Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Security and Cloud Computing

Studies in Security and Cloud Computing give students a broad understanding of the latest and future technologies for secure mobile and cloud computing systems. 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. We believe in combining theoretical knowledge and security expertise with product development skills. The studies are also closely linked with research at Aalto University. The graduates are well prepared for international industrial R&D jobs, security engineering and consulting, various expert roles, and doctoral studies at Aalto University and internationally.
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1.12.2021 – 3.1.2022




2 år, heltidsstudier


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120 studiepoäng


Högskolan för teknikvetenskaper


€15000/år (magister studier) för studeranden från länder utanför EU/EES
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The Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Security and Cloud Computing covers fundamental concepts, methods and the latest technologies on secure systems engineering, distributed application development, ubiquitous computing, network and service architectures, ubiquitous computing, and cloud and mobile computing platforms. Special attention is paid to security and privacy issues as they are critical requirements in developing and deploying services in open networks and distributed systems. The teaching methods combine theory with hands-on exercises and software development on cloud platform and mobile devices.

The Security major aims to educate professional engineers who are able to take on the most demanding R&D tasks and drive the development of future products and services. More specifically, the graduates will:

  • have the theoretical understanding of information security and practical skills for designing and analyzing secure computing systems.
  • understand the architectural principles of distributed services and applications. They are able to design, analyze and implement distributed, cloud and mobile computing systems.
  • have in-depth knowledge of their chosen thesis topic and are able to apply it to solving technical and scientific problems.
  • have strong software development skills and other technical and professional skills that enable them to take key roles in an industrial research and development environment, and qualify them to continue to doctoral studies in academia.

Structure of studies

The Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Security and Cloud Computing comprises a total of 120 ECTS credits. The two-year programme consists of:

  • Major studies (60 ECTS)
  • Elective studies (30 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (30 ECTS)

The elective studies can consists of an additional major courses, possible minor, multidisciplinary courses, or studies abroad.


Engineers must be able to apply theoretical knowledge to real world engineering tasks. Therefore, the programme combines theoretical studies with continuous hand-on exercises and projects where the new knowledge is applied. Much of the students’ time is spent on group and individual assignments that train problem solving, secure system design, and software engineering skills. In the courses that involve classroom teaching, it takes varied forms from traditional lectures and exercise sessions to discussion of group projects and student presentations. All students participate in a seminar course where students learn to write a technical or research article and present their own work.

The major's compulsory courses are:

  • Information Security (5 ECTS)
  • Cloud Software and Systems (5 ECTS)
  • Seminar in Computer Science (5 ECTS)

The optional courses can be chosen, for example, from the following list:

  • Web Software Development (5 ECTS)
  • Full Stack Web Development (5 ECTS)
  • Big Data Platforms (5 ECTS)
  • Internet Protocols (5 ECTS)
  • Cryptography (5 ECTS)
  • Security Engineering (5 ECTS)
  • Network Security (5 ECTS)
  • Digital Ethics (5 ECTS)
  • Methods of Data Mining (5 ECTS)

>> To learn more about Security and Cloud Computing studies, see the programme curriculum (into.aalto.fi).


The study environment in the programme is strongly international, and studies are conducted in multicultural groups. The School of Science offers diverse possibilities for student exchange all over the world. Exchange studies can be included in the degree e.g. as an international minor.

Other possibilities for developing one’s global competence are e.g. conducting practical training abroad, taking a summer course abroad or acting as a tutor for first-year students.

Aalto University coordinates also an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme in Security and Cloud Computing (SECCLO) in which part of the degree is completed at another university (KTH, NTNU, DTU, University of Tartu or EURECOM). This programme has a separate admission process.

Further study opportunities

The programme qualifies for doctoral studies (Doctor of Science in an applicable field).

Career opportunities

The graduates will have strong software development skills and other technical and professional skills that enable them to take key roles in an industrial research and development environment. Thus, they are well prepared for industrial R&D jobs, security engineering and consulting, various expert roles, and doctoral studies at Aalto University and abroad.

Typical job titles of recent graduates include:

  • Application Developer
  • Front-end Engineer
  • GIS Software Developer
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Security Consultant
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Security Architect

Some examples of the companies our recently graduated alumni work for are Acelvia, Creanord, DNA, Ericsson, F-Secure, Frosmo, Futurice, Houston Inc., IBM, KONE, Likeit Solutions, MediSapiens, Nixu Corporation, Second Nature Security, Solinor, Reaktor, RELEX Solutions, Smartly.io, Vainu.io.

Research focus

The topics of the major are linked to ongoing research focus areas in the Department of Computer Science.

Co-operation with other parties

The studies include opportunities for networking with local and European companies. Many of the teachers have industry background, and our partner companies contribute to some courses and projects. The partner companies also host summer interns, and majority of the master’s thesis projects are done in industry in paid projects.

Aalto University is well-known for bridging disciplines of business, arts, technology and science. The lively campus and freedom of choosing elective courses across the University bring students from different fields under one roof. This spontaneous multidisciplinarity environment sparks new ideas, gathers enthusiasts around them and gives birth to friendships, networks, and every so often, startups.

HAIC scholarships

Helsinki-Aalto Institute for Cybersecurity (HAIC) will select several HAIC Scholars from the top applicants admitted to the Security and Cloud Computing major. A HAIC Scholar will receive generous financial aid including living cost support in the form of living cost scholarships or honours student position (part-time research-related employment during the semesters). All applicants to the Security and Cloud Computing major are automatically considered for the HAIC scholarships.

Programme-specific admission requirements

Security and Cloud Computing applicants meeting the general eligibility criteria for master's studies are evaluated according to the below Evaluation criteria. The evaluation process is described under Applicant evaluation process. In addition to the obligatory application documents, this study option asks the applicants to submit also the documents listed under Requested documents.

Contact information

For enquiries regarding application process, obligatory application documents or English language proficiency, please contact Admission Services at [email protected].

For enquiries regarding programme-specific admission requirements or studies in the programme, please contact Learning Services at Aalto University School of Science at [email protected].

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