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MSc Cloud Computing

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area






On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

This course is subject to validation.

The course aims at equipping you with the computation, mathematical, and business views of cloud computing and after successfully completing the course you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theoretical as well as applied side of cloud computing.

This programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:

  • Plan, manage and deliver significant cloud computing based projects, resulting in a high-quality research output through dissertation
  • Investigate and develop cloud computing projects within the confines of the ethical, social and professional context of cloud computing
  • To equip you with key concepts in cloud computing; such as IAAS, PAAS & SAAS
  • Gain advanced theoretical and specialist practical knowledge of progressive and emerging topics including DevOps, virtualisation, software defined network
  • Create innovative solutions through the integration of a range of standard and specialised cloud computing tools/technologies
  • Develop the professional skills necessary for a senior career in the IT industry

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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We are accredited by AWS. As part of your programme you will be able to take Amazon certifications.


What we're researching

We have three research groups, which are closely aligned to the modules that are delivered for this course. These research groups are: Intelligent Systems, Software Systems Engineering and Enterprise Computing.

In Software Systems Engineering, we’re part of the European Union’s anti-piracy ASPIRE Project (Dr Paolo Falcarin). We’re also researching: security requirements and risk management (Dr Shareeful Islam), search-based software engineering and program analysis (Dr Syed Islam); and software product lines (Dr Rabih Bashroush), while digital forensics studies are led by Dr Ameer Al-Nemrat.

In Enterprise Computing, we are currently conducting cloud computing energy efficiency research, which comes under the EUREKA project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, under Dr Rabih Bashroush.

In Intelligent Systems, we specialise in a wide range of artificial intelligence based research such as machine vision (Dr Shafiq ur Rehman, Dr Saeed Sharif), machine lip reading (Dr Helen Bear), virtual reality (Julie Wall), neural networks (Dr Sin Wee Lee), activity recognition and machine learning (Dr Shafiq ur Rehman, Dr Usman Naeem, Dr Amin Karami). This group also conducts research on Big data (Dr Amin Karami), Internet of Things (Dr Syed Islam) Mobile Sensing and ambient assisted living (Dr Usman Naeem, Dr Saeed Sharif, Dr Shafiq ur Rehman).

How you'll learn

As a cloud computing student, you’d expect a lot of your learning to take place via technology, and you’d be right! Our Docklands campus has excellent computing resources, including specialised labs to study networking and operating system environments such as Windows and Linux.

You’ll be given software tools for programming, database development, computer-aided software engineering, internet access and web-based development.

Let’s not forget the personal touch, computer science may involve the study of robotics, but we’re not robots and neither are you. Our teaching staff will give you a great deal of personal attention and feedback as you get to grips with the course content. You’ll have a personal tutor to oversee your progress, module leaders for different parts of the course and tutors for each year group.

We also have, as you might expect, a virtual learning environment to keep you connected with your tutors and fellow students.

A significant proportion of your time will also be spent working in groups with your fellow students. Experience of group working is essential for graduates who wish to work in the IT industry.

You’ll gain insights from our industrial partners through guest lectures and visits which ensure that you stay on top of what this dynamic industry demands.

Who will teach on this course:
Gaurav Malik

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 Honours in Physical Science, Electrical/Electronic/Communication Engineering or Humanities and Social Science related subject. 
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Maths.


(Including European Union)

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Vision (Core)
  • Computer Security (Core)
  • Cloud Computing (Core)
  • Big Data Analytics (Core)
  • Mental Wealth; Professional Life (Dissertation) (Core)
  • Industrial Placement (Core for the MSc with Industrial Placement programme only)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you through a combination of coursework and exams. Coursework will include presentations, software demonstrations, research-based assignments and practical exercises involving system or program specification, coding and testing. You’ll always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve.

Course specification

Your future career

Almost all industries and business sectors and being heavily automated and there is a move towards the use of emerging technologies such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Cloud Computing to develop modern products and solutions. In addition to this, Cyber Security is of major importance to the government and businesses in all sectors.

There is a shortage of personnel with advanced skills in these emerging and growing fields, and graduates of this programme can progress to work in a multitude of roles and industries. This can be directed technology industry, related banking and financial sector or diverse ones such agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and automotive.

As a graduate of this programme, you'll have a solid understanding of the main disciplines that fall under these emerging and current areas. The kind of role you could go into includes:

  • Cloud Architect
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Big Data Analyst / Business Intelligence / Business Analyst
  • Senior Software Architect / System Architect
  • IT Project Manager / IT Consultant / IT Programme Manager
  • Software Engineering / System Developer
  • AI Specialist / Robotics
  • IoT Specialist / Smart Device Programmer
  • Cyber Security Specialist / IT Security Consultant
  • IT Infrastructure Manager

This qualification is also heavily influenced by current research and developments that are at the forefront of the respective fields. It lends itself to a career in research and academia. Many of our graduates are expected to progress on to a MPhil/PhD and take on career in research and academia.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

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