Information Security: Computer Systems Information Security International educational program ITMO University

Information Security: Computer Systems Information Security

Aalto University

Partner University: Aalto University

Place of Study: Russia, Finland
Outcome (diploma or credits): Master of Science (ITMO University), Master of Science (Aalto University)
Duration: 2 years (120 credits), including 1-2 semesters at Aalto University
Language: English
Application Deadline: 09 August 2021
Admission Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in IT or equivalent with good/excellent grades (at least 4.0 out of 5); upper-intermediate level of English (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE A, CAE)*
Tuition Fee: 242,000 rubles per year for Russian students; 262,000 rubles per year for international students

Please note that obtaining an invitation and a visa will take at least a month. We ask you to apply for the Master’s program before July 15, 2021, in order to take the entrance exams and receive your documents in due time.

Program description

The Information Security Master’s program focuses on training highly qualified professionals in cyber security and comprises seven specializations, two of which are taught in English, including the Computer Systems Information Security double-degree track.

Career options

The graduates may hold such positions as information security experts, information security auditors and analysts, heads and deputy directors for information security. The industry’s demand for experts in this field is very high and it is expected to grow in the future.

In the digital age, information security has become extremely crucial not only for people but also for companies and large corporations. That is why computer security specialists are in such continuous demand both in private and public economic sectors.

The double-degree Master’s program in Computer Systems Information Security focuses on training highly qualified professionals in the area of information security. It is delivered in collaboration with Aalto University, which is considered to be one of the leading universities in the field. The students have an excellent opportunity to learn from top-ranked professionals ready to share their experience in the field of information security from both ITMO University and Aalto University.

Program contents

1st semester

 Project Management (Entrepreneurial Culture)

 4 credits

 English for Specific Purposes

 2 credits

 Communication, Conflict Management and Influence Techniques or   

 Emotional Intelligence or

 Business and Science Ethics, Research Management or

 Personal Efficiency and Time Management

 4 credits

 Data Processing and Analysis

 3 credits

 Foundations of Information Security

 3 credits

 Logic and Methodology of Science

 3 credits

 Research Internship

 11 credits 

2nd semester

 English for Specific Purposes                                                      

  2 credits 

 Applied Artificial Intelligence

  3 credits 

 Information Security Laws and Regulations

  3 credits

 Information Security Risk Management

  3 credits 

 Operating Systems

  3 credits

 Web Software Development

  3 credits

 Database Security

  3 credits

 Side-Channel Attacks and Modern Cryptanalysis

  3 credits

 Research Internship

  7 credits

3rd semester

Scalable Cloud Computing

 3 credits

Network Security

 3 credits

Computer Networks II – Advanced Features

 3 credits

Seminar on Software Systems, Technologies and Security 

 3 credits

Cryptography and Data Security

 3 credits

Mobile Systems Security

 3 credits

Research Internship

 6 credits

Tech Project Internship

 6 credits 

4th semester 

 Senior Internship                                                             

 9 credits

* The applicants are required to pass the entrance examination successfully. Please be informed that the double-degree option will be available only to the most successful students on a competitive basis.

The list of entrance examination questions

The required English proficiency level:

IELTS (Academic IELTS only): 6.5, and 5.5 for Writing

IBT (Internet-based Test): 92, and 22 for Writing
PBT (Paper-based Test): 580, and 4.0 for Writing
PDT (Paper-Delivered Test) Reading 22, Listening 22, and Writing 24

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A): 62, and 54 for Writing

Cambridge English Qualification (CEA):
C1 Advanced (former name Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, CAE): A,B or C
C2 Proficiency (former name Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, CPE): A,B,C or Level C1

Student review

Want to know more? Read the stories of international students at the Information Security program to learn more about the major and their experiences:


"I have always been interested in computer security, and this program focuses on training professionals in cybersecurity.

Here students acquire competencies in different topics and issues of information security

and other promising fields of science and technology, multi-agent systems, cryptosystems, and intelligent systems."


Jorge Medina, a student of the Information Security​ program




"Digital technologies are growing rapidly, and the safety and security of these technologies is the primary pillar.

I’ve learned a lot of new things in the two years of the program – communication skills, public speaking, negotiation skills,

blog writing, the art of thinking, Russian language, and a lot more."


Shahzad Ahmed, a student of the Information Security​ program





"ITMO provides high-quality education and research,

which has led it to be one of the most popular and high-ranked universities in Russia and the world."



Mahdi Akhlaqi, a student of the Information Security​ program



How to apply?

To apply, please follow our step-by-step application guide.

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International Admission Office 

Dr. Alisa Vorobeva, Faculty of Secure Information Technologies 


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