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Major Information Security

As an international leader in the field of information security, TU Graz is placing a new focus on the training of information security experts. 3 master's degree programmes offered in the English language allow students to specialise in Information Security. Students receive practical training and are integrated into the TU Graz scientific community. The researchers address the most pressing questions about IT security which regularly attract international attention, such as the discovery of the security gaps Meltdown, Spectre and ZombieLoad.

The Cybersecurity Campus Graz also represents a unique research, teaching and certification centre in cooperation with the renowned partner company SGS. Students benefit greatly from this cooperation, which enables the optimal combination of basic research and industrial application.

Information Security and Hardware

Do you want to be among those who build the newest secure processors of the future? Combine information security know-how with information technology.

Degree programme Information and Computer Engineering

Information Security and Software

Do you want to be a member of the generation that’s helping to shape the future? Hot topics include information security and robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Degree programme Computer Science

Information Security and Economy

Are you planning to start your own company? Combine information security with management skills!

Degree programme Software Engineering and Management


Questions about the degree programme or admission procedure? Contact studynoSpam@tugraz.at.

Information Security in Degree Programmes

TU Graz is a leading university in the field of Information Security. In the 3 english-language master’s programmes Computer Science, Information and Computer Engineering and Software Engineering and Management, students can specialize in the field of Information Security.

In-depth lectures and practicals are offered that cover the different areas of Information Security, ranging from the foundations in cryptography and hardware security to applications in e-government and mobile security. The recently established Cybersecurity Campus Graz offers further opportunities for hands-on training and collaboration projects.

The foundation for the specialization in the master’s degree programme is laid in the bachelor’s degree programme: Information Security is an important part of the curricula of the bachelor’s degree programmes in Computer Science, Information and Computer Engineering and Software Engineering and Management.

Master-Level Courses in Information Security

Core Topics in Information Security

The training takes place in the four core research areas of TU Graz in the field of Information Security. The courses will lead you from the foundations to cutting-edge research and impactful applications:

  • Cryptology and Privacy: You will learn about the mathematical foundations of security and the design rationale behind cryptographic schemes, get familiar with modern crypto designs and privacy-preserving computation, learn state-of-the-art cryptanalysis techniques, and understand potential future threats like quantum computers.
  • System Security: You level up your skills in secure software development, digital system design and hardware security, find out how microarchitectural attacks like Spectre and Meltdown work and how to harden implementations and systems against such side-channel and fault attacks.
  • Formal Methods: You will address the question of how security and bug-free functionality can be verified, tested, or even formally proven.
  • Secure Applications: You learn how to apply these foundations to design solutions for real-world applications and networks. In addition, you will address questions such as how secure your digital identity is on your mobile phone and how to manage security processes in a large organisation or in the e-government.

In addition to these four core areas, you can choose from a list of courses on selected topics relevant for a broader information security perspective, such as legal aspects, information theory and coding, compilers, or embedded applications.

Information Security Major and Minor

Choose Information Security as your major catalogue in one of the following 3 computer science degree programmes and combine this with a minor to pursue different directions:

In each of these degree programmes, you’ll select a major and a minor catalogue of electives and select your courses from these catalogs. All courses are taught in English.

The curriculum specifies 4 compulsory courses for the Information Security major (or 2 compulsory courses for the minor), one compulsory course in each core area. You can freely select the additional courses from the Information Security catalogue to specialize in your areas of interest. In your master’s project, you’ll delve deeper and work on your personal security project.

For your master’s thesis, you’ll collaborate with our research teams to solve challenges arising in our security research – maybe your results will even lead to a new scientific publication!

How does the admission process work?

All information on admission is available on the page of the Master's degree programme you wish to pursue:

Information Security Research

Research on all aspects of information security is conducted at the Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communications (IAIK). This research is carried out to find answers to the most pressing IT security challenges.

This takes place in 4 research areas:

What is Security in the Digital Age?

With several billion devices forecast to be connected by 2020, security is increasingly becoming a topic of public debate and attracting more and more attention in research circles.


This isn’t the time to rest on our laurels.

The topic of security is just starting to become truly significant, says researcher Stefan Mangard. He is working on the ERC project Sophia, where he is concentrating on secure computer processors.


System Security

In the field of system security, the team at TU Graz has caused an international sensation in the IT world, especially by revealing the security gaps Spectre and Meltdown. The team has gone on to tackle ZombieLoad and Store-to-Leak Forwarding.

Check out the research area System Security

Cryptology & Privacy

Cryptography is the basis, the foundation of all security. – Christian RECHBERGER, Head of the research area Cryptology & Privacy

For almost five years, the Competition for Authenticated Encryption (CAESAR) was held to search for encryption methods for digital information. Now the jury recommends the use of the ASCON algorithm developed by TU Graz for secure encryption in the Internet of Things.

Check out the research area Cryptology & Privacy

Formal Methods

Research on mathematical methods and tools is conducted in the research area Formal Methods. These methods and tools should ensure that systems do not display any functional or safety errors. In the interdisciplinary research project, the Dependable Internet of Things is subjected to research in the area of Formal Methods.

Check out the research area Formal Methods

Secure Application

The team develops innovative solutions and tools in the research area Secure Applications. Developers can use these while creating secure IT applications.

Check out the research area Secure Applications

Cybersecurity Campus Graz

TU Graz has founded the Cybersecurity Campus together with its partner company SGS in order to create the only unified environment for cybersecurity research, teaching, product testing, and much more found anywhere in the world.

A large number of companies that are active in the security sector also are based in Graz. The cooperation between these companies and TU Graz enables students to conduct internships and summer jobs in this specialised field.