Course contents

Bachelor programme IT Security

The curriculum focuses on four main areas.

IT operations: system administration and penetration testing

Students learn about the function and structure of established operating systems, as well as developing associated security concepts and mechanisms.

Network technology: protocols and security components

Here students get to grips with computer networking, network topology and the corresponding protocols, which they work on in the lab. This know-how is essential for evaluating security vulnerability and the potential for attacks in their future professional roles.

Security technologies: cryptography and hardware tokens

This focus area aims to give an overview of IT security objectives and current threat scenarios. Key topics also include cryptographic methods and tools, as well as identification and authentication (e.g. card systems and biometrics).

Security management and organisation: risk management and standards

Students acquire detailed knowledge of security standards and explore fundamental legal principles and contract law.


From semester 3, students have the opportunity to specialise by selecting from elective modules in

  • IT infrastructure,
  • security management and consulting, and
  • malware analysis.

A strong practical focus

In the final stage of this bachelor programme, the emphasis is on putting theory into practice. Students prepare for dealing with worst-case emergency scenarios by working on a number of projects with companies and taking part in Crisis Week – giving them practical experience as well as theoretical insights. In a business continuity and disaster recovery case study, they analyse technical system requirements (e.g. storage technologies and mirroring). Students learn how taking the necessary precautions and keeping a cool head are all-important when it comes to taking action in emergency situations (crisis management).


Students can obtain the following certifications during the programme:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • Barracuda Next Generation Security Engineer (NGSE)
  • Check Point Certified Security Administrator (CCSA)
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library Version 3 (ITIL V3)
  • AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE®)
  • IPMA Level D®
  • CRISAM® Foundation