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Security Lab

Exchange programme

Are you someone who is paranoid about their data? Do you want to know how to defend software and hardware against attackers? We will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a junior security analyst.

Security plays an increasingly important role in today’s world as our society grows more and more interconnected. To gain assurance of the security of things like connected cars and pacemakers, it is essential that such systems be adequately evaluated. In our programme, students learn how to evaluate the security of connected devices. Building on a creative capacity or a technical background, we challenge students to become Security Engineers. We teach students the security mindset: the ability to spot problems in complex systems and how these problems can be exploited. This mindset is applied to a holistic security evaluation, where different targets of evaluation are inspected from multiple perspectives.

This programme will not be offered in the Spring 2022 semester. On offer again in Fall 2022. 

Facts and figures

The programme at a glance

Programme information

What to expect

About the programme


Security is one of the focus areas for our institute. We extend the curriculum by taking on security evaluation from an interdisciplinary angle. This enables you to tackle future security concerns and express their findings in reports. The security mindset is nurtured by applying evaluation strategies and methods in the context of server parks, secure engineering and communication platforms for civil society.


The Security Lab exchange programme does not have individual modules. The backbone to the programme are the five projects. During these project (guest) lectures will be given that are connected to the project subject.

This exchange programme starts with six weeks of fundamental theory. The first four theory weeks will be parallel with introductory projects. Following the introductory projects are the major projects each lasting six weeks. This programme will be closed by a finishing project lasting two weeks. On theory days, concepts are discussed in the morning through demos, cases, and exercises. The afternoons are reserved for potential guest lecturers and project-time.

The way we work at this exchange programme:

  • Throughout this exchange programme, students are guided to apply red and blue teaming exercises, conduct research and study methods from a security context.
  • Exchange students who need to be back at their home university before January can complete the last project remotely.

Learning materials

The materials provided will consist of (recent) publications, links to relevant videos and to relevant examples within the security domain. You are required to bring your own laptop.

Type of assessment

The students will be graded on a 1-10 point scale on several projects, each of which are concluded with a group report. Variations in individual grades within a group are possible based on a student's effort during a project. At the end of the minor, the final grade is calculated individually by taking the average of the grades of each project.



Learning outcomes

If you have successfully completed this exchange programme then you are able to:

  • Spot common errors in cryptography, computer security, network security, and human factors
  • Formulate and execute appropriate evaluation strategies, and responsibly disclose their findings
  • Apply red teaming, laboratory testing, and field study research methods in security contexts


Period 1     
Week 1-2 Introductio to the programme, introductory lectures, project 0
Week 3 - 4 Combination of (guest) lectures and working on project 1 (supervised and unsupervised)
Week 5 - 10 Combination of (guest) lectures and working on project 2 (supervised and unsupervised)
Period 2 
Week 1 - 6 Combination of (guest) lectures and working on project 3 (supervised and unsupervised)
Week 7 - 8 Combination of (guest) lectures and working on project 4 (supervised and unsupervised)
Week 9 - 10 Optional resit opportunity


After completing your exchange programme at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, you will receive a:

  • Transcript of Records


You have to complete all projects successfully to gain the 30 ECTS.


Where you can find us
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Wijnhaven 99

Wijnhaven 99 3011 WN

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