Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Networking (CCNP Enterprise)

Focused on current and in-demand industry certification from Cisco, this qualification offers a route into a masters programme as well as attractive commercial accreditation. The certificate fully incorporates the Cisco CCNP Enterprise discipline (Cisco Certified Network Professional). It takes a systemic technology-focused approach to enterprise-based infrastructure network management, as well as offering a route into a computing masters degree.

Key features of the course

  • Study both CCNP Enterprise associated certifications.
  • Explore current network engineering technologies.
  • Use remote labs to develop and enhance your technological skill set.
  • Develop your postgraduate academic profile in enterprise networking.


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  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
How long it takes
1 year
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Study method
Distance learning
Course cost
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Entry requirements

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Course details


To gain this qualification, you need 60 credits as follows:

60 credits from:

Module Credits Next start
Advanced networking (CCNP Enterprise) (T829)

In this postgraduate module, you’ll study the latest version of the CCNP curriculum, using an online virtual learning environment provided by Cisco.

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60 01 Nov 2023

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills
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On completion

On successfully completing this course, we’ll award you our Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Networking (CCNP Enterprise). You’ll be entitled to use the letters PG Cert Adv Net (Open) after your name.

You can progress from this Postgraduate Certificate in Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Networking (CCNP Enterprise) to our Postgraduate Diploma in Computing (E81) or our MSc in Computing (F66).


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website. 

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us. This description was last updated on 14 March 2023.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Ideally, you should have gained CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate). This can be from any qualification within the CCNA portfolio or studying the equivalent at any Cisco Academy since 2005 – including the Open University. This provides sufficient grounding and background knowledge to ensure that the CCNP Enterprise content is achievable.

However, Cisco state that anyone with sufficient experience may attempt the CCNP Enterprise without prior certification. We recommend that you consider this with care – explore the scope of the current CCNAR+S and consider if this is a close fit to your professional skill set.

How long it takes

This qualification comprises a single 60-credit 48-week module, so is completed in approximately one year.

Career relevance

This qualification links to current Advanced networking (CCNP Enterprise) certifications. Access Cisco certification preparation guidance and have an opportunity to take the certification examinations at a Pearson Vue test centre (independently of your Open University study). Cisco certification is globally recognised within the infrastructure and enterprise networking disciplines. CCNP Enterprise is a sought professional certification portfolio.