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This Master programme gives you the theoretical insight and practical tools you need for understanding, developing and maintaining complex IT systems and networks. How do you apply different software components within a complex architecture, so that you get an efficiently working system? How do you make a system that not only technicians, but everyone can use?
These are the kind of questions you ask yourself during this Master. Together with a experienced teaching staff and highly motivated fellow-students you look at the many software systems that exist and wonder how to get all these systems connected in a way that's practical, safe and scalable.
Two tracks: Networking and Forensics
The Master System and Network Engineering has two different tracks: Networking and Forensics. While the tracks start off together, they split after the first semester.
The first of two month-long research projects start in January and is followed by two different courses for each track. The Master is completed with an individual month-long research project in the chosen track.
The Forensics track aims to make you a specialist in forensic intelligence. As a forensic analyst, you are responsible for tracing digital evidence on all levels, from a single computer to a large network. What activities were performed? Which errors were intentionally made and where were they hidden? Are certain files missing and where can they be found? To answer these kind of questions, you need the profound knowledge this Master has to offer. Not only will you be able to track down cybercrime, you will also learn how to document your evidence in a way that others can understand and will even hold up in court.
The curriculum for System and Network Engineering encompasses 10 courses in total. Students usually have a theoretical course in the morning and carry out related practical assignments in the afternoon. Guest lecturers are often invited to augment courses and to provide insights into current events or research. The two tracks Networking and Forensics follow the same courses during the first semester and split in January with the first research project.
- Essential Skills
- Classic Internet Applications
- Security of Networks and Systems
- Distributed Systems
- Large Installation Administration
- Offensive Technologies
- InterNetworking and Routing
- ICT and Company Practice
- Cybercrime and Forensics
- Visual Analytics
Research projects:Both tracks follow two month-long research projects, one in January and one at the end of the year. During the first project you will work in team-form, the second project is individual. More information on the courses and research projects is available in the UvA Course Catalogue and on the SNE/OS3 website
Teachers and guidance
Due to the busy programme and many practical assignments in the SNE lab, the guidance by the teaching staff is intensive and personal. There is a permanent team of 3 teachers available for questions and help with assignments or any problems that arise. A practical teacher is present in the SNE lab during assignments.
The teaching staff has extensive experience in both the academic and professional field. There is also a direct link to the top-notch System and Network Engineering research group and the NFI (Netherlands Forensics Institute)
Internship and thesis
The Master System and Network Engineering does not incorporate an internship nor thesis. The two research-projects, together with the exam results for the different courses, practical assignments and overall performance of students lead to a final grading.
A Master of Science in System and Network Engineering is awarded upon successful completion of all the core courses in the curriculum and a written Master's thesis based on the independent research project. This translates into a total of 60 ECTS.
Accredited by: NVAO in: The Netherlands