Track 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 and you will pick up many advanced systems and
programming skills.

Students graduating in the Computer Systems Security specialization have
knowledge of

- security issues in system-level software including weaknesses and
- static and dynamic analysis techniques for software (benign and
- secure software development for modern computer systems
Course name Period Credits Code Pdf
Literature Study and Seminar Ac. Year (September) 6.0 X_405111
Master Project Ac. Year (September) 36.0 XM_400442
Computer and Network Security Period 1 6.0 X_400127
Kernel Programming Period 1 6.0 XM_40014
Distributed Systems Period 2 6.0 X_400130
Secure Software Period 2 6.0 XM_40019
Cybercrime and Forensics Period 4 6.0 XMU_40012
Binary and Malware Analysis Period 5 6.0 X_405100
Name course part Code Pdf
Constrained choice Foundations of Computing and Concurrency XM_CS_B2
Constrained Choice Mathematics XM_CS_B3
Constrained choice Software Engineering (6 EC) XM_CS_B5
Pre-approved Elective courses XM_CS_R1_K1
Societal Perspectives on Computer Science XM_CS_SPCS
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