Secure and reliable communication

  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120


Objectives and content


To train students to a masters level in the topics of coding theory, telecommunications, cryptographic primitives, and both network coding and network security. The associated mathematical algorithms and structures will be covered. The aim is to both prepare students for future in industrial careers in computer science or mathematics or security, and/or to prepare students for future academic careers.


The program comprises courses in the fields of coding theory, information theory, cryptography, network information theory, and network security. Each student also undertakes a masters thesis in conjunction with a supervisor on a relevant topic. The courses are each undertaken over a single semester and will be assessed by a combination of assignments and end-of-semester examinations. For more detailed descriptions of course contents please link to the relevant course details.

Programme profile

The group conducts research in the field of secure communication at a high international level. It has good contacts in the international community and has been regularly involved in organization of many international conferences. The group has been evaluated as ¿Excellent¿ in all three the evaluations of ICT groups in Norway initiated by the Research Council of Norway.

Master projects will be of theoretical or practical nature. Projects are selected to give candidates an insight into problems of interest at the frontier of international research in design of cryptographic primitives, state-of-art cryptanalysis, post quantum cryptography, quantum computing and information theory, coding theory, etc.

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the candidate should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate

  • should be aware of the state-of-the-art knowledge in the areas of coding theory, telecommunications, cryptography, and network security.
  • should be aware of imminent developments in the above areas.
  • should have mastered the underlying mathematical theory for the above areas.


The candidate

  • should be able to analyse and design systems in the context of coding theory, telecommunications, cryptology, and network security.
  • should be able to simulate systems by means of software coding.
  • by means of the masters thesis, should have some understanding as to how to research into specialist areas and be able to arrange and present such research in the form of a document (thesis).

General competence

The candidate

  • should be able to assimilate various topics in the course and understand how they interact.a

Study Period Abroad

Study period abroad

You can plan study periods abroad in consultation with your supervisor as a part of the master agreement.

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

This programme is avalible for citizens from within the European Union/EEA/EFTA.

Follow these links to find the general entry requirements and guidelines on how to apply:



Admission Requirements

General admission criteria:

You must have obtained a first degree (bachelor's degree) of three or four years duration from an approved institution of higher education.

The applicant must have completed (possibly as part of the bachelor's degree) at least 80 ECTS of Mathematics and Informatics/Computer science, of these 80 ECTS, at least 40 ECTS must be in Informatics/Computer science, and at least 20 ECTS must be in Mathematics. If both INF100 and INF109 are part of the Bachelor's degree, the applicant will only get credit for INF100.

Starting autumn 2022: Mathematics like MAT101 and equivalent, does not count towards the required ECTS in mathematics.

To qualify for admission, the applicant must have an average grade of C or higher (according to the Norwegian grading system) in the major (of Mathematics and Informatics/Computer science) of the Bachelor's degree.

Additional credits in Mathematics and/or Informatics can be an advantage.

Documentation of proficiency in English is also necessary if you have an international background.

Note that the master's programme has a limited number of places.

See each programme option/specialization for more information about aims and content.

For international self-financing applicants:

The Master's Degree Programme in Informatics is not available for international applicants residing outside of the Nordic countries, the European Union/EEA and Switzerland.

Applicants who reside in Norway:

You apply online through the website soknadsweb.uib.no

Application deadline on soknadsweb.uib.no for students residing in Norway (with Norwegian ID-number):

For study start August: April 15.

For study start January: November 1.

For information about application and admission procedures, see this link: http://www.uib.no/en/matnat/54992/international-master-applicants-residing-norway

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