacks and defences.

Benefit from latest research

You follow technically advanced courses in software security, system and network security, and cryptology – all based on our deep cybersecurity competence. Your professors and lecturers conduct their own research and have qualified experiences from the field. In the second semester you will participate in an ethical hacking course and train your ability to defend and challenge state-of-the-art security solutions.

Digital tools to assess sustainability

Sustainable developments are implemented in the programme in several ways. For instance, the course Professionalism for cybersafety includes strategies and solutions for sustainable development of social, technological and ecological systems, understanding of human impact on ecosystems, and digital tools to assess sustainable development with focus on computer science.

A region with strong cybersecurity expertise

If you are considering a profession in cybersecurity, Linköping offers many opportunities for a successful career. This region gathers some of the best cybersecurity expertise in Europe. The Swedish Defence Research Agency, the National Forensic Centre and several leading security companies are based here. The proximity improves your chances to kick-start your career at a well-known company or agency during your studies. Linköping University has close collaborations with several companies, which gives you openings for projects or internships.

Syllabus and course details

As this is a new programme, we currently only have course details for the first semester in our Study information database (link below). For semester 2-3, these are the preliminary courses.

Semester 1

Professionalism in Cybersecurity, 6 credits
Computer Networks, 6 credits
Programming/Advanced Programming in C++, 6 credits
Humans in Cybersecurity, 6 credits
Computer Security, 6 credits


Semester 2 (preliminary courses)

System and Network Security, 6 credits
Ethical Hacking, 6 credits
Organizing for Cybersecurity, 6 credits
Elective courses, 12 credits


Semester 3 (preliminary courses)

Cryptology, 6 credits
Digital Forensics, 6 credits
Software Security, 6 credits
Scientific Method, 6 credits
Advanced Project Course on Security, 6 credits


Semester 4

Master’s Thesis, 30 credits


Did you miss our November 2022 webinar with Associate Professor Mikael Asplund? Play it back to learn more about the programme and student life in Linköping, and what we are looking for in ideal candidates.

Career opportunities

As a cybersecurity expert from Linköping University, you will have excellent career opportunities no matter what your goals are within the field. Since the digital society is vulnerable to cyberattacks – which can disrupt or disable financial systems, critical infrastructures, and government services – the demand for security experts is enormous in almost all fields. This ranges from start-ups and small companies to large enterprises and authorities, both on a national and international level.

You will be able to take on technical roles with companies developing new security solutions or manage projects that improves cybersecurity at an organisational level. You may also delve further into the science of cybersecurity through PhD studies and an academic career. Cybersecurity is a growing area in academia and the expanding research field has promising opportunities, both in Sweden and internationally.

After graduation you could work as

  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Cybersecurity specialist
  • Cybersecurity architect
  • Chief information security officer


David Hasselquist

Industrial PhD student & Research Engineer, Sectra Communications

Young man wearing glasses and blue shirt “The programme courses have inspired and allowed me to contribute to a safer society. By combining theory and practice, I have gained knowledge in the cybersecurity domain which I benefit from in my academic and industrial career. IT security is becoming increasingly important in today’s connected society. With an education in cybersecurity, my skills and knowledge are highly desired.”


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