Applied cybersecurity

  • Credits 5 credits
  • Study location Independent of location
  • $stringTranslations.StartDate 2020-08-31 - 2021-01-17 (part time 17%)
  • Education ordinance Second cycle
  • Course code DVA446
  • Main area Computer Science

The purpose of this course is to identify, analyse and experiment with the most common web application and web service vulnerabilities and different methods for avoiding them.

About this course

Course modules:

  • Setting: introduction to web applications and services; typical application scenarios and associated security considerations and vulnerabilities.
  • Analysis: in-depth analysis of the selected vulnerabilities and practical experimentation including identification and exploitation.
  • Protection: review of different methods to protect against the vulnerabilities and practical application.

Learning outcomes

The student should after course completion:

  • be familiar with web applications and web services specifics,
  • understand the most common classes of vulnerabilities,
  • be able to identify and analyse potential vulnerabilities in applications, and
  • have both theoretical and practical knowledge on how to protect against the vulnerabilities.

Related industrial challenges addressed in the course

  • Protection against injection attacks.
  • Protection against attacks on authentication and session management.
  • Protection against sensitive data exposure.

Entry requirements

  • 120 credits of which at least 80 credits in technology or informatics, including at least 30 credits in programming or software development.
  • In addition, English course A/English course 6 is required.

You can also apply for the course and get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways, such as work experience, other studies etc.

Course title in Swedish

Praktisk cybersäkerhet




The course is given in the autumn semester. Application opens mid-March.


Senior Lecturer

Daniel Hedin



Course syllabus

You can read in detail about the course, it's content and literature and so on in the course syllabus

See course syllabus

Apply to the course

Applied Cybersecurity

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Application information

After submitting your electronic application, the next step is to submit documentation to demonstrate your eligibility for the course you have applied for. In order to document your eligibility, you must provide your high school diploma and university transcript and proof of your English language proficiency.

Entry requirements

To meet the entry requirements for this course you need to have previous academic qualifications (university studies). You will find the specific entry requirements above.

No academic qualifications?

If you do not have the formal academic qualifications needed for a specific course, you can apply for the course and get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways, such as work experience, other studies etc. This is also known as a validation of prior learning.

Recognition of prior learning means the mapping out and assessment of an individual's competence and qualifications, regardless how, where or when they were acquired – in the formal education system or in some other way in Sweden or abroad, just recently or a long time ago.

If you think your knowledge and competences will qualify you for this course, you will need to upload th following with your application:

  • CV with description of your educational and professional background. Your CV must describe your knowledge and competences in relation to the entry requirements.
  • If you refer to work experience, you need to upload an Employers certificate.

If we need more information, we will contact you.


The courses are part of the Prompt project where MDH offers courses at master's level. The courses are given online without physical meetings and are flexible in time and space so that they can be combined with professional life.

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