Nettverk og IT-sikkerhet, toårig utdanning

Higher Professional Degree

Network and IT Security

Study Online or On Campus in Norway

This programme provides a pragmatic IT education specifically designed to equip individuals with the skills necessary to combat hacking and cybercrime. The acute demand for IT security expertise provides excellent employment opportunities.

Online Studies

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7 January 2025

11 March 2025

2 year full time | 4 years part time

Full time: NOK 44.000,- per semester
Part time: NOK 22.000,- per semester

State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen)

Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger

12 August 2024

2 years full time

NOK 62.000,- per semester
NOK 1.900,- registration fee

State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen)

Why Study Network and IT Security?

The increasing reliance on digital technology in today's society has led to a growing demand for network and IT security skills. This competence is essential for organisations to protect themselves against future cyber-attacks and to mitigate the impact of potential breaches.

The curriculum places a deliberate emphasis on fundamental security practices, including risk assessment and vulnerability analysis. The overall aim is to develop independent system administrators capable of implementing effective security measures and conducting comprehensive IT security investigations. An essential facet of the programme is to develop an understanding of programme architecture and network traffic monitoring in the context of security.

On completion of the programme, graduates will have the skills to engage in a range of tasks from installing, operating and optimising servers and clients to the progressive development of an organisation's ICT systems. They will also be able to provide guidance, support and advice on ICT security.

One-year programmes also available

The first year of this two-year programme is identical to the one-year programme in Network and System Administration. However, you can apply directly to this two-year programme and secure your place for two years. Alternatively, you can apply for the one-year Cloud Foundations programme and then move straight into the second year of the two-year Network and IT Security programme.

Career Opportunities

After completing the Network and IT Security program, you can pursue roles such as:

  • Security Officer
  • ICT Security Consultant
  • ICT Coordinator
  • Security Advisor
  • Consultant in advisory agencies in ICT security, communication, and operations
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Ethical Hacker
IT og teknologi er blant de sikreste studievalgen

– IT and technology now one of the safest fields to study

Programme information

You will be challenged with authentic, practical, and relevant tasks throughout the program, providing invaluable insights into the challenges and issues prevalent in the field. The first year, mirroring the Network and System Administration program, offers comprehensive training in computer structure, operation, and performance optimization, alongside methods for tailoring technical network solutions.

The second year of the program delves comprehensively into all aspects of security. Students will gain insights into the legal framework surrounding cybersecurity and acquire proficiency in conducting preventive security measures through security routines and risk assessments. The focus then shifts to the utilization of tools for gathering information about networks and systems.


  • IT Foundations
  • Operating and File Systems
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Server Technologies
  • Cloud Computing Foundations
  • Introduction to Information Security
  • Exam Project 1


  • Security and the Law
  • CyberOps
  • Security in the Cloud
  • Programming
  • Databases
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Digital Forensics
  • Exam Project
School: Noroff Higher Vocational College (Noroff Fagskole)
Application deadline: Continuous admission. Applications are processed in the order they are submitted.
Language of instruction: English online. Norwegian/English on campus
Accreditations: Approved for loans and grants from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen). Accredited by NOKUT.
Degree: Higher Professional Degree
Credits: 120 ECVET

Hardware and software

A machine that handles virtualization is recommended. We do not recommend MAC with M1 processor, as the machine does not handle certain software and virtualizations. Additionally, the following is recommended:

  • 16 GB RAM.
  • Storage: 1 TB – SSD
  • Operating system: Windows Pro (not Windows Home)

Noroff has ongoing admissions, and applications are processed in the order they are received. The earlier you apply, the earlier you can secure a study place.

To qualify for the program, you must have general study competence or vocational education with a professional certificate. It is also possible to apply based on recognized prior learning.

For international students, depending upon which country you have received your education from, the requirements will differ. Please use this website where you can find the specific requirements for your country at the bottom of the page.

You can read more about admission requirements here.

All our study programs are approved for loans and grants from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen). You can apply to the Loan Fund for basic support (loan and grant; NOK 137,907) and tuition fees (NOK 74,366).

As an adult student, you can receive loans and grants from the State Educational Loan Fund. This also applies if you work while studying.

As a main rule, you must be a Norwegian citizen to receive support from the Norwegian State Educational Fund. However, foreign citizens may also be entitled to financial support. Check here to see if you are eligible.

You can read more about payment, loans, and grants here. 

Bachelor's Degree Abroad

After two years at Noroff, it is possible to study a third year abroad and obtain a Bachelor's degree. You can apply directly to the third year of a Bachelor's programme at our partner university, the University of South Wales. You can choose from a range of specialisations, including a Bachelor's in Computer Forensics or Computer Security. This option is also available to online students.

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