Bachelor in Cyber Security

Education focusing on how to secure digital systems from cyberattacks, cybercrime and digital warfare. This study programme prepares you for an exciting career working with, and in, companies to fortify their digital defences and safeguard their data and information.

Securing our Digital Lives

We are living in a world controlled by digital systems. Smart houses contain smart meters, digital locks and home assistants. Self driving cars are being tested on our roads and the ‘Internet of Things’ continues to expand.

The digitalisation of the world around us brings a number of challenges, not just in adapting to the amazing pace of change, but how to secure those systems that are so vital to our everyday lives. The critical infrastructure that underpins our society - power, water, food supplies and now all information relies on some form of digital system.

Here is where you are needed! Become a fearless guardian of the digital world. Cybersecurity expertise is in high demand across a diverse range of sectors including science, industry and government, working to secure and protect digital assets, ensuring the connected world stays connected and safe.

Cyber security is an exciting field of study that is evolving rapidly and offers many opportunities. Juhi Saigal, student
It is very fun to have lecturers who can draw examples from their own experiences. Daniel Laupstad, student

Embark on a transformative three-year journey: The three-year study programme delves into the art of protecting digital devices by honing your cybersecurity skills. You will gain hands-on experience in the practical application of tools and techniques used to create a secure digital environment.

Take the first step towards an exciting career in information security by applying to the Bachelor in Cyber Security today! Unlock your potential and become a protector in the cyber wars.

Programme Structure

Cyber Security consists of 180 ECTS, combining general education and computer science fundamental courses, core cybersecurity courses, and elective courses. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics, such as computer and network security, operating systems, and penetration testing.

In your first year you will build a solid foundation in core technical fundamentals, setting the stage for success in the specialized courses further into the education. From the very beginning you will develop essential research and study skills, work as part of a vibrant student community, and collaborate on a project-based course to enrich your learning experience and forge lasting connections with your peers. 

The second year takes you on a deep dive into the heart of cybersecurity, exploring penetration testing and specialized courses. Develop skills in securing networks and digital assets, alongside network security skills that will allow the identification of vulnerabilities within systems.

Your third year culminates in a Bachelor Project, allowing you to apply your newfound competence to innovative systems and applications. Under the expert guidance of our experienced staff, explore the area of cybersecurity that fascinates you the most. Choose electives to gain additional expertise in advanced areas, preparing you to tackle the challenges of today and future.

Year 1: 60 ECTS

  • Problem Based Learning and Research Methodologies (5 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Programming (10 ECTS)
  • Discrete Mathematics (10 ECTS)
  • Programming and Databases (10 ECTS)
  • Network Principles (10 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Information Security (5 ECTS)
  • Studio 1 (10 ECTS)

Year 2: 60 ECTS

  • Operating Systems (10 ECTS)
  • Penetration Testing (10 ECTS)
  • Network Security (10 ECTS)
  • Information Security Management (10 ECTS)
  • Criminality and Warfare in the Digital Domain (10 ECTS)
  • Studio 2 (10 ECTS)

Year 3: 60 ECTS

  • Computer Network Defence (10 ECTS)
  • Computer Network Attack (10 ECTS)
  • Elective Courses (3 x 5 ECTS)
  • Vulnerabilities (5 ECTS)
  • Bachelor Project (20 ECTS)


  • Has a broad knowledge of cyber defence and attack techniques, technologies and tools in order to implement appropriate technical and non-technical solutions to prepare for, defend against and recover from cyber intrusion.
  • Is familiar with appropriate and current procedures and standards for managing cyber risks and threats, undertaking penetration testing and ensuring network security.
  • Has knowledge of the legal and ethical issues and responsibilities pertaining to cyber security activities with regard to the impact of the cyber intrusion on society, industry, national infrastructure and national security.
  • Is familiar with current and emerging research and development in the field of Cyber Security and related disciplines.
  • Is able to update their knowledge in the area of cyber security through academic study, research and professional development.
  • Is familiar with the current and developing state of cyber criminality and cyber warfare threats, vulnerabilities and defensive tools and techniques.
  • Has knowledge of the history and development of cyber security, cybercrime and cyber warfare, its impact on safety and security of digital environments and infrastructures, alongside the resulting effects on society.
  • Is familiar with various computational tools, techniques and practices that underpin secure computing.


  • Is able to critically assess the threat level to a digital environment and select and apply appropriate computer system security and penetration tools and techniques in order to secure a computer network.
  • Can critically select and apply a range of analytical and methodological problem solving and investigative techniques including system profiling and vulnerability analysis, based on research and to be able to interpret the solutions and present results appropriately.
  • Is able to reflect on their own academic practice and development as a security professional, identify areas for improvement and adapt to future cyber security tools, techniques, technology and threats.
  • Is able to find, distil and evaluate relevant academic, commercial and non-commercial information assets then apply this information in resolving digital security problems.
  • Is able to identify stakeholders of cyber security and defence-related issues and communicate, network and collaborate with these stakeholders according to their individual requirements.
  • Can apply mathematical and software development theories, tools and techniques to computational challenges.

General Competence:

  • Is able to identify and appropriately act on complex ethical and social issues arising within academic and professional practice as a cyber security professional, whilst being aware of the greater implications of their actions and decisions.
  • Is able to plan, execute and manage a variety of activities and cyber security-related projects over time, alone or as part of a collaborative team to successful conclusion and in accordance with relevant legal and ethical requirements and principles.
  • Can distil and communicate cyber security-related theories, concepts, problems and solutions, with a variety of relevant stakeholders, through the selection and application of appropriate methods of communication.
  • Can exchange opinions, experiences and ideas with others with background and/or experience in cyber security and defence, through the selection and application of appropriate methods of communication, thereby contributing to the development of good practice within the cyber security community of practice.
  • Is familiar with, and can critically evaluate, current and evolving processes and disruptive technologies within the field of cyber security.
  • Is able to identify appropriate stakeholders and communicate, network and collaborate with these stakeholders at an appropriate level while considering security and confidentiality.
  • Is able to engage in critical self-reflection, and reflect upon relevant ethical and professional issues, as part of the lifelong learning strategy required of a cyber security professional.

As an online student you are required to purchase the required equipment and software. As a Campus student the required equipment and software is available for use.

Required Equipment

  • A reliable internet connection
  • Headphones or headset – with a microphone.
  • Webcam.
  • 2 USB Drives with 8-16 GB storage.
  • PC/Laptop with the following specifications:
    • Microsoft® Windows® 10 or 11.
    • CPU: Intel i5 (64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor is recommended)
    • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX (GeForce RTX 3070 is recommended)
    • RAM: 16 GB (32 GB recommended)
    • Storage: 500 GB (SSD/NVMe is highly recommended)

You must have full administrative privileges to install and manipulate all aspects of your computer. The minimum requirements apply to all who purchase/use their own machine. This may not be an Apple Mac, as these systems are not compatible with the required software.

Recommended Equipment

  • 1-2 additional USB Drive with 1-4 GB storage
  • 2 monitors, or 1 ultrawide screen
  • 1 additional storage drive (Minimum 1 TB is recommended)

Required Software

As a student you will be provided student licences, until then you should explore the software.

Many students find that the use of Windows is a good starting point to allow them to develop the skills to configure alternative operating systems. Several tutorials will require access to a Windows operating system (either as a host or as a virtual machine).

Career Opportunities

The expertise and competence gained from this study programme is in high demand as the investigation of cyber incidents and digital systems continues to increase significantly across all sectors. The demand is driven by the expanding development and adoption of new technology in the race to exploit the digitalisation of commercial and domestic products and systems.

According to Abelia there is a worrying deficit of people with strong technology skills in Norway. The distance between needs and available expertise ranges from 24 to 113 percent. The best-case scenario suggests that by 2030, one in four ICT positions will be vacant.

In the digital age, cybersecurity isn't just a career choice, it's our collective shield against the unseen threats. Master the necessary skills and become a guardian of tomorrow's world.Professor Johan Van Niekerk

The demand for cybersecurity experts is high, all organisations have the need for people with expertise in cyber security to secure their digital assets. This bachelor's degree provides a qualification and skills for handling challenges across a variety of organisations and industry sectors.

Are you ready to become a skilled cyber security professional? Apply now for Bachelor in Cyber Security and embark on an exciting and fulfilling career path. Contact the admissions team for more information on the application process, financial aid, and programme requirements. 

Further Studies

Students who wish for further training in information- and cyber security can apply for studies related to computing, cyber security or network security at the master level by Norwegian or international universities. 

Get Study Guidance

Do you have questions about the program or your education choice in general? Register and get free study guidance.

Watch recording of livestream

We recommend watching the latest livestream on our IT bachelor programs hosted by Emlyn Butterfield, and recorded 10 March 2023. You can also skip directly to the chapter regarding Cyber Security in the chapter menu, which starts at 07:42.

Course information

Next startup:

August 12, 2024.
Read more about semester start.

Locations: Kristiansand,
Online and
Online PLUS Oslo
Duration: 3 years
Price Online:

EUR 4.900,- per semester

Price Online PLUS Oslo:

EUR 5.700,- per semester

Price Campus Kristiansand:

EUR 6.100,- per semester.
EUR 190,- admission fee.

Admission requirements: Three-year upper secondary education. You may also apply for admission by prior learning.
In addition there is a special requirement of Math R1, or S1 and S2, or international equivalent. Other documented knowledge or education can be accepted as equivalent. Read more.
Approvals: Approved for loans and grants from the State Educational Loan Fund. Accredited by NOKUT.
Degree: Bachelor
Credits: 180 ECTS


Professor Johan van Niekerk

Prof. Johan van Niekerk

Professor of Cyber Security
Programme Leader - Cyber Security 
Prof. Barry Irwin

Prof. Barry Irwin

Professor of Cyber Security

Fabricio Bortoluzzi

Associate professor
Dr. Rayne Reid

Dr. Rayne Reid

Associate professor
Dr. Pieter Delport

Dr. Piet Delport

Associate professor

Prof. Iain Sutherland

Professor of Digital Forensics
Prof. Seifedine Kadry

Prof. Seifedine Kadry

Professor of Applied Data Science
Emlyn Butterfield

Emlyn Butterfield

Head of Computing
Programme Leader - Digital Forensics 
Dr. Isah A. Lawal

Dr. Isah A. Lawal

Programme Leader
Applied Data Science 
Mariya Chirchenkova

Mariya Chirchenkova

Assistant professor
Veronica Schmitt

Veronica Schmitt

Assistant professor

Related News