Programme Structure

Double Degree

Programme with EIT Digital Master School

The University of Twente is a core partner of EIT Digital (formerly EIT ICT Labs), part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. The EIT Digital Master School offers an international Master’s programme focusing on ICT Innovation, combining and integrating technical majors with a fully standardized minor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. As a student at the EIT Digital Master School, you will not only gain fundamental knowledge and skills on a technical topic, but also learn how to commercialize your innovative ideas.

SECURITY AND PRIVACY

The programme focuses on the design, development and evaluation of secure computer systems which are also capable of ensuring privacy for future ICT systems. It follows a constructive security approach in teaching the highly complex and challenging field of information assurance.

The aim is to provide you with an understanding of the concepts and technologies for achieving confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and privacy protection for information processed across networks. Topics include core network security principles, traffic filtering, traffic analysis, cryptography, tunneling and encapsulation, public-key infrastructure, remote-authentication protocols and virtual private networks.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor imparts competencies in communication, knowledge integration, open innovation and technology management from the viewpoints of both business and technology. These business skills will enable you to understand and execute a business development process, with an insight into the legal and societal aspects of security and privacy.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

You will start the Master's programme at an entry university of your choice, depending partly on your technical background. After completing the first year, you will move on to your exit university, located in a different European country. All classes are taught in English.

The University of Twente is both an entry and an exit university. This means that you could start the programme with a first year at the University of Trento and move to Twente for the second year, or start the prgramme at the University of Twente, and move to, for instance, TU Darmstadt for the second year.

The two-year programmes (120 credits) include a technical major (90 credits) and an Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor (30 credits).

THE second YEAR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE

The programme offered by the University of Twente focuses on Network Security. The programme is embedded in the regular Computer Science Master’s programme, and is accredited by NVAO, the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders.

The specialization examines the security of networks in all their forms, putting emphasis on newer developments and their inherent challenges. One special focus is on emerging wireless and dynamic networks such as ad-hoc networks, WSNs, or VANETs in which issues like collaboration incentives or the absence of protection perimeters are resulting in new forms of security systems that may also become relevant in a future, more dynamic internet.

MOTIVATION

Networked systems are becoming ubiquitous and diverse. Nowadays they are applied in more and more critical systems, including sensor networks, smart meters, industrial control systems and the internet. Methods of wireless communication and dynamic forms of networking such as P2P or ad-hoc networks are presenting new security and privacy challenges. Wireless communication facilitates eavesdropping or denial-of-service attacks. Dynamic networking as in Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks creates issues in areas such as the enforcement of collaboration and data consistency. Any aspiring security expert will benefit greatly from a strong background in network security in all its permutations.

REQUIRED COURSES (12 CREDITS)

ELECTIVE COURSES (6 CREDITS)

INTERNSHIPS IN THE RELATED AREA OF S&P

The EIT Digital consortium consists of leading global companies such as Deutsche Telekom, SAP, Siemens, KPMG, Alcatel-Lucent, Technicolor, Philips, Infineon, Intel, NXP, and ST Microelectronics Their commitment guarantees access to challenging thesis projects and prospective internships in a stable, innovation-based industry.

It also enjoys good relationships with vehicle manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW and Renault and the automotive supply industry. Other core partners in the EIT Digital include national research organizations such as TNO-ICT and CWI (the Netherlands), and DFKI and Fraunhofer (Germany). In addition, all participating partners have special links to their respective national security agencies.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES WITH A S&P MAJOR

Successful graduates will easily find positions in the product service sector (e.g. telecom companies), financial institutions or with software and hardware vendors that require a high level of assurance in their ICT systems.

Graduates of the S&P major will also be in a good position to start their own company, provide product or technology development consulting, business development consulting or other consultancy services.

Another career option is an advanced research career in industry or academia, including PhD research at the universities involved or at other leading institutions.

Last but not least, government security agencies lack a qualified pool of systems security engineers despite the reports of cyber-attacks and security breaches that have flooded the media in recent years. These agencies are on the lookout for new talent to help shore up their cyber security activities.

RELEVANCE OF THE EIT ICT LABS ACTIVITIES

Security and Privacy are relevant in all EIT Digital areas of expertise: Future Media and Content Delivery, Smart Spaces, Smart Energy Systems, Intelligent Mobility and Transportation Systems, Digital Cities, Health and Wellbeing and ICT-Mediated Human Activity. All of these fields require a strong Security and Privacy angle in order to flourish from a commercial point of view.

Research at the University of Twente in the framework of EIT Digital is conducted by the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT).

MORE INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

For more information on EIT Digital, entry universities, the application procedure and tuition fees, visit the EIT Digital website.

Go to our double degree overview to find out more about double degrees at the University of Twente.

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