Master's Programme in Security and Cloud Computing (SECCLO) (Erasmus Mundus)
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The Master's Programme in Security and Cloud Computing (SECCLO, Erasmus Mundus) focuses on two specific aspects of modern computing systems, cloud computing and information security. With cloud computing we mean highly distributed and scalable computation and data storage in data centers, as well as physically accessible devices. Information security encompasses the protection of computation, communication, and data from unauthorized access.
During the SECCLO studies, the students will gain both practical engineering knowledge and theoretical insights into
- secure systems engineering,
- distributed application development,
- network and service architectures, and
- cloud and mobile platforms.
The programme aims to educate highly professional engineers to meet both the immediate hiring requirements and the long-term needs of the European ICT industry.
Structure of studies
SECCLO is a double degree programme offered by a consortium of six highly ranked universities in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, and France. The programme leads into two Master of Science degrees (double degree) from the two universities the student has studied in.
Overall, the two-year programme comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits:
- First-year studies at Aalto University (60 ECTS)
- Mandatory courses (28 ECTS)
- Elective courses (22-25 ECTS)
- Summer school and summer internship (7-10 ECTS)
- Specialisation studies at one of the other consortium universities (30 ECTS)
- Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)
The first year of the Master's programme is taken at Aalto University.
During the two semesters of courses at Aalto (60 ECTS), students will learn about the fundamental concepts, methods and the latest technologies of secure systems engineering, distributed application development, network and service architectures, ubiquitous computing, and cloud and mobile computing platforms. The first year ends with a summer school on a relevant information security topic and a summer internshiptaken at one of our industry partners or a university research group.
For the second year, students transfer to their second-year university where they are able to specialize (30 ECTS) in
- Communications Systems (KTH, Sweden),
- Information Security (NTNU, Norway),
- Reliable Distributed Systems (DTU, Denmark),
- Cryptography (University of Tartu, Estonia) or
- Big Data Security (EURECOM, France).
>> To learn more about the SECCLO studies, visit the programme website (secclo.eu).
The SECCLO programme is inherently international because the studies take place at two different universities in two different countries. In addition, SECCLO's student and alumni body is highly international and a large number of courses are led by international professors. The programme provides its students with a profound experience of working and studying in multiple countries in an international environment.
Further study opportunities
The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).
There is a shortage of professionals in Europe and worldwide who are able to develop products and services for the modern cloud and mobile computing platforms and to do this in a secure way. SECCLO educates professional R&D engineers to meet this demand.
The SECCLO graduates are trained for international industrial R&D jobs, security engineering and consulting, various expert roles, and doctoral studies. During the obligatory summer internship, SECCLO students work in a real R&D environment or expert organization as members of a project team. Our current industry and research partners include, e.g.:
- F-Secure Corporation, Finland
- Ericsson, Finland
- KONE Corporation, Finland
- Eficode, Finland
- Nokia Bell Labs, France/Finland
- Intel Labs Europe, Germany
- BMW Group, Germany
- SAP Labs, France
The studies in the programme are closely related to the world-class research conducted at the relevant departments of the six consortium universities: Department of Computer Science (Aalto University), Department of Computer Science (KTH), Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (NTNU), DTU Compute, Institute of Computer Science (University Tartu), and EURECOM.
Co-operation with other parties
Collaboration with SECCLO's Associate Members (currently 17 companies and research organizations) has a significant impact on the SECCLO programme activities. The integration of a compulsory summer internship familiarizes the students with the European ICT industry and supports the development of career-building skills.
Through their first year at Aalto University, all students of SECCLO will also be members of the Helsinki-Aalto Institute of Cybersecurity HAIC, which has been established to coordinate industry-university cooperation on security education in the Helsinki area. HAIC organizes a talk series, meet-and-greet events with industry contacts and excursions to local companies.
What our students say
The quotes below are taken from the SECCLO student feedback 2019.
“Aalto curriculum was a right mix of practical and theoretical studies. I learned to get work done in smart ways and novel ways for finding solutions. The interactions with the other international students broadened the horizons of learning and knowledge sharing.”
“The staff is supportive, with everything you need help with, the student culture is outstanding. I am so glad that I made the decision to be part of this programme.”
“The summer internship helped me gain a better understanding of the field while putting into action the skills obtained during the studies."
"From the support of the wonderful staff, the guidance of the excellent lecturers, to the colourful students who I grew to call my friends, this year has been absolutely phenomenal. I am now more confident to go out to my second year and into the world."
Tuition fees and scholarships
The SECCLO programme has a joint participation fee and a generous scholarship scheme funded by the European Commission (Erasmus Mundus). All SECCLO students are liable to the programme fee and can apply for scholarships from the programme. Students are not liable for paying tuition fees to Aalto University or any other consortium universities or eligible for their scholarships.
>> See further information on SECCLO's participation fee and available scholarships from the programme website (secclo.eu).
SECCLO invites applications from top students of all nationalities. For information on the admission requirements and application process, please visit the programme website (secclo.eu).
Our second application period for the September 2022 student intake takes place 30 March - 20 April 2022 at 3 pm (GMT +3).
European Commission grants €4M funding for SECCLO – Master’s Programme in Security and Cloud Computing
Aalto University has received continuing funding for a joint European master’s programme on security and cloud computing. The programme is coordinated by Aalto and operated jointly by six European universities. The funding enables the programme to attract some of the most talented master’s student with a variety of previous experience from around the world.
A summer internship led to a career in cybersecurity at Ericsson for Bruno Duarte from Paraguay, who graduated from the SECCLO Master’s programme in Security and Cloud Computing in 2020.