In the University of Turku (UTU), the participating Master’s programme in EIT Digital Master School, Cyber Security (CSE) is the Master’s Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography and its major subject Security of Networked Systems. Administratively, the EIT students in the CSE program are members of this programme and major subject.

Entry (first) year

The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses on Introduction to Computer Security, Network Security, System Security, Information Security Management, Cryptography and Privacy. In addition to that, some elective courses may be chosen to prepare for a specialisation. The entry year studies comprise of compulsory cyber security studies, compulsory I & E studies and elective studies. At University of Turku, the structure of the entry year studies is the following.

Compulsory studies and their timing in the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • System and Application Security 5 ECTS (fall P1)
  • Network Infrastructure Technologies and Security 5 ECTS(spring P3)
  • Human Element in Information Security 5 ECTS (spring P4)
  • Management of Information System Security and IT Service Continuity 6 ECTS (fall)
  • Foundations of Cryptography 5 ECTS (fall P1)
  • Cryptography I 5 ECTS (spring)

I & E:

  • Introduction to Innovation and Business 5 ECTS (fall)
  • Business Development Laboratory 7ECTS (spring)
  • Enterprise Architecture 6 ECTS (spring)
  • Business Management of Startups 3 ECTS (fall)
  • (EIT summer school, offered by EIT 4 ECTS)
 The elective courses are individually planned with each student so that the entry year total is 60 ECTS.
You can find course descriptions in the UTU electronic study guide:

Exit (2nd) year: Security of Networked Systems

At UTU, the exit year specialization is Security of Networked Systems. The specialization focuses on researching cyber security technologies for networked systems and applications of the communication-intensive future. The technological topics covered include system and network security, security of communication systems and applications, and designing secure systems. The goal of this specialization is to give its students profound and substantial education and expertise in the field.

Optional studies selected personally for each student build a special individual information security expertise profile. The curriculum consists of both theoretical and hands-on study modules. Also a large group project module called “Capstone project” can be included in the studies. The graduates of this specialization will have strong technological, theoretical and practical understanding in security of networked systems. With their new knowledge and skills the graduates can proceed to building a successful career in securing the information and communication technology in the industry.

Compulsory studies and their timing in the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • Firewall and IPS Technology (5 ECTS) (fall P2)
  • Security Engineering (5 ECTS) (fall P2)
  • Protocol Processing and Security (5 ECTS) (fall P2)
  • Master’s Thesis and internship (30 ECTS) (timing planned individually)

I & E:

  • I & E Study  6 ECTS (fall)
Specialisation electives:
  • Communication Technologies and Security in IoT (5 ECTS) (spring P4)
  • Secure Sensor Network Systems (5 ECTS) (fall P1)
  • Capstone Project (in a cyber security topic) (15 ECTS) (fall)
  • Cryptography 2 (5 ECTS) (spring)
  • Algebraic Structures in Cryptography (5 ECTS) (fall)
  • Software Development and Software Security, 5 ECTS (fall P2)
  • Privacy and Security for Software Systems, 5 ECTS  (fall P2)
  • Seminar 1 (TurkuSec meetings), variable amount of ECTS (fall and spring)
  • Additional specialization courses may be available annually. Electives are chosen individually for each student when their personal study plan is made.
  The elective courses are individually planned with each student so that the entry+exit year total number of credits is at least 120 ECTS.

Head of the Programme

Seppo Virtanen, (Academic affairs)

Programme Coordinator

Jemina Kiviniemi, (Administrative affairs)