Glasgow Caledonian University logo
  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 12.9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 20.7k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    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 Ciscos elite Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification.

    This programme offers students the opportunity to develop excellent hands-on technical skills which are highly prized by industry.

    Students are taught the actual workings and behaviour of technologies at an expert level, means of verifying their correct operation and troubleshooting. Students will learn to predict the behaviour of technologies and develop an expert knowledge of the interactions between them.

    At the conclusion of the programme they will be able to use this knowledge to make appropriate design decisions based on complex customer requirements involving multiple technologies and implement those designs within tight time constraints.

    Programme Structure

    Layer 2 Technologies: develop the knowledge and skills needed to make 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: determine appropriate design choices for layer 3 network solutions, implement them and verify their operation. This module covers IPv4/IPv6 addressing issues, interior routing protocols e.g. RIP, EIGRP, OSPF, and exterior routing (BGP); Layer 3 design issues e.g. address summarisation, filtering, and redistribution of routing information between routing protocols; IP multicast routing (PIM, IGMP) technologies.

    VPN and Security Technologies: 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, 6to4 and security (IPSec). Methods of securing infrastructure devices and data networks are also examined.

    Infrastructure Services: is concerned with a wide range of system management techniques (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: this module 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. Case studies are presented which require students to develop the kind of customer facing skills and commercial awareness needed for a high level career in the networking industry.

    Research and Project Methods: provides the 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: acts as 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.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in computer science or computer engineering. Applicants must also have a professional level knowledge of networking (eg have passed the CCNP ROUTE and SWITCH courses). Alternatively, substantial industry experience plus supporting evidence of an ability to undertake a programme of study at postgraduate level may be accepted. Decisions will also be taken on the basis of a short interview. International students whose first language is not English shall be required to demonstrate evidence of satisfactory competence by completing an IELTS test with a score of at least 6.0 (with no single element below 5.5) or by holding another recognised qualification. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


    GCU London is offering a range of scholarships to support you in your studies funded by industry, trusts and friends of the University.

    Scholarships may cover fees, and/or provide a maintenance grant to support you during your studies.


    Glasgow Caledonian University has become one of the largest universities in Scotland with nearly 17,000 students. The campus is selfcontained and situated right in the heart of the lively city of Glasgow.

    The University is made up of three academic schools - School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow School for Business and Society, and School of Engineering and Built Environment. Glasgow School for Business and Society has a fine reputation for developing innovative programmes in areas such as Risk Management, E-Business and International Fashion Marketing. Our schools contain state-of-the-art laboratories and a number of renowned centres of excellence.

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