Security and Privacy (S&P)


Why study the EIT Digital Security and Privacy programme?

The EIT Digital S&P programme offers:

  • Front line technical content within the field.
  • Studies at two of Europe´s best technical universities, leading to a double degree.
  • A good integration with tailored Business courses in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
  • A thesis work well grounded in industrial problems.
  • Access to the competence of eight EIT Digital innovation action lines, at least through a summer school between the two years.
  • Access to the co-location centers and innovation ecosystems of the nine EIT Digital nodes.


What is the programme all about?

The programme on Security and Privacy focuses on the study of the design, development and evaluation of secure computer systems, which are also capable of ensuring privacy for future ICT systems. The study of the very complex and challenging field of information assurance follows a constructive security approach. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts and technologies that are necessary for achieving confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and privacy protection in the case of information processed across networks.


What are the career opportunities for graduates from the programme?

Graduates from the Security & Privacy master’s programme will be qualified for jobs at international and local organizations and companies in both technical and business positions. Graduates will also be able to launch, develop or contribute to totally new businesses.


Typical job descriptions or titles include:

  • (Cyber) Security consultant;
  • Security Analyst;
  • (Information) Security Architect;
  • Operation Manager;
  • Product Manager.

Due to their multidisciplinary attitude, graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together. They will easily find jobs within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as telecom companies, game companies, e-learning, web developers, and entertainment. An alternative path would be to start an own company to provide product or technology development, media content, business development or consultancy services.


How is the programme structured?

The programme is a double degree programme with studies at a university in one country in the first year (entry university) and studies at a university in another country in the second year (exit university). The programme has an integrated technical content (Technical major) and a business content (Innovation & Entrepreneurship – I&E minor). The I&E minor is shared between all the EIT Master’s programmes. An integral part of the second year is the Final Degree Project (30 ECTS, including the Master’s Thesis). The structure and the content of the technical major is given below.


Where can I study if I choose the Security and Privacy programme?

Entry – 1st year

  • UNITN – Trento, Italy
  • UT -  Twente, The Netherlands

Exit – 2nd year: specialisation

  • ELTE – Budapest, Hungary: Advanced Cryptography
  • Saarland University – Saarbrücken, Germany: Information Security and Privacy
  • TUD – Darmstadt, Germany: System Security
  • UNITN – Trento, Italy: Applied Security
  • UT – Twente, The Netherlands: Cyber Security: High Tech, Human Touch


First year

The first year is similar at the two entry points (University of Twente and UNITN in Trento) with basic courses on Introduction to Computer Security, Network Security, System Security, Information Security Management, Cryptography and Privacy. In addition to that, some elective courses may be chosen to prepare for a specialisation.


An important part of the programme is the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) minor. The I&E basics course provides an introduction to business and management. The Business Development Lab extends media systems engineering projects by a market survey, a business model generation process, and a venture development exercise. We emphasize user driven innovation and holistic analysis of service, technology, organization and financial perspectives, as new technologies are disruptive for existing business models and almost always have a significant impact on the culture and the social relations. Society-relevant themes are also at the core of the summer schools, which bring students together from the different entry points.


Second year

The S&P programme offers five specialisations:

  • Applied Security (University of Trento)
  • System Security (TU Darmstadt)
  • Information Security and Privacy (Saarland University)
  • Advanced Cryptography (ELTE)
  • Cyber Security: High Tech, Human Touch (University of Twente)


ELTE – Budapest Specialisation


Advanced Cryptography

Security and Privacy are crucial issues for citizens and customers using IT-based systems. The specialisation focuses on the general ideas, techniques and methods of Applied Cryptography as well as on the theoretical background and solid knowledge, putting security in a wider context. Security and Privacy is considered both from the technological and from the economical point of view, which supports decision-making in many practical cases.


Applied Cryptography serves as a base for most of the secure IT-systems (e.g. in Future Media and Content Delivery, Smart Spaces, Digital cities, Health and ICT-Mediated Human Activity, and Enabling the Internet of the Future).


Graduates are:

  • able to manage all the typical cryptographic challenges in IT-Systems,
  • able to develop cryptosystems under various circumstances,
  • aware of the theoretical and practical background, and
  • offered internships at our partner IT companies and research institutes.

Specialisation Core Courses (24 ECTS):

  • Advanced cryptography (6 ECTS)
  • Cryptography and its applications (6 ECTS)
  • Cryptographic protocols (6 ECTS)
  • Economics of Security and Privacy (6 ECTS)

Specialisation Electives:

  • Applied Cryptography Project Seminar (6 ECTS)


Last modified: April 13, 2016