Master's programme in Security and Cloud Computing (SECCLO)
The master’s programme in Security and Cloud Computing, SECCLO, is an Erasmus Mundus programme in the field of Computer Science and, more specifically, Security and Cloud Computing. The programme is offered jointly by six European universities and students will study in two European countries and graduate with a double degree.
Security and Cloud Computing at KTH
The master’s programme in Security and Cloud Computing focuses on two specific aspects of modern computing systems, cloud computing and information security.
Cloud computing means in a broad sense highly distributed and scalable computation and data storage in data centers as well as physically accessible devices. Information security means protection of computation, communication and data from unauthorized access.
The programme responds to the demand for professional engineers who are able to innovate and build the next generation cloud and mobile computing services and applications. The emphasis on combining strong security knowledge with hands-on R&D skills in a specific technical area, cloud computing, is a special characteristic of the programme.
Study at two European universities
During the two-year programme, students will get a unique experience of studying in two different countries while gaining a broad understanding of the latest and future technologies for secure cloud and mobile computing systems.
SECCLO is jointly offered by six European universities:
- Aalto University, Finland
- KTH Royal Institute of Technology
- The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
- Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark
- University of Tartu, Estonia
- EURECOM, France
The double degree from two universities means wider opportunities for employment. It also means freedom to choose from several second-year specialisation options that one university could not offer alone.
The first year is spent at Aalto University in Finland, the second year is spent at the university that offers the student’s chosen specialisation.
Specialisation in Communications Systems at KTH
The KTH specialization takes a holistic view on the Internet infrastructure together with its cloud-based services and applications, and covers the topics required for developing the next generation of global communication systems that connect the cloud services and devices. Students work in a research environment with ample experimental resources and in close contact with industry – including leading system manufacturers, service developers and providers, and advanced early adopters.
The specialization includes one mandatory course and a wide range of elective courses, allowing the student to focus on different subject areas, such as network systems security, network infrastructures, or wireless networking. Many courses are problem oriented with self-directed and project-based work.
Mandatory course (15 ECTS):
- IK2200 Communication Systems Design Project (15 ECTS)
Elective courses (15 ECTS):
- EP2300 Management of Networks and Networked Systems (7.5 ECTS)
- EP2500 Networked Systems Security (7.5 ECTS)
- EP2510 Advanced Networked Systems Security (7.5 ECTS)
- II2300 Product Realization Processes I (7.5 ECTS)
- II2302 Sensor Based Systems (7.5 ECTS)
- IK2510 Wireless Networks (7.5 ECTS)
- IK2511 Project in Wireless Networks (7.5 ECTS)
- IK2514 Wireless Infrastructure Deployment & Economics (7.5 ECTS)
- IK2554 Practical Voice Over IP (VoIP) (7.5 ECTS)
- IS2500 RFID Systems (7.5 ECTS)
Graduates from the master’s programme in Security and Cloud Computing are well trained for international industrial R&D jobs, security engineering and consulting, various expert roles, and doctoral studies at the partner universities and internationally.
Information security is an essential qualitative requirement for all digital products and services, akin to quality or usability. Our graduates will be able to understand the latest security technologies and research, continuously update their knowledge, and apply it to the development of new cloud and mobile computing solutions.
At the same time, one of the major trends in new ICT products and services – as well as was in other businesses that strive for digitalization – is that services are distributed between cloud computing platforms and heterogeneous computing devices. Their design and implementation requires engineers to master various computing platforms from data centers to mobile devices, communication technologies, connected appliances in the Internet of Things and Industrial Internet, and the security and reliability aspects of distributed systems.
All new services and all new business depend on computation, the mastering of software code and data, and the computation and data are now located in the cloud. The programme directly addresses the education needs in these areas and the career prospects of graduates are very good.