Cyber, Education Market, ICT, Engineering
Edu type:
Formal education
Master (EQF 7)
Start date:
Study Load:
1680 hrs
1 year
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In a world that increasingly uses and depends on the technical ICT infrastructure, and where (cyber)security is an rising issue, System and Network Engineers graduates are indispensable in the efficient and effective functioning and innovation of this infrastructure. Their expertise in technical details and understanding of the goals and needs of organisations and society ensure the correct management of the infrastructure. The Master’s programme System and Network Engineering (SNE) is a time intensive one year course at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). It allows students to specialise in System and Network Engineering on a more theoretical level. With security as a vocal point in the programme for the last thirteen years, it prepares students for realistic situations outside of academics.



System and Network Engineering at the UvA is the study or you , if you

  • have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or an equivalent
  • are ambitious and want to develop your knowledge and skills in the area of Security or Networking
  • are looking for a technically challenging top rated Master’s programme, that is also available in part-time.
  • want to be part of  a small team of students and staff, that is permanently available for any questions that may arise
  • want to work in the SNE lab with first class material at your own reserved work space and server space. 


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?

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 many guest lectures by leading professionals from consultancy firms, financial institutes and research institutes
  • the field trip abroad to learn more about a specific project or institute (like CERN in Switzerland), and about each other.

NVAO accreditation

This program is legally recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).


In addition to the information above 

In May 2018, dcypher made an analysis of the curriculum of the course Security and Network Engineering at the University of Amsterdam. The curriculum at that time was comprised of technology (72%), organisation (15%) and human & behaviour (13%). More details of the analysis can be found on the website of dcypher.