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Master Programme in Information Security, 120.0 Credits

Facts 2014/15

This is the 2014/15catalogue. You can also go to 2013/14

Entry requirements

A Bachelor´s degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS with at least 60 ECTS in the area of computer science, systems science, information technology or a closely related area. The degree must include a final thesis of 15 ECTS. Documented skills in English language. Further information is given at:

Documented skills in English language

Education level

Second cycle


Degree of Master (Two Years)


The selection procedure is based on academic qualifications, quality and quantity aspects

Selection group
Academic: 100%

The nature and scope of the Information Security has evolved over the past several years. Enterprises are no longer just concerned about IT-security. Risk assessment and policy formulation, along with the definition of the business' specific security requirements are central to the information security practice.

Within the curriculum of the first year of study, important terms, such as information security, security architectures for clients and servers, robust systems, leadership and management of organizations' security, are defined. The first year ends with a project in a company or a government agency where you will meet different professional roles and study how information security functions in a real world setting. The focus of the second year of study is cutting edge research and trends in information security. Parallel to this, you can select courses geared toward security technology or security management. The second year ends with your master thesis.

Being a student in the international information security program means an active search for knowledge, problem solving, and critical analysis based on a scientific approach. The working methods vary between individual study, group work, live cases, seminars and lectures. The core courses of the program ensure that the student will gain a holistic socio-technical view of the field and the related challenges. The program provides elective courses through which the student can specialize in security management or security engineering according to available courses and interests. The program is taught in English.

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Distance learning
You can study this program on campus or by distance. As a distance student you are not required to attend any meetings in Luleå. A web-based learning management system and a free video conference program are used. You must have access to a PC-computer with a headset (a web camera is optional) and permission to install software. An Internet connection (minimum 256 Kbps) is required.

Labour market

This program will give you a broad socio-technical competence in information security together with expert knowledge within your field of interest. You may work as a security manager in small and medium sized firms, as well as in IT departments in larger companies.  Your knowledge may lead to positions in fields as diverse as risk management, malware analysis, and IT consulting. For many students, a subsequent career in academic research and education is an attractive alternative.

More information


Dan Harnesk,, 0920-49 10 41


Master Programme in Information Security (Campus, Luleå)
Application code: LTU-97337
Last day for application: 15 Jan 2014
Starting semester: Autumn 2014
Course pace: 100%
Teaching hours: Daytime
Form of study: Normal
Language: English
Place: Luleå
Master Programme in Information Security (Internet-based distance education)
Application code: LTU-97000
Last day for application: 15 Jan 2014
Starting semester: Autumn 2014
Course pace: 100%
Teaching hours: Daytime
Form of study: Web-based Distance education
Language: English
Place: Independent of place
Meetings: 0 compulsory


Published: 18 March 2011

Luleå University of Technology