Master's Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography: Networked Systems Security

University of Turku

Program Description

Master's Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography: Networked Systems Security

University of Turku


The networked systems security major subject in the master’s degree programme in information security and cryptography offers you both knowledge and hands-on experience in cybersecurity technology.

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.


  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


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:

  • 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 concentrate 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.


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 modelling 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


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 cybersecurity. The Programme also helps you in building your competence towards positions like Chief Information Officer (CIO).

In addition, you will gain hands-on experience in 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 cybersecurity
  • multi-disciplinary security and information management
  • teamwork


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 cybersecurity 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


A Bachelor’s 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. You must also prove your English language skills when applying. Please visit the website of the programme for more information.

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Last updated November 23, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2019
2 years
Full time
16,000 EUR
per academic year. Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries.
Jan. 31, 2019
Application period: 3 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019
Finland - Turku
Start date : Aug. 2019
Application deadline Jan. 31, 2019
Application period: 3 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019
End date July 31, 2021
Aug. 2019
Finland - Turku
Application deadline Jan. 31, 2019
Application period: 3 Dec 2018 – 31 Jan 2019
End date July 31, 2021