MSc Advanced Internetwork Engineering

If you're already a successful networking professional who wants to advance your career to the next level, this unique one-year master's programme is designed for you. The only programme of its kind in the world, GCU's MSc Advanced Internetwork Engineering will prepare you for the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) exam.

The programme offers a structured, supported path so you can develop expert-level network engineering skills and achieve CCIE certification. With this elite credential, you'll be a competitive candidate for senior-level and leadership roles in network engineering.

We partnered with Internetwork Expert Inc. (INE), the leaders in CCIE preparation, to develop this programme. Students learn with INE's CCIE Routing and Switching Workbook and remote rack management systems, the global gold-standard in CCIE prep materials.

Lectures and labs bring together theory and practice, integrating hands-on demonstrations and experiential learning using live equipment. With GCU's career-focused atmosphere and supportive environment, you'll have an ideal opportunity to build valuable skills.

  • Develop your ability to complete increasingly complex networking challenges
  • Master the workings of networking technologies at an expert level
  • Practise taking on the large-scale, full-day scenarios you'll encounter in the CCIE lab exam

With its focus on real-world relevance and skills you can use in your career today, this programme supports GCU's broader mission of producing graduates who are both successful and socially driven. We encourage graduates to harness their abilities to make real change and support the common good. We hope you'll find new ways to excel in your field - and new ways to make a positive impact in your workplace and your community.

Graduate prospects

Graduates of GCU's MSc Advanced Internetwork Engineering programme develop the technical, commercial and presentation skills needed for a successful senior-level career in the networking industry. You'll find opportunities in network engineering, network consultancy design and network operations centres.

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Learn the workings and behaviour of technologies at an expert level. Discover the methods of verifying their correct operation and begin troubleshooting with confidence. With the help of this unique syllabus, you can begin to predict the behaviour of technologies and develop an expert knowledge of the interactions between them.

Layer 2 Technologies

The theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to determine appropriate design choices for layer 2 network solutions, implement them and verify their operation. This module covers both campus (LAN) and wide area network technologies.

Layer 3 Technologies 1

Thetheoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to determine appropriate design choices for layer 3 network solutions, implement them and verify their operation. This module covers IPv4 addressing issues, interior routing protocols e.g. static, RIP, EIGRP, OSPF, ODR; Layer 3 design issues e.g. address summarization and filtering.

Layer 3 Technologies 2

The theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to determine appropriate design choices for layer 3 network solutions, implement them and verify their operation. This module focuses on exterior routing (BGP); IPv6 routing and large scale Layer 3 design issues e.g. address aggregation, filtering and traffic engineering through the implementation of routing policies in a multi Autonomous System environment.

Multicast and WAN Technologies

IP multicast technologies including multicast addressing, IP multicast routing using PIM (sparse mode, dense mode, static and dynamic RP assignments etc),the relationship between unicast and multicast routing, the importance of RPF checks, Any cast RP, Source Specific Multicast. The provision of multicast services to end hosts (IGMP v1/2/3). WAN technologies are covered with a focus on PPP.

VPN and Security Technologies

The knowledge/skills needed to design and implement virtual private network solutions, either for the purpose of solving routing issues, security issues or both. This module covers tunnelling technologies designed to enhance connectivity e.g. MPLS, GRE, 6 to 4 and security (IPSec). Methods of securing infrastructure devices and data networks are also examined.

Infrastructure Services

A wide range of system management techniques (e.g. SNMP, remote management, logging, event monitoring), network services, and performance optimization (quality of service) technologies which depend upon a solid core network for their operation.

Integrating Network Technologies

Draws scenarios from the other technology modules, accordingly you will develop the ability to integrate and troubleshoot progressively more complex internetworks as the year progresses. Students undertake activities which help them develop the kind of customer facing skills and commercial awareness needed for a high level career in the networking industry.

Research and Project Methods

Background knowledge and skills that, in combination with the technical skills acquired in other taught modules will enable you to carry out a successful MSc Dissertation. By the end of the module you will have produced a viable proposal for a dissertation project.

MSc Project

A vehicle for extending the knowledge and understanding of the student and the technical community in a chosen specialist area. It serves, through its length, complexity and rigour, as a suitable vehicle for extending a range of personal, interpersonal and communication skills.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

  • 2019/20

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

 

MSc
Full Time
1 Year
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Part Time
2 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Distance Learning
2 - 5 Years
16 Sep 2019
GCU Glasgow
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MSc Full Time 1 Year 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 2 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Distance Learning 2 - 5 Years 16 Sep 2019 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Entry Requirements

2nd-class Hons Degree or above in a computing/network related discipline. Networking modules with 2nd Class grades (or equivalent) at Year 3 and above are required.

Other academic and vocational qualification

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Standard entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the Academic English course.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £5500
RUK: £5500
EU: £5500
International: £12980

Part-time and distance-learning fees can be paid annually or on a module by module basis.

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Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

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For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.

This programme builds the confidence and knowledge needed to take on the kind of large scale, full day scenarios encountered in the CCIE lab exam. For full programme details visit the MSc Advanced Internetworking Engineering microsite. The MSc tackles the design and configuration of a number of technologies. Increasingly complex assignments are introduced as new technologies are added during the duration of the course. Lectures, labs and tutorials are used to give you a secure practice environment in preparation for the CCIE lab.
GCU have partnered with the leaders in CCIE preparation, Internetwork Expert Inc. (INE) to bring you a unique opportunity to develop the excellent hands-on skills valued by employers and needed for the CCIE lab exam.  Using the renowned INE CCIE Routing and Switching Workbook and remote rack management systems, we use world leading materials in the most flexible environment to develop your skills.

The postgraduate diploma (PgD) takes nine months to complete full-time and the masters (MSc) takes twelve-months full-time. Part-time study is also available on a day release basis, this will take two years to complete. Modules can also be studied individually.

Taught modules are assessed on a mix of coursework and practical class tests. Practical networking skills form a significant part of the assessment. Modules also include formal examinations where appropriate.