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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 Master's programme Internet Science & Technology 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.

4 mandatory subjects, 7 electives

During this Master's programme 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 Master's programme 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.

  1. Subject 1 – Network Security
    During the Network Security classes – not to be confused with Cyber Security, one of the specializations within our more general Master's programme Computer Science – you will gain in-depth expertise in securing communication systems, such as the Internet. You will become skilled at 'intrusion detection' and benefit from our pioneering role in researching DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks.

  2. Subject 2 – Mobile & Wireless Networks
    In the Mobile & Wireless Networks classes you will become familiar with the technology – as well as the possibilities and restrictions – of wireless communication. You will discover how to build large wireless networks, such as 4G or 5G, Wi-Fi, the 'cloud', as well as ad-hoc networks. Examples of these are the constantly shifting wireless networks between self-driving vehicles, or an emergency network in a disaster area. The Netherlands plays a leading role in this field. Our country is one of the top ten countries in the world for Internet speed and the birthplace of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, among others.

  3. Subject 3 – Internet of Things
    The Internet of Things (IoT) classes are all about making and using connections between devices, systems, sensors and actuators. With the knowledge and skills you gain you will be able to make industries future-proof. Think, for example, of 'Industry 4.0' and 'smart manufacturing'. You will also be able to contribute to other societal sectors, such as healthcare or energy. The Internet of Things will also play an increasingly important role in people’s everyday lives, as vehicles, home appliances, systems and other objects get connected to each other and to our phones and computers.

  4. Subject 4 – Methodologies for Performance Evaluation
    During Methodologies for Performance Evaluation you will learn how to scientifically evaluate the performance and functionalities of communication systems. You will become skilled at using mathematical models and simulations to test networks so as to determine whether or not a design or model meets the set requirements. With this knowledge and these skills you can help companies, research institutes and other players to find out whether the network solutions they use are optimal or need improving.

On top of the four mandatory subjects, we offer the following electives in this Master’s:

  • Advanced Networking
    In this subject you will get familiar with the Internet of the future, which will be faster, safer and more versatile than anything we know today.

  • Web Services
    This subject will bring you up to speed in the field of web-based services and applications and the new technologies and possibilities that come with them.

  • Cloud Networking
    Cloud networks are advancing quickly as a solution for storing and analysing large amounts of complex data sets. After taking this class you will be an expert on the subject.

  • Ad Hoc Networks
    Ad hoc networks – for example, between transportation and traffic systems at a crossroads or airport, or in emergency areas – are becoming increasingly common. During this elective subject you will learn all about the corresponding technical requirements, possibilities and risks.

  • Internet Management & Measurement
    The amount of data circulating or stored around the world is growing exponentially. During this subject you will learn to make sure all that information can be safely stored, exchanged and tracked.

  • Ubiquitous Computing
    Our dependence on desktop devices for computer functions ended long ago. Today computer functions are 'ubiquitous' (found everywhere) and we can access them 24/7: through our smartphones, our car, our smart energy meters, etc. During this subject you will explore the technological possibilities of this rapidly growing phenomenon.

  • Distributed Systems
    'Distributed computing' is all about ensuring that calculations are not performed by a single computer, but by a computer network or cluster. Because we make increasingly complex calculations, Distributed Systems are becoming more and more important.

Profiling space, experience abroad and elective subjects

During this Master's programme 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.

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