the threat of cybercrime. At GCU you access the latest in network and security engineering from within our Netlabs lab technology. The degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The skills and experience you gain here will allow you to go on to become a Cisco certified network professional and join the IT, technology and systems sector leaders.

Choose networked systems engineering at GCU if:

  • you want to enter the IT networking and system engineering world at the graduate level
  • you want to learn the latest in network security, cyber security, mobile and wireless networking
  • you want the option of a work placement or to study abroad during your studies
  • you aspire to go on to masters level study, take CISCO certification exams or become a Chartered professional

What you will study

GCU has developed a suite of programmes that put students at the forefront of secure system engineering and defending cyberspace from present sophisticated malicious attacks. We have the best networking labs in Scotland and teach this subject to CISCO ‘network professional’ standards.

Networked Systems Engineering BEng (Hons) builds on GCU’s expertise in the field of networked systems. It equips students with an in-depth knowledge of the IT network infrastructure needed to run large enterprise and wide area network deployments. It focuses on the specification, design, deployment and troubleshooting of complex network topologies.

Year 3

Quantitative Methods and Cryptography, Advanced Routing, IT Project Management 1, Advanced Switching, Integrated Design Project 3, Research Skills and Professional Issues.

Year 4

IT Project Management 2, Internet Security, Network Simulation, Software Defined Networks, Honours Project.

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.

Year 3


Appropriate HND or Unclassified degree qualifications could be considered for advanced entry into year 3 dependent on content and prior-learning performance.

English language

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

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

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

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


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.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Industrial work placement

An optional one-year industrial placement can be taken after completion of Year 3.

Lab facilities

We have full industrial standard CISCO labs where networks can be analysed and investigated for vulnerabilities. These allow the students to plan, design, implement, secure and troubleshoot complex enterprise-class networks.These labs are the largest in Scotland supported by over 200 devicesRecent investments in our virtualized distance learning platform enables students to continue their learning off campus, this includes our innovativeNetlab online laboratory system supporting both networking and digital security modules.

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Last updated July 25, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1,820 GBP
Home/EU students; £9250 RUK students; £11,500 International students
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