Information Security and Cryptography: Security of Networked Systems - UTU Masters
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Information Security and Cryptography, Master's Degree Programme in

Information Security and Cryptography: Security of Networked Systems

Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Turku



The Security of Networked Systems 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.


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. The Security of Networked Systems 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:

  • 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 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 Degree 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

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
  • train students in presentation and argumentation skills, both oral and written
  • train students in search and critical evaluation of information
  • develop an ability to engage in a constructive dialogue with related disciplines
  • 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
  • Software Based Malware Analysis and Mitigation in Virtual Machines
  • Frequent Attack Dictionary Decision Tree Method for Advanced Signature-Based Intrusion Detection


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 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:

  • 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 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:

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

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.


General degree requirements

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).

Major subject specific degree requirements

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 Security of Networked Systems major subject include

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

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.

Additional studies

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.

Language Requirements

All applicants must prove their knowledge of English 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 (ammattikorkeakoulu) may be asked to prove their proficiency in Finnish language also if they are required to complete such additional Bachelor’s level studies that are available only in Finnish.


Application Form and Enclosures

The application form for the studies starting in autumn 2019 is available online during the application period on 3 December 2018 at 8:00 (local time in Finland) – 31 January 2019 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2). Enclosures are attached to the application in digital form (pdf).

During one application round to the international Master’s Degree Programmes the applicant may apply to a maximum of three Programmes at the University of Turku.

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 8 July 2019 at 15:00 (local time in Finland).

STEP 1: Collect the required application documents

The following documents must be scanned and attached to the electronic application (in pdf format, in color) at the Studyinfo portal:

  • The original degree certificate (in the original language) AND an English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European universities) of the degree certificate.
  • 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 universities) of the transcript of records.
  • Certificate of knowledge of English (see Language requirements)
  • Certificate(s) of relevant work experience, if any

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.

STEP 2: Write a motivation letter

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.

STEP 3: Fill in the application form

The application form is filled online in the Studyinfo portal. Please search at 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 (Security of Networked Systems 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 2019 at 15.00 (GMT +2).


Annually a maximum number of 20 students are admitted to the programme. The decision of admission will be based on

  • the relevance of your awarded degree(s)
  • the amount, relevance and grades of the courses in your degree(s)
  • your language test result (see Language requirements)
  • your motivation letter and possible answers to the optional questions included in the application
  • possible previous work experience

A previously earned Master’s degree does not automatically place the applicant ahead of other applicants.

The admission decisions are published by 29 March 2019. 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

Information Security and Cryptography:
Networked Systems Security Track


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 2019

Application period: 3 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019

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




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