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Advanced Internetwork Engineering - MSc/PGDip

Course Description

Study the MSc Advanced Internetwork Engineering and gain the confidence and experience to apply for elite Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) status.

This course is aimed at expert level networking professionals looking for senior network engineering, network consultancy design and network operations centre (NOC) roles.

Programme Description

If you want to gain expert level networking skills in a supportive academic environment, this MSc is the only one of its type in the world and offers a unique opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed for Cisco’s elite Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification.

The MSc Advanced Internetwork Engineering offers you a globally unique one-year postgraduate programme which provides a structured and supported path to developing expert level network engineering skills. Graduates who successfully complete this programme will have the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve CCIE certification.

The programme uses a novel approach in which the content of each technical module progressively feeds into the case studies and configuration challenges contained in the Integrating Network Technologies module, thus enabling you to complete successively more complex challenges incorporating all the technologies you have encountered so far. You are taught the workings and behaviour of technologies at an expert level, methods of verifying their correct operation and successful troubleshooting. You will learn to predict the behaviour of technologies and develop an expert knowledge of the interactions between them.

Our programme is taught hands-on using live equipment. As students, you will spend a great deal of your time in the lab developing excellent technical skills which are highly prized by industry.

Why Choose This Programme?

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.

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.


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.

Career Opportunities

A key objective of our programme is to foster the professionalism which is expected within the industry. By the conclusion of the programme our graduates will have developed a range of technical, commercial and presentation skills which will equip them for a career in the networking industry. This programme will provide you with the skills required for senior network engineering, network consultancy design and network operations centre (NOC) roles.

Mode of Study

The postgraduate diploma (PgD) takes nine months to complete full time and the masters (MSc), twelve months full time.

You can also study part-time on a day release basis, this will take two years to complete. And individual modules can be studied also.

Visit the Advanced Internetwork Engineering - MSc/PGDip page on the Glasgow Caledonian University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in computer science or a related discipline. Applicants must also demonstrate knowledge of networking either through evidence of CCNPROUTE and SWITCH courses or through an entry interview at GCU.

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