Admission procedure for MSc SNE 2020-2021

This document describes the procedure for admission to the master program Security and Network Engineering (SNE) at the University of Amsterdam.

Because of coronavirus restrictions, the March intake has been canceled.
The first intake opportunity in on May 27 instead.

Formal UvA procedure

Procedures relating to formal entry can be found on the
UvA SNE application and admission page.

All students have to pass the intake procedure.

The application deadline is July 1st, 2020!

There is no need to complete the intake exams before applying.
The last intake exam opportunity is July 29.

Please apply first, then contact about the intake exams.

Intake procedure

Students must have the correct preparatory training and knowledge as well as motivation to be able to successfully graduate from the Master SNE. All students must submit a motivational letter and participate in an intake procedure.

The first part of the intake procedure consists of a number of tests pertaining to skill and knowledge. The second part consists of an intake interview, during which you're asked (among others) to give a short oral presentation of your Bachelor thesis.

There are three separate opportunities to take part in the intake procedure, one in March, one in May, and one in July. It is advisable to take part in the first or second opportunity so that there is a possibility to resolve any deficiencies that become apparent, after which the procedure can be tried again in July.

The intake tests will cover the following topics.

The mentioned materials only give an indication of the required level of knowledge about a topic.


Subject: Elementary knowledge of (TCP/IP) networking.



Subject: Knowledge of a variety of GNU/*nix command line programs.

Material: UNIX Tutorial for Beginners


Subject: Questions to test basic knowledge of algebra.


Discrete Mathematics

Subject: Logic, Set, and Graph Theory

Material (text):

Logic Chapters 1 - 2
Set Theory Chapters 1 - 3

Material (videos):

Logic and Set Theory Lectures 3 - 9
Graph Theory Chapter 1 (you don't have to understand all proofs)


Subject: Python programming skills for creating shell scripts.

During your SNE master´s, you often need to automate basic sysadmin tasks
(e.g. for experiments and projects).

In this exam you're asked to write a couple of shell scripts, each with their own task/goal.

Searching the Internet during the Python exam is allowed.


The Python Tutorial (legacy, Python 2)

  • Chapters 1 - 5

Practical Python Programming (up-to-date, Python 3)

  • Chapters 0 - 4

Writing skills

Subject: Reading and summarizing a technical document.

Material: None

Intake interview

Upon passing all aforementioned exams, we invite you for an intake interview. During this interview we want to hear about your motivation and educational background. We also ask you to present your bachelor thesis (just in speech—no PowerPoint!)


Appeals against admission decisions may be lodged within six weeks of the decision with the UvA Examination Appeals Board (COBEX, College van Beroep voor de Examens) P.O. Box 19268, 1000 GG Amsterdam.


For our Amsterdam intake, the dates are as follows:

The first intake day is on Wednesday, 25 March 2020 (canceled due to coronavirus restrictions).
A second intake day is on Wednesday, 27 May 2020.
The last intake day is on Wednesday, 29 July 2020.

The remote intake dates may deviate from the Amsterdam dates.
You'll get a personal update on this once your application has been approved.

Send an e-mail to to register for the intake.
If you're a non-Dutch student, please apply via the University´s website.

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