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Specialist in NFV and SDN, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #298 (QS) ,
The Carlos III University of Madrid in collaboration with Ericsson is launching two new graduate degrees in Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN). We are starting two new post-graduate degrees: a Master degree in NFV and SDN of 14 months of duration and a Specialist degree in NFV and SDN of 7 months of duration.


NFV and SDN at Carlos III University of Madridwill enable IT professionals to apply the NFV and SDN technologies to the design and operation of telecommunication networks. The high level goals of the programmes is to allow students to:

  • Design network elements and network services for NFV and SDN,
  • Plan and operate networks based on NFV and SDN technologies
  • Understand the evolution of network products and solutions embracing the new NFV/SDN paradigm.

Career Opportunities

Suggested titles provide the student knowledge in all areas related to SDN and NFV, so career opportunities within the proposed titles include:

  • Software design based networks: The adoption of SDN and NFV technologies require the partial or total re design all networks. The main reason for adoption is the impact on operating costs of the same, so it is expected that sooner or later almost all networks adopt these technologies. This will require skilled engineers in these technologies.
  • Network operation: once migrated to this new technology operation and network management software based, which is essentially different (and simpler) of the operation and management of traditional networks will be needed, requiring skilled engineers these technologies.
  • Design and implementation of network elements. The SDN and NFV technologies radically change the nature of networking products. What were once specialized equipment manufactured by large vendors, will now be software running on general purpose hardware. The software includes several applications that perform various network functions. The design and implementation of these functions in software products will gain new network operators. Equipment vendors will then need trained for the design, implementation, maintenance and marketing of this new product line engineers.
  • Research: research centers and operators of equipment and services vendors are devoting a lot of resources in the research related to these technologies, so researchers formed therein will be attractive to these centers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Virtualization Technologies for NFV
  • Cloud Management and Orchestration for NFV
  • Data Center Communications
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
  • Software Defined Networks (SDN)
  • SDN, NFV and Virtualization Lab

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Students are required to be in possession of a prior university degree, preferably:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Telecommunications engineering
  • Degree in Telecommunications
  • Degree in Computer Science

Graduates of other degrees could also access the Master studies, in which case they must demonstrate basic knowledge in Telematics (Communication Networks) and Informatics (Fundamentals of Programming and operating systems). This knowledge may be credited through distance courses (MOOCs) suggested by the Academic Commitee of the Master.

Previous professional experience is not a prerequisite, although it will be valued positively.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    177 EUR/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 177 EUR per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    177 EUR/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 177 EUR per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Madrid

  • 745 - 1260 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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