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 specialisation tracks:

  •  Cyber Security
  •  Smart Systems
  •  Digital Health
  •  Cryptography

The Cyber Security specialisation track gives its students profound and substantial education and expertise in the field of security and technology of networked systems. The track focuses on researching cyber security technologies developed 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 build a successful career in securing the information and communication technology industry.

 

Programme in brief

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

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 20202021, the Programme offers four specialisation tracks:

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE & EXPERIENCE

The Cyber Security specialisation 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 includes also hands-on modules on state-of-the art vendor systems from our industrial partners. Students obtain profound and substantial education and expertise in the field of secure networked systems. Cyber security is approached in a multi-disciplinary fashion with compulsory studies also on cryptographics and management aspects of cyber security.

MASTER'S THESIS & TOPICS

In the Master's thesis, the student must prove his/her ability to do scientific work, mastering of research methods, knowledge of the research field, and skills in scientific writing.  In writing the Master’s thesis, the student needs to apply their technological skills, abilities and expertise into identifying an engineering problem, studying its relevance to the field, proposing and designing a solution to the problem, testing and analysing the solution and evaluating its usefulness. The thesis is often commissioned by a company, which means that an efficient and capable student could be directly employed by the commissioning company, which could lead to a successful career in the industry. On the other hand, a scholarly oriented student might choose a thesis topic relating to the research conductud by a research group at the University and apply for the position of doctoral candidate upon completion of an academically distinguished 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

COMPETENCE DESCRIPTION

The employment percentage of those holding an M.Sc.(Tech.) degree is high in Finland. The Master's degree from the Cyber Security specialisation track covers different topical areas of information security and the benefits from co-operation with companies in the region especially in terms of the optional Capstone projects and internships. Based on the choices made in the personal study plan and the resulting expertise profile of 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.

JOB OPTIONS

The expertise profile may lead to a career title of e.g.

  • network security specialist,
  • information security specialist,
  • security manager,
  • chief information officer, or
  • cryptography engineer.

The information-intensive industry has become one of the most important business sectors 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 business sector and in responding to the needs of the society.

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

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 degree 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 section on track-specific admission requirements 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. Relevant fields of previous studies for the Cyber Security specialisation track are:

  • Communication and Network Systems,
  • Software Engineering,
  • Computer Science,
  • Computer Technology,
  • Information Technology, or
  • other relevant fields of studies providing sufficient knowledge of computer network technology, programming and mathematics.

In addition to the education diploma and language certificate, you should include testimonials of any relevant work experience in your application.

You may apply to a maximum of two specialisation tracks out of the four tracks offered at the Master’s Degree Programme in Information and Communication Technology. The choices should be put into order of preference. When applying to the Health Technology or Smart Systems specialisation tracks, you can also apply for the double degree programme jointly organised 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 studies at the University of Turku is Finnish, 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.

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,
  • the possible answers to the optional questions included in the application,
  • the possible relevant work experience, and
  • the 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.