Network Security Programme180 credits
Trojans, ransomware, phishing and other threats to both individuals and businesses demand ever more attention. If you want to learn how to stop these threats, this programme is the right one for you!
Sensitive and confidential information, such as credit card numbers and medical records, is sent between computers around the world. How can we ensure that this information only reaches those it is meant for?
To become an expert in IT security, particularly network security, a series of competencies are required. You have to be good at handling a computer, of course, and at understanding how the different parts of a computer system interact. In particular, you also need to be able to program computers.
Computer science includes a number of other areas as well, such as operating systems and databases. You will, however, primarily focus on the network and security areas. This means that you will study courses such as administration of networks, mobile and wireless security, and digital forensics. In order to achieve IT security, encryption is required and to help you understand such tools, courses in mathematics are also included.
The programme gives you qualifications for a variety of professions. Examples of jobs that this education may lead to are programmer, network administrator and security consultant, in small as well as large companies. The IT world is global, so work abroad may be just as likely as work in Sweden.
Bachelor of Science with specialization in Network Security. Main field of study: Computer Science.
Template for the Statement of Purpose intended for individual assessment to be included in the programme application.
My dream job would be to work as an ethical hacker
Dalya has always been interested in learning more about security, particularly in the areas of cyber threat hunting and complex technical puzzles. She is now studying the last semester on the programme Network Security and will soon be ready to look for her dream job.
Read the interview with Dalya
"The Network Security programme offers many interesting and relevant courses within IT security, which means you get a global overview and training in the latest technologies and methods for preventing cyberattacks", says Dalya.
"One of my favorite courses was Digital Forensics. The opportunity to learn about the methods and techniques that are used to track and analyze digital evidence in criminal investigations was both challenging and exciting. The course features guest lectures with industry experts offering real-world perspectives that are relevant for my future career".
There is a high demand for IT security specialists
"I've gotten many opportunities to connect with companies during my studies, through guest lectures and fairs, for example. One of the biggest fairs at Linnaeus University is Career Day that takes place in the autumn. The event brings together companies and students within the technology and IT sectors, providing good opportunities for networking and building your career".
"My dream job would be to use my knowledge and skills to secure sensitive information and prevent cyberattacks, such as working as an ethical hacker or a network administrator".
A modern, green, and sustainable environment
"Växjö is surrounded by beautiful lakes and forests, making it a cozy and peaceful place for students to live in. My favorite place is the university library: it is designed in a way that makes the study environment interesting and calm, you can book group rooms, and you have access to computers and printers".
Dalya’s best advice to new students
"Stay organised and always ask for help when needed. Enjoy the experience!"
Today, I work as a consultant, thanks to the broad knowledge I acquired during my studies
A few months ago, Nikolaos graduated from the programme Network Security and today he works as a cybersecurity consultant at Zacco Digital Trust. During his time at Linnaeus University, he met a lot of key people from companies, who then facilitated his employment after graduation.
Read the interview with Nikolaos
"I began working as a consultant at Zacco Digital Trust directly after graduation. I chose to start as a consultant to get to work with many different tasks, projects, and customers. The things I do can range between everything from providing advice to customers on security issues to helping implement and harden new systems", says Nikolaos.
"During the course of the programme, we studied courses covering many topics, from computer science to cybersecurity, and digital forensics. We also conducted labs in many different areas and had access to network hardware that we cannot have at home. All of this prepared me well for working life and my current job".
Campus is a living organism
"One of my main interests is network security, which is the main reason why I chose this programme. What is more, I liked the fact that the university is in Växjö, which gives me a feeling of harmony, as I am from Gothenburg. The campus in Växjö is like a living organism, there is always something fun going on and everyone is welcome to be part of it. I don’t think I have ever been to a new place and immediately felt so much at home before".
"I got involved with the student organization Wädur, which organises parties, of course, but also corporate events that allowed me to establish contacts with companies. This helped me get a job directly after graduation. Being part of an organisation or student association is also an excellent way to make new friends and create memories for life".
Nikolaos’s best advice to new students
"Get started with a study routine as soon as possible. In that way, you will get the most out of your studies while still having plenty of time for other fun activities".
I travel all over the world
Michael works as a IT-Security consultant at Combitech, and he describes it as an exciting and rewarding profession. He appreciated the courses that were practical and that the students got in contact with different companies and organizations during the education.
Read the interview with Michael
- I work as an IT-Security consultant and visit companies all over the world to test their products. It could be websites, medical equipment or smart units.
It´s an interesting and rewarding profession.
- It´s exciting, interesting and rewarding to have a profession where you get to evaluate all these different IT-systems. The most exciting part is quite often the things that you are not allowed to share with others.
Michael liked studying at Linnaeus University and he appreciated the courses that were practical and that the students got in contact with different companies and organizations during the education.
- It was interesting. I especially liked the last year because the courses were more practical. We got in contact with different companies and organizations in different projects and getting contacts in the industry was valuable.
Although it was a fun education, there were also periods that were difficult. Michael suggests that you try to find someone to study with. the teachers were committed and helpful and that also made it easier to handle the difficulties.
- We were a group of students that used to study together and that is something that I truly recommend. It´s though not having someone to discuss tasks and theories with. The teachers were committed and that also helps.
If you are interested in the profession Michael says the programme could be something to consider.
- It´s a programme that prepare you for a carrier in Network security. You get to learn the basics, but also immerse into different subjects.
More information about the programme
This is what you read
This is what you read under the programme. You find all the courses in the list below or in the syllabus.
Courses within the programme
- 1MA441, Basic mathematics for computer scientists, 7,5 credits
- 1DV501, Introduction to Programming, 7,5 credits
- 1DV510, Technical information and communication, 7,5 credits
- 1DV700, Computer Security, 7,5 credits
- 1DV503, Database Technology, 7,5 credits
- 1DV502, Object-oriented Programming, 7,5 credits
- 1DV508, Project course in computer science, 7,5 credits
- 1MA462, Discrete mathematics, 7,5 credits
- 1DV607, Object oriented analysis and design using UML, 7,5 credits
- 1DT301, Computer technology 1, 7,5 credits
- Elective course, 7,5 credits
- 1DV512, Operating systems, 7,5 credits
- 1MA464, Cryptography and coding theory, 7,5 credits
- 1DV701, Computer networks – an introduction, 7,5 credits
- 2DV702, Internet security, 7,5 credits
- 1DV721, System Administration, 7,5 credits,
- 2DV703, Mobile and wireless data security, 7,5 credits
- Elective course, 7,5 credits
- 1DV528, Web programming, 15 credits, (syllabus only available in Swedish)
- 2DV704, Digital Forensics, 7,5 credits
- 2DV50E, Degree project at Bachelor level,15 credits
- 2DV516, Introduction to Machine Learning, 7,5 credits (elective)
Växjö – the student city with a living campus
Just south of Växjö’s city centre you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. In Växjö, many students choose to live on campus.
Here you will have five minutes’ walking distance to friends, restaurants, lecture rooms, gym, grocery store, the University Library, nature trails, and student pubs. If you live in another part of Växjö, you can quickly get to the university by bus or bicycle.
With its 90 000 inhabitants, Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Here you will find the famous Småland entrepreneurship spirit and a lot of companies, for instance within the IT industry – perfect for when you are looking for an internship position or a job. Växjö is also one of Europe’s greenest cities where you have easy access to nature, forest and lakes.