The Networked Systems Security major subject gives its students profound and substantial education and expertise in the networked systems security and field of technology. The focus in this major subject is on secure network and communication systems and secure computing systems. Studies also include the fundamentals of information security management and the mathematical foundations of cryptography.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography is a two-year programme. The Networked Systems Security major subject within this Master’s Programme focuses on information security technologies for networked systems and applications of the communication-intensive future. The covered topics include:
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 also have compulsory studies both in the cryptographic and the management aspects of information security. All topical studies in the major subject are offered by departments and faculty members that are involved in on-going research in each of the respective covered disciplines.
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.
The Master’s Programme in Information Security and Cryptography joins the EIT Digital Master School in Cyber Security starting fall 2018. The EIT Digital Master School is a two-year Master’s programme jointly run by 20 European top universities, renowned researchers and leading businesses. The programme leads to a double degree and an EIT labeled Certificate. The Master’s Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography acts as both an entry site and an exit site for the EIT Master School. The students start their cyber security studies in one of the universities offering the entry year studies, and move to another university in another country for the exit (specialization) year. In the field of cyber security, the Master’s Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography at UTU is the only degree programme in Finland to participate in the EIT Digital Master School. For more information please see https://masterschool.eitdigital.eu/programmes/cse/
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
Examples of thesis topics:
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 in building your competence towards positions like 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 as system manager, firewall architect and intrusion prevention system (IPS) architect may be offered depending on availability from our industrial partners.
You will have the opportunity to learn teamwork and acquire a unique skillset in multi-disciplinary international Capstone projects.
As a student in this Programme, you will gain skills in:
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 and cyber 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:
This Master’s degree provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees.
Graduates from this 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.
A BSc degree that formally qualifies the applicant to access Master’s level studies in the country where it has been completed. This degree should correspond to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to a minimum of three years of full-time study.
A polytechnic degree from a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (ammattikorkeakoulu). Students with such degree might however be required to complete additional studies while studying for the Master’s degree to qualify for Master’s degree studies (see Additional studies).
The applicant’s previous degree on the basis of which s/he is seeking admission to the Master’s Degree Programme must be in a relevant field of study.
Relevant fields of previous studies for the Networked Systems Security major include
You may choose only one of the two available majors upon application. Therefore it is very important that you choose the major that is closest to the field of your previous degree. Applications with a previous degree in a non-relevant field no chance of success.
The decision of admission will be based on
A previously earned Master’s degree does not automatically place the applicant ahead of other applicants.
The contents of formally eligible applicants’ previous degrees do not always correspond to the academic level of the Programme. Therefore admitted students can be advised or required to complete additional, Bachelor level studies. 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 amount of required additional studies cannot exceed 60 ECTS.
Since the language of instruction in Bachelor’s level at the University of Turku is Finnish, an applicant needing additional studies can be required to submit proof for Finnish skills during the application process (see Language requirements). In case such proof is not submitted, the applicant needing additional studies must be rejected.
All applicants must prove their knowledge of English in one of the ways accepted by the Faculty.
Applicants required to complete additional studies can also be requested to submit proof for their skills in Finnish.
The application form for the studies starting in autumn 2018 is available online during the application period on 1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2). Enclosures are attached to the application in digital form (pdf).
If you are graduating only after the deadline, you may apply on the condition that the required application documents are submitted and arrive at the University of Turku by 10 July 2018 at 15:00 (local time in Finland).
The following documents must be scanned and attached to the electronic application (in pdf format, in color) at the Studyinfo portal:
All translations must be made either by an authorized translator or by the degree awarding institution. Each page of an official translation must bear the translator’s stamp and/or signature. Official translations must be exact translations of the original documents. Translations done by the applicant him- or herself are not accepted.
Prepare a motivation letter to be copy-pasted on the application form. The letter of motivation is an important factor in considering the applicant’s suitability to the programme so please prepare it carefully. Please notice that the motivation letter may be checked for plagiarism with the Turnitin system of the University of Turku.
Also be prepared to 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.)
The application form also includes programme specific questions. Therefore reserve some time for filling in the application form.
The application form is filled online in the Studyinfo portal. Please search at www.studyinfo.fi for the Master’s Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography, Master of Science (Technology). Please notice that it is not possible to apply for both majors (Networked Systems Security and Cryptography and Data Security) in the Programme but you should choose the one closest to the field of your Bachelor’s Degree. The application form is available and a completed application can be updated until the end of the application period on 31 January 2018 at 15.00 (GMT +2).
Annually a maximum number of 20 students are admitted to the programme. The admission decisions are published by 28 March 2018. All applicants will be informed by email, but also hard copies are sent upon request. All students are required to start in the beginning of the autumn semester, and there is no separate admission for the spring semester.
The admitted applicant will have to show the originals of his/her educational documents (degree certificate and transcript of study records) at the University of Turku after arrival in Finland. Depending on the country the original documents may have to be attested or legalized. Please see the country specific requirements for the submission of the documents upon arrival already before applying.
Master’s Degree Programme in
Degree: Master of Science (Technology)
Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits
Mode of study: Full-time
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science and Engineering Department of Future Technologies
Location: Turku, Finland
Language of instruction: English
Start date: August 2018
Application period: 1 Dec 2017 – 31 Jan 2018
Tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland: None
Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries: €16,000 / academic year
Scholarships available: check the website