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Bachelor
Cyber Security

Start your journey into the thrilling world of digital defense as a Bachelor of Cyber Security. You'll learn to safeguard critical information and protect against evolving cyber threats. With a cyber security degree from IU, you set yourself up for a rewarding career that also enables you to create real impact in today's increasingly interconnected world!

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Bachelor
Cyber Security

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

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Earn a degree without compromising

And get a discount of up to 1444 € if you apply by June 20th!*

Studies designed to fit your schedule and match your ambitions: cutting-edge and 100% online! Study anytime, from anywhere, and earn your degree on your own terms.

*You can start anytime. 

Study flexibly: live, work and travel in Europe!

Apply by June 20th to save up to 1444 € on your on-campus tuition.

Study on-campus in Germany and live in the heart of Europe! With 24x7 access to study materials, an online friendly approach, and opportunities for international connections – you get the most out of a flexible education at IU. 

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 this BSc cyber security course, you will learn not just about incident response and digital forensics, but also aspects of penetration testing and reverse engineering in order to understand the perspective of cyber criminals and protect against them.

Start your Bachelor’s in Cyber Security on-campus programme

In this practice-orientedBachelor‘s in Cyber Security study programme, 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. 

This study programme is completely taught in English!

Your degree summed up

All the facts and figures about your study programme at a glance
OnlineCampus Study Model Degree
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
180 ECTS credits

Language
English
Accreditation & Recognition
Accreditation
Accredited in line with German and European standards
ZFU 1116721
180 ECTS credits - English

Recognition
Your degree is Internationally recognised and can easily be transferred to another country
Tuition Fees & Discounts
Tuition Fees
Starting from € 239 (US$ 241)* per month
*based on the exchange rate from 01.07.2023 09:05 AM (CEST)

Discounts
Discounts and promotions are available on a seasonal basis

Online application
No application fees
Study Duration
Study start
any time

Duration
36 - 72 months (depending on time model)
OnlineCampus Study Model Degree
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
180 ECTS credits

Language
English
Accreditation & Recognition
Accreditation
Accredited in line with German and European standards
ZFU 1116721
180 ECTS credits - English

Recognition
Your degree is Internationally recognised and can easily be transferred to another country
Tuition Fees & Discounts
Tuition Fees
Starting from € 378 (US$ 405)* per month
*based on the exchange rate from 01.07.2023 09:05 AM (CEST)

Discounts
Discounts and promotions are available on a seasonal basis

Online application
No application fees
Study Duration
Study start
July, October, January, April

Duration
36 months

Start your career in Germany
As a graduate of this programme, you’ll be eligible for an 18-month visa to Germany - so you can look for your first job in peace.
100 % flexible

You decide where and when you want to study

Modernised learning

Access our unique learning app and AI tutor 

Award-winning education

First-class learning: 96% recommended 

Benefits of doing a Bachelor of Cyber Security

Pursuing a B.Sc. Cyber Security degree sets you on an incredible career path with tons of opportunities!

In-Demand Skill:

Cyber security challenges have become increasingly complex and frequent in today's world and the need for professionals with expertise in cyber security is high. A variety of industries including finance, healthcare, information technology and the public sector, face real cyber security challenges. This means that as a cyber security expert, you have multiple avenues for a lucrative career. With a Bsc cyber security course, you'll be able to develop these highly sought after skills and ensure a promising career path for yourself!

Building expertise:

With a Bachelor of Cyber Security, you gain a solid foundation in the field, with a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity principles. You will be able to apply these skills during cyber security incidents to help minimise any negative impact. You'll develop hands on knowledge and skills for security threat assessment and defend against network security breaches - you effectively add high value to any industry you choose to work in.

Advancement opportunities:

Cybercrime is a global challenge, and one that will only keep growing in complexity as our technology develops. It is an ever-evolving field, which means that you will always have opportunities to learn more, and advance higher in your career. With a B.Sc. Cyber Security degree, you contribute to the ongoing battle against cyber threat and help create positive impact in digital security.

German quality promise

All programmes are state accredited and recognized internationally. That's why 100,000+ students have put their trust in IU.

Kickstart your career in Europe

Benefit from 18-month post study job seeker’s visa as an IU student learning on campus and begin your career in Germany.

100% Flexibility

With IU you choose what, how and where you study. And depending on your preferred study format you can even start your first step towards your new career right away.

94% Job success

Our practice-oriented study programmes prepare you for your future career. This is why 94% of IU graduates find a job within 3 months after graduation.

Study contents

Bachelor of Cyber Security Subjects

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Security, you begin your journey to becoming 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.

Digital Forensics: The course covers key aspects of digital forensics, enabling you to analyse, preserve, and recover digital evidence from a variety of devices and platforms. This skill will be invaluable when conducting investigations and managing security breaches within an organisational context.

Distributed Applications and Cloud Computing: As businesses increasingly adopt cloud computing, our curriculum ensures that you become well-versed in distributed applications and their unique security challenges. You'll learn the latest cloud security techniques, allowing you to protect sensitive data and mitigate potential threats across various platforms.

Risk Management: Our bachelor of cyber security course places strong emphasis on risk management strategies and methodologies. This holistic approach will equip you to identify, assess, and address potential risks and vulnerabilities within an organization's IT infrastructure.

Data Analysis: Additionally, our online degree in Cyber Security provides you with essential data analysis skills, empowering you to recognise patterns and insights within large sets of information. This ability is crucial when identifying trends and mitigating risks associated with cyber threats.

By completing the Bachelor of Cyber Security, you will acquire the skills and knowledge for both technical and managerial positions in the field of cyber security.

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 Bachelor’s study programme in Cyber Security provides you with the essential skills and fundamental knowledge required for managerial positions. 

Semester 1

Module

ECTS credits

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

Module

ECTS credits

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

Module

ECTS credits

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

Module

ECTS credits

IT Service Management

5

Cryptography

5

IT Law

5

Host and Software Forensics

5

Artificial Intelligence

5

Information Security Standards

5

Semester 5

Module

ECTS credits

Seminar: Current Topics in Computer Science

5

Advanced Data Analysis

5

Project: Data Analysis

5

Cloud Computing

5

Elective A

10

Semester 6

Module

ECTS credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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

Career Development

10

Microsoft ERP- Dynamics 365 Business Central - Functional Consultant

10

SAP - SAP S/4HANA Business Process Integration - Application Associate

10

All the support you need, any time of day

With this programme, you’ll have access to human and AI-powered tutoring. 

Your tutors will be available to answer any questions, and you’ll have recurring appointments where you can discuss course topics with them and other students. 

Syntea, IU’s AI-powered tutor, will be available 24/7 to guide you through your courses and prepare you for exams. 

Study your way, and master working with AI at the same time. 

Sounds interesting? Here are some other options worth exploring: check out our BSc Computer Science degree or Bachelor of Data Science programs.

Admission

Entry requirements

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 situation, you might have to provide additional documents or meet additional requirements. If that’s the case, our admissions team will let you know after you start your application.

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

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

Online degree saver programme

Apply for the online Degree Saver programme and receive a discount on your tuition fees. 

Please get in touch with our Study Advisory Team for more details. 

English language skills

Depending on your personal circumstances, you might be required to provide proof of your English language proficiency. Your skills would need to match the B2 level of the Common European Framework (CEF). 

We accept the following English language skills certificates*: 

  • TOEFL (minimum 80 points)* or 
  • IELTS (minimum Level 6)* or 
  • Duolingo English Test (minimum 95 points)*
  • PTE Academics (minimum 59 points)* or 
  • Cambridge Certificate (minimum Grade B)* 

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 proficiency. 

Get in touch with our study advisors for more details. 

*Proof must be provided before the start of the study and must not be older than five years. 

Earn a high school diploma and start your 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 A-Levels, you can earn a high school diploma and start working towards your future Bachelor’s degree – at the same time.

Visit our A-Levels page for more details. 

On campus

Start your career in Bad Honnef

Our campus in Bad Honnef is the perfect place for starting your life in Germany. Study and graduate in a region that's home to some of Europe's largest companies.

IU Bad Honnef

Just a 2-hour train ride away you’ll find yourself in Frankfurt, the country’s leading financial centre and home to the European Central Bank. The IU campus is also a short distance from Cologne, where a booming automotive industry lies, and Bonn, which offers a modern research-oriented scientific environment with an average salary of €65,000 a year.

What does it mean studying on Campus?

  • A mix of online self-study and on-campus learning (2-3 days per week) in Germany
  • Full time only
  • 2-4 intakes per year – programme dependent
  • Pre-set study sequence with some flexibility online
  • All programmes taught in English

Other perks:

  • Free online German language course
  • Online career services, job listings platform & virtual networking events
  • Internship module (optional)
  • 18-month post-study visa eligibility
Careers

Your 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 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. 

Two women in information technology look at code on a desktop screen.

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.

Young man with glasses looks thoughtfully.

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.

Two cybersecurity professionals look at codes on desktop screens.

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.

Your career enabler

94% of current IU graduates find a job within 3 months. Our practice based degrees stand out from the crowd and prepare you for a job at industry-leading companies.

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.


Tuition fees

Online Study models & fees for your Bachelor degree in Cyber Security

On campus study model and 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, and the trial month has ended.

Your trial month begins when you receive your login credentials. This will give you the opportunity to test our courses for one month without obligation, before being charged. During that month, you can then take your first courses and start learning right away!

Once the trial month is over, your studies continue. You’ll pay your tuition fees according to your contract.

At IU, we believe in full transparency – so there are no hidden fees. You only pay for your tuition and the one-time campus registration fee of €1,500.

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

US$ 426
US$ 386 /mth* Apply now
* € 359 based on the exchange rate from 01.07.2023 09:04 AM (CEST)

Part-Time I

Duration 48 Months

US$ 355
US$ 325 /mth* Apply now
* € 314 based on the exchange rate from 01.07.2023 09:04 AM (CEST)

Part-Time II

Duration 72 Months

US$ 261
US$ 241 /mth* Apply now
* € 239 based on the exchange rate from 01.07.2023 09:04 AM (CEST)
Full-Time
Duration 36 Months
US$ 426
US$ 405 /mth* Apply now
* € 378 based on the exchange rate from 01.07.2023 09:05 AM (CEST)

All our study programmes include the following benefits

  • Teaching and study material
  • Marking of your end-of-module exams
  • 1-month trial
  • Monthly live and recorded tutorials
  • Use of the online campus
  • Individual study coaching
  • Online exams
  • Career coaching
  • Learn German and English for free
  • Teaching and study material
  • Marking of your end-of-module exams
  • Individual study coaching
  • Online exams
  • Career coaching
  • Learn German and English for free
  • On-campus tutorials, 2-3x week
  • Access to all on-campus services
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 a 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. 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, live teaching sessions, 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.

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.

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.

Hybrid Studies = More Flexibility

By combining in-person tutorials 2-3 times per week with 24/7 access to online study materials, you get to benefit from a more flexible study schedule. This allows you to work alongside your studies, or combine other activities, with relative ease. 

You Gain Full Support

We provide you with innovative learning tools, intimate campuses, easy access to lecturers, live teaching sessions, student advice services, and career support. You also have 24/7 access to our large online library. Your tutors are always available to answer your questions – and so are our study coaches.  

FAQs

FAQs

What is a Bachelor of Cyber Security?

A Bachelor of Cyber Security is a degree program where you'll learn how to protect computer systems, networks and data from digital threats. You develop the skills to identify security risks, analyze cyber threats and put measures in place to safeguard information. You'll delve into topics such as network security, incident response and ethical hacking, preparing you for a career in helping organisations defend against cyber attacks, protect data and safeguard digital assets. You can also check out the other industry relevant, career focused Bachelor's degree programs at IU.

Is a Bachelor's degree in cyber security worth it?

Yes, a bachelor's degree in cyber security is worth it, especially in today's ever-evolving digitally complex world! Increasing threats to computer systems, data and information systems has made cybersecurity a highly valuable field, and a cybersecurity degree helps you build the know-how to mitigate these and future threats. It opens up the doors to viable career opportunities in information technology, healthcare, finance and many other industries. As a cybersecurity professional, you could specialise and work in a variety of capacities: security engineer, digital criminology specialist, computer hacking forensic investigator or even a certified ethical hacker. This degree is a stepping stone to enhance credibility in the field and can potentially lead to higher salaries and advancement opportunities!

Who is eligible for B.Sc. Cyber Security?

Typically you can pursue a B.Sc in cyber security after completing your 12th. At IU, we welcome international students to take advantage of our bachelors programs, and a cybersecurity degree opens you up to opportunities in a variety of industries! With IU, you can also complete your B.Sc. in Cyber Security online so you can pursue the degree no matter where you are located!

What is the scope and salary of BSc cyber security?

The scope and salary for a BSc degree in cyber security vary depending on factors such as location, level of experience, and the specific role within the field. The rising dependence on technology has ensured that in demand positions are plenty in this field.

Scope: Graduates with a BSc in Cyber Security can expect to find opportunities in a wide range of industries, including government, finance, healthcare, retail, and technology. Job roles may include Cyber Security Analyst, Information Security Specialist, Network Security Engineer, and Security Consultant, among others. Due to the ever-evolving nature of cyber attacks, professionals in this field have the opportunity to stay at the forefront of technological advancements, working to combat emerging threats and create a safer online environment.

Salary: The salary of a BSc Cyber Security graduate can vary based on experience, job title, and location. According to Payscale, the average salary for an entry-level Cyber Security Analyst in the United States is around $56,000 per year. With several years of experience, the salary can rise substantially, with some mid-to-senior level cyber security professionals earning over $119,000 per year.