What would happen if the Internet suddenly stopped? Or the cloud services being used more all the time by companies and consumers? We all ask such questions, but only very few specialists have clear insight into the answers. This is quite a sobering thought, if you consider our growing day-to-day dependence on services and functions brought to us directly by Internet technology: money, travel, supermarket supplies, utilities, (traffic) safety and so on. The Internet Science & Technology specialization will give you an understanding of how the Internet and similar communication systems operate. You will learn about what can go wrong and how you can secure and improve them. You will be equipped to provide our technologized world with the architecture that almost everything is built on.
During this specialization you will gain thorough knowledge of the most important aspects of Internet technologies. You will also acquire the analytical and critical skills you need to understand and help shape new technological developments. On top of that, you will learn to create new products and systems.
During the first year of the specialization you will follow four mandatory subjects. In addition to these, we offer seven elective subjects. During the second year you will focus mainly on research and writing your thesis.
On top of the four mandatory subjects, we offer the following electives:
In this specialization you have about six months (30 EC) of electives, or 'profiling space'. In our view, this period is an important part of your preparation for the future, as it allows you to set out your own path. We offer you all kinds of possibilities for this. For example, you can choose elective subjects aimed at giving you more in-depth knowledge in the fields of:
- Security (of networks)
- Smart Mobility (using advanced networks)
- Network Research
You can also choose subjects offered through other programmes at our university, or at other Dutch universities. This can be a way of using your elective space to cross over into social sciences or societal domains that fascinate you, such as energy, mobility or healthcare.
Taking classes at a university abroad or doing an internship abroad is also an option during this elective time. At the University of Twente we strongly encourage students to gain experience abroad.