Computer Science: Computer Systems Security

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Leading programme in Computer Systems Security

The Master track in Computer Systems Security focuses on system and security issues related to operating systems, hardware and applications (topics like hacking, malware, reverse engineering, vulnerabilities). This specialization in Computer Systems Security is a joint effort by VU Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam. The emphasis on system related issues is what sets this track apart from other master programmes on security, which tend to have a focus on formal methods or the math behind cryptography. You’ll be taught by leading researchers in the field of computer security. Many of the challenging courses have a very hands-on character.

Students graduating in the Computer Systems Security specialization have knowledge of

  • security issues in system-level software including weaknesses and defenses;
  • static and dynamic analysis techniques for software (benign and malicious);
  • modern scalable computer and network architecture;
  • secure software development for modern, highly parallel computer systems.

For detailed information on the Computer Systems Security courses, please check our Study Guide
General info on the master's programme in Computer Science

Track coordinator
Herbert Bos, email: h.j.bos@vu.nl

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This track is a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam. Courses are given at the two Faculties of Science. Graduates receive a diploma accredited by both universities.

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Please phone us at +31 (0)20 598 5000 (Monday – Friday, 10:00 to 12:00). You may also e-mail us at study@vu.nl.

Would you like to read the key points of the Master's programme? Order the brochure. Or find out more about the Master's programmes and visit our information days.

Overview Computer Science: Computer Systems Security

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

2 years

TUITION FEE

APPLICATION DEADLINE

15 July for Dutch students. 1 April for non-EU/EEA students; 1 April for EU and EEA students

START DATE

1 September and 1 February

STUDY TYPE

Full-time

FIELD OF INTEREST

Computer Science, Mathematics and Business