IT-Security (M.Sc.)


IT Security (Master of Science)

(IT-Sicherheit, M.Sc.)


General Information

Degree: Master of Science
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: German (individual courses in English)
Internship: -
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.
Application: Online
Special Features: TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.

Brief Description

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.

Semester Course Schedule (print version)
Semester Course Schedule (print version)

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.

More information:

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Degree Programme M.Sc. IT Security


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