Master's Programme in Information Security, 120 Credits
Information Security is certainly one of the most exciting and ever growing areas within IT. Global IT security spending is projected by business magazine Forbes to possibly increase tenfold in the coming decade (from around 60 billion euros to 600 billion euros per year). This type of growth will have far reaching impacts on the job market for graduates from advanced studies in information and cyber security. The demand for educated information security specialists is already very high, almost always among the first top jobs in IT and in the coming years it is expected to continue its growth almost exponentially.
Stockholm University pioneered academic research and education in information security in Sweden in the 1960s. The university has since then turned out thousands of graduates who are now part of academia and industry around the globe.
Graduates of this programme are ready to work in the area of information security and related fields in both private and public sector organisations as managers, advisors and specialists providing professional and expert know-how.
Information security is primarily concerned with the protection of information assets. Today, most of the information resides in - and is communicated via IT systems. Hence, these systems need to be protected from various threats and attacks. The goal of information security is to protect with respect to the information its confidentiality, integrity and availability. Naturally, it all depends on the business needs and legal requirements. The area of information security is both exciting and overreaching since it also entails the protection of the essential and critical cyber infrastructure, trying to prevent or solve a wide range of computer crimes and other illicit activities, as well as protecting human rights, freedom and democracy. One of the many objectives is to devise new methods and strategies for cyber readiness and defence.
At Stockholm University, we approach the subject area from both the business side and the technical side. This masters programme includes courses such as:
- Introduction to Digital and Information Security
- Secure Software
- Information Security in Organisations
- Network Security
- Information Security Project Management
- Cyber Security
- Legal aspects of information security
- Cyber Forensics
The programme also includes studies relative to scientific communication and research methodology for computer and systems sciences, leading up to the independent thesis work in the final term before the graduation.
The job market for information security professionals is very good. Information security graduates from Stockholm University work, among other, as information security managers (CISO), information security consultants, cyber security specialists, cyber and digital forensics professionals. Some graduates choose to pursue their careers in research education that eventually leads to a doctoral degree in this exciting field.
More information about the programme
Duration: 2 years
Study pace: 100%
Study form: On campus
What people say
Meet our Programme Director: Associate Professor Fredrik Blix
"This is what sets us apart"
What is special with this programme?
“Three factors sets this programme apart from others: Firstly, the interdisciplinary approach with a focus on both business, namely organizational and structural issues and security of the underlying technological infrastructures. Secondly, the close ties with the information security industry that help us teach what is valued in practice and in need in the “real” world. Finally, the programme is offered in Kista – or the Silicon Valley of Sweden, one of the three largest IT clusters in the world, right outside Stockholm in brand new facilities and dedicated security laboratories. I welcome you online application to this programme today.”
A Bachelor degree or a degree equal to 180 ECTS.
Students with less than 90 credits in computer and systems sciences (e.g., computer science, systems science, informatics, information systems etc.) will start with a bridging course in computer and system sciences (15 credits) as part of the programme to get the needed background knowledge in the area of computer and systems sciences.
Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6 or:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)- Academic Module: Overall minimum score of 6.5 (with no section below 5.5).
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Paper Based: Overall minimum score of 575 (with minimum score 4.5 in the written test)
Internet based : Overall minimum score of 90 (with minimum score 20 in the written test)
- University of Cambridge and Oxford: Certificate in Advanced English or Diploma of English Studies
The selection of students is based on grades of academic courses.
This means that you don’t have to submit recommendation letters or motivation letter when applying to this specific programme.
DSV’s Master’s Programmes start once a year, in September.
Admission round is open October 17 - January 16.
Apply online on the University Admission web site: www.universityadmissions.se
The University Admission web site contains all the information you need to be able to apply: key dates, documents you need to upload etc, and the staff will assist you with issues regarding the admission process.
Important information regarding the application process: www.dsv.su.se/application
If the admission is closed, you are not able to apply. Occasionally some programmes are open for “late admission” and in that case, it is indicated at www.universityadmissions.se
February 14, 2017
Source: Administration of Studies