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Cybersecurity in Communication Technologies

Degree awarded
Bachelor's of Engineering Degree Programme

University of Telecommunications and Post (UTP), 1 Akad. Stefan Mladenov Street, 1700 Sofia, Bulgaria

+359 (2) 86 21 034

E-mail address

Type of course
Full-time / Distance learning

Language of tuition

Length of course
4 years (2 semesters - per year)

Application deadline
20 July

Admission assessments

Admission decisions
Early September


Date of commencement

Cost / fees
The annual tuition fee of 850 EUR may be paid in one or two equal instalments of 1662.46 BGN (at the beginning of each academic year or at the beginning of every semester) but not later than two weeks after the beginning of the semester.

Tuition fee payment
• on location at UTP BOX OFFICE, ROOM 209

Dormitory Application: Students who would like to use UTP dormitories file their dormitory application forms in October. Dormitories will be used at full capacity to accommodate students’ needs.

General information: The student’s dormitories offer accommodation organized in double rooms. Single rooms are not available. The monthly price is about 60-80 EUR (approx. 120-160 BGN) which include the payments for utilities such as water, central heating and electricity. Internet is not provided in the rooms, but each student may arrange it by picking up an Internet provider by choice. Sofia 1700, Studentski Grad, block 30, block 32

Admission requirements
• Candidates from all countries are eligible to apply.
• Candidates must have completed their secondary education by July 31st 2023, class of 2023 including.

Admission of foreign students from non EU and EEA countries is ranked on the student's performance record.
Candidates must meet the following admission requirements:

1. The grades in Mathematics and another elective from their secondary education diploma must exceed 62% of the maximum grade, according to the grade assessment system of his/her home country.
For example:
- Average grade in Mathematics: 60/100
- Average rating in Geography: 70/100
- Average rating in Mathematics and Geography: 65/100

2. Submission deadline is August 30th of the current academic year.

3. Candidate must certify that they are fluent in English by presenting a document of having a minimum B2 level of English language fluency according to the Common European Language Framework, issued by a high school in Bulgaria, or by another internationally recognized certificate.

Language fluency requirement:

• Presentation of an internationally recognized certificate for level B2 or higher level command of the English language according to the Common European Language Framework is needed:

CERF B2 LEVEL: Cambridge ESOL FCE B/ C {Score 160-180}, IELTS Band 5.5 – 6.5,

Equivalents: PTE Academic Score 59 – 75, TOEFL (IBT) Total score 72 – 94. Or

• To pass an English language exam certifying CEFR B2 level equivalent or higher

*This condition does not apply to prospective students from countries where English is the official language.

Head of Department
Assoc.Prof. Eng. Ivaylo Chenchev, PhD
Email: chenchev(at)

Contact details for application
Milena Penkova, PhD
Email: m.penkova(at)
University of Telecommunications and Post (UTP), 1 Akad. Stefan Mladenov Street, 1700 Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel: +359 (2) 86 21 034

University of Telecommunications and Post

Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity in Communication Technologies

Cybersecurity in Communication Technologies is one of the most prominent bachelor degree programs offered by the University of Telecommunications and Post. It is so appealing to the students that it always enjoys some of the highest rates of interest ranked by the submitted student’s applications every year. It helps the qualification of our graduates and improves their future eligibility for some of the most attractive and well-positioned jobs on the labour market worldwide.

The program concentrates on the training of their agile and adaptive skills in a fast-changing environment full of intellectual challenges.

Candidates can apply for a full-time or correspondent course of study, both of which last eight semesters completed in four years.

The course’s basics rely on theoretical knowledge and cyber protection practical skills combination which helps for better understanding of the principles of the communication systems process, web-based innovative solutions implementation, and high technologies based decision making.

The curriculum complies with the highest cybersecurity education international standards, thus providing the students with a variety of useful professional knowledge in areas like planning, auditing, data security maintenance and communication networks server and cloud based information storage.

During the process of education the students are provided with the latest and most modern learning materials which are used within an IT infrastructure that include top-class laboratories and best equipped computer simulators. The future experts are divided in a role play game teams and learn how to launch, fight off, repel and investigate cyber-attacks. Therefore, our graduates don’t need any additional in-house training once they start working because the level of competence they gain during their stay at the university is high enough to take on the challenge to manage real-life situations directly.

The successful completion of the course helps the students to develop not just basic skills but also encourages them to creative thinking, self-starting habits, and the ability to take individual decisions while being put under pressure.

Thinking “outside the box” and pursuing nonconventional solutions are essential skills for being a successful expert in cybersecurity business since these experts have to deal with constantly evolving and ever changing threats. Acknowledging this fact, we award bald-thinking students no matter how they demonstrate such a performance - in their assignments work, practical exercises, or during the simulation role-plays.

Our four year course consists of subjects like Engineering and Mathematics, Data Bases Knowledge, Operational systems Basics, Network Protocols, Law, Economics, Computer Architecture Buildup, Cryptography Basics, Linux Administration, IT Project Management, Web Based Applications, Object Oriented Design, Cloud Technologies, Software Architecture, Artificial Intelligence, Hackers’ Attacks Detection and Response, and many others.

Key skills our graduates develop at the end of the four years of study at our university are the ability to configure and administrate operational computer systems, to manage software applications and databases, to maintain computer networks, to detect software systems break-ins, to manage information security systems and many others.

The program’s graduates often take well paid top jobs with remuneration packages that are times higher than the average local income. They are usually employed by companies developing hi-tech solutions but are also welcome in the information and security departments of financial institutions or state agencies and government institutions. Their skills to investigate the origin of cyber-attacks frequently lead them to a career in cyber forensics structures.

The University of Telecommunications and Posts takes pride in the partnerships we have established with some of the most prosperous companies in the IT industry like DXC technologies, Atos, Hill Stone, F-secure, Siemens and many others. They allow us to provide our students with fully qualified experts’ teaching done by professionals working in the corporate sector who pass their real-life experience, offer additional mentoring, and often act as talent scouts for potential internship programs at the companies they come from or even directly offer job positions and a start of a career to the students even before their graduation.

Our graduates are perfectly prepared to rank high in the corporate sector or pursue a career in teaching and science. Our diploma is going to be a well-received admission pass for a well-paid job in every European Union country!

Other Programmes offered by University of Telecommunications and Post
University of Telecommunications and Post

The University of Telecommunications and Post (UTP) is a fast developing specialized professional higher education institution, where 140 year tradition meets cutting edge innovation in the field of Telecommunications, ICT, Cybersecurity, SMART – leadership and Management of the IT, telecom ad postal services. Team

UTP has around 1 500 students from Bulgaria and the neighbouring Serbia, North Macedonia, Turkey, as well as students from Albania, Moldova and Ukraine. Academic and administrative stuff of 70 people moves the university forward.

The World of Work

One of the key strengths of UTP is its close link to business. The University develops its curricula in partnership with various business stakeholders to meet current labor market requirements as closely as possible. University Hi-Tech labs are equipped by its business partners and practitioners, employed by them, offer practice-driven training courses to UTP students. UTP is one of the most successful HEIs with labour market oriented curricula. Most students find relevant job opportunities in the course of their studies at the University.

Featured Technical Resources

  • Lab of IP Telephony with hub for up to 500 000 terminal posts
  • Lab for Firewalls and simulator of cyber attacks
  • Lab for video surveillance with all types of visual technologies
  • Lab for mobile telephony
  • ArcGIS-Pro, integrate machine learning and classification modules based on neural networks and AI – used for GIS research and learning, including Remote Earth Sensing with processing of satellite images, GIS statistics etc.

The Application Process Explained:

1. In order to start their application process foreign candidates are required to submit the following documents:
  • A Diploma for completed secondary education.
  • An Appendix to the diploma for completed secondary education. In case the diploma is not accompanied by an assessment scale, in which the maximum grade is visible, the candidate must present an official document containing such a description.
  • A document issued by a competent state authority certifying the right of the applicant to continue his/her education in the academies, colleges or universities in the country of the candidate’s secondary education graduation. This document can be issued by the school where the secondary education was completed. It must contain the text: "The education obtained entitles the person to continue his/her education in higher education institutions in ... (country of origin of the school)” or another text, similar in meaning.
  • Photocopy of Passport / ID card.
  • Application.
  • Passport photos size 4.5 / 3.5 cm. - 6 photos
  • CV (autobiography).
2. The documents referred to in point 1, must be:
  • presented in notarized copies; or
  • certified :
  • by virtue of the provisions of relevant mutual legal assistance treaties, signed between Bulgaria and the candidate’s home country; or
  • by Apostille when the candidates’s home country is a member of the Hague Convention; or
  • by the respective Ministry of Education (and/or the Ministry of Health), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the consulate of the Republic of Bulgaria in the candidate’s home country; or
  • translated into Bulgarian with legalized translation in Bulgaria. The translated documents should be sent for certifying the translator's signature to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
3. Foreign candidates have to send scanned copies of all required documents for preliminary checks to the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Office at UTP via email

4. Upon the completion of preliminary checks, foreign candidates should send the originals by mail to the following address: Quality Assurance and Accreditation Office, 1 Acad. Stefan Mladenov Str. University of Telecommunications and Post, 1700 Sofia, Bulgaria

5. The Quality Assurance and Accreditation Office at UTP submits the documents for approval to the Ministry of Education and Science. Standard response time varies from two weeks up to a month.

5.1. The Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria issues a certificate needed for issuing a student’s visa (type D) following a positive resolution of the student’s initial application.

5.2. In case of a negative response from the Ministry of Education and Science due to incomplete document set or any other noncompliance assertions, an official letter is sent to UTP, containing the official reasons for turning down the application. Candidates may be granted another opportunity to compile the full set of documents and resubmit for additional check, within extended application deadlines, as needed.

6. Upon receiving the final approval of the Ministry of Education and Science, the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Office at UTP issues and signs a certificate confirming that the candidate has been offered admission and sends the following documents to the candidate to assist his/her application for a Bulgarian student’s visa (type “D”):
  • Certificate issued by the Ministry of Education and Science;
  • Certificate issued by the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Office at UTP.
7. Foreign candidates have to file an application form for a Bulgarian student’s visa (type “D”) with the diplomatic or consular missions of the Republic of Bulgaria in their home country.

8. Candidates have to pay their tuition fee to the following bank account: BNB
IBAN: BG41 BNBG 9661 3100 1227 01