Helsinki-Aalto Center for Information Security (HAIC) at Aalto University offers scholarships for the Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences – Security and Cloud Computing in 2022.
Studies in Security and Cloud Computing give students a broad understanding of the latest and future technologies for secure mobile and cloud computing systems. Students will gain both practical engineering knowledge and theoretical insights into
- secure systems engineering,
- distributed application development,
- network and service architectures, and
- mobile and cloud platforms.
The programme combines theoretical knowledge and security expertise with product development skills.
Worth of Award
- Helsinki-Aalto Center for Information Security (HAIC) will select several HAIC Scholars from the top applicants admitted to the Security and Cloud Computing major.
- A HAIC Scholar will receive generous financial aid including living cost support in the form of living cost scholarships or honours student position (part-time research-related employment during the semesters).
- Applicants to the programme must meet the general eligibility and language requirements that are common to all Master’s programmes in the field of science and technology.
- The admission criteria to the programme is a high-quality Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, communications engineering, or electrical engineering.
- Excellent candidates with degrees in other fields such as information systems, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics or physics will be considered if they have sufficient studies and proven skills and knowledge in the required areas.
The required background for the Security and Cloud Computing major:
- mathematics (linear algebra, calculus, probability theory, statistics, and discrete mathematics)
- good programming skills
- algorithms and data structures
- theory of computing
- computer networks
- software engineering
- project and teamwork
Knowledge of the following areas is considered an advantage:
- additional knowledge of mathematical methods
- mobile applications
- web software and online services
- operating systems
- distributed computing
- embedded systems
- advanced computer networking
- information security and cryptography
The student selection process is competitive and the best applicants are selected according to the following evaluation criteria:
- Content of the previous degree(s)
- Study success: grades achieved and pace of studies
- Recognition and quality of the applicant’s home university
- Motivation and commitment to studies in the programme
- Other relevant achievements (work experience, publications, Junction Hackathon competition or other programming competition wins, etc.)
- Language proficiency
How to Apply
In addition to the compulsory application documents, applicants to the programme are requested to provide the following study-option-specific documents:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)*
- Motivation letter*
- The motivation letter should be written in English. The maximum length of the motivation letter is about 4000 characters. There are no specific instructions for the content of the motivation letter except for the general advice that you should write a separate motivation letter for each study option you apply to.
- At least one original recommendation letter (preferably academic)
- You can upload the recommendation letter(s) to your online application form. There are no specific instructions for their content.
*) The lack of these documents will adversely affect the evaluation of your application.
In addition, these additional study-option specific documents add value to your application:
- Course descriptions of courses taken in relevant subject areas (see the subject lists above)
- You can either copy the course descriptions from the university website or study guide or summarize them yourself. A list of most important topics covered will suffice.
- Work certificates and certificates of other relevant achievements
- Copies of any publications
- Official transcript of records for other university studies which are not included in the mandatory part of the application
- With documents related to degree studies, follow these instructions. With other higher education studies (e.g. open university or other non-degree), upload the documents to your application as part of the study-option-specific documents.
- GRE or GMAT test results, if available
- Please upload the test result to your study-option-specific documents.
The application should explain the full educational history of the applicant.
Deadline: Applications for the Information Security Scholarships close January 3, 2022.