On this page, you will find important details of the application process (such as deadlines, admission requirements, required documents and application assessment) for the advanced master's programme in Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Management for the academic year 2024-2025.
Important deadlines for this study programme
The master's programme in Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Management starts in September.
The deadlines below are applicable for applying for a start in September 2024.
When you want to apply or are applying for this study programme, it is important that you inform yourself of the deadlines that you need to meet. The important deadlines when applying for this study programme are provided in the table below.
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|Date||What you need to know about this date|
|1 October 2023||Studielink is open for applications for the academic year 2024-2025|
Up to and including 1 May 2024, 23:59 CET
|Deadline for completing the entire application process for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA applicants
Please note: non-EU/EEA applicants require a visa or residence permit.
General requirements: previous education
This programme is designed for highly educated professionals (computer scientists, lawyers, policy makers) with several years of professional experience in and/or affinity with issues in the field of privacy, data protection and cybersecurity.
The admission requirements for academic year 2024/25 for the advanced master’s programme in Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Management depend on your previous education. Please check below which requirements apply to you.
To be admitted to this programme, you must have completed a university bachelor’s or master’s study programme in one of the fields listed below and fulfil the conditions listed under ‘Additional requirements’.
- law or related fields such as economics, political science or international relations
- business or related studies
- computer science or a related field
English language requirements
All candidates must prove their proficiency in academic English. You can do so by uploading the following language proficiency certificate under the task ‘Prove English language proficiency’ in the MyApplication portal:
An IELTS certificate (International English Language Testing System) with either:
- an overall score of at least 6.5 AND a score of at least 6.5 in writing
- an overall score of 7 or higher
In some cases you might not have to provide the language proficiency certificate stated above if your CV shows professional experience that demonstrates prior knowledge in law and computer science, (or in one of these two areas).
If your CV doesn’t show this experience, but your uploaded documents show excellent grades in your previous academic programmes and a strong motivation to follow the programme, the certificate might also not be required
Documents required for application process
During the application process for this study programme, you will need to complete a number of tasks for which you will often have to upload documents. The list below gives you an insight into what documents you will (and might) need to prepare.
Required documents for all applicants to this study programme
A recent portrait picture
This picture must satisfy certain requirements.
A copy of your valid passport or your EU/EEA identity card
Make a copy of the page with your personal details. Save this copy as ‘passport copy’ and not as ‘passport picture’.
A copy of your most recent certified grades transcript and a copy of your certified diploma if you have obtained it.If you have not graduated yet, you can upload your official grades transcript from your bachelor's programme
- Letter of motivation
All candidates must write a well-prepared and structured letter of motivation for this specific master’s programme. The letter should explain your motivation for choosing this specific master’s programme. It should also include an overview of what you intend to learn and how this programme fits into your future professional plans. The letter must be dated and addressed to the Board of Admissions of the Faculty of Law.
- Documents that demonstrate your proficiency in English
The language proficiency certificate as mentioned under ‘English Language requirements’ on this page.
- Curriculum Vitae
Please note: only complete registrations will be taken into consideration. All documents must be in Dutch, English or German.
How do we assess your application?
When you want to apply or are applying to this study programme, it is useful to know how we assess your application. You can find more information about this in this section.
The selection process will be conducted by the Admissions Board consisting of at least 3 members of Maastricht University affiliated with the programme.
The quality of your application will be evaluated following the order of criteria outlined in Art. 24 EER. Professional experience demonstrating prior knowledge of the areas listed above will be a key factor in the assessment. In case you have no or limited professional experience, the Board of Admissions will prioritise academic merit and your motivation to follow the programme.