Master's Programme in Security and Cloud Computing (SECCLO) (Erasmus Mundus)
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About the studies
Master's Programme in Security and Cloud Computing (SECCLO) focuses on two specific aspects of modern computing systems: cloud computing, which in a broad sense means highly distributed and scalable computation and data storage in data centers, as well as physically accessible devices, and information security, which means protection of computation, communication and data from unauthorized access. While cloud computing is a highly technical area that directly enables the implementation of modern ICT services, information security is a cross-cutting requirement that encompasses both technical and non-technical issues.
During the studies, 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.
Content of the studies
The first year of the Master's programme will be offered by Aalto University. During the two semesters of courses (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 of studies is concluded with a summer school and a summer internship.
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.
The SECCLO graduates will be well trained for international industrial R&D jobs, security engineering and consulting, various expert roles, and doctoral studies.
Examples of typical job titles by the SECCLO predecessor (NordSecMob 2006-2016) graduates 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.
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.