SECCLO focuses on two specific aspects of modern computing systems, cloud computing and information security.

Cloud computing means in a broad sense highly distributed and scalable computation and data storage in data centers as well as physically accessible devices. Information security means protection of computation, communication and data from unauthorized access.

SECCLO responds to the demand for professional engineers who are able to innovate and build the next generation cloud and mobile computing services and applications. The emphasis on combining strong security knowledge with hands-on R&D skills in a specific technical area, cloud computing, is a special characteristic of SECCLO.

Mobility scheme and joint summer activities

The first year of the SECCLO curriculum is offered by Aalto University. The second year will be completed at one of the other consortium universities: KTH, NTNU, DTU, UT or EURECOM. The final project, Master’s thesis, is written under the joint supervision of both the first- and second-year university. The language of instruction in all universities is English.

At the end of the first academic year, we offer a joint one-week summer school for all first year SECCLO students. This complements the curriculum offered by the entry and exit universities by introducing the most recent and up-to-date topics in the information security field. It also serves as a networking and feedback event for all students before they move to exit universities. A summer internship is taken at one of the programme’s industry partners or in an applied research project in June-August before the second year studies.

SECCLO programme requires full-time study on campus (some lecture courses are online).

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Learning outcomes

SECCLO aims to educate professional engineers who are able to take on the most demanding R&D tasks and drive the development of future products and services. More specifically, the learning outcomes are the following:

  • Students have the theoretical understanding of information security and practical skills for designing and critically analysing secure computing systems.
  • Students understand the architectural principles of distributed services and applications. They are able to design, analyse, and implement cloud-based and distributed computing systems.
  • Students have in-depth knowledge of their chosen specialization area and can apply it to solving technical and scientific problems. They are able to contribute to the knowledge and practices in their field.
  • Students have strong software development skills and other technical and professional skills that enable them to take responsible roles in an industrial research and development environment, and they are qualified to continue to doctoral studies in academia.

Qualifications awarded

SECCLO graduates receive two officially recognized Master of Science degrees (120 ECTS) issued by the entry and exit university (two national degrees, double degree). The degrees are awarded upon successful completion of the two-year programme.

Institution Title of Degree Awarded
Aalto University, Finland Master of Science (Technology), Diplomi-insinööri
The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden Degree of Master of Science (120 credits), Teknologie Masterexamen (120 hp)
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Master of Science in Security and Cloud Computing
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Master of Science in Engineering

University of Tartu, Estonia

Master of Science in Engineering (Computer Science), Tehnikateaduse magister (informaatika)
EURECOM (co-deliverance with Institut Mines Télécom), France Diplôme National de Master en Sciences, Technologies, Santé, Mention Informatique Spécialité Sécurité numérique conférant le grade de Master, Master of Science in Computer Science (Specialisation in Digital Security)

Post-graduate studies

The Master of Science degrees awarded provide eligibility for doctoral studies. SECCLO graduates can apply for doctoral studies in any of the consortium universities, other universities in consortium countries or abroad. At the consortium universities, suitable doctoral programmes include:

To learn more about post-graduate opportunities for SECCLO students, visit Careers and employability.