Master's Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology: Cyber Security

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 specialization tracks:

  •  Cyber Security
  •  Smart Systems
  •  Digital Health
  •  Cryptography

The Cyber Security specialization track gives its students profound and substantial education and expertise in the field of security and technology for networked systems. The focus is on researching cyber security technologies for networked systems and applications of the communication-intensive future. The technological topics covered include security of smart environments, system and network security, security of communication systems and applications, and designing secure systems. Students will explore both technological and theoretical scientific advances in the field and apply them to practice. The graduates will have strong technological, theoretical and practical understanding in cyber security. With their new knowledge and skills the graduates can proceed to building a successful career in securing the information and communication technology industry.


Programme in brief


A. Advanced-level studies in the major subject module 40 ECTS
B. Thematic studies (minor subject) module 20 ECTS
C. Elective studies module 20 ECTS
D. Master of Science in Technology thesis module 40 ECTS

In the academic year 2020-2021, the programme offers four specialization tracks:


The cyber security specialization track focuses on security technologies for networked systems and applications of the communication-intensive future based on research. The technological topics covered include system and network security, security of communication systems and applications, and security in system design. The education is based on current cyber security research and also includes hands-on modules on state-of-the art vendor systems from our industrial partners. Students gain profound and substantial education and expertise in the field of secure networked systems. The topic is approached in a multi-disciplinary fashion with compulsory studies also on cryptographic and management aspects of cyber security.


In the Master of Science Thesis in Technology, the student must prove his/her ability to do scientific work, management of research methods, knowledge of the research field, and skill of scientific writing.  To complete the Master’s thesis, the students need to apply their technological skills, abilities and learnedness into identifying an engineering problem, studying its relevance to the field, proposing and designing a solution to the problem, testing and analyzing the solution and evaluating its merit. The thesis is often commissioned by a company, meaning that an efficient and capable student may have the chance to get directly employed by the thesis commissioning company, potentially leading to a successful career in the industry. On the other hand, a scholarly oriented student might seek a thesis topic in a research group at the university and target a PhD candidate position upon completion of an academically merited Master’s thesis. Topics of recently completed Master’s theses include:

  • Mitigating Modern Organization-Wide Network Threats and Data Leakages

  • 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

  • Security requirements in tradable IoT ecosystems

  • An Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Framework for Online Investigations

  • Applying Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills Model to Improve Information Security Policy Compliance among Employees

  • Experimental Penetration Testing Teaching and Learning for High School Students Using Cloud Computing

  • Access Control Process for a SaaS Provider

  • A SystemC Simulator for Secure Data Transfer in Healthcare Internet of Things

Career options


The employment percentage of those holding an M.Sc.(Tech.) degree is high in Finland. The degrees from the Cyber Security specialization track cover different topical areas of information security thoroughly and the education benefits from co-operation with companies in the region especially in terms of optional Capstone projects and internships. Based on the choices made in the personal study plan and the resulting expertise profile for each student, successful career paths in the IT sector as information security experts and leaders are achievable in the Turku area as well as other regions in Finland and globally.


The expertise profile may lead to a career title of for example

  • network security specialist
  • information security specialist
  • security manager
  • chief information officer
  • cryptography engineer

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. In Europe, ICT has a critical role in improving the profitability of the industry and in responding to the needs of the society.

Securing this business sector and the products is vital in the modern era. In addition to pursuing careers in the IT industry as cyber security specialists and experts, graduates of this major subject are also eligible to apply for admission to PhD studies in the field.


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 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.


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. Relevant fields of previous studies for the Cyber Security specialization track are:

  • Communication and Network Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Other relevant fields of studies where sufficient knowledge of computer network technology, programming and mathematics is achieved

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 specialization fields 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 specialization field you can also apply for the double degree programme jointly organized with the Fudan University (Shanghai).


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 additional, Bachelor level studies while studying for the Master's Degree. These studies are not part of the Master's Degree and may extend the targeted study time. 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 amount of required supplementary studies cannot exceed 60 ECTS.

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 must be rejected.


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.