Information Technology (Master)

Degree: Master
University: University of Turku City: Turku , Country: Finland
Discipline: Engeneering & Technology
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  • Start Date of Studies September
  • Programme Alternatives full-time
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    University: University of Turku (Department of Information Technology, Department of

    Mathematics and Turku School of Economics at the University of Turku)

    Partners: Turku Centre for Computer Science, Nordic Master School in Innovative ICT


    The University of Turku offers a two-year Master’s Degree Programme in Information Technology. This programme offers its students the opportunity to become an expert in one of two very specialized areas in the field of information and communication technology:
    - Information Security
    - Work Informatics

    In the Information Security study track, students gain both theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience whether dealing with secure network and communication systems, secure computing systems or mathematical foundations of data security including cryptographic algorithms and protocols. Characteristic to the Information Security study track is a strong motivation to learn and explore technological and theoretical scientific advances in the field based on newest research.

    The Work Informatics study track covers most of the information systems area having its focus on work-related aspects. It reflects all three modalities of work: individual work, collective work and services; and the role of information technology in them. Knowledge in work organisations and changes in them receive particular attention. The Work Informatics study track emphasizes the social, psychological, political, economic and organisational aspects while keeping information technology an important part of the whole.

    Information Security

    This study track is organized into two specialization areas: Cryptography and Data Security and Networked Systems Security. Students of Cryptography and Data Security specialization area graduate with Master of Science degree. Students of the Networked Systems Security specialization area graduate with the Master of Science in Technology degree.

    The Cryptography and Data Security specialization area focuses on cryptography research from the mathematical point of view. The goal of this specialization area is to educate future experts of the field that have strong and broad knowledge on mathematical aspects of cryptography and data security. Modern symmetric and asymmetric cryptography algorithms and protocols are studied and analysed from the mathematical point of view. The students learn to assess the strengths and weaknesses of cryptographic solutions based on a deep understanding of the underlying theory. The students also gain the ability to pursue designing cryptographic algorithms and protocols for real applications.

    The Networked Systems Security specialization area focuses on researching information security technologies for networked systems and applications of the communication-intensive future from the engineering point of view. The technological topics covered include system and network security, security of communication systems and applications, and security in system design.

    The goal of this specialization area is to give its students profound and substantial education and expertise in the networked systems security field. The topic is approached in a multidisciplinary fashion with obligatory studies also on cryptographic and management aspects of information security. The graduates of this specialization area will benefit from the strong technological, theoretical and practical understanding and skills they have obtained in the programme upon building a successful career in securing the information and communication technology industry.

    Work Informatics /

    In Work Informatics, the core competence is in understanding, analysing and improving the deployment of information technology, during use and development of information systems in organisations.

    The future Masters have their core competence in theoretical and practical understanding of the relationship between IT and work. This gives them readiness to take a wide range of IT-related work roles. These information system experts act as mediators between the systematic world of information technology and the continuously changing environment of human work and activities.

    The Work Informatics programme starts with the Knowledge Work course, which presents the three modalities of work. Following courses deal with services, co-operative work, implementation of Information Systems, knowledge management and Information Systems evaluation. All these subjects are studied from Work Informatics perspective. Also courses on
    IT and ethics, theoretical foundations of Information Systems and usability testing are available.

    The Work Informatics programme contains a lot of practical exercises in local companies and organizations. They help in applying the theories and concepts to complex real work settings.

    Career prospects

    Students graduating from the programme will have profound knowledge in the field of information technology with specialization in the discipline of their study track. The graduates will benefit from the high level of skills and knowledge obtained in the programme in building a successful career in the information technology industry from start-up to large-scale enterprises.

    The opportunities are further strengthened by the optional innovation and entrepreneurship studies available for students in the programme. After graduation, research oriented students may pursue a doctoral degree to extend their knowledge and further increase their career prospects in academia, industry and the public sector.

    Nordic Master School in Innovative ICT
    Master’s Degree Programme in Information Technology is part of Nordic Master School in Innovative ICT. NMS iICT is one of the pilot projects awarded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and based on joint development of existing Master Programmes (120 sp) at the partner universities, which are Åbo Akademi University, University of Turku, The Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Technical University of Denmark (Denmark) and Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia).

    NMS iICT focuses on combining and coordinating world-leading Nordic ICT –related education of the partner universities. The NMS iICT curricula also are to equip the students with basic skills and tools in innovation and entrepreneurship.

    The student of Master’s Degree Programme in Information Technology can decide her-/himself whether or not s/he wants to participate in Nordic Master School. In order to become a NMS iICT student, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship -module is an obligatory part of studies. The module is designed especially for students with technical background, taking into consideration their specific needs and interest in the I&E studies – when involved in the business world, it is not sufficient to know the technology, but also the mechanisms how the business works with technology.

    The I&E module is, of course, worthwhile for students intending to graduate for commercial world, but also people in the academic world will get an advantage from the module, as more and more of the scientific research is funded by the corporate world. These studies are part of optional studies and form a minor subject (25 sp). The Innovation and Entrepreneurship –module is described at the end of this section. In addition to the I&E studies, the student can choose to carry out part of her/his major studies in one of the partner universities.

    Every university offers Core Competence -modules (30 sp), which are based on their special field of know-how. The student can choose one or two of these Core Competence –modules according to her/his personal study plan. Mobility is not a compulsory part of studies, but highly recommended.


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