Master's Programme in Security and Cloud Computing (SECCLO) (Erasmus Mundus)

The world is becoming more digital. Can you keep up with its security and privacy needs? SECCLO is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme in the field of computer science, in information security and cloud computing. We combine practical engineering skills with a strongly research-based curriculum. The emphasis is on combining security knowledge with hands-on R&D skills in a specific technical area, cloud computing.
SECCLO (Erasmus Mundus)




30.3.2021 – 21.4.2021




2 vuotta, täysipäiväinen


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120 opintopistettä


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About the studies

Study objectives

Master's Programme in Security and Cloud Computing (SECCLO) 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, our students will gain both practical engineering knowledge and theoretical insights into

  • secure systems engineering,
  • distributed application development,
  • network and service architectures,
  • cloud and mobile platforms.

We aim to educate highly professional engineers to meet both the immediate hiring requirements and the long-term needs of the European ICT industry.

Content of the 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 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 internship taken 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).

The fourth and final semester is dedicated to the thesis research and writing of the Master's thesis (30 ECTS). The programme leads into two Master of Science degrees (double degree) from the two universities the student has studied in.

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Career opportunities

The SECCLO graduates will be well 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 are:

  • F-Secure Corporation, Finland
  • Ericsson, Finland
  • KONE Corporation, Finland
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Intel Labs Europe, Germany
  • Nokia Bell Labs, France/Finland
  • Cybernetica AS, Estonia
  • GuardTime, Estonia
  • RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden, Security Lab
  • Intopalo Digital, Finland
  • SAP Labs, France
  • IKERLAN, Spain
  • Eficode, Finland
  • SINTEF, Norway
  • BMW Group, Germany

SECCLO had its first student intake in 2018 and the first students have graduated in autumn 2020. Examples of typical job titles in the SECCLO predecessor (NordSecMob 2006-2016) include Software Engineer, Security Analyst, Development Engineer, Software & Systems Reliability Engineer, IT Security Specialist, R&D Engineer, Wireless Engineer, Enterprise Data Architect, Security Architect, Data Scientist, Web Developer, Security Engineer, Mobile Developer, and Research Assistant.

Companies where the NordSecMob alumni have worked include Ericsson, Microsoft, Nokia, Google, F-Secure Corporation, Facebook, Amazon, Accenture, Nordea Bank, Skype, Siemens, Telia Company, Alibaba Group, IBM Research, Danske Babk, FireEye, Inc., as well as the following universities: Imperial College London, University of Oxford, UC Irvine, Saarland University, TU Eindhoven, Northern Kentucky University, University of Waterloo, ETH Zurich, TU Darmstadt, University of Glasgow, TU Berlin, University of South Australia, EPFL, KU Leuven, University of Geneva, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of Trento.

95% of the NordSecMob graduates had found a job within 6 months after graduation.

What our students say

The quotes below are taken from the SECCLO 1st year student feedback 2019.

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“The summer internship helped me gain a better understanding of the field while putting into action the skills obtained during the studies."

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"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 programme has a joint participation fee and a generous scholarship scheme funded by the European Commission (Erasmus Mundus). Further information is available on the programme website. There are no Erasmus Mundus scholarships available during the second round of applications for intake 2021.

Admission requirements and contact information

For information on the admission requirements and application process, please visit the programme website. You can contact us at [email protected].

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Joustavuus ja innostava opetus tekivät SECCLO-ohjelmasta loistavan vaihtoehdon

Ensimmäiset SECCLO-maisteriohjelmasta valmistuneet opiskelijat kertovat opiskelukokemuksistaan.


EU:lta neljä miljoonaa euroa tietoturvan ja pilvipalveluiden maisteriohjelmalle

Aalto-yliopisto sai Euroopan komissiolta nelivuotisen rahoituksen tietoturvan ja pilvipalvelujen SECCLO-maisteriohjelmalle. Ohjelmaa koordinoi Aalto toimien yhteistyössä viiden eurooppalaisen yliopiston, lukuisten yritysten ja tutkimuskeskusten kanssa.

Henkilökuvassa hymyilevä, parrakas ja silmälasipäinen Bruno Duarte on kahden muun miehen kanssa. Heillä kaikilla on siniset SECCLO-tunnuksin varustetut hupparit päällään.

SECCLO-ohjelman alumni: ”Suomeen syntyi vahva side”

Paraguaylainen Bruno Duarte valmistui tietoturvaa ja pilvipalveluita käsittelevästä SECCLO-maisteriohjelmasta vuonna 2020. Kesäharjoittelu johti uraan kyberturvallisuuden parissa Ericssonilla.

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