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Cyber Security

Bachelor

Cyber Security is an area of expertise in great demand. This online or on-campus study programme will help you become a specialist, trained to prevent and protect against cyberattacks in all areas of IT.


Online Studies

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.

Overview

Start your online Bachelor degree in Cyber Security

In this practice-oriented Bachelor in Cyber Security study programme, available fully online, you will be trained as a threat hunter with leadership potential. You will acquire the latest knowledge in the field of Cyber Security and deal with the architecture, programming and maintenance of security systems.

In addition to incident response and digital forensics, you will learn about aspects of penetration testing and reverse engineering in order to understand the perspective of cyber criminals and protect against them.

Your online degree summed up

All the facts and figures about your study programme at a glance
Study model
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
180 ECTS
Language: English
Study duration & extension
36 - 72 months (depending on time model)
Free of charge extension period
Start online studies: any time
Tuition fees
Starting from € 199 (US$ 209)* per month

*based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:05 AM (CET)
Accreditation
180 ECTS - English
Accredited in line with German and European standards
ZFU 1116721
Past education recognised
Save time and earn your degree faster by having your previous achievements/experience recognised
100 % flexible

You decide where and when you want to study

Versatile & Innovative

Your digital learning journey with personal support!

Top-Level Education

First-class study programmes with a recommendation rate of 96 %

Study contents

Online course overview

As a cyber security expert, you will master the basics of modern operating systems. You will be familiar with distributed applications in the cloud and methods of software forensics as well as data analysis. Our online Bachelor’s programme in Cyber Security provides you with the essential skills and fundamental knowledge required for managerial positions.

Semester 1
ModuleECTS

Operating Systems, Computer Networks, and Distributed Systems

5

Introduction to Data Protection and IT Security

5

Mathematics: Analysis

5

Introduction to Academic Work

5

Introduction to Programming with Python

5

Statistics - Probability and Descriptive Statistics

5

Semester 2
ModuleECTS

Object-Oriented Programming with Java

5

Mathematics: Linear Algebra

5

Collaborative Work

5

Introduction to Network Forensics

5

Requirements Engineering

5

System Pentesting Basics

5

Semester 3
ModuleECTS

Intercultural and Ethical Decision-Making

5

Introduction to the Internet of Things

5

Algorithms, Data Structures and Programming Languages

5

Theoretical Computer Sciences and Mathematical Logic

5

IT Project Management

5

DevSecOps and Common Software Weaknesses

5

Semester 4
ModuleECTS

IT Service Management

5

Cryptography

5

IT Law

5

Host and Software Forensics

5

Artificial Intelligence

5

Information Security Standards

5

Semester 5
ModuleECTS

Seminar: Current Topics in Computer Science

5

Advanced Data Analysis

5

Project: Data Analysis

5

Cloud Computing

5

Elective A

10

Semester 6
ModuleECTS

Elective B

10

Elective C

10

Bachelor Thesis & Colloquium

10

Electives overview

Elective A

In your 5th semester, you'll need to choose an elective module, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

Module

ECTS

IT Security Consulting

10

Social Engineering

10

Host Forensics

10

DevSecOps

10

Security in Complex Networks

10

Network Forensics

10

Elective B

In your 6th semester, you'll need to choose an elective module, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

Module

ECTS

Business Intelligence

10

Future Threats

10

Cloud Security

10

Pentesting

10

Industrial Systems Technology

10

Cyber Threat Intelligence

10

Mobile Threats

10

Elective C

In your 6th semester, you'll need to choose an elective module, which you can choose from one of the following modules:

Module

ECTS

IT Security Consulting

10

Social Engineering

10

Host Forensics

10

DevSecOps

10

Security in Complex Networks

10

Network Forensics

10

Business Intelligence

10

Future Threats

10

Cloud Security

10

Pentesting

10

Industrial Systems Technology

10

Cyber Threat Intelligence

10

Mobile Threats

10

Supply Chain Management

10

Smart Factory

10

Data Structures and Java Class Library

10

Mobile Software Engineering

10

Studium Generale

10

Admission

Entry requirements

How To Start Your Degree with the Online Degree Saver Programme:

Once you've enrolled and started on your studies, you'll have access to a part of your courses, based on the time model you choose. You will be registered as a student only after 50% of the total ECTS have been successfully completed. Then you will gain access to the rest of your courses, and will be able to finish your degree.

The admissions documents must be provided in English or German, if they were not issued in one of these two languages, a translation is required. If you need to translate your documents, we can help refer you to our trusted translation partners. You can find more details here.

General academic requirements
  • Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate such as A-Levels or IB Diploma and your transcript of records.
  • A subject-related higher education entrance qualification.

Depending on your qualifications, you might have to meet additional requirements, such as successfully passing a university entrance examination or one of the following programmes to make sure you are ready to study with us:

  • Bachelor Entrance Examination (included in Online Degree Saver Programme)

Please get in touch with our Study Advisory Team to find out the exact requirements applicable for your application.

English language skills

At IU, we teach in English to prepare you for the international work market. Therefore, we ask you to provide us with a proof of your English language skills. 

Is English your native language or have you graduated from an English-speaking school or university? Then you do not need to prove your English language skills. 

You can prove your English skills with an English B2 level certificate (no older than 5 years). Don’t have this at hand? No problem! You can quickly get your English certified with Duolingo. 

  • Take the online test in just 45 to 60 minutes 
  • Receive your certified results within 2 days 
  • Save valuable money and time 

Find out if the Duolingo test is suitable for you. Click here to try it for free. In order to be accepted to your study programme, a minimum of 95 points in the Duolingo exam is required. 

Did you take the test and not get the 95 points required? Don’t worry! We’re offering a free English course. By successfully completing the course in 3 months, you'll prove that you have the required level of English proficiency.

We also accept the following English language skills certificates: 

  • TOEFL (minimum 80 points) or 
  • IELTS (minimum Level 6) or 
  • Cambridge Certificate (minimum Grade B) or 
  • Equivalent proof, such as a B2.2 Certificate from the free IU English course - further information can be requested from our student advisors.* 

*Proof must be provided before the start of the study and must not be older than five years.
*Please note that course isn't accepted as a language certificate for on campus study programmes

Earn a high school diploma and a Bachelor’s degree – at the same time!

Don’t have a high school diploma? Have one but your grade average doesn’t meet our admission requirements? We have a solution for you! 

With the High School Diploma Study Pathway, you can earn a high school diploma and start your online Bachelor’s degree at IU – at the same time.

Visit our High School Diploma Study Pathway page for more details. 

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.

Careers

Your business degree in Cyber Security career outlook

Expertise in the field of Cyber Security is in high demand across all industries, as almost all businesses now operate based on technology.

As a graduate of our online Bachelor’s programme in Cyber Security, you will be familiar with the complexity of security measures, and aware of targeted industry-specific topics. You will have the necessary knowledge to create security concepts and carry out relevant tests. This will enable you to defend against cyber-attacks with the help of secure software and system architecture. After graduation, you may, for example, be part of an IT security department or system architecture team. You may also wish to pursue a career in digital forensics, penetration testing, auditing, red teaming or as a cyber incident responder.

IT Security Consultant

Help companies defend their most valuable data, and offer ways in which they can prevent attacks on the data of their customers. Develop robust and sophisticated security strategies, and strengthen companies’ resilience to cyber threats. As an IT security consultant, you’ll also be responsible for testing existing defence strategy, and offer solutions to existing weak spots.

Ethical Hacker/Pentester

Test your hacking skills and challenge yourself to find the areas where IT systems are sensitive for an attack. Combine advanced technical skills with a high level of creativity, and work in the service of companies to actively look for breaches in their security protocols.

System-/Network-/Firewall-Administrator

Become the main contact point for all firewall and network infrastructure responsibilities. Develop, implement, monitor and maintain security protocols throughout entire networks. Coordinate and manage network and security projects, while actively looking to optimise IT infrastructure solutions.

Student reviews

This is what our students say

  • The bachelor's degree has opened new doors for me.

    Anna Haslbeck

    Graduate

  • Despite already having two other degrees, I realised that IT offers great potential – so I took on a third degree at IU!

    Patrick Schott

    Online student

  • In my view, the flexibility makes a compelling case for learning online at IU. The wide range of elective modules to choose from also won me over. It means you can specialise in what you really want to do.

    Philipp Kleingrothe

    Graduate, Germany

Personal counselling

Have any questions?

Visit our FAQ page or get in touch with our Study Advisors. You can also find information about the application process under our Become a Student page.

Tuition fees

Online study model & fees for your Bachelor degree in Cyber Security

Depending on your personal or professional circumstances, you may wish to complete your studies as quickly as possible, or you may prefer a more flexible study programme that is less time-consuming. That’s why we offer part-time options for all our study programmes. This allows you to study alongside professional or personal commitments. We adjust your study fees based on your chosen time model.

Are you unable to finish your programme within the given time? No problem! If you realise that you need more time, you can simply switch to another time model with one months’ notice before the end of the month.

No registration or administration fees are charged when you apply for studying – you'll only be charged once your studies have started. If you won't be admitted to a programme because you do not meet the admission requirements, no fees will be charged.

Full-Time

Duration 36 Months

Perfect for students who want to hit the ground running and shorten the period of study by increasing their studying pace.

US$ 385
US$ 345 /mth* Apply now
* € 329 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)

Part-Time I

Duration 48 Months

Excellent for talented all-rounders who want to give their studies everything they’ve got while holding down a job and keeping down their monthly costs at the same time.

US$ 333
US$ 303 /mth* Apply now
* € 289 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)

Part-Time II

Duration 72 Months

Ideal for students who would like to take their time completing their courses on top of their job and everyday life and keep down the monthly costs of their studies.

US$ 229
US$ 209 /mth* Apply now
* € 199 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)
Additional charges

All our study programmes include the following benefits

  • Teaching and study material
  • Marking of your end-of-module exams
  • Free 4-week trial
  • Online tutorials and guidance from tutors
  • Use of the online campus
  • Individual study coaching
  • Online exams
  • Career coaching
  • Learn English for free
Recognition

Recognition of previous achievements

Have you already completed a training course, studied at a university or gained work experience? Have you completed a course or a learning path through IU LinkedIn Learning, and earned a certificate? Then you have the opportunity to get your previous achievements recognised, and complete your studies at IU sooner.

  • Save time: Skip individual modules or whole semesters!

Even before you apply for an online study programme, we’ll gladly check whether we can take your previous achievements into account: 100% online, no strings attached. Simply fill in our recognition application form, which you can find under the content section of each study programme's webpage, and upload it via our upload section. You can also e-mail it to us, or send it via post.

Send an email to study@iu.org to find out which previous achievements you can get recognised. Make sure you send your application before the end of your 1-month trial. You can get your previous achievements recognised during your studies.

Do you need help with your application for recognition? Our student advisors will be happy to help. Simply arrange a personal call-back appointment. Arrange a personal video consultation appointment to discuss recognition

Why IU International University of Applied Sciences is the best choice

Your Studies Are Flexible and 100% Online

Schedule when you want to learn and study 100% online. At IU you have the possibility to complete your degree fully from home, whether full-time or part-time. You can even take your exams online whenever it suits you. 

Accredited & Globally Recognised

IU is accredited and certified with a seal of approval from the German Accreditation Council. All IU study programmes, materials, and services meet high internal and external quality standards, which are regularly reviewed and updated. We can also provide you with an official Europass Diploma Supplement once you graduate, to ensure that your degree is recognised anywhere in the EU.

You Gain Full Support

We provide you with innovative learning tools, digital study material, tutorial videos, student advice and support. You also have 24/7 access to our large online library. Your tutors are always available to answer your questions. Our study coaches are also available to help at any time. 

The Ideal Mix of Theory & Practice

Our programmes provide you with essential theoretical knowledge and focus, above all, on practice-oriented studies designed to best prepare you for your future career. Thanks to our great variety of electives you can specialise in the specific areas that match your personal goals.

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.