Cybersecurity (English) (B.Sc.)

Saarland University regularly ranks among the best places to study cybersecurity in Germany and is one of the first German universities to offer a bachelor's degree program completely taught in English. In the field of cybersecurity, it cooperates with the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, the world's leading research center for cybersecurity, which contributes current research content to the teaching at Saarland University.

Description

Cybersecurity has gained enormous social and political importance in recent years. The targets of cyberattacks are as diverse as the attackers themselves. For example, infrastructures important for basic services, such as energy and water supplies, are attacked, or criminals infiltrate companies to cripple their IT infrastructure in order to subsequently extort money for its restoration. The potential misuse of personal data on the web and social media poses a major threat to users. Therefore, there is an immense need for cybersecurity professionals in industry and in research and science.

At Saarland University, the new B.Sc. Cyber Security (English) degree program can be studied entirely in English starting in the winter semester of 2021/22. Here, from the first semester onwards, the fundamentals of cybersecurity will be taught alongside the fundamentals of computer science. Special mention should be made of the cooperation with the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, which is located on the Saarbrücken campus. This world-renowned research institution offers students the opportunity to gain an early insight into current research. The large number of researchers working at the Cispa being associated with teaching at the same time ensure a unique variety of research topics.

Details

The standard period of study for the 'Bachelor of Science' degree is six semesters. At the beginning of the program, the fundamentals of both a regular computer science degree and those of cybersecurity are laid. In the further course of the study there are various elective options whose topics are always inspired by the research of the CISPA. In addition to these in-depth cybersecurity and computer science courses, there are practical elements such as the Cybersecurity Lab and supplementary elective courses. A German course is also offered early in the program for English-speaking students and an English course for German-speaking students.

Details:
A total of 180CP is earned in the program, i.e. 30CP per semester. The following courses are compulsory:

   1. Mathematics for Computer Scientists 1 (9 CP) Mathematics for Computer Scientists 2 (9 CP)
   2. Compulsory area of the Fundamentals of Computer Science (54CP):
       a) Programming 1 (9 CP)
       b) Programming 2 (9 CP)
       c) Fundamentals of Data Structures and Algorithms (6 CP)
       d) Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science (9 CP)
       e) System Architecture (9 CP)
       f) Statistics Lab (6 CP)
       g) Elements of Machine Learning (6 CP)

   3. Compulsory practical training (15 ungraded CP):
       a) Practical Training "Software Engineering Lab" (9 CP)
       b) Practical Training "Cyber Security Lab" (6 CP)

    4. Specialized compulsory area of Cyber Security (24 CP):
       a) Foundations of Cyber Security 1 (9 CP)
       b) Foundations of Cyber Security 2 (6 CP)
       c) Cryptography (9 CP)

In the elective courses, students attend lectures on core and complementary topics of cyber security as well as a proseminar and seminar on cyber security topics (total of at least 36 CP). Furthermore, 6CP each are earned from the area of language courses as well as the free elective. Finally, the program is completed with the bachelor thesis and the associated seminar.

A sample study plan can be found in the study program documents further down on this page, sample plans for individual specialization in cybersecurity topics here.

Postgraduate courses Regulations

Application

The English-language bachelor's degree program is admission-restricted. The  Application deadline for WS 2022/23 is 15 July. Until 15 January, 01 April and 15 June you can apply for an optional early admission.

The admission requirements consist of two components:

  • You need a high-school diploma that is eligible as a German university entrance qualification. See the question below on how to check if your diplomas constitute a German university entrance qualification.
  • Standard study entrance test together with a proof of your English proficiency.

    There are two alternatives for the standard study entrance test: 
    - You provide a proof of your English proficiency together with a certificate proving that you have taken part in the (semi-)finals of
      an international Computer Science competition (such as IOI).
    - You can apply for an on-site interview in Saarbrücken. Note, however, that we only have a limited number of on-site interview
       slots, and as such being invited to the interview on its own will be competitive. Note further that we cannot refund your travel
       expenses.

                  Please find recent information about the accepted tests and certificates in these FAQs.

Once you have been admitted to Saarland University, you will receive a letter of admission. The further procedure is regulated in the admission letter.

 

Applications for WS 2022/23 can be submitted via the application portal as of November 1, 2021.
 

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Details on the allocation of study places can be found here (Dienstbl. 2021, p. 368).

At a glance

Standard period of study6 semesters for full-time students
Part-time studies are possible
Degree qualificationBachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Languages of instructionEnglish
English language requirementsCEFR: B2 advanced  (recommended)
Restricted entryYes

Application deadline

For winter semester: 15 July
Possibility for an optional appliation
for early admission
15 January, 01 April and 15 June
Tuition feesNot applicable
Semester feeSee current fee structure
Web pageWebsite of the Bachelor programme

Contact

Zentrale Studienberatung

Campus Saarbrücken
Campus Center, Geb. A4 4, EG
Tel.: 0681 302-3513
studium(at)uni-saarland.de
www.uni-saarland.de/studienberatung

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Computer Science
Campus Saarbrücken
Geb. E1 3, Zi 2.09
66123 Saarbrücken

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