IT Security (Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 semesters|
|Language: German (individual courses in English)|
|Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) are comprised of a “Bachelor of Science” degree in Informatics or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental student advisory service. Please also note the general information on the Master’s degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from abroad: International Admission.|
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester or summer semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Special Features: TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.|
The Master of Science programme IT Security specialises on the design, programming and implementation of security systems in information technology with Cryptography, System Security and Software Security as its core areas.
The Master of Science programme IT Security is divided as follows into a mandatory subject area and five optional subject areas.
The Mandatory Subject Area offers courses on “Introduction to Cryptography”, “Embedded System Security” and “IT Security” that each introduce the subjects of the three key topics and elective subject areas.
Optional Subject Area: Cryptography comprises a choice of diverse modules on modern encryption procedures and other fundamental cryptographic algorithms and protocols.
Optional Subject Area: System Security offers a range of possible courses on the security of embedded systems and networks.
Optional Subject Area: Software Security contains courses on the security and reliability of software and the design of security architectures for large IT systems.
Optional Subject Area: Selected Complementary Topics offers additional courses with relevant aspects of informatics from a partially interdepartmental module catalog from the students may choose.
Optional Subject Area: Accompanying Achievements gives the students a choice of seminars, internships, project internships, teaching internships, projects or research papers in the different fields of IT security.
A constantly updated and expanded catalogue lists the possible modules of the elective subject area the students can choose from.
As the last area, the Master’s Thesis concludes the programme. The independent research project takes an entire semester, thereby forming a major part of the Master’s degree programme.
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While a Bachelor’s degree focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master’s degree serves to upgrade the qualifications of graduates and to analyse the subject based on research. The Master’s degree focuses more than the Bachelor’s degree on enabling and requiring students to adopt their own major focus.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.
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Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Today, Informatics play an increasingly important role in research and development as operational procedures can no longer be developed and optimised without software solutions. As a result, the opportunities for computer scientists on the labor market are promising: The demand for them is rising. While most of them are in regular employment, there is also a number of self-employed computer scientists. They will find employment in companies of nearly all industries, in public administration and in research. There, they develop, programme and modify hard and software programmes, in particular in connection with complex information, communication and control systems.
Computer scientists examine, for instance, existing IT systems for their security and effectiveness. They apply their knowledge and skills to IT project management in particular. Another one of their tasks is the realisation of new software projects in the form of technical reproduction of administrative tasks and production control. Developing databases and web-based information systems may also be part of their job description.
Graduates of the special Master’s degree programme of the informatics branch of IT Security can expect a rapidly growing field of work with a long-term significance and a variety of prospects in business as well as in the academic field. They can work as Chief Information Officers (CIO), project managers in IT security management or consultants for IT security certification, among other things. Companies in many different industries such as the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, the banking sector or the telecommunications industry are increasingly looking for experts in IT security. In times of global networking, the security of information technology is gaining importance. The Center for Advanced Security Research, CASED, in Darmstadt specifically addresses issues regarding IT security, its development and its research.
It is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
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