Master’s Degree Programme in Security and Mobile Computing (NordSecMob)

Please note that this is a double degree programme implemented through international collaboration which is why its structure may deviate from the regular structure of the Master’s Degree Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences.

Degree(s) awarded

Master of Science (Technology ) from Aalto University
Master of Science or similar degree from partner university


Security and Mobile Computing (T3011)

Contact information

Programme website:
Administration: Study Coordinator Anu Kuusela
Programme director: Prof. Antti Ylä-Jääski
Other professors: Tuomas Aura

Programme description

The Nordic countries are very innovative in mobile communications and an industrial and scientific cluster has formed to serve this area. The NordSecMob - Master's Programme in Security and Mobile Computing is based on the research cooperation between the participating universities and it offers in-depth knowledge in the field of data communications, mobile computing and information security.

This Master's programme extends the students computer science skills towards the mobile computing area. The courses in the programme address the modern data communications architecture evolution from several aspects. The students will gain practical knowledge and theoretical insights in the fields of network applications, services, information security and mobile networking. After completion of this programme, the graduates will have a broad knowledge basis of mobile computing and they will be able to design and develop their own solutions for the mobile Internet, having both the practical skills and the capability to follow the scientific research. The Internet technologies form the technical framework of the NordSecMob programme. The key subject areas for both the Internet and mobile networks are applications and services, including service management issues like mobility, quality of service, charging and security. The students are required to both study and create practical implementations based on the current technologies and to learn the emergent trends in the research community. Special attention is paid to the information security, which is a critical issue when developing and deploying services on public networks.

NordSecMob is a full-time Master of Science degree programme with duration of two years. The programme is coordinated by the Aalto University School of Science (AALTO), Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The other four Nordic partner universities are KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and University of Tartu (UT) in Estonia.  The NordSecMob programme gives the students a chance to experience the cultures of two Northern European countries. After completing the two-year programme successfully, the students will be awarded two officially recognized M.Sc. degrees: one from each university where they studied.

The NordSecMob programme graduates are equipped to be employed internationally by both industry and academia, having acquired the necessary skills for various work opportunities including expert role, R&D, research and management positions. This programme gives a solid basis to continue academic career towards the doctoral level; it also provides the students with experience of international R&D environments and enables access to major international networks.

Mobility of students

A joint curriculum is defined for the programme and it involves always two universities. The 120 ECTS credits are divided into two blocks: 1-2 semesters of teaching (30-60 ECTS credits) will be provided by the home university and 1-2 semesters of teaching (30-60 ECTS credits) will be provided by the host university. The student takes courses focusing on advanced topics on the selected area of specialization:

  • AALTO: Technical Information Security and Network Services
  • KTH: Communications Systems Design
  • NTNU: Information Security
  • DTU: Reliable Software Systems
  • UT: Mathematical Foundations of Cryptography

The first autumn term studies are taken at one of the three home universities: AALTO, KTH or NTNU. The students with the specialization “Reliable Software Systems” transfer from the home university to DTU for the first spring semester and the second autumn semester. Also the students with the specialization “Mathematical Foundations of Cryptography” move from the home university to UT for the first spring and the second autumn semester. The students with other specialization tracks relocate after the first year studies to the other host universities (AALTO, KTH, NTNU) for the second year studies. The programme includes three semesters of courses followed by a fourth research semester (Master's thesis 30 credits) under the supervision and evaluation of both the home and host university.

This two-year NordSecMob programme, encompassing 120 ECTS credits, leads to two officially recognized M.Sc. degrees issued by the home and host university (double degree).

Programme sctructure

30-60 ECTS Home university courses
30 ECTS Host university courses
30 ECTS Master’s Thesis in joint supervision

Language courses

According to the degree regulations at Aalto University, students must take at least 3 ECTS of foreign language studies for the degree. In NordSecMob, the students have the option to choose between an English course, fulfilling both oral and written requirements (o,w) or at least 3 ECTS of Finnish courses. We recommend the English course LC-1310  Academic Communication for everyone. Taking the Finnish course(s) as part of the degree requires an application for exemption from the foreign language course requirement. Please contact your study coordinator for more information.

Objectives of the programme

Aalto University specialization: Technical Information Security and Network Services

Professors In charge


Antti Ylä-Jääski


Tuomas Aura


As learning outcomes, the students will be able to apply acquired knowledge of the fundamental technologies and design principles of communication networks, the Internet, and mobile systems including applications, services and service management in order to develop new communication network solutions, service platforms, and service architectures. In addition, they will be able to apply the knowledge acquired on common security mechanisms in software systems and communications networks, including their design principles and limitations, in order to perform threat analysis and security requirements specification and to design and implement secure information systems. Furthermore, the students will also be able to compare and combine the above mentioned knowledge in research and development of communication networks and systems.


Aalto as host university (second year students)

Second autumn 2017

Focus: Advanced courses in mobile computing, security, and services including interactive courses, project works and research assignments.

Taking into account their personal specialization, the students learn advanced topics in areas of their choice and continue to improve their research and hands-on skills. They will have an up-to-date picture of the latest wireless and mobile networking and service delivery technologies and in-depth understanding of some specialist topics in mobility, network services development and communications security. The topics include next generation wireless networks, new protocols in computer networks, and the latest research in communications security. The students are able to apply their knowledge and present technical information in written and spoken form.

Compulsory courses (13 ECTS)

Course name Credits             

Mobile Cloud Computing



Seminar in Computer Science



Language course: Compulsory degree requirement, both oral and written requirements*


(*) See ‘Language courses’ above.

Optional courses (17 ECTS)

Code Course name Credits

Network Security



Applications and Services in Internet



Special Assignment on Computer Science



Special Course on Computer Science



Special Course in Information Security



Methods and Tools for Network Systems



Scalable Cloud Computing


ELEC-A7901 Internet Forum LV 2 ECTS


Finnish 1 A



Finnish 1 B


Total 30 ECTS

Second spring 2018

Code Course name Credits


Master’s Thesis


Total for the whole year: 60 ECTS


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