Master's Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology: Cryptography

The Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology provides versatile and high quality ICT education in selected fields of ICT, with an established reputation in innovative interdisciplinary and international education. 

The programme has international double-degree collaboration with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Master School and with the Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In the academic year 2020-2021, the programme offers four specialisation tracks:

  •  Cyber Security
  •  Smart Systems
  •  Digital Health
  •  Cryptography

The Cryptography specialisation track focuses on cryptography research. The goal of this specialisation is to educate future experts with a strong and broad knowledge of mathematical aspects of cryptography and data security to the field of research and ICT sector. In the Cryptography track modern symmetric and asymmetric cryptography algorithms and protocols are studied and analysed from the mathematical point of view.

Programme in brief

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

A. Advanced-level studies in the major subject 50 ECTS
B. Thematic studies (minor subject) 20 ECTS
C. Elective studies 20 ECTS
D. Master of Science in Technology thesis 30 ECTS

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE & EXPERIENCE

The Cryptography specialisation track offers a solid background on classical and modern aspects of mathematical cryptography. A deep understanding is developed on modern symmetric and asymmetric cryptosystems. Students are provided with a strong academic education to proceed in the post-graduate studies as well as to work as a cyber security expert in the IT sector

MASTER'S THESIS & TOPICS

The Master's thesis in the Cryptography specialisation track focuses on the mathematical aspects of cryptosystems and cyber security in general. In what follows, some possible topics for the Master's thesis are listed:

•    public-key cryptosystems
•    homomorphic encryption
•    blockchains in cryptography and
•    quantum cryptography

Career options

COMPETENCE DESCRIPTION

In the Cryptography specialisation track modern symmetric and asymmetric cryptography algorithms and protocols are studied and analysed from the mathematical point of view. The students learn to assess the strengths and weaknesses of cryptographic solutions based on a deep understanding of the underlying theory. The students also gain the ability to pursue applying cryptographic algorithms and protocols for real-life environments. The topic is approached in a multi-disciplinary fashion with obligatory studies also on security of networked systems and management aspects of information security.

JOB OPTIONS

The employment percentage of those holding an M.Sc.(Tech.) degree is high in Finland. The degrees from the Cryptography track provides a solid background on mathematical cryptography and also cover different topical areas of information security. The students also have an opportunity to co-operate with local companies; especially, through an optional Capstone project. Based on the personally planned expertise profile, successful careers in the IT sector as information security experts are achievable in the Turku area as well as other regions in Finland and abroad. The information intensive industry has become the most important business sector in Finland, and in the information society information has become one of the most relevant products. Securing this business sector and the products is vital in the modern era. In Europe, ICT has a critical role in improving the profitability of the industry and in responding to the needs of the society. In addition to pursuing careers in the IT industry as information security specialists and experts, graduates of the programmes are also eligible to apply for admission to PhD studies in the field.

A personal study plan made for each student yields a special individual information security expertise profile. The graduates of this specialisation track will benefit from the strong technological, theoretical and practical understanding and skills they have obtained in the programme upon building a successful career in securing the information and communication technology industry.

CAREER IN RESEARCH

Master's Degree (Technology) provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees. Degrees can be completed within the University of Turku Graduate School
 

Entry requirements

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

General Requirement

You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if

  • you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
  • your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
  • your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the programme page for detailed degree requirements.


Language Requirements

Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests. 

Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made. Read more about the language requirements here.

TRACK-SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The applicant’s previous degree on the basis of which s/he is seeking admission to the Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology must be in a relevant field of study. For the Cryptography specialisation track the previous degree is required to be in mathematics or other relevant fields of studies with a solid background in mathematics.

In addition to the education and language certificates you should include certificates of any relevant work experience into your application.

You may apply to maximum two of the four specialisation tracks offered at the Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology. The choices must be prioritized. When applying to the Health Technology or Smart Systems specialisation track you can also apply for the double degree programme jointly organized with the Fudan University (Shanghai).

SUPPLEMENTARY 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 up to 60 ECTS of additional, Bachelor level studies while studying for the Master's Degree. The extent and contents of the supplementary studies are defined individually for each student when a personal study plan is formulated in the beginning of the studies. The supplementary studies may be part of the Master's Degree only up to 20 ECTS and they may therefore extend the targeted study time.

Since the language of instruction in Bachelor’s level at the University of Turku is Finnish, an applicant needing supplementary studies available only in Finnish can be required to submit proof for Finnish skills during the application process. In case such proof is not submitted, the applicant needing supplementary studies available only in Finnish must be rejected.

APPLICATION EVALUATION

Annually 65 students are admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology. The decision of admission will be based on

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

It is possible to have only one Bachelor’s or Master’s study right at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Therefore, when accepting an offered study place, the student will lose any previous BSc. or MSc. study right at the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Sitaatti master sci cryptography Bourdoucen
The program is challenging and mainly career oriented. A proper guide to the current industrial requirements with the help of adequate resources and instructors who aim to develop a generation of well trained Information Security Engineers.
Amel Bourdoucen
Information Security and Cryptography