Secure Distributed Systems

SwB, course package, 60 credits

How can we build secure distributed systems? As security is becoming increasingly important, all students need skills in this area regardless of being a software developer, systems architect or security specialist. Designers of distributed systems must have security expertise, to ensure that the systems they design do not fall victims to attacks. The overall aim of this course package is to provide an understanding of the challenges being confronted with when designing, developing and deploying distributed computer systems, as well as the benefits gained from the development of secure and dependable computer systems with both legacy and future networks in mind.
First semester: September 2015 - December 2015
EDA387 - Computer networks, 7.5 cr
Second semester: January 2015 - June 2016
Entry requirements
Minimum 3½ years and preferably 4 years of studies in a BSc degree programme in Brazil.
Major in: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or Electrical Engineering or be enrolled in his/her last year of studies leading to such a degree.
Course prerequisites: Programming (C, C++ or Java) and Mathematics (including Discrete Mathematics and Linear algebra) and a course in algorithms and/or data structures.
English requirements
The most common and important scores that are accepted for studies at Chalmers are
  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

The above tests and test scores are minimum requirements, no exemptions will be granted by Chalmers.
The Institutional TOEFL-test (ITP) score is not valid for academic purposes at Chalmers.

Application (for entry academic year 2015/16)
Credits: 60 cr
Duration: 10 months or 2 semesters
Start of first semester: Early September 2015
End of second semester: Early June 2016
Rate of study: 100% (full-time studies at Chalmers is equivalent to 4 courses or 30 credits per semester)
Instructional time: Daytime
Language of instruction: English
Teaching form: On-campus
Tuition fee: 140 000 SEK
Application period:
10 February: Application period opens on
20 February: Application deadline
25 February: Deadline for University Admissions to receive documents to complete the electronic admission application (transcript in Portuguese, official translation of transcript in English, copy of English test results)
18 March: Notification of selection results published on your personal profile on
Application instructions in detail (external link on 
Questions regarding application and admission: Chalmers’ Admissions,
Specific questions about course content: Elad Schiller,
Other questions: Student Exchange,

Published: Fri 23 Nov 2012. Modified: Wed 11 Mar 2015