Programme structure

The master's programme Informatics: Information Security is a two-year full time study consisting of 120 ECTS credits.

The programme has the following structure:

  • Courses, 60 or 90 ECTS credits
  • Master's thesis, 60 or 30 ECTS credits

Course of study

Example with long Master's thesis of 60 ECTS credits:

4th semester Master's thesis Master's thesis Master's thesis
3rd semester Master's thesis Master's thesis Master's course
2nd semester Master's thesis Master's course Master's course
1st semester Master's course Master's course Master's course
  10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits

Example with short Master's thesis of 30 ECTS credits:

4th semester Master's thesis Master's thesis Master's thesis
3rd semester Master's course Master's course Master's course
2nd semester Master's course Master's course Master's course
1st semester Master's course Master's course Master's course
  10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits

10 ECTS credits

The tables above gives examples of courses of study. You can structure the programme differently, for example by starting on your thesis already in the first semester. All courses should normally be completed and passed before the last semester.

Courses and master's thesis

The choice of courses and the theme of the master's thesis is done in consultation with your supervisor in the first semester. This choice also determines the specialization you follow.

The programme has four specializations 

  • Cryptography
  • Secure Systems Development
  • Cyber and Network Security
  • Information Security Management

Each specialization has recommended courses. See requirements and structure.

Master's thesis

The Master's thesis is an independent research work carried out under supervision. You can choose either a long thesis of 60 ECTS credits, in addition to 60 ECTS credits of courses, or a short Master's thesis of 30 ECTS credits in addition to 90 ECTS credits of courses.

If you choose a long thesis, the work is distributed over several semesters. The submission of the master's thesis is done on a fixed date in the last semester. If you choose a short master's thesis, the research thesis is placed entirety in the last semester. The theme of the thesis is presented on a given date at the beginning of the semester and the deadline for submission is 17 weeks after this date. You must present Your master's thesis publicly at the end of the semester. Following the presentation is an oral examination with the sensors and supervisor about the thesis.

Read more about beeing a master student at the Department of Informatics

Supervision through the studies

The Master’s programme is a collaboration program between the Department of Informatics and the Institute of Technology Systems. You can get supervision from these research groups:

Progression requirements

The standard study time is two years, or four years if you apply for part-time studies. If you spend more time, it's important that you familiarize yourself with the policies for admission and your right to study. Please contact the Department of Informatics if this applies to you.Your right to study may be cancelled if you do not register for the first semester of the study programme and you have absence without valid reason for more than one semester.

Recognition of master's courses from former education

If you are admitted to the masters' programme and you have completed master courses outside the University of Oslo, you may apply to have these courses recognised as part of your degree. Please contact the Department of Informatics for more information.

Diploma and degree

This programme leads to the following degree: Informatics: Information Security

The diploma is issued when you have completed the courses that meet the requirements for a degree. Read more about diplomas.

Published Apr. 10, 2019 3:39 PM - Last modified Feb. 5, 2020 10:52 AM