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Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Cybersecurity

Admission requirements

Scientific background

You are strongly advised to apply if you come from a computer science or computer engineering background. CYBERUS offers incredible scholarships of €1,400/month and fee waivers to the best ranked students.
Students who have not yet completed their degree at the time of application can apply but must provide academic transcripts to date. Offers of a place in the programme will be conditional pending receipt of the final degree result. Applications will be considered for scholarship but any offer of a scholarship will also be conditional until the final degree result is confirmed.

Social background

If you are an excellent student anywhere in the world, whatever your social background, if you want to study cybersecurity in a challenging multicultural environment, CYBERUS is just for YOU.
If you are a female student and would like to study cybersecurity, DO apply. Cybersecurity needs female talents.
If you suffer disabilities, do not let them hamper your talent. CYBERUS is also for YOU. If you are selected, mention you have special needs before arrival so that they can be taken care of.

Nationality limitations

The consortium will award a maximum of 6 scholarships to nationals from the same country over the 4 intakes. Beyond this number, depending on their overall ranking, selected students may be offered to register with a fee waiver or through paying the annual registration fee of €4,500.
The consortium will not award more than 3 scholarships to nationals from the same country in 2023. Beyond this number, depending on their overall ranking, selected students may be offered to register with a fee waiver or through paying the annual registration fee of €4,500.

This means, for example, that there are only 3 scholarships in total available for students from Nigeria and also 3 from Pakistan for the next 3 cohorts.

Documents to be provided before the application deadline

Applications will be considered valid only if:

  • Students have completed the application form before the deadline,
  • And if they have uploaded the following documents on the platform before the application deadline:
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV), based on the English template from the Europass website,
    • Proof of identity and nationality,
    • Copy of residential registration form,
    • Copy of the original (and certified translation if the document is not issued in English or French) university diplomas, including diploma supplement if any,
    • Copy of the original (and certified translation if the document is not issued in English or French) official transcripts of study results from university, starting after high school.
    • Official proof from the student’s university that they are in the top 10% of their class. This should be on signed letterheaded paper and bear an official stamp.
    • Copy of professional cybersecurity certifications if relevant.

Extra documents to be provided before the interview for those pre-selected

Students who are invited to a interview should upload the following documents on the platform before the deadline given in the notification letter.

  • A motivation letter in English. In the letter, the applicant should explain how past experiences have prepared them for participation in the CYBERUS EMJM Programme and how the chosen track is likely to improve their own career perspectives. It should be specific, down to the point, 6,000-10,000 characters long, including spaces,
  • Two (minimum) or three (maximum) letters from referees on official headed paper. They do not have to follow a template. The only provision is that the referees’ contact details should be clearly typed and contain a business email address and a telephone number. The Referees should have collaborated with the candidates and should be willing to answer queries about them. They should be able to communicate in English or French. One of them should be an academic who has taught or supervised the candidate.

Documents to be provided after the interview for those selected

  • Proof of proficiency in English measured by international tests: Cambridge General English FCE, IELTS (Academic) 5.5, TOEFL (paper based) 570, TOEFL (computer based) 230, TOEFL (internet based) 72. Applicants should submit standardised English/instruction language test scores.
  • Copy of a nationally-recognised bachelor’s degree (corresponding to at least 180 ECTS) or a master’s degree (corresponding to at least 240 ECTS) with a major in computer science or computer engineering.
  • For those selected on the condition of exceptional five-years’ professional experience minimum, copy of work contracts of the last 5 years at least describing the job title(s).

Students who do not provide these documents in due time will be eliminated.

Students who have completed their studies in the countries listed below are exempted from submitting a language certificate: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, English-speaking Canada, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritius, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

Selection process and schedule

The following criteria operate in this hierarchical order:

  1. Applications are first checked for completeness and validity. Those which are incomplete or invalid are not considered further.
  2. Valid applications are evaluated and ranked on the basis of academic or professional merit. This is done through the documents provided by the applicants.
  3. Depending on their ranking and on the number of students foreseen for future admission in each track, the highest-ranking students are invited to an interview.
  4. At interview stage, students are evaluated on the basis of their motivation and their ability to integrate this international programme.
  5. Students are then ranked depending on their overall mark, which includes the mark for merit (60%) and the mark for motivation (40%). The mark is not changed after application of the other criteria.
  6. Two main lists and two waiting lists are then drawn up for each track:
    1. The numbers in each list are determined by the consortium every year.
    2. Students may be offered a place in a track different from the one they selected initially.
  7. Each main list ranks students, first those potentially offered a scholarship and then those only offered a registration fee waiver.
  8. The waiting lists also ranks students. Students on the waiting list are also offered to register as fee-paying students.
  9. In case of equality with male students, female students are promoted right before male students with the same overall mark.
  10. Geographical limitations apply then.
  11. If a student in the main list with a scholarship should decline the offer or should not reply in due time, the next student on the main list is offered a place with a scholarship, except if his/her nationality limit has been reached. If so, the next student on the main list is then considered for a scholarship.
  12. When a place becomes vacant on the main list, the next student on the waiting list is only offered a place on the main list without a scholarship but with a fee-waiver.