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Internet Engineering MSc

The Internet Engineering MSc is a broad programme encompassing all the fundamental components of the Internet. Graduates acquire the skills necessary to design, manage and maintain the networks that will build the Future Internet, placing them in a prime position at the forefront of this rapidly changing field.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£11,800 (FT) N/A (PT)
£24,610 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Accreditation: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree information

Students develop an understanding of the evolving networks and applications using the internet protocol. Particular attention is given to the convergence of telecommunications and data networks into 'all IP'-carrier grade networks. The programme offers specialisms including fundamental network design, applications and services, and security and network management.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Introduction to Telecommunications Networks
  • Mobile Communications Systems
  • Software for Network and Services Design
  • Internet of Things
  • Introduction to IP Networks
  • Professional Development Module: Transferable Skills (not credit bearing)

Optional modules

  • Communications System Modelling
  • Network and Services Management
  • Telecommunications Business Environment
  • Optical Transmission and Networks
  • Network Planning and Operations
  • Wireless Communications Principles


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, guest lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory and workshop sessions and project work. Assessment is through unseen written examination, coursework, design exercises and the research project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Internet Engineering MSc


The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) awards competitive scholarships for postgraduate study, for details visit www.theiet.org

Please visit the UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering Scholarships website for more information on funding.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


In the next 15 years, all of the facets of our life will be "online". Our health (bio-sensors, health records), entertainment (games, 3D TV, Virtual Reality), security (children GPS tracking, CCTV) and other social interactions will use fascinating internet applications that are only now being envisaged. Our graduates will be in a prime position at the forefront of this revolution by having in-depth knowledge of all of its components.

Recent graduates have gone on to become graduate engineers, R&D engineers and network services engineers at companies including France Telecom, BT, Huawei, Cisco, Motorola and PwC.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Network Engineer, Ocado Ltd
  • Research Degree: Computer Science, University College London (UCL)
  • IT Development Officer, China Unicoms
  • IT Network Development Engineer, BSkyB
  • Software Engineer, Air Watch


The Internet Engineering MSc programme provides a broad and comprehensive coverage of the technological and scientific foundations of telecommunications networks and services, from the physical layer to the application layer. A strong emphasis is given to mobile and wireless communications and the latest standards in these areas (LTE, WiMAX, IEEE 802 family of standards). Students study both the theoretical foundations of all related technologies but also carry out extensive practical assignments in several related areas.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering is one of the most highly rated electronic engineering research departments in the UK. Our research and teaching ethos is based on understanding the fundamentals and working at the forefront of technology development.

This MSc offers a wide variety of modules that include the physical layer (optical, wireless), the Internet layer (routing, congestion control, traffic engineering), the application layer (codecs, security) and the "business layer" (regulation, business opportunities).

Lectures are delivered by world-class researchers in all these fields with regular lectures from the main industrial leaders in the telecommunications industry.

Department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Student / staff numbers › 102 staff including 63 postdocs › 80 taught students › 140 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering
75% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for graduates from a variety of backgrounds including electronic engineering, communication engineering, computer science and physics who wish to develop an understanding of the key technologies, network architectures and systems that make up a modern, internet-based communications network.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Internet Engineering at graduate level
  • why you want to study Internet Engineering at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • how you envisage your career path after the MSc
  • your personal statement should also include a technical summary of your final-year project including the aims and technical achievements

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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