Master's Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography

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Master's Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography

Degree requirements for both tracks 120 ECTS
The study track consist of three course categories: - A: Advanced level studies in the major subject (50 ECTS required) - B: Language, intermediate level, minor subject and optional studies (40 ECTS required) - C: Master of Science, or Master of Science in Technology thesis (30 ECTS required) Together these form the required 120 ECTS for the Master's degree.
A. Advanced-level studies in the major subject 50 ECTS
Advanced-level courses, exercise projects and seminars, specified in the student's personal study plan. The student specializes in one of the available tracks (major subjects): EITHER Cryptography and Data Security OR Networked Systems Security. The major subject studies consist of 30 ECTS of special courses in the chosen track (major subject), 10 ECTS in the other track's compulsory courses and 10 ECTS of information security studies in Turku School of Economics. The 10 ECTS studies in the other track's compulsory courses or the 10 ECTS of information security studies in Turku School of Economics can be extended to a minor subject. In this case, the student needs to take additional courses available in the major subject to cover for the 10 ECTS used in the minor subject. Details must always be discussed with the student's study supervisor.
Cryptography and Data Security track major subject courses 30 ECTS
Compulsory courses 15 ECTS
MATE5396 Cryptography I, 5 ECTS
MATE5397 Cryptography II, 5 ECTS
Select 15 ECTS from the following 15 ECTS
In addition to the courses listed below, other advanced level courses on the major subject may be available annually and can be included in requirements section A (advanced-level studies in the major subject).
MATE5313 Coding Theory I, 5 ECTS
MATE5290 Algorithmic complexity, 10 ECTS
Networked Systems Security track major subject courses 30 ECTS
Select 10 sp from the following 10 ECTS
In addition to the courses listed below, special courses on selected information security topics may be available annually and can be included in requirements section A (advanced-level studies in the major subject). 5 ECTS of additional credits in the Capstone-project can be included in the optional studies.
DTEK8060 Protocol Processing, 5 ECTS
ETT_3057 Multimedia Networks, 5 ECTS
DTEK2011 Sensor Network Systems, 5 ECTS
DTEK8076 Capstone Project, 15 ECTS
Information Security studies in Turku School of Economics 10 ECTS
Availability of these courses is announced annually. If these courses are not available, suitable alternative courses are planned for the students in their personal study plans.
Compulsory courses 10 ECTS
2 ECTS of additional credits can be included in the optional studies.
B. Language, intermediate level and optional studies 40 ECTS
1. Language studies 0–5 ECTS
All foreign students whose native language is not Finnish must pass Finnish language courses (KIFF0003) worth at least 5 ECTS. All students with Finnish education background (suomenkielinen peruskoulu) are excused for the course and must instead pass virkamiesruotsi (KIRU2321 and KIRU2341) either in their BSc. or MSc. Degree (Valtion virkamieheltä kaksikielisellä kielialueella vaadittava kielitaito siitä annetun lain (424/2003) 6§:n 1 momentin mukaan.) Courses are arranged by the Language Centre at the University of Turku (see the Language Centre study guide, or website http://kielikeskus.utu.fi/).
2. Intermediate level studies in the major subject 0–25 ECTS
are meant for students whose Bachelor' studies do not fulfill the prerequisites for advanced studies in their selected information security specialization area. Since the intermediate level studies are mainly given in Finnish, these studies are based on literature, on which an examination must be passed.
3. Optional studies 10–40 ECTS
The optional studies complete the student's expertise profile in the selected specialization and major subject. Depending on the student's specialization area, these studies are negotiated when preparing the personal study plan for the student. Also practical training (max 6 ECTS) can be included in this section. The optional studies may also include MOOCs and a large group project (10-20 ECTS) in the student's specialization (Capstone project). The optional studies are planned to build a special information security expertise profile to the student and may for example include additional courses in the selected major subject, or courses in mathematics, communication systems, embedded computing, computer science, software engineering, management and/or innovation and business creation. In the Networked Systems Security track, degree requirements state that studies in category B must always include a minor subject of at least 20 ECTS. Examples of useful optional studies and minor subjects include:
Information Technology Management 25 ECTS
Students can extend their Information security management studies to a minor subject by taking this module. This minor subject may not be available every year. Further details need to be discussed with the study supervisor.
Compulsory courses
TJS13 Management of Information System Security 6 ECTS, TJS17 Enterprise architecture 6 ECTS
Optional courses (choose many enough to reach altogether at least 25 sp)
TJS1/JOS9 Management of ICT Services 6 ECTS, TJSe2/JOSe10 Management of IS Projects 6 ECTS, TJS8 IT Governance and Strategic Management of IT 6 ECTS, TJS16 Information technology and ethics 6 ECTS, TJS6 Software Business 2-6 ECTS
Cryptography and Data Security 20–25 ECTS
Students of the Networked Systems Security track can extend their cryptography studies to a minor subject by taking this module. Further details need to be discussed with the study supervisor.
Networked Systems Security 25 ECTS
Students of the Cryptography and Data Security track can extend their Networked Systems Security studies to a minor subject by taking this module. Further details need to be discussed with the study supervisor.
Communication and Network Technology 20–25 ECTS
Students of both tracks can extend their communication and network technology studies to a minor subject by taking this module. Further details need to be discussed with the study supervisor.
Other available minor subjects or optional studies
Computer Science, Embedded Computing, Innovation and Business Creation, Mathematics. The exact content of the minor subject in these topics is specified in the student's personal study plan discussion with the study supervisor. Also other minor subject topics may be available.
C. Master of Science or Master of Science in Technology thesis 30 ECTS
- Cryptography and Data Security specialization: Master of Science thesis - Networked Systems Security specialization: Master of Science in Technology thesis
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
MDP in Information Security and Cryptography
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