M.Sc. On Campus

Security and Network Engineering

12 months
22880 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Security and Network Engineering programme of the University of Amsterdam is a time intensive one year programme. It allows students to specialise in Security and Network Engineering on a more theoretical level. With security as a focal point in the programme for the last thirteen years, it prepares students for realistic situations outside of academics.


Security and network engineers

In a world that increasingly uses and depends on the technical ICT infrastructure, and where (cyber)security is an rising issue, security and network engineers 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.

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

The Security and Network Engineering programme of the University of Amsterdam 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;
  • focus on two important topics: Networking and 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Classical Internet Applications
  • Security of Systems and Networks
  • Large Systems
  • Offensive Technologies
  • Internetworking and Routing
  • Advanced Networking

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
  • 3.0 (American system)
  • 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system)
  • C (ECTS-system)

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

In general, applicants should hold a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in Computer Science, (Technical) Informatics or a closely related subject. This degree can be academic or from a university of applied sciences (HBO).

All applicants are required to participate in a selection procedure. This procedure takes a full day, and consists of a number of exams to test your:

  • discrete mathematics skills
  • Unix knowledge
  • networking knowledge
  • academic reading and writing skills.

In the weeks following the exam day, applicants are invited to an intake interview: to discuss their exam results, their Bachelor's project and their motivation to join the Master's programme.

You have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least:

  • 3.0 (American system)
  • 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system)
  • C (ECTS-system)
English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22880 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22880 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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