Programme description

The Master in International Cybersecurity and Cyberintelligence is a full-time Master’s programme jointly developed and taught in English. The programme offers specialised academic education in Cybersecurity, Cyberintelligence and International Relations and Law for Cybersecurity. It is jointly carried out by four European Universities: Granada (Spain), Minho (Portugal), Padua (Italy) and Vilnius (Lithuania), through the use of physical mobility around these four universities, and students attending virtual, blended and local courses.

At the end of their studies, students will be able to integrate not only in any field of the cyber security industry but especially in cyber intelligence teams working at an international level.

General information

  • Duration: 4 semesters, 120 ECTS
  • Expected starting date: October, 2024.
  • Delivery: face-to-face, with some activities/courses in online/blended mode.
  • Fees: 3.700€/year.
  • Scholarships: Students will be eligible for Erasmus+ grants for 12 months. Alternatively, the programme will provide two scholarships every year (1.100€/month during 10 months).
  • Language of instruction: English.
  • Official degree: Master of Arts (M.A.) (Joint Degree issued by all the partner universities: University of Granada, University of Minho, University of Padova and Vilnius University).
  • Application period: January – 15th March 2024 (1st call)

Target students

The Joint Master’s Programme is meant to qualify excellently trained and highly motivated international graduates who have completed an academic degree of at least 180 ECTS credits (bachelor’s degree or equivalent programme of at least 180 ECTS at EQF6 level according to the European reference framework) in Information Technology programmes (e.g., Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Telecommunications, Informatics, Software Engineering, etc.). Students must have sufficient skills in writing, reading, and speaking English that correspond at least to a level described as B2 in the European framework or equivalent.


The students will be organised in a cohort that will jointly move around the four universities in the consortium. This way, they will stay:

  • at the University of Padova for the first semester;
  • at Vilnius University for the second semester;
  • at the University of Granada for the third semester;
  • the fourth semester will be dedicated to the Master’s Thesis (with remote or local tutoring, as preferred by students), ending with the graduation week to be held face-to-face at the University of Minho.


Mandatory courses

  • Fundamentals on International Cybersecurity - I semester (6 ECTS), Padova (taught by Univ. Minho)
  • Digital Forensics - I semester (6 ECTS), Padua
  • Secure Software Development - I semester (6 ECTS), Padua
  • Fundamentals of Cryptography - I semester (6 ECTS), Padua
  • Operating Systems Security - II semester (6 ECTS), Vilnius
  • Security of Applications - II semester (6 ECTS), Vilnius
  • International Management of Cybersecurity - II semester (6 ECTS), Vilnius
  • Research Projects - II semester (6 ECTS), Vilnius
  • Ethical Hacking - III semester (6 ECTS), Granada
  • Cyberprotection Systems - III semester (6 ECTS), Granada
  • Network Security - III semester (6 ECTS), Granada
  • International Cyberintelligence - III semester (6 ECTS), Granada
  • Master Thesis - IV semester (30 ECTS), Vilnius

Elective courses

  • Mobile Security - I semester (6 ECTS), Padua
  • Cyberphysical and IoT Security - I semester (6 ECTS), Padua
  • Machine Learning Techniques for Event Correlation - I semester (6 ECTS), Padua
  • Formal Methods for Cyberphysical Systems - I semester (6 ECTS), Padua
  • Quantum Cryptography and Security - I semester (6 ECTS), Padua
  • Privacy-Preserving Information Access - I semester (6 ECTS), Padua
  • Law and Data - I semester (6 ECTS), Padua
  • Malware - II semester (6 ECTS), Vilnius
  • Rapid Reaction and First Response - II semester (6 ECTS), Vilnius
  • International Cooperation in Cyberspace - III semester (3 ECTS), Granada
  • Cyberwarfare - III semester (3 ECTS), Granada
  • Post-Quantum Cryptography - III semester (3 ECTS), Granada

Professional opportunities

ENISA, the EU agency for Cybersecurity, has published in September 2022 a document known as the European Cybersecurity Skills Framework Role Profiles. This document describes twelve professions, including, among other characteristics, alternative designations, the necessary knowledge, associated professional acts and basic skills – in this case, linking to another initiative that seeks to categorise skills in the area of ​​ICT, known as European e-Competence Framework (e-CF). Although more focused on recognized professions, the reference produced is not far from similar ones, such as the framework developed by NICE known as NCWF (NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework) and based on areas of expertise linked to skills and professions typically associated.

The Master in International Cybersecurity and Cyberintelligence is designed with these frameworks in mind to guarantee that the learning outcomes will fulfil the requirements for these professions in the field of cybersecurity:

  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Cyber Incident Responder
  • Cyber Legal, Policy & Compliance Officer
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Architect
  • Cybersecurity Auditor
  • Cybersecurity Educator
  • Cybersecurity Implementer
  • Cybersecurity Researcher
  • Cybersecurity Risk Manager
  • Digital Forensics Investigator
  • Penetration Tester