MSc IT Security Management

IT Security Management

MSc

Summary

Study level
Award
Master's
Location
Berlin or Online

Course Overview

As the scope of IT security management expands and evolves, you’ll get the industry insights and critical risk management skills needed to keep organisations safe and secure.

Do you already work in IT security and want to take the next step to help make critical decisions within your organisation? When you study your MSc IT Security Management in Germany at our Berlin campus you’ll gain the hands-on cybersecurity skills you need to move into a more senior role in your organisation. 

The recent rise in high-profile IT security incidents reported in the media over recent years means that skilled IT security professionals are in demand across all sectors of business. This course will expose you to the critical issues in IT security at stake today, so you’ll be well positioned to assess critical security problems strategically, and most importantly, understand the methods by which organisations can take steps to reduce them. 

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Course details and modules

Through an examination of key obstacles you’ll face in IT security management and the methods of developing security strategies, you’ll leave this course ready to lead and take on real-life security issues in your organisation.

Nkechi Mathilda Nwobi

I learn better face-to-face, so blended learning gives me an opportunity to do both face-to-face learning and independent online study. This is better for me because I need time for my daughter as well as my studies, so now I have time for both.

Nkechi Mathilda Nwobi
MSc Project Management student, Arden University Berlin
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Modules

Before you receive your master’s degree, you’ll complete 180 credits on the course, which are divided over the following 7 modules:

  • Technology and Trend Monitoring
  • Information Security Strategy Development
  • Risk Management
  • IT Security Management
  • IS Governance
  • Cloud Systems and Applications
  • Research Project

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways. That’s why we choose a range of methods to keep track of how well you are progressing. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work
  • Exams

Study options

This course is available to study full time through our blended learning study mode at our campus in Berlin, Germany. The course is also available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere or worldwide. 

Oscar Bustillo

I have enjoyed doing my master’s here because it’s not like a traditional university where you sit in a classroom and a lecturer talks and you write down everything. I like that when we come here there’s actually a discussion and we do a lot of analysis.

Oscar Bustillo
MSc Project Management student, Arden University Berlin

Full time, blended learning

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at our centrally located Berlin campus. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. You’ll also have access to our online library, Perlego, which contains almost half a million books, journals, and industry literature which you can make use of throughout your studies, removing the need to buy expensive course books in order to study successfully. 

Full time study in Berlin is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face to face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who are attracted by the opportunity to move to Germany to study, where you can take advantage of the employment opportunities available for overseas students.

Please note: our campus classes are temporarily being conducted online in our virtual classroom due to Covid-19 restrictions. Face-to-face classes will resume once the current restrictions are lifted. 

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Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.  

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

To be eligible to study this degree, we need to see that you have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 60-78; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English; a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. Get in touch to find out more. 

If you don’t have academic qualifications

At Arden University we are more than happy to consider, and positively encourage, an application from you if you have substantial management experience (typically 5 years) and can show us that you have the motivation to study the programme.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study your master's course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant work experience.

Don’t have any of the above?

If you have other postgraduate-level business awards you may be eligible for entry and/or exemptions. This will be assessed on an individual basis.

If you don’t already have a degree, and you’re not quite there with the required amount of work experience, we may be able to offer you a place on one of our undergraduate degree programmes.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Dr Tobias Kliem

Before embarking on your master’s degree, take a moment to get familiar with our staff here in Berlin. Our Computing and IT faculty members are a dedicated group of professionals who each have years of experience in their field, and want to help guide you towards your career goals. Follow the link below to get to know the faculty a little bit better.

Dr Tobias Kliem
Head of Arden University Berlin Campus

Career prospects

Move up in your organisation or take on a new career path entirely - you have control over your future!

Jasvir Markandy

I chose Arden University Berlin because they provide an environment to further your knowledge and pursue opportunities in a new field.

Jasvir Markandy
MSc IT Security Management graduate, Arden University Berlin

What will I gain from this degree?

Our goal is to ensure all of our graduates have the transferable skills and specific industry knowledge that can apply to a range of career paths. This master’s in IT security management covers those broad skills and specialised IT security concepts you’ll need to follow the career path you want after graduating.

As a graduate, you’ll have gained knowledge of:

  • Creating and implementing strategies for security development
  • Auditing approaches in governance and communicating recommended revisions
  • Analysing emerging technologies within the context of an organisation’s business practices
  • Implementing security recovery plans
  • Risks that may occur when updating an organisation's  

What can I do after Arden University?

After earning your master’s in IT security management, you’ll have the freedom to explore more senior leadership roles and specialised areas of your field.  Plus, as a graduate of our Berlin campus, you’ll also have the chance to apply for an 18-month post-study residence permit to work in Germany.

With additional training in some areas, you could make a career for yourself in positions including:

  • IT Security Team Leader
  • Network Security Manager
  • Head of IT Risk
  • IT Security and Governance Officer
  • Government Technology Officer
  • Future Technologist
  • Infrastructure Manager
  • Quality and Security Policy Manager

Industry skills

Study an industry-certified course alongside your degree 

If you're looking to gain some additional skills as you study, you can take an industry-certified online course while you’re studying your Arden degree, at no extra cost. 

You can choose to become certified on Salesforce Trailhead, gain certification through Cisco’s Networking Academy, or take courses on Amazon’s cloud-based learning platform, AWS Educate. All of these courses complement our degree modules and are highly valued by employers worldwide.