Master's Programme in Security and Mobile Computing
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Objective of the NordSecMob Programme

NordSecMob — Master's Programme in Security and Mobile Computing allows students with strong computer science backgrounds to specialize in mobile computing technologies. The mobile computing and communications industry provides the user with tools that make data and communication available anywhere and at any time. This programme is about the technologies and techniques needed to allow the user to benefit from these pervasive technologies in a secure and safe manner. New mobile devices extend mobile communication with powerful computing, enabling new services in new markets.

The programme gives students a broad knowledge of different aspects of modern data communications architectures and their evolution. Key areas in the curriculum are network applications and services, information security, and mobile networking. The students will gain both practical engineering skills and theoretical insight, including capability to follow and apply the latest scientific research. The graduates will be able to design and develop their own solutions for the mobile Internet. The aim of the programme is to grow graduate engineers who will take responsibility for creating the next generations of products and services for the European ICT industry.

The NordSecMob curriculum covers a broad range of engineering and theoretical topics giving the students a solid understanding of fundamental mobile computing technologies and an opportunity to choose their own focus areas. The technical basis of the programme consists of the current and future Internet and wireless network technologies, mobile devices, and general software engineering skills. The subject areas include key architectural and management issues in future online services such as mobility, quality of service, security, usability, charging and business models, as well as tools for safe software development and formal and mathematical validation and analysis. Throughout the programme, special attention is paid to the information security, which is a critical requirement when developing and deploying services on public networks. Students are required to both study current technologies and emergent topics in the research community and to apply this knowledge in practical implementation projects. Beyond technology, the curriculum is designed to develop the students’ problem-solving skills, ability to find solutions and opportunities from the latest scientific research, and independent initiative and technical leadership in a project-oriented workplace. The NordSecMob graduates are equipped to be employed internationally in a wide range of industrial and academic jobs, including expert roles, R&D, research and management positions. The programme also gives a solid basis to continue academic career towards the doctoral level.

The NordSecMob joint curriculum has been developed to take advantage of the strengths and research specialization of each member university. Student mobility is implemented by dividing the time of each student between two of the universities, a ‘home’ university and a ‘host’ university. The programme includes three semesters of courses followed by a fourth research semester (Master’s thesis) under supervision and evaluation by both the home and host university. The student takes courses focusing on advanced topics in a selected area of specialization, which are Technical Information Security and Network services, Communications Systems Design, Information Security, Reliable Software Systems and Mathematical Foundations of Cryptography.

The language of instruction is English. Upon completion, students will receive a degree from each of the two universities in which they spent a part of their study (double degree).

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