TEK5500 – Security in distributed systems

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Course content

The course focuses on security in networks and distributed systems, and gives a short introduction to cryptography. The threats against distributed systems are covered, as well as applicable methods, technologies and standards to protect against these threats.

Learning outcome

After taking the course you will:

  • understand the threats against distributed systems and how to protect against them
  • have a foundation for designing and developing secure distributed systems, and for evaluating the security of existing solutions
  • have knowledge of standards, security protocols, technologies, principles, methods and cryptographic mechanisms applicable for securing modern distributed systems
  • have knowledge of common mistakes leading to insecurities in distributed systems


Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


Recommended previous knowledge

Basic programming, computer communication, mathematics.


3 hours lectures every week. Mandatory assignments must be delivered and approved before the candidate may stand for the exam.


A final, oral exam will count for 100 % of the final grade. In case of many students, a written exam may be held instead.

The course has a mandatory assignment that must be approved in order to take the final exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)