Proving that Cyber Security is not an illusion
Security and privacy are fundamental concepts in the digital age. Real-world implications and applications are everywhere around us: the browser you use to shop over the Internet, the mobile phone you hold conversations over, the bank card in your wallet, the way you travel, the car keys in your pocket, to casting electronic votes.
Master's Degree Programme in Information Security offers both breadth and depth in education to students, providing them with diverse career opportunities. Preliminary courses provide essential security and privacy skills, and subsequent courses allow students to specialize in specific security and privacy domains. The demand for security professionals has never been higher, and is growing at an astounding pace!
Our Information Security research spans from theoretical to applied aspects of security and privacy, and everywhere in between. Our research appears in globally top-ranked venues such as IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, and USENIX Security Symposium, to name a few – major recruiting outlets for both industry and academia. Our research projects are financed ranging from Business Finland, Academy of Finland, Horizon 2020, to the European Research Council. Please see additional information on Network and Information Security Group (NISEC).
Students completing our programme have wealth of career options, ranging from industry security professionals to continuing on the research path in our doctoral programme, driven by our research-based teaching methods.
Information about studies
Type: Master's degree
Degree earned: Master of Science (Technology)
Planned duration: 2 years
Extent of studies: 120 ECTS
Campus: Hervanta Campus
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens: 12000 €
Students following this programme will gain an understanding of the nature of the security and privacy threats that face computer systems. In addition to that, they will examine various aspects of security in widely deployed communication networks, including both theoretical and practical areas. Furthermore, an introduction to cryptography and its application will be offered. At the end of the programme, students will be able to understand why cryptography is not the solution to all of our security problems. Moreover, students will be able to carry out security and risk assessments using attacks and techniques seen in the field. Overall, students will be exposed to a multitude of exciting open problems in the field and will be given the opportunity to work on both theoretical and practical projects related to security. Finally, students will benefit from a broad and varied array of state-of-the-art technologies.
More about the language of instruction
The official language of the programme is English, meaning that all the courses, exams and student services are arranged in English. Consequently, proficiency in both written and spoken English is an absolute prerequisite. Students are required to submit an approved certificate of their language proficiency when applying for admission. In addition, students are required to complete courses in the Finnish language. The course provides them with an introduction to everyday Finnish and Finnish culture.
All students will take the core courses designed to give a comprehensive introduction into this specialist field by covering the fundamentals of information security and privacy – especially why the latter is so difficult to achieve in practice. Subsequently, students will have the opportunity to take several courses related to cryptography, network security, software security, access and identity management. During these courses, students will not only learn how to protect a system from certain attacks but also how to find new ones – analyze the security of a system. Hence, by the end of the programme, students will learn to think in both rational and irrational ways – a fundamental property in the area of information security.
Our programme offers leading-edge studying and research facilities. Cyber Labs – our education and research laboratory – contains network devices such as switches, routers, and next-generation firewalls, which are the basic building block for network security research. In addition, Cyber Labs contains virtualization platforms, SDN capability, a traffic generator tool and a network monitoring tool. The background lab network consists of a full 3 Tier network that allows behavioural experimentation in a simulated Internet.
Teaching methods include lab-based sessions, student-led tutorials, seminars, and lectures by internal staff and guest speakers from industry and academia. Our courses are offered by highly experienced, friendly staff, and benefit from the diverse specialist knowledge and skills within the Faculty. Assessments are carried out mostly through practical or research-based course work.
The tuition fee of the programme is 12000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.
Structure of studies
The programme is comprised of 120 ECTS. Courses are worth 90 ECTS and the remaining 30 ECTS are awarded for successfully completing a Master's thesis. Each ECTS is equal to an average workload of 27 hours, including lectures, exercises, assignments, independent study and an examination. The duration of the programme is two years. Students spend three semesters completing courses and one semester preparing the final project (Master's thesis). They start their studies in late August, and the academic year ends in late May.
Information security professionals work in every size company and industry to protect organizations from data breaches and attacks. By studying our programme, students get the necessary skills allowing them to follow a wide range of career paths such as:
Researcher in Applied Cryptography
Researcher in Network / Computer Security
IT Security Engineer / Operations Specialist
Product Security Engineer
Penetration Tester / White Hat Hacker / Ethical Hacker
Source Code Auditor
Computer Security Incident Responder
Information Security Analyst / Consultant / Assurance Officer / Assurance Analyst / Risk Officer
Cyber Security Manager
Computer Forensics Analyst
Anti-Piracy / Content Protection Analyst
Our staff is a key contact point for companies of all sizes – from startups to industry giants, both domestic and international – for critical staffing needs in the area of security. The need for formally educated security engineers is tremendous and still growing!
Co-operation with other parties
Tampere University actively promotes connecting with leading scholars in the field of security and privacy. To this end, our academic staff has established collaboration with leading organizations, research institutes and Universities through international projects and research activities. In this programme, the students will have the opportunity – during thesis work – to be actively involved in tasks related to research projects and thus establish or extend their international professional network.
Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programmes consist of two parts: Tampere University's general eligibility criteria, and programme-specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both to be considered eligible. Applicants who do not meet both the general eligibility and the programme-specific eligibility criteria will not be selected as students in Tampere University.
To be eligible to apply to a Master’s degree programme at Tampere University, you must have:
Bachelor’s degree - nationally recognized first cycle degree
which corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study
from a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to
from a recognised institution of higher education
The Bachelor’s degree completed in a university outside Finland must provide eligibility for university-level master’s degree studies in the country in which it was awarded.
AND a good command of the English language for academic purposes.
Applicants in their final year of the Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply if the degree will be completed by 31 July 2021. In this case, they would be accepted conditionally. Please see special instructions for applicants in the final year of the Bachelor's degree.
Admission to studies leading directly to a master's degree will be based on the applicant’s bachelor's degree conferred by a university or a university of applied sciences. Depending on programme-specific admission requirements, the programme may take into account skills previously acquired by applicants when considering applications.
A previously completed master’s degree will not make applicants ineligible for admission. However, applicants who are applying for admission to pursue a second master’s degree will only be admitted for particularly weighty reasons.
Programme specific eligibility criteria
Each Master's degree programme can define more detailed eligibility criteria including, for example, more specific requirements of the applicant's previous education. These criteria will be decided and published yearly for the following application round.
The previous degree should be from a field closely related to the Master's programme you are applying to. In the Master’s programme in Information Technology, the previous degree has to be in one of the following (or highly related) fields: Computing, information technology, computer science, electrical engineering, software engineering or another applicable field with proficiency in mathematics, physics and elementary programming skills.
For applicants who have completed their degree in a University of Applied Sciences (AMK) or a University in Finland the required minimum GPA is the same as in the admission to the Master’s degree programmes offered in Finnish.
Minimum GPA for bachelor's degree completed in a Finnish University of Applied Sciences (AMK)
Minimum GPA for bachelor's degrees completed in a Finnish university (yliopisto)
An admission score will be calculated for all applicants who meet the minimum requirements. When counting the unrounded GPA weighted by ECTS only the courses (incl. thesis) with numeric grade value are taken into account.
If you have not yet graduated from your current institution, you may receive a conditional offer of admission. The offer will be withdrawn if your final GPA falls below the minimum requirements.
Language skill requirements
When applying to a Master’s programme at Tampere University, you must submit evidence of your good command of the English language for academic purposes. You have two options of demonstrating your English language proficiency: language tests or previous studies.
In both cases, you must submit a document as proof of language skills.
English language tests and the minimum result requirements:
Minimum test result for Bachelor's programmes at Tampere University
TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
92 overall with no section below 20
IELTS (academic) /IELTS Indicator
6.5 overall with no section below 5.5
62 overall with no section in Communicative Skills below 42
Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English)
Proficiency level 5
*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency
It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed particular studies listed by Tampere University that demonstrate your good command of English for academic purposes. Only studies that fulfil the criteria will be accepted so if you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions listed by Tampere University and how to submit documents.
55 students are admitted into the Information Technology programme.
The Information Technology programme includes the following specialisations: 1) Communication Systems and Networks, 2) Information Security, 3) Embedded Systems and 4) Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who submit a complete application (application and sufficient application documents by the deadline) and fulfil the official eligibility criteria.
The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents. Please note that not all applicants fulfilling the requirements can be admitted.
Students admitted to a Master’s degree programme may be required to complement their earlier degree with complementary studies. The complementary studies will be decided at the faculty case by case (maximum 60 ECTS credits).
The number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted. The student selection is made by an admissions committee based on the academic qualifications and merits shown in the application documents.
In the selection process, the following judgmental requirements are evaluated as a composite:
High enough academic performance in Bachelor degree studies.
The applicants must show strong motivation to study the key topics of the programme and interest to work in an interdisciplinary area.
Having completed the MOOC course “Introduction to Sustainable Digital Life” will be considered as an advantage. The course opens 15th October 2020 and the applicant must complete the MOOC course by latest 28th February 2021 (23:59 p.m. GMT+2). All assignments must be submitted by this date to be considered. It is not possible to submit any documents after the deadline as the course closes on this day.
How to apply
Check the general eligibility and programme-specific eligibility criteria of the programme/s you wish to apply. You are allowed to apply to three programmes at the same time.
Read through the instructions on how to apply and start preparing your application documents as early as possible!
Take a language test if required, please see the language requirements.
When the application period opens, fill in the online application at Studyinfo.fi during the application period and upload the required enclosures to the application. The application period is 9 December 2020 at 8.00 GMT+2 - 13 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT+2.
Upload all required enclosures and send the educational documents by post to Tampere University Admissions Office within two weeks, by 27 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT+2. The documents must reach the University by the given deadline and they must be delivered according to the country-specific requirements, if applicable.
Remember to apply for a scholarship, if applicable.
Wait for the admission results to be announced at the end of March 2021.
If you are offered a study place, remember to accept it by the given deadline. Pay the tuition fee if required.
Start preparing for your arrival in Finland well in advance.
Register as a student and join the Tampere University community when the studies start in August 2021!
Online application form
The online application form will be available only during the application period only at Studyinfo.fi. The application period starts on 9 December 2020 at 8 am (GMT+2) and ends on 13 January 2021 at 3 pm (GMT+2).
You will need to upload copies of all required documents as enclosures on the application form. In addition to the general application enclosures, some programmes have listed additional programme-specific enclosures that are needed when applying to these programmes.
You will need to upload all required enclosures on your application form online at Studyinfo.fi. In addition to uploading, you must submit officially certified copies of your educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office by post. Applicants whose degrees have been awarded in certain countries need to pay special attention to the documentation and documents from these countries must be submitted in a particular way. These country-specific requirements must always be followed first and foremost, prior to the regular requirements.
Applicants must post the educational documents to Tampere University Admissions Office so that they arrive by 27 January 2021 at 15.00 GMT+2. You can find the list of the required general application enclosures and further instructions on the Application documents webpage.
There are no programme-specific enclosures when applying to this programme.
However, there are programme-specific questions on the application form and you will be asked to provide:
Contact information for two academic/professional persons who can provide recommendations for you. Please give the name, organisation, position and contact information including an e-mail address that if needed, we may contact them.
Skype contact information. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.
Admission results and appeals
Admissions results will be announced at the end of March 2021. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.