About the programme

Lenght of studies 2 years Language English
Scope of studies 120 ECTS credits Tuition fee per year 3700€
Qualification awarded Master in International Cybersecurity and Cyberintelligence, which is equalized to Master in Informatics according to Lithuanian Qualifications Framework Start of studies 01 October
Application period 10 January - 31 May Application deadline 2nd call - 31 May


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.

Students will spend their:

  • 1st semester in University of Padua (Italy);
  • 2nd semester will be spent in Vilnius University, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (Lithuania);
  • 3rd semester will be taught in University of Granada (Spain);
  • 4th semester will be dedicated for preparing final thesis (possible remotely) with the Graduation week, which will be held in University of Minho (Portugal).


Why this programme?

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.

The master is developed within ARQUS, a University Alliance of nine European universities (Granada, Graz, Leipzig, Lyon 1, Minho, Padua, Vilnius, Maynooth and Wroclaw), framed within the European Universities Initiative. This brings a lot of opportunities for the participants, in the form of grants, scholarships, activities, and access to resources of the Alliance.

Finally, the master is also supported by the European Project CYBERACTIONING ( This additional funding brings the programme to reach the excellence from a quality point of view, with the participation of industry and relevant research centres in the field of cybersecurity.

What's after?

Key Learning outcomes:

ANALYSE. Performs highly-specialized review and evaluation of incoming cybersecurity information to determine its usefulness for intelligence;
COLLECT AND OPERATE. Provides specialised denial and deception operations and collection of cybersecurity information that may be used to develop intelligence;
INVESTIGATE. Investigates cybersecurity events or crimes related to information technology (IT) systems, networks, and digital evidence;
OPERATE AND MAINTAIN. Provides the support, administration, and maintenance necessary to ensure effective and efficient information technology (IT) system performance and security;
OVERSEE AND GOVERN. Provides leadership, management, direction, or development and advocacy so the organisation may effectively conduct cybersecurity work;
PROTECT AND DEFEND. Identifies, analyses, and mitigates threats to internal information technology (IT) systems and/or networks;
SECURELY PROVISION. Conceptualizes, designs, procures, and/or builds secure information technology (IT) systems, with responsibility for aspects of system and/or network development.

Career 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


  • Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
  • Accredited Technology Competence, given by any of the following criteria: Degree in IT-related programme (e.g., Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Telecommunications, Informatics, Software Engineering) or 2 years of professional experience in the IT field or equivalence to 3 years of training on IT topics.
  • B2 English level in the European framework or equivalent.

Important: additional country-specific requirements are set only for the following countries which you can find HERE (STEP 2).

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.

Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

Translation is considered to be official when it is bound together with the certified true copy of the original document and is confirmed by the translator’s signature.

In addition, all applicants have to fulfil general admission requirements.

The full-time programme has the following structure:

Course unit title

ECTS credits



SEMESTER 1 - University of Padua, Italy


Compulsory courses


Fundamentals on International Cybersecurity, Padua (taught by Univ. Minho)


Digital Forensics


Secure Software Development


Fundamentals of Cryptography


Optional units*


Mobile Security


Cyberphysical and IoT Security

Machine Learning Techniques for Event Correlation 6
Formal Methods for Cyberphysical Systems 6
Quantum Cryptography and Security 6
Privacy-Preserving Information Access 6
Law and Data 6

SEMESTER 2 - Vilnius University, Lithuania


Compulsory units


Operating Systems Security


Security of Applications


International Management of Cybersecurity


Research Projects


Optional units*




Rapid Reaction and First Response




SEMESTER 3 - University of Granada, Spain


Compulsory courses 24

Ethical Hacking


Cyberprotection Systems 6
Network Security 6
International Cyberintelligence 6

Optional units*

International Cooperation in Cyberspace 3
Cyberwarfare 3
Post-Quantum Cryptography 3
SEMESTER 4 - University of Minho, Portugal 30
Master Thesis 30

*The supply of elective course might vary depending on availability


Do you have any questions? Contact:

Study Programme Committee

Chair of the Study Programme Committee - Gabriel Maciá, Master coordinator -

  • Linas Bukauskas, Master coordinator, associate professor
  • María Bazuelo, Master project officer
  • Artur Schmitt, Developer of Studies
  • Lígia Rodrigues, Vice-president of School of Engineering
  • Henrique Santos, Master coordinator
  • Vitor Fonte, Master coordinator
  • Nicola Laurenti, Master coordinator
  • Tatiana Turato, School of Science Secretariat coordinator


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