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Master in Security, Cryptology and Coding of Information systems

Graduate program on the Security, Cryptology and Coding of information systems

Context and objective

With the increasing externalization of corporations and organizations in a global multimedia and interconnected world, security of information systems and integration of data protection technologies are among the most critical issues, from private life protection to company survivability and protection of their funds. Yet, security of information systems is an active field of research. Especially, within the Grenoble Universities, the Grenoble techno pole gathers experts in computer science, mathematics and electronics from both INPG (Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble) and UJF (Université Joseph Fourier), leading institutions involved together on the field of information systems and security at an international level.

Based on its excellence and reputation, INPG and UJF propose a graduate program on the engineering of secure information systems and embedded circuit design. Within the Master “Mathématiques, Informatique”, this two year program leads to the title “Master in Security , Cryptology and Coding of Information systems”.

General description

The Master is a two year program, including both an academic part and an individual Master thesis. We focus here on the second year. The academic part, taught in Grenoble, includes both courses and projects generally performed in small teams with two to four students : Common core courses in information systems : Optional courses with advanced specialization in one of the following fields advanced engineering in information systems ; cryptology : advanced protocols and attacks ; embedded circuit synthesis and crypto-processors. The Master thesis consists in an individual work performed in the framework of companies or laboratories , with an academic supervision from a professor .

Selection of candidates

Students are selected and admitted to the programme based on their academic records, language skills, motivation and a judgement of their ability to successfully complete the Master programme. To be admitted to the program, candidates shall have previously completed their undergraduate studies and been awarded of a Bachelor degree in either Science (BSc) or Engineering (BEng) that includes courses in computing and solid practice in programming. Applications of candidates with bachelor in Computer Science or Computer Engineering will be preferably considered. Skills in algebra are also requested for those that will take the optional courses on advanced cryptology. Admission of students is always at the discretion of the Master team which may require that the student attend additional courses in order to qualify for the Master degree.

Registration procedure

The online application form is available on the university website. Once the online application form is completed, the printout of the application form with the requested documents must be sent to :

Scolarité Master Mathématiques, Informatique Bâtiment F, UFR IM2AG, Université Joseph Fourier, BP 53, 38041 GRENOBLE Cedex 9 (France).

Phone : +33 4 76 63 57 26 (from overseas) ; 04 76 63 57 26 (from France) ; e-mail.

If some applicants need an unofficial admission before end of June (for scholarships purpose), they must send a duplicate of the complete application form to : Institut Fourier, Responsable du Master 2P, Professeur Philippe Elbaz-Vincent, BP 74, 38402 St Martin d’Hères cedex (France).

Teaching organisation and pedagogy

Teaching is organised through lectures, exercise classes, laboratory training. All will be done in English. Most of these are directly devoted to these students due to langage and calendar constraints ; however each time it will be applicable the teaching will be made in common with the regular students of this master program. Theory and concepts will implemented pratically during projects lasting several weeks and run by student groups of 2 to 4 persons. Special tutoring will be provided with teaching assistants offering support for individual explanations or help for home work.