MSc System and Network Engineering: Networking

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MSc System and Network Engineering: Networking

University of Amsterdam

What does System and Network Engineering at the UvA have to offer me?

SNE is the only academic Master's programme in The Netherlands that focuses on understanding, developing and maintaining complex IT systems and networks. It raises questions like:

  • How do you apply different software components within a complex architecture, to end up with an efficiently working system?
  • How do you make a system that not only technicians, but everybody can use?

SNE is unique because of:

  • the focus on the patent OS3 principle (Open Standard, Open Software and Open Security), with openness and sharing of knowledge as key conviction
  • the individual guidance by the top-notch teaching staff, with extensive experience in both research and industry
  • the strong social cohesion amongst the highly motivated, skilled and international student population
  • the uniquely designed SNE lab
  • the possibility to focus on the area of your specific interest: Networking or Security
  • the possibility to work with respected academic institutes and relevant organisations during your research projects
  • the field trip abroad to learn more about a specific project or institute (like CERN in Switzerland), and about each other.

Track: Networking

This track focuses on the architecture and protocols of layers two, three and four of the Internet TCP/IP stack. It provides you with a theoretical background as well as extensive hands-on experience.

The track course 'Internetworking and Routing' looks at the world of switching and routing in local and wide area networks. It covers layer 2 switching and Interior Gateway Protocols like RIP and OSPF and the Exterior Gateway Protocol BGP. As part of the course you will build your own Autonomous System and set up peering with the other students via our own Internet Exchange.

The 'Advanced Networking' course provides an in-depth overview of TCP, and optical and wireless transmission. In addition you will look at and work with recent developments in the area of programmable networks, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Virtualization Functions (NVFs). Highlight of the course is when you are asked to design your own 10 Gbps network using our carrier-grade routers and switches.

Educational guidance

Students receive intensive, personal guidance by the academic staff. A team of three professors is permanently available for any questions or problems that may arise, and during practical assignments a practical teacher is present in the SNE lab.

Part-time study

The programme can be done as a part-time study, in two years instead of one. Various companies offer the possibility to do so during working hours.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 22, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Part time
Full time
1,984 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
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Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
EU/EEA full-time students. Part-time students: € 1,706. € 19,100 non-EEA students.