SkillsThe CYBERUS master in cybersecurity prepares students for top jobs through a combination of technological, social and horizontal skills.

Technological skills

The curriculum rests on 4 of the 5 primary computing disciplines: computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, and information technology. All students will be experts in computer science. Those in the IoT cybersecurity track will be more adept in computer engineering and in information technology while those in the software cybersecurity track will be more skilful in reliable and trustworthy software engineering. They will be familiar with the other fifth primary computing discipline, information systems, but will likely not be experts in that discipline through our curriculum.

Research and Innovation/Development (R&I/D)

Students acquire skills that enable them to work in research and Innovation/Development (R&I/D) environments. The programme includes (R&I/D) in one stand-alone module in semester 3 and as part of all semester 2 and semester 3 cybersecurity modules where R&I/D represents about 20% of the volume. Students can even be introduced to R&I/D in other modules through student projects (S2 and S3), entrepreneurship (S3) and in the 5-month internship (S4). This way, R&I/D permeates the whole curriculum, connecting closely with education and training, and guaranteeing that the content is driven by the latest research advancements and innovations. 

Horizontal skills

Because soft/transversal/horizontal skills such as Communicating in a Multicultural Environment, Team Working, Problem-Solving, Leadership, and Creativity. The programme is deliberately multidisciplinary and holistic for this purpose. It offers courses, teaching/training approaches and evaluation methods that help develop them. They include language classes, entrepreneurship, projects, challenges and internships. 


CYBERUS students will need to speak two EU languages at least: the language of tuition, English, and French. While instruction and professional work are conducted in English as a common denominator, students will be actively engaged in French-speaking environments beyond their learning settings. It is expected that few will speak French initially. This is why all will have to take French in every taught semester, or another language if they already speak it. For other EU languages, CYBERUS students will enjoy the same offer as that to international students built along the same lines of level achievement at the end of each semester, of student progression, and of development of linguistic, communicational, and cultural skills. This will accompany the development of intercultural skills.

Student projects

In projects, students will have to work collaboratively in groups of 2 to 4 on specific topics. Projects will lead students to connect all their acquired knowledge and to develop social skills. 


students across current cohorts will be encouraged to take part in international cybersecurity challenges such as “Capture the Flag” (CTF), “Embedded Security Challenges” or hackathons organised, for example by UBS students and staff, the consortium’s associated partner Forum International de la cybersecurity (Lille, France) or by CSAW (CyberSecurity Games and Conferences), etc. They require students to work as a team, act fast, make the right decisions, and solve challenging problems by bringing together skills and knowledge. Such competitions further add to the expertise and practical know-how required in the IT/IoT industry and academia.


The programme combines teaching and training. The final 5-month internship is a training period when students show their ability to bring together and perfect acquired skills, carry out a research or industrial project, formalise original thinking through a master's thesis, keep acquiring new skills and hands-on experience and prepare for a future job in research, innovation or consultancy. 
Students can additionally do a 6-week internship in semesters 2 and 3.