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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.

Facts and figures

The programme at a glance

Programme structure

A view of the study programme

About the programme

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 projects for this exchange programme are:

  • Project 0 – Social Engineering
    Privacy and personal data security
  • Project 1 – Code Review
    Recognising vulnerabilities from code
  • Project 2 – Security Audit
    Security auditing live systems, ethical hacking and reporting
  • Project 3 – Security Engineering
    Developing a secure product with a web-application and embedded systems element
  • Project 4 – Pentesting
    Pentesting a prototype product from Project 3


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 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



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

  • Transcript of Records


Where you can find us
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Wijnhaven 99

Wijnhaven 99 3011 WN

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