Digitalisation & Transformation

Manage Privacy and Data Governance

Data Protection Officer (DPO-HSG)


Programme Description

The new European data protection legislation (General Data Protection Regulation - GDRP) has been in force since 25 May 2018. It aims to make companies and public administrations genuinely responsible for protecting the personal data of individuals.
The GDPR requires that organizations appoint a Data Protection Officer who will be one of the actors in data protection management. These professionals will have to acquire new skills to remain efficient.
Specialization is indispensable as companies often approach the data protection officer with complex requests in their day-to-day business. We strive to prepare professionals for taking on responsibility as Data Protection Officers.

Data protection issues in everyday practice affect various fields of law, such as, but not limited to, banking and insurance law, employment law, IT law, and medical law. Hence knowing the relevant fields of law is key for Data Protection Officers.
But there is more to it! Understanding the common technical processes is an important enabler for anyone who has to cope with data protection issues. The best results will be achieved by those who are taught about how to deal with the different legal as well as the relevant IT topics.

Target Audience

Individuals from the private and public administration sectors who want to acquire practice-related, interdisciplinary expert knowledge, and in particular: DPO candidates, Employees of compliance and legal departments, Privacy practitioners, Auditors, IT managers and specialists, Information security officers and IT auditors or other individuals who work at the interface of law or technology and are responsible for the processing of personal data to ensure compliance with data protection law and rules.


Start Dates
15 days
Number of ECTS Credits
Level of Experience
Functional Manager
Functional Specialist
Programme Type
CHF 12'300.-
Zürich & St.Gallen
Individual Modules Bookable
Flexible Entry
Programme Language


You will get a comprehensive understanding of all relevant legal provisions on data protection and data security.

You will learn the protection concept and the principles of compliance with legal requirements.

Development, implementation and monitoring: You will learn the essential components of data protection management and information security systems.

Course Structure

The training comprises seven modules. Mostly on Fridays and Saturdays. The modules take place at the Holzweid training centre of the University of St.Gallen (WBZ), at a suitable training location in Zurich or in Brussels. A weekend will be held in Brussels as a study mission.

Content & Faculty

  • EU and Swiss data protection law
  • Data protection concept
  • Introduction to the DPO role
  • Compliance
  • Global privacy laws, international transfer of personal data
  • Privacy management

The teachers are highly qualified speakers with practical experience and professors of the University of St.Gallen.

Further information

Why HSG?

Executive education at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), one of Europe's leading business universities, provides you with an optimal preparation for the future. The University of St.Gallen is more than just an educational institution; it is a place of inspiration that stimulates you to think. You will acquire up-to-date knowledge that is of great practical relvance, and gain valuable insights. This will enable you to make an important contribution to social and economic progress and to your own personal development. "From insight to impact" is not just our message; it is a promise against which we can be measured. 

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