UTU Masters | Information Security and Cryptography
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Master’s Degree Programme in

Information Security and Cryptography

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Turku

Build a career in Information Security Technology and Cryptography!

The Master’s Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography offers you both knowledge and hands-on experience. It focuses on secure network and communication systems, secure computing systems and mathematical foundations of data security.

The Programme offers two different tracks of information security: Cryptography and Data Security and Networked Systems Security.

The Cryptography and Data Security track educates future experts with strong and broad knowledge on mathematical aspects of cryptography and data security. The Networked Systems Security track gives its students profound and substantial education and expertise in the networked systems security and field of technology.

PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

Programme structure
  1. Advanced-level studies in the major subject 50 ECTS credits
  2. Language, intermediate level and optional studies 40 ECTS credits
  3. Thesis for the Master of Science or Master of Science in Technology degree 30 ECTS credits
Academic excellence & experience

The Master’s Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography is a two-year programme. It focuses on information security technologies for networked systems and applications of the communication-intensive future. The covered topics include:

  • system and network security
  • security of communication systems and applications
  • security in system design

You will gain profound and substantial education and expertise in the field of networked systems security. The topic is approached in a multi-disciplinary fashion. You will have compulsory studies both in cryptographic and management aspects of information security.

System and network security research concentrates on studying information security technologies for networked systems and applications of the communication-intensive future. These are studied from the perspective of engineering as well as from the users’ point of view.

The goal of the research is to apply scientific and technological development in building the secure information society. The basic elements of people’s well-being are considered as the most fundamental drivers for pursuing this strategic goal. The aim is to make the technology-driven and human-driven directions of development meet.

This is pursued with an interdisciplinary approach, where new innovations create active interaction between traditional fields of science.

Master's thesis & topics

In the Master’s thesis, you must prove your ability to conduct scientific research.  You need to master the management of research methods, knowledge of the research field and skill of scientific writing.

The goal of the Master’s thesis is:

  • to train students in independent problem solving for demanding research questions
  • to train students in presentation and argumentation skills, both oral and written
  • to train students in search and critical evaluation of information
  • to develop an ability to engage in a constructive dialogue with related disciplines
  • to gain insight into actual research and development work as well as the possibilities and constraints of information security methods in the application domain and in the society at large.

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Internal Anomaly Detection System for Enhancing Security of IPv6-enabled Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Mitigating modern organization-wide network threats and data leakages
  • Usability and Security in Medication Administration Applications
  • Enhancing Security of Linux OS Against Administrators
  • Threat modeling a factory environment using Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle methodology
  • Evaluation of Machine Learning Classifiers for Mobile Network Intrusion Detection Systems

STUDY TRACKS

Study Tracks

The Programme offers the following tracks in 2017:

  • Cryptography and Data Security
  • Networked Systems Security

In the Cryptography and Data Security track, you become an expert in the field as you will gain strong and broad knowledge on the mathematical aspects of cryptography and data security.

You will also learn to assess the strengths and weaknesses of cryptographic solutions. This will be based on a deep understanding of the underlying theory. Applicants applying to this major subject must have completed their previous studies in mathematics or a field related to mathematics.

In the Networked Systems Security track, you will gain profound education and expertise in the field of networked systems security and technology. As a graduate of this major subject, you will obtain strong technological, theoretical and practical understanding and skills.  It will enable you to build a successful career in securing the information and communication technology industry.

For applicants to this  track, relevant fields of previous studies include communication and network systems, software engineering, computer science, computer technology and information technology.

Students of the Cryptography and Data Security track graduate with a Master of Science degree (MSc). Students of the Networked Systems Security track graduate with a Master of Science in Technology degree (MSc(Tech)).

CAREER OPTIONS

Competence description

The Programme offers a strong expertise for a career in securing and managing the cyber society.

You will explore both technological and theoretical scientific advances in the field. Education is based on newest research on cyber security. The Programme also helps you to build your competence towards Chief Information Officer (CIO).

In addition, you will gain hands-on experience on configuring and using state-of-the art vendor hardware and software from our industrial partners. Professional certification possibilities are system manager, firewall architect and intrusion prevention system (IPS) architect.

You will learn teamwork and acquire a unique skillset in multi-disciplinary international Capstone projects.

As a student in this Programme, you will gain skills in:

  • security technologies for systems and applications
  • engineering of safe and secure systems
  • network technologies for cyber security
  • multi-disciplinary security and information management
  • teamwork
Job options

In both Europe and Finland, the information intensive industry has become the most important business sector.  Moreover, information has become one of the most relevant products in the information society. Securing this business sector and its products is vital in the modern era.

The degrees from this Programme cover the different areas of information security. Based on the personally planned expertise profiles, successful careers as information security experts in the IT sector  are achievable in Finland and abroad. The education also benefits from co-operation with regional companies, especially in terms of optional Capstone projects.

A personal study plan made for each student creates an individual information security expertise profile. Possible job titles are:

  • cryptography engineer
  • network security engineer
  • information security manager
Career in research

The Master’s degree provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees.

Graduates from the Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS.  The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.

Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training.  UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

General degree requirements

The Programme requires a Bachelor of Science degree that formally qualifies the applicant to access Master-level studies in the country where it has been completed. This degree should correspond to at least 180 ECTS or to a minimum of three years of full-time study. It should be awarded by a full university (i.e. an institution of higher education offering a doctorate).

OR

A polytechnic degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (ammattikorkeakoulu). However, students with such degree might be required to complete additional studies while studying for the Master’s degree (see Additional studies) in order to qualify for the Master’s degree studies. Possible work experience could also be considered as additional studies.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of a degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences should note the language requirements concerning the Finnish language.

Programme-Specific Degree Requirements

The applicant’s previous degree on the basis of which they are seeking admission to the Master’s Degree Programme must be in a relevant field of study. Relevant fields of previous studies for this Programme depend on the chosen study track.

In the Networked Systems Security track, relevant fields of previous studies include:

  • communication and network systems
  • software engineering
  • computer science
  • computer technology
  • information technology

In the Cryptography and Data Security track, the previous studies are required to be in:

  • mathematics
  • fields related to mathematics

Applicants may choose only one of the two available tracks upon application. It is very important that the applicant chooses the track that is closest to the field of the previous degree.  In each track, applications with a previous degree in a non-relevant field have little or no chance of success.

The decision for admission will be based on the relevance of:

  • the applicant’s previous degree(s)
  • the amount, relevance and grades of the courses in the degree(s)
  • language test result (see Language requirements)
  • motivation letter

Applications that meet the general degree requirements are then evaluated on the basis of how well the applicant’s previous degree, in academic terms, corresponds to the Programme and the selected track.

Study merits in the applicant’s previous degree (BSc) are highly relevant. The letter of motivation is another important factor in considering the applicant’s suitability to the Programme. A previously earned Master’s degree does not automatically place the applicant ahead of other applicants.

Additional Studies

The contents of the formally eligible applicants’ previous degrees do not always have to correspond to the academic level of the Programme. Therefore admitted students can be advised or required to complete additional, Bachelor-level studies (see language requirements). These can be done while studying for the Master’s Degree, but they are not part of the degree and may extend the targeted study time.

The additional studies may be included in the optional studies of the Master’s degree only if the applicant lacks previous knowledge in a certain field that is required for following a specific course within the Programme.

Language Requirements

All applicants must prove their English language skills in one of the ways accepted by the Faculty.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of a polytechnic degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences must prove their proficiency in Finnish as well. This is because the additional Bachelor’s level studies that need to be completed during the Master’s level studies are available only in Finnish.

HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY

Application Form and Enclosures

The Programme offers the following tracks in 2017:

  • Cryptography and Data Security
  • Networked Systems Security

Applications are done on the Studyinfo portal (www.studyinfo.fi). Search for the Master’s Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography, University of Turku.

The application period is 1 December 2016 – 13 January 2017 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2017.

STEP 1.

Fill in the online application form. The online application is open only during the application period. Make sure you will finish your application before 13 January 2017 at 15:00:00 (local time in Finland, GTM+2).

When filling in the application form, be prepared to:

  • write a motivation letter
  • describe the grading scale used at your institution at the time of your studies. The grading scale must include all the grades and marks appearing on your transcript of records and their relation to each other. You should also provide a link to an official website where this information can be verified. (In many cases this information is already included in the transcript of records.)

In addition to filling the electronic application, the applicant must print the application form and send it together with necessary enclosures to University Admissions Finland.

STEP 2.

Collect the required application documents.

STEP 3.

Send the following application documents to University Admissions Finland office by mail. The application documents have to arrive by the application deadline:

  • an officially certified copy of the original degree certificate (in the original language) AND an English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or Diploma Supplement from European institutions of higher education)
  • an officially certified copy of the original transcript of study records (in the original language) AND an English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European institutions of higher education).
  • certificate of English language skills (see Language requirements)
  • certificate of Finnish language skills (required only from applicants who are seeking admission on the basis of a degree from a Finnish university of applied sciences, see Language requirements)

Please see the country specific requirements for certifying the copies and submitting the documents: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=24

Address of the University Admissions Finland:

University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
FI-00170 Helsinki
FINLAND

Applications arriving after the application deadline are not considered. Postmark dates on the applications will not be taken into account; the applications must arrive at the University Admissions Finland before the above deadline.

In addition to submitting officially attested copies of educational certificates, the admitted applicant will have to show the originals of their educational documents (degree certificate and transcript of study records) at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in order to be able to register with the university after arriving in Finland.

Additional information

A maximum number of 20 students are admitted to the Programme. All students are required to start at the beginning of the autumn semester, and there is no separate admission for the spring semester.

Because of the limited admission quota, possession of the degree requirements does not guarantee admission. Only those applicants with a high level of academic performance in their previous studies will be admitted.

Students graduating after the application deadline can apply to the Programme, on the condition that the following attachments are submitted:

  • a certified copy of the original degree certificate (in the original language)
  • final transcript
  • their English, Finnish or Swedish translations
  • or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European institutions of higher education

The attachments need to be submitted and arrive at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the 14 July 2017 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GTM+2).

The general and country specific requirements concerning the way of certifying and submitting the documents must be followed also after the expiry of the application period.

The application documents required as officially certified copies must bear the official stamp and signature of an authorised university official from the institution awarding the degree or a notary public.

All translations must be made by an authorised translator. If copies of translations are submitted, those must also be officially certified.

The following document is optional and does not affect the application in any way. It is simply asked for identification purposes when handling the applicant’s documents, which sometimes contain the applicant’s name in different forms:

  • copy of information page of the passport or identification card containing the applicant’s name, date of birth and photo.

During the application round, an upper secondary/high school certificate may be requested from the applicant. This might be necessary for determining the length of the applicant’s previous education (this concerns degrees from a minority of countries).

An applicant should enroll to a language test early enough, e.g., 1-2 months before a test day. This is important because the test results are needed at the end of the application period and the tests might be already full for a late application.

Application documents will not be returned to the applicant. It is not possible to apply with the same submitted documents in later application periods.

Applications sent by e-mail or fax are not accepted.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.

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Master’s Degree Programme in

INFORMATION SECURITY AND CRYPTOGRAPHY

UNIVERSITY OF TURKU

Degree: Master of Science (Technology)

Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits

Mode of study: Full-time

Faculty / Department: Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Information Technology

Location: Turku, Finland

Language of instruction: English

Tuition fee: None / €16,000

Start date: August/September 2018

Application period: 1 Dec 2017 – 31 Jan 2018

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