Master Legal Issues, Crime and Security of Information Technologies

University of Lausanne

Application deadline: 30 April. Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland : 28 February
Tuition fee:
  • € 545 / Semester (EEA)
  • € 545 / Semester (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 18 months
  • French
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Master of Law in Legal Issues, Crime and Security of Information Technologies is the fruit of collaboration between the Faculty of Law and Criminal Justice, the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC Lausanne) and the School of Criminal Justice of the University of Lausanne. Flexible in terms of its architecture, this multidisciplinary course carries on from basic studies in law, economics and forensic science (crime detection techniques). Its aim is to allow students to acquire the necessary skills to understand problems posed by information technologies generally, be it in a legal sense or in relation to information technology or crime detection techniques.

Career prospects

With digitalisation extending to all sectors of our environment (public administration, insurance, audiovisual media, banks, publish-ing, lawyers offices), Switzerland once again leads in information technologies. Many jobs are now created by information technologies in the public administration and in the oper-ational activities of multinationals, or in the creation of start-ups.The multidisciplinary programme attempts to meet these new requirements by adapting each year to the most recent developments. At the crossroads of several areas of competency, knowledge acquired by students must allow them to rise to the legal and security challenges of the information society


The objective of the courses and the seminars in the various disciplines is to offer:

* a good understanding of the issues of a legal, criminal, economic, managerial and technological nature related to the use of information technologies

* solutions for achieving control over these technologies.

The teaching approach encourages the devel-opment of interdisciplinary research capable of responding to the new challenges of the information society.

The maximum duration of the programme is five semesters. The students are first brought up to the required level in relation to their initial orientations through introductory courses.The programme is accompanied by work on a Masters dissertation incorporating the knowledge acquired.According to their study plan, students can specialise in an orientation and graduate with a particular special subject:

* Juridical Sciences (for students with a Bachelor of Law degree)

* Intelligence and Forensic Science (for stu-dents holding a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science)

* Economic Intelligence (for students holding a Bachelor of Economics degree).

Although this programme does not require any particular prior knowledge, a propensi-ty for information technologies is necessary to ensure the maximum involvement of the students in the degree course.


The examination series are held at the end of each semester.

Skills development

University studies develop, in addition to spe-cific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as: oral and written communica-tion, critical, analytical and summarising fac-ulties, abilities in research, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgements in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas.This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of stud-ies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities such as those mentioned in the «Career prospects» section.


Introductory courses

* Introduction to Law

* Introduction to Forensic Science

* Introduction to Data Processing

Compulsory courses

Law courses

* Telecommunications Law

* Computer Criminal Law

* Judicial Mutual Assistance

* Freedom of Information and Internet Governance

* Intellectual Property and the Internet

* E-Business Law

* Data Protection A-1st part Criminalistics courses

* Analysis of Criminality and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

* Economic Crime

* Cryptology and Identity in the Information Society

* Digital Traces and Investigations Courses on Security and Information Technologies

* Cybercriminality and Cyber power (Cybercriminality and Information Security)

* Object Oriented Programming

43 ECTS credits

Options courses

To be chosen from a list of courses offered by the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration, the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Scientific Police Institute.

32 ECTS credits

Personal research work

* A written dissertation to be defended in open session.

15 ECTS credits


The candidate must be the holder of a Bachelor of Law, a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science awarded by the University of Lausanne or another university degree or academic title judged to be equivalent

Teaching language : French. Recommended level : C1.


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