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.

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.

Module list

Infrastructure Services; Integrating Network Technologies; Layer 2 Technologies; Layer 3 Technologies 1; Layer 3 Technologies 2; Masters Project; Multicast and WAN Technologies; Research and Project Methods; Security and VPN Technologies.

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

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Distance Learning
2 - 5 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
1 Year
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Distance Learning 2 - 5 Years Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 1 Year Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

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.

Minimum academic requirement

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in a computing or network-related discipline with second-class networking modules at year three and above. Industry experience or certification (for example, CCNA) will be considered for those with non-relevant degrees.

English language

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.

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

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

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home (Scottish) and RUK: £7,000
International: £14,500

Part-time and distance-learning tuition fees

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

Additional costs

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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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 £2 million per year.

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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.

This course has been designed with industry input.
This course uses industry-standard facilities.

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.