Welcome to
The Kerckhoffs Institute
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Welcome to the Kerckhoffs Institute for Computer Security. The institute is a collaboration between the University of Twente, the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Radboud University Nijmegen, and offers a 2-year master track in computer security (as part of a computer science master programme).

The institute was founded in 2005, and offered a join Master degree since 2006.

New Cyber Security Master's Programs

The Kerckhoffs Master's program is ending

The Kerckhoffs Master Program Computer Security has been a great success but major changes are ahead.

These changes are needed because more and more security courses are moving to the bachelor level. The Kerckhoffs Master Program Computer Security has forked into two new Master's programs:

Please follow these links if you are interested in doing a Master in cyber security. These are now separate programs, so a choice is required.

The last generation of students has been admitted to the joint Kerckhoffs degree programme in September 2014. As of September 2015 students with an interest in computer, information, and/or cyber security will be able to enroll into one of the two new programmes mentioned above.

Students currently enrolled in the Kerckhoffs specialisation will be able to complete their studies until September 2016. After this date students can continue their studies in one of the new specialisations. The home universities will make sure that the transition is as smooth as possible.

Information for Kerckhoffs students at TUE and RU

For the students who still finish the Kerckhoffs program at TU Eindhoven or Radboud University, the following modified rules apply for finishing the program.

Mandatory Courses:
  • Network Security
  • Cryptography 1
  • Verification of Security Protocols
  • Software Security
  • Security in Organisations
At least 3 courses from the Kerckhoffs Electives:
  • Introduction to Biometrics
  • Cyber Crime Science
  • Hackers Hut
  • Cryptography 2
  • Seminar IST
  • Privacy Seminar
  • Law in Cyberspace
  • Hardware security
  • Secure Data Management
Additionally, for those students who did not do Security and privacy in mobile systems:
  • One course from the TRU/e curriculum or Kerckhoffs electives. We suggest Principles of Data Protection.

Information for current Kerckhoffs students

Because of all the curriculum changes, the course Hardware Security has moved from autumn to spring. There will be an ad-hoc opportunity to follow the course in autumn 2015, using video recordings of the lectures and doing the course project and lab assignments on an ad-hoc. At the start of the semester we will make an inventory of students who want to do this. For this, send an email to Lejla Batina and Erik Poll.


The research that Tim Cooijmans did for his Master thesis on "Analysis of secure key storage solutions on Android" has been accepted for publication at the 4th Annual ACM CCS Workshop on Security and Privacy in Smartphones and Mobile Devices (SPSM 2014) in Scottsdale, Arizona in the USA. Tim dis his Master thesis as intern at SNS bank.

What does the Kerckhoffs Master prepare you for?

To get an impression, meet some of the Kerckhoffs graduates!