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The computing industry's next decade will be dominated by advances in cloud computing. That's because today's businesses increasingly prefer cloud computing platforms for powerful, flexible IT infrastructures. Read more

The computing industry's next decade will be dominated by advances in cloud computing. That's because today's businesses increasingly prefer cloud computing platforms for powerful, flexible IT infrastructures. With GCU's MSc Cloud Computing, available full-time or part-time, you can develop the knowledge and skills to lead the way in this cutting-edge field.

Our career-focused curriculum emphasises relevant, practical skills for the real world.

  • Investigate related cloud-computing topics such as cloud security and cloud software engineering
  • Explore how cloud computing supports other new technologies such as big data and the internet of things
  • Gain essential skills in software development for cloud-computing technologies
  • Study project management and research methods

When you study at GCU, you'll join a welcoming community of smart, entrepreneurial professionals who care about making real change - both in their own lives and careers, and in their workplaces and industries.

As a cloud computing expert, you'll possess the skills to connect colleagues and collaborations across the globe. And as a GCU graduate, you'll bring a socially driven perspective to your work, enabling connections that support the common good.

What you will study

The MSc Cloud Computing programme equips you with the skills necessary to fully understand cloud computing and associated technologies such as Big Data and IoT. You will also learn about cloud security, cloud software engineering, project management and research methods. In addition to gaining an understanding of the fundamental principles underpinning these areas, you will gain essential skills in developing software applications using these technologies. The MSc study culminates with a three month individual dissertation project and is underpinned by the wide range of interesting research and knowledge transfer work carried out by the School of Engineering and Built Environment.

Full-time students complete six taught modules; three in trimester A and three in trimester B and an MSc dissertation in trimester C. Part-time students complete six taught modules; three in Year 1, three in Year 2 and an MSc dissertation in Year 3.

Cloud Computing and Web Services

This module provides analytical and practical coverage of cloud computing and web services. It focuses on the technology, frameworks and associated standards: cloud models, cloud platforms and scalability. It also provides coverage of current web service technology and data transport representations, and integrated cloud and web service application development. Current examples from industry technology are used throughout.

Cloud Virtualisation Security

This module provides a systematic study of the techniques and practices of protecting systems level security in cloud computing, i.e. virtualisation, which, in the event of being compromised, would cause catastrophic consequences for cloud infrastructures and service customers.

The module covers major techniques of cloud virtualisation security, including big data analytics for cyber security, which is important for virtualised environments of cloud computing.

Big Data Landscape

This module covers the process of managing Big Data throughout its lifecycle, from requirements through retirement. The lifecycle crosses different application systems, databases and storage media. Students will gain an understanding of the full Big Data value chain. They will be able to analyse the challenges and opportunities associated with the different stages that Big Data passes through.

Cloud Software Engineering

This module is concerned with the approach taken to software engineering when developing modern cloud hosted software systems. The module covers the cloud computing design patterns that govern the architecture of typical cloud platforms. In addition, software engineering techniques and the approach taken to developing software including Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)and the use of Development Operations (DevOps) services is covered.

Internet of Things

This module provides fundamental and practical coverage of the set of converging technologies known as the Internet of Things (IoT). It focuses on representative IoT applications, technologies, frameworks and associated standards that support and underpin IoT applications, such as sensor networks, messaging protocols, security, data storage, analytics, services and human interaction. The module provides indepth practical coverage of representative IoT implementation frameworks including cloud-based service delivery models.

IT Professional Issues and Project Methods

This module seeks to develop understanding and practical skills in advanced project methods which are inline with industry regulations, standards and practices and are applicable to complex IT projects. Study is undertaken in an integrated fashion to ensure that the professional frameworks within which such projects are developed, deployed and managed are fully understood.

Masters Dissertation

Students will investigate a topical or emerging theme in Cloud Computing or related technologies. The dissertation acts as a vehicle for extending the knowledge and understanding of the student and the technical community in some specialist technical area. It serves through its length, complexity and rigour as a suitable vehicle for extending students' range of personal, interpersonal and communication skills. In addition it serves to develop and extend a range of high-level thinking skills, including analysing and synthesising skills and affords the opportunity for the student to demonstrate initiative and creativity in a major piece of technical work.

Placements

Students will be made aware of placement opportunities provided by our industry partners. Typically a placement would be undertaken after graduating from the MSc programme but opportunities can sometimes be made available for students to undertake their MSc Dissertation in partnership with a commercial company.

Assessment methods

Assessment is used to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes. The methods of assessment include class tests, coursework assignments, practical tests and technical reports. Practical implementation and evaluation form a significant part of the assessment for the taught modules and for the work of the MSc dissertation.

Graduate prospects

Cloud computing is a fast-expanding field, and expert professionals are in high demand. That need will only continue to grow. As a graduate of GCU's MSc Cloud Computing programme, you'll be ideally positioned to find a rewarding role.

The job options in this industry include cloud software architect, cloud software engineer, cloud services developer, cloud sales consultant, cloud engineer, cloud management or cloud security professional. You will also be prepared to pursue a career in research.



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Cloud computing is revolutionising the way that large, and often complex, datasets are stored and analysed. Our Cloud Computing MSc aims to produce experts with practical experience who can work with companies from around the world to realise the business benefits of this exciting technology. Read more
Cloud computing is revolutionising the way that large, and often complex, datasets are stored and analysed. Our Cloud Computing MSc aims to produce experts with practical experience who can work with companies from around the world to realise the business benefits of this exciting technology.

Our course focuses on both theory and practice so that you can understand and implement cloud computing applications. You will cover key subjects such as advanced object-oriented programming, data mining and big data analytics.

Through this course you will develop both your technical and professional skills to underpin personal development and future career success. Our comprehensive research training provides a basis for PhD study.

This is a demanding and rewarding course. We have close links to research by the Scalable Systems Group and the Digital Institute in the School of Computing Science. Our Cloud Computing research also has links with companies such as Red Hat and Hewlett-Packard. They often employ our graduates and also offer summer project internships to students.

Our graduates have an excellent record of finding employment. Recent examples include Software Engineer for IBM UK and Software Developer for Red Hat.

All academic staff involved in teaching cloud computing modules have international reputations for their contributions to the field and some have extensive experience as practitioners in industry.

As a student on this course, you will be encouraged to play a full part in the life of the School, participating in seminars delivered by distinguished external speakers. Our experienced and helpful staff are happy to offer support with all aspects of your course from admissions to graduation and developing your career. The course is part of a suite of related courses, which creates a tight-knit cohort.

Delivery

Our Cloud Computing MSc can be completed full time or part time. The course typically starts in mid-September and is delivered on our Newcastle campus.

Full time students are taught in three blocks. Each block is timetabled to accommodate all formal lectures and practical sessions for the modules covered in that block. This arrangement is to provide the foundational knowledge necessary to study the modules covered in later blocks. For example, Advanced OO Programming, covered in the first block, provides the essential background for Enterprise Middleware in the second block which, in turn, supports understanding of the concepts and tools for Cloud Computing and System Design in the third block.

Modules worth 60 credits are taught in the first three months and are assessed through written examinations conducted in mid-January. The remaining 120 credits worth of study are assessed by coursework and project work. Of these 120 credits, the individual project is worth 90 credits and is carried out in the last five months.

Part time students have the flexibility to study over two years. The only constraint is that you must be examined for modules worth at least 30 credits in the January of your first year. The part time version of the course is designed to encourage participation of employees from local IT companies. As a part time student you can carry out your individual project in your place of work, as long as the supervisory processes in place meet University standards.

Project work

You will need to demonstrate your understanding and competence in cloud computing during the taught part of the course before you can proceed with your individual project. There are no formal lectures during this period. Your five month individual project gives you an opportunity to develop and deepen your knowledge and skills, and to work in a research or development team. For your project you will build a challenging and comprehensive cloud computing application, from design to prototype development, testing and demonstration. You can develop your project either at the University under an academic supervisor or by securing an industrial placement through an open competition. You will have one-to-one supervision from an experienced member of staff, supported with supervision from industry partners as required.

The project can be carried out in:
-One of our research groups at Newcastle
-An industry laboratory
-Your place of work

Accreditation

We have a policy of seeking British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for all of our degrees, so you can be assured that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standards set out by the IT industry. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation and is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.

The School of Computing Science at Newcastle University is an accredited and recognised Partner in the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

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Cloud computing is revolutionising the way that large, and often complex, datasets are stored and analysed. Our course aims to produce experts in cloud computing and big data required by academia and industry. Read more

Cloud computing is revolutionising the way that large, and often complex, datasets are stored and analysed. Our course aims to produce experts in cloud computing and big data required by academia and industry.

The MRes can only be applied for as part of the four-year (MRes plus PhD) EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data. The programme is suitable for students from both computing and mathematical backgrounds. It is very skills-focussed and also offers a high degree of research training.

Our course focuses on both theory and practice so that you can understand and implement cloud computing applications. You will cover key subjects such as advanced object-oriented programming, data mining and big data analytics.

All academic staff involved in teaching cloud computing modules have international reputations for their contributions to the field and some have extensive experience as practitioners in industry.

Delivery

During the MRes you will undertake advanced Masters’ level training in cloud computing and data analytics. The training will begin with a module in either computing science for mathematicians (for those with a statistics background) or statistics for computing scientists (for those from a computer science background).

All students will then be taught topics including statistics for big data, programming for big data, cloud computing, machine learning, big data analytics and time series analysis. The taught component will finish with a substantial group project, where you will have the opportunity to work with students from different backgrounds on a practical industry-focused data analysis problem.

Following this in years 2-4, you will carry out PhD research, guided by PhD supervisors from within the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data, and typically additional advisors from industry.

Facilities

You will have access to free cloud computing resources to manage your research, a purpose-built Decision Theatre and 3D visualisation facility and a 3D printing learning lab.

You will be based in The Core building, where you will have the opportunity to work alongside experts in key areas of computing science, as well as access to industrial partners. You will also receive funding to attend selected conferences in emerging areas of your research discipline. We also offer funding for equipment and software to support your research.



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Cloud computing is transforming the way we live and work. Learn the practical skills you need to become a specialist at the forefront of an evolving technology area, as you design, build and manage cloud based infrastructures and develop solutions to real-life problems. Read more
Cloud computing is transforming the way we live and work. Learn the practical skills you need to become a specialist at the forefront of an evolving technology area, as you design, build and manage cloud based infrastructures and develop solutions to real-life problems.

As more large and complex applications and datasets are being stored and analysed remotely across the internet we can see cloud computing changing the IT landscape.

Because cloud computing is a relatively new computing paradigm, the in-depth knowledge of the technologies, components and processes involved in the design of a cloud based infrastructure that you’ll gain will put you at the forefront of the industry.

You’ll constantly compare your study to real life examples, as you work to understand consequences for both the end-users and IT services, in terms of software and hardware provisioning, network resilience and data security, as well as business applications of cloud computing and big data.

As developers it’s crucial we act ethically, so you’ll consider legal and security aspects of data protection and information security, while ensuring you’re critically aware of current problems and developing new insights on the subject.

There’s plenty of opportunity for practical work, as you use our specialist labs to understand and build cloud computing applications and infrastructures, as well as analysing and developing solutions to practical applications of big data sets within a business environment.

Throughout our course you’ll consider your career options and progression, as you learn to employ visualisation techniques to present large and complex data sets to relevant stakeholders. You’ll gain confidence in communicating complex information to others and build your network of contacts through our series of guest speaker seminars.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/cloud-computing

Careers

Cloud Computing is a relatively new computing paradigm, meaning your knowledge and skills will put you at the forefront of the industry. There are two types of emerging cloud computing careers: IT pros with specific cloud skills and IT admins with cloud architecture know-how.

There’s a real need for personnel who can advise managers on the suitability of each type of cloud service and their potential pitfalls, as well as those who are able to design and implement such systems whether privately or publically managed.

You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our research degree Computer Science PhD.

Modules & assessment

Computer Networks
Operating Systems and Virtualisation
Secure Systems
Research Methods
Cloud Infrastructure and Services
Data Science and Big Data Analysis
Major Project

Assessment

We’ll asses your knowledge and understanding through a case study in which you’ll design, implement and test the security strategy of an organisation. You’ll also complete in-class tests, written assignments, software projects and presentations.

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

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This degree equips you with advanced knowledge and skills for a range of careers from data analyst to computer scientist or IT consultant. Read more
This degree equips you with advanced knowledge and skills for a range of careers from data analyst to computer scientist or IT consultant.

Cloud Computing and Big Data remain hot topics in the media and there is strong demand for graduates with technical skills in this area. Kent’s Advanced Computer Science (Cloud Computing & Big Data) MSc equips you with the advanced knowledge and skills for a wide range of careers from data analysts to computer scientists and IT consultants.

The programme combines a wide choice of advanced topics in computer science with specialist modules relating to cloud computing and big data. These include Google App Engine, Apache Spark, Software-as-a-Service, Data Centers Galaxy, Mobile Cloud, Hadoop, Bitcoin and MapReduce.

This programme is available with an optional industrial placement which provides an opportunity to work in real-world, technical and business roles, enhancing your study experience and having a dramatic impact on your choices after graduation. We have strong links with industry including Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle and are among the top ten in the UK for graduate employment prospects.

The Advanced Computer Science (Cloud Computing & Big Data) MSc is aimed at graduates considering a career in research and development. It would also provide an excellent foundation for PhD study.

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Developments in cloud computing technology are transforming the way we live and work. This programme will equip you with specialist knowledge in this fast-growing field and allow you to explore a range of advanced topics in computer science. Read more

Developments in cloud computing technology are transforming the way we live and work. This programme will equip you with specialist knowledge in this fast-growing field and allow you to explore a range of advanced topics in computer science.

You’ll gain a foundation in topics like systems programming and algorithms, as well as specialist modules in advanced distributed systems – especially cloud techniques, technologies and applications.

Building on your existing knowledge of computer science, you’ll also choose from optional modules in topics across computer science. You could look at emerging approaches to human interaction with computational systems, data mining and functional programming among others.

The programme will give you the theoretical and practical skills required to design and implement larger, more complex systems using state-of-the-art technologies. You’ll even have the chance to work as an integral member of one of our research groups when you develop your main project.

Specialist facilities

You’ll benefit from world-class facilities to support your learning. State-of-the-art visualisation labs including a powerwall, a benchtop display with tracking system, WorldViz PPT optical tracking system and Intersense InertiaCube orientation tracker are all among the specialist facilities we have within the School of Computing.

We also have Ascension Flock of Birds tracking systems, three DOF and 6DOF Phantom force feedback devices, Twin Immersion Corp CyberGloves, a cloud computing testbed, rendering cluster and labs containing both Microsoft and Linux platforms among others. It’s an exciting environment in which to gain a range of skills and experience cutting-edge technology.



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MSc Cloud Computing provides specialist study of Cloud Computing. This is a growing area to addressing the issues of collaborative working with data stored centrally either in house or externally. Read more
MSc Cloud Computing provides specialist study of Cloud Computing. This is a growing area to addressing the issues of collaborative working with data stored centrally either in house or externally. The award is built around a core of networking at CCNP level, the networking topics utilise Cisco networking equipment and support material provided by Cisco Systems Inc.

Virtualisation, server side technologies and mobile/wireless technologies are investigated in the context of supported mobile workers in an enterprise environment.

Course content

In your first study stage, the PgCert, you will study five modules –this includes a 2 week preliminary study course, followed by four core modules, the completion of these modules makes you eligible for a PgCert. In the second stage the, PgDip you will study a further four modules. Once you have completed these 9 modules you can start the dissertation stage in order to qualify for a MSc.

On finishing the PgCert or PgDip stage you have the opportunity to undertake a work placement of up to 12 months. The placement has to be started and completed before you start your dissertation. You will finish your award by completing a dissertation on a network related topic.

Core modules
-Networking Concepts (Two weeks pre-enrolment)
-Research Methods
-Professional Switched Networks
-Network Security
-Mobile Computing and Wireless
-Virtualisation
-Server Side Technology
-Professional Routed Networks
-Maintaining a Converged IP Based Network
-Dissertation

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Cloud-based systems are the latest development in large-scale computing, and it is predicted that billions of Euros will be spent by European businesses on cloud computing in the coming years. Read more
Cloud-based systems are the latest development in large-scale computing, and it is predicted that billions of Euros will be spent by European businesses on cloud computing in the coming years. But despite this, there are still surprisingly few graduate-level courses in this area.

Our course targets a known need in industry, providing an opportunity for you to study this exciting underlying technology. You gain hands-on experience with various types of cloud models and modern computing systems that use or support cloud computing. You will master areas including:
-Application development for cloud systems
-Cloud management technologies
-System architectures
-High-performance computing
-Social networking application development
-Computer and Network Security

We equip you with the knowledge and understanding to contribute fully to this quickly changing and developing area so that you can enter a range of employment roles related to cloud systems, including developing cloud based applications, managing cloud systems and designing cloud infrastructures.

Our School is a community of scholars leading the way in technological research and development. Today’s computer scientists are creative people who are focused and committed, yet restless and experimental. We are home to many of the world’s top scientists, and our work is driven by creativity and imagination as well as technical excellence.

We are ranked Top 10 in the UK in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, with more than two-thirds of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).This accreditation is increasingly sought by employers, and provides the first stage towards eventual professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Our expert staff

Our course is supported by the strong research interest and expertise in cloud and related technologies within our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, ensuring you will learn the most up-to-date information in an engaging manner.

Our research covers a range of topics, from materials science and semiconductor device physics, to the theory of computation and the philosophy of computer science, with most of our research groups based around laboratories offering world-class facilities.

Our impressive external research funding stands at over £4 million and we participate in a number of EU initiatives and undertake projects under contract to many outside bodies, including government and industrial organisations.

In recent years we have attracted many highly active research staff and we are conducting world-leading research in areas such as evolutionary computation, brain-computer interfacing, intelligent inhabited environments and financial forecasting.

Specialist facilities

We are one of the largest and best resourced computer science and electronic engineering schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities and software aids, together with a wide range of test and instrumentation equipment.
-We have six laboratories that are exclusively for computer science and electronic engineering students. Three are open 24/7, and you have free access to the labs except when there is a scheduled practical class in progress
-All computers run either Windows 7 or are dual boot with Linux
-Software includes Java, Prolog, C++, Perl, Mysql, Matlab, DB2, Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, and Project
-Students have access to CAD tools and simulators for chip design (Xilinx) and computer networks (OPNET)
-We also have specialist facilities for research into areas including non-invasive brain-computer interfaces, intelligent environments, robotics, optoelectronics, video, RF and MW, printed circuit milling, and semiconductors

Your future

Our recent graduates have progressed to a variety of senior positions in industry and academia. Some of the companies and organisations where our former graduates are now employed include:
-Electronic Data Systems
-Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
-Bank of Mexico
-Visa International
-Hyperknowledge (Cambridge)
-Hellenic Air Force
-ICSS (Beijing)
-United Microelectronic Corporation (Taiwan)

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-MSc Project and Dissertation
-Cloud Technologies and Systems
-Computer Security
-Converged Networks and Services
-Group Project
-High Performance Computing
-Professional Practice and Research Methodology
-E-Commerce Programming (optional)
-IP Networking and Applications (optional)
-Mobile & Social Application Programming (optional)
-Network Security and Cryptographic Principles (optional)
-Advanced Web Technologies (optional)
-Creating and Growing a New Business Venture (optional)
-Information Retrieval (optional)

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Cloud-based systems are the latest development in large-scale computing, and it is predicted that billions of Euros will be spent by European businesses on cloud computing in the coming years. Read more
Cloud-based systems are the latest development in large-scale computing, and it is predicted that billions of Euros will be spent by European businesses on cloud computing in the coming years. But despite this, there are still surprisingly few graduate-level courses in this area.

Our course targets a known need in industry, providing an opportunity for you to study this exciting underlying technology. You gain hands-on experience with various types of cloud models and modern computing systems that use or support cloud computing. You will master areas including:

- Application development for cloud systems
- Cloud management technologies
- System architectures
- High-performance computing
- Social networking application development
- Computer and Network Security

We equip you with the knowledge and understanding to contribute fully to this quickly changing and developing area so that you can enter a range of employment roles related to cloud systems, including developing cloud based applications, managing cloud systems and designing cloud infrastructures.

Our School is a community of scholars leading the way in technological research and development. Today’s computer scientists are creative people who are focused and committed, yet restless and experimental. We are home to many of the world’s top scientists, and our work is driven by creativity and imagination as well as technical excellence.

We are ranked Top 10 in the UK in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, with more than two-thirds of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent (REF 2014).

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Computer networks underpin almost every aspect of modern business. Their competent management is crucial to a company's success and experts who can fulfil this role are highly sought-after. Read more
Computer networks underpin almost every aspect of modern business. Their competent management is crucial to a company's success and experts who can fulfil this role are highly sought-after. Network management is a rapidly-evolving specialism for which you need leadership, problem-solving and organisational skills as well as the technical ability.


Why study MSc Network Management and Cloud Computing

We make the most of our strong links with companies in the IT sector to ensure that we offer a highly relevant course with a marked emphasis on professional and applied skills. Practical work is an important part of every module, and unless you're already in employment, we'll encourage (and help) you to find a placement for up to 12 weeks, during which you'll work on your independent research project.

Our award-winning technology centre has five specialist laboratories equipped with the latest industry-standard hardware and software, including OPNET, Wireshark, MATLAB, Simulink, OpNet Modeller 17.0, OMNeT++ , NI and Cisco technology such as Packet Tracer. While studying for this qualification you will work with our LTE test bed and Blade Server, and you will learn how to access and configure cloud-based networks. As part of your studies, you'll also have the opportunity to work towards a Cisco CCNA professional certification, worth £1,600 and considered the gold standard in the industry.

Course highlights

Spend a minimum of 78 hours gaining practical experience in our industry-standard networking labs
We encourage students to explore new concepts and developments and were delighted when three of our students were crowned winners at the Young Professional Engineering Challenge
Middlesex University is an official Cisco Academy licensed to provide CNNA certification training and equipped with the latest industry-standard equipment
Our strong research profile ensures our courses remain innovative. We have developed our own WSN, Senso LAB, and have also undertaken notable research in areas such as MIMO, LTE and LTE Advanced
Course Leader Aboubaker Lasebae is a former design engineer at the Research and Development Centre in Tripoli
The course is suitable for both recent graduates and IT professionals who wish to further their knowledge.

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Cloud computing offers scalable computing resources on demand, providing solutions and challenges for science and business. Amongst others, the opportunities include a low cost entry point for small companies, more economical use of computing resources and the capability of handling very large data sets. Read more
Cloud computing offers scalable computing resources on demand, providing solutions and challenges for science and business. Amongst others, the opportunities include a low cost entry point for small companies, more economical use of computing resources and the capability of handling very large data sets. Challenges for practitioners include the design and use of suitable algorithms, the design and implementation of suitable architectures and understanding of risks and opportunities. This MSc will provide a sound understanding of designing, analysing and engineering of systems for handling big data in a distributed environment based on dynamically scalable architectures.

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Computing and communications technologies are having a truly disruptive effect on societies and business worldwide. Mobile payments, wireless communications and the ‘Internet of Things’ are transforming the way we approach key challenges in development, security, healthcare and the environment. Read more

Computing and communications technologies are having a truly disruptive effect on societies and business worldwide. Mobile payments, wireless communications and the ‘Internet of Things’ are transforming the way we approach key challenges in development, security, healthcare and the environment.

Taught jointly by the School of Computing and the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, this course will give you a grasp of all layers needed for mobile communication and computation, from the physical network layer through to the applications that run on mobile devices.

You’ll gain a full understanding of the web and cloud computing infrastructure, as core modules give you a foundation in key topics like systems programming and data communications. A range of optional modules will then allow you to focus on topics that suit your interests and career plans, from cloud computing to embedded systems design and high speed web architecture.

Specialist facilities

You’ll benefit from world-class facilities to support your learning. State-of-the-art visualisation labs including a powerwall, a benchtop display with tracking system, WorldViz PPT optical tracking system and Intersense InertiaCube orientation tracker are all among the specialist facilities we have within the School of Computing.

We also have Ascension Flock of Birds tracking systems, three DOF and 6DOF Phantom force feedback devices, Twin Immersion Corp CyberGloves, a cloud computing testbed, rendering cluster and labs containing both Microsoft and Linux platforms among others. It’s an exciting environment in which to gain a range of skills and experience cutting-edge technology.

Course content

You’ll take two core modules in Semester 1 that introduce you to fundamental topics like systems programming and network security. With this foundation, you’ll be able to gain high-level specialist knowledge through your choice of optional modules taught by the School of Computing and the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

The optional modules you choose will enable you to direct your studies towards topics that suit your personal interests and career ambitions such as mobile app development, digital media engineering, big data, cloud computing and embedded systems design, among others.

Over the summer months you’ll also work on your research project. This gives you the chance to work as an integral part of one of our active research groups, focusing on a specialist topic in computer science and selecting the appropriate research methods.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • MSc Project 60 credits
  • Data Communications and Network Security 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Distributed Systems 10 credits
  • Mobile Application Development 10 credits
  • Combinatorial Optimisation 10 credits
  • Secure Computing 10 credits
  • Graph Algorithms and Complexity Theory 10 credits
  • Functional Programming 10 credits
  • Big Data Systems 15 credits
  • Mobile Applications Development 15 credits
  • Algorithms 15 credits
  • Parallel and Concurrent Programming 15 credits
  • Cloud Computing 15 credits
  • Graph Theory: Structure and Algorithms 15 credits
  • Communication Network Design 15 credits
  • Optical Communications Networks 15 credits
  • High Speed Internet Architecture 15 credits
  • Digital Media Engineering 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Mobile Computing and Communication Networks MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.

Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.

Projects

The professional project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.Most projects are experimentally based and linked with companies within the oil and gas industry to ensure the topic of research is relevant to the field whilst also addressing a real-world problem.

A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities are extremely broad, covering jobs in the design of embedded software running on multi-core devices through to jobs involving the design and implementation of new mobile-applications centric systems for business. In the application of mobile computing skills, job opportunities span every area, from the automotive sector through to retail and banking.

You could launch a career in fields such as mobile app development, mobile systems architecture, project management, network consultancy. You could also work as an engineer in embedded mobile communications, network security or research and development among many others – and you’ll even be well-prepared for PhD study.

Careers support

You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering and computing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fairs provide further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK’s leading employers.

The University's Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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The MSc Computing and Information Systems is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in industry related to developing complex information systems, processing of enterprise data and controlling business processes to guarantee usability, security, manageability and quality of information services according to the modern standards of the cyber age. Read more
The MSc Computing and Information Systems is designed for those wishing to pursue a career in industry related to developing complex information systems, processing of enterprise data and controlling business processes to guarantee usability, security, manageability and quality of information services according to the modern standards of the cyber age. The focus of the course is on the three recent movements within IT industry: Cloud Computing, Big Data and Internet of Things. The focus of the course is on the three recent movements within IT industry: cloud computing, big data and the internet of things.

More about this course

The course will be based on development tools and software technologies for data, system and service development, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things and Information Security. It will also make use of new technologies for integration of embedded devices such as Arduino and Raspberry. Students will be able to choose options from Mobile application development, cybercrime and security, data and visualisation or work related learning before embarking on the project.

The course provides preparation and training which encourages students seeking positions within the financial, retail and entertainment sectors. It incorporates materials for professional training, which prepare you for professional certification in Oracle SQL, Java Enterprise and Hortonworks Data Platform.

The extensive collaboration between the School of Computing and industries in London resulted in numerous Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and Consultancy Projects. These won a number of national awards and made London Met graduates renowned for their high starting salaries. Due to the high demand for specialists in this area, students on the course can rely on help in finding jobs both in the numerous high-tech startups as well as big financial organisations in the City of London.

A range of assessment methods is employed throughout the course:
-Case study reports and presentations
-Computer laboratory workshops
-Individual and group coursework
-Unseen examinations
-In class tests
-Individual vivas

The method of assessment for each module is clearly described in the individual module guide which is made available to the students at the start of the semester. Every module has dedicated website providing students with comprehensive learning/teaching material including workshop exercises. Module leaders use this site regularly to communicate with their students including guidelines on how prepare for assessment, supporting materials, and general feedback.

Professional accreditation

This course is not currently accredited, however, students who wish to pursue professional certification will be assisted to sit the certification exams in Databases, Java Enterprise and Apache Hadoop by Oracle and Hortonworks.

Modular structure

The course has a September start with three semesters spread over one academic year. Each semester is 60 credits with the final semester dedicated to your dissertation.

Indicative core modules:
-Information Systems Development (20 credits)
-Enterprise Software Components and Systems Development (20 credits)
-Information Security (20 credits)
-Datawarehousing and Big Data (20 credits)
-Cloud Computing and Internet of Things (20 credits)
-MSc Project (60 credits)

Indicative optional modules, choose one from:
-Mobile Applications Design and Development (20 credits)
-Cyber Crime and Security (20 credits)
-Data Analysis and Visualisation (20 credits)

Detailed information about the structure and content of the course is provided in the course handbook which will be made available to the students at the start of the course.

After the course

The employment market has an abundance of posts that require skills in the three key areas of this course - Ccloud computing, big data and internet of things. There are many exciting employment opportunities available, including:
-Enterprise Component Developer and System Integrator
-Data Warehouse and Big Data Manager
-Embedded and Mobile Devices Programmer
-Network Security and Cyber Security Consultant

Additionally, the course provides skills for seeking more traditional, but high demand industry roles:
-Software Engineer
-Internet Programmer
-System Programmer
-Database Administrator
-System Administrator

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The MSc Advanced Computer Science course prepares students to work in roles that require the use of data management, analysis and presentation tools, the development of software to deliver services or to control complex processes and equipment, or to provide system analysis and development consultancy to a varied range of clients. Read more

Overview

The MSc Advanced Computer Science course prepares students to work in roles that require the use of data management, analysis and presentation tools, the development of software to deliver services or to control complex processes and equipment, or to provide system analysis and development consultancy to a varied range of clients. The course does not require background in programming or data analysis and for those with no such background appropriate training is offered to catch up with others who already have such training or experience. The course aims to match the needs of business that compete globally in a world driven by advances in information technology. The programme aims to develop both technical and people skills making our graduates ready for jobs that offer high satisfaction and regular challenge at the same time. The first semester of the course is organised into modules delivered intensively over three week periods. The second semester is organised using usual semester-long modules with the difference that all these modules are assessed by coursework only. The summer semester is dedicated to a Master’s level research or development project

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/advancedcomputersciencemsc/

Course Aims

The aims of the programme are to equip students with knowledge of a range cutting-edge areas of computer science research and applications and to prepare students to be successful in a variety of computer science related jobs. The course covers advanced computer science topics, including user interaction design, big data, cloud computing, security, intelligent systems and mobile-oriented web applications. The course also provides a good grounding in collaborative team work and general skills for technology consultants.

Core Modules:

User Interaction Design (15 credits – Semester 1): The module provides the knowledge and skills required for a student to be able to work on User Interaction Design based on an evaluated assessment of the factors associated with a given application or user interaction scenario.

Distributed Intelligent Systems (15 credits – Semester 1): This module provides the knowledge and skills required for a student to be able to develop applications to control intelligent systems in a distributed and collaborative context, including the programming of robots or intelligent home appliances (e.g. TV, fridge, etc. equipped with embedded computers).

Statistical Techniques for Data Analytics (15 credits – Semester 1): This module provides the knowledge and skills required for a student to be able to develop applications to store, process, distribute, visualise and analyse large volumes of big data using distributed databases, statistical techniques and machine intelligence methods.

Cloud Computing (15 credits – Semester 2): The module provides the knowledge and skills required for a student to be able to understand the principles of operations of cloud computing and to develop applications for cloud computing environments, e.g. data storage and distribution, software-as-service, interactive content services.

Web Technologies and Security (15 credits – Semester 2): To module provided an understanding of contemporary web technologies used for both server and client side development of web applications, with particular focus on mobile applications, and an understanding of security aspects of such applications and of the defence methods and techniques employed to provide security.

Collaborative Application Development (15 credits – Semester 2): The module places students in a real world scenario requiring co-operation and communication as well as analysis and design skills. This will involve work for a real world client working as a development team.

Problem Solving Skills for Consultants (15 credits – Semester 1 & 2): This module explores skills such as project management, communication and team working and building. It also provides knowledge of ethical, legal and social issues related to the development and deployment of Information Technology.

Optional Modules:

System Design & Programming (15 credits – Semester 1): This module provides the knowledge and skills required for a student to be able to design software systems and write object oriented programs in an appropriate programming language (e.g. Java, C#).

Research Horizons (15 credits – Semester 1): To module provides the knowledge for a student about a selected computer science research area and the skills required for the development of a mini-project in this area

Project or Industrial Placement

MSc Project or Industrial Placement (60 credits – Semester 3): Provides an integration of concepts taught on the course in either an academic or business environment

Teaching & Assessment

All first semester 15 – credit taught modules, with the exception of one module delivered over two semesters, will be delivered in block mode, i.e. each of these modules will be delivered over a period of six consecutive weeks. In any week at most two block mode modules will be scheduled to be delivered during the first semester. All taught modules in the second semester are delivered along the whole semester.

The taught modules are mainly assessed by coursework, with examinations in some of the modules. Project assessment is based largely on a substantial final report.

Additional Costs

Additional costs may be incurred for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines. Some travel costs may be incurred if an external project or placement is undertaken; any such costs will be discussed with the student before the project is confirmed. It will be possible for the student to select an internal project and that would not incur any additional travel costs.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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Embark on a career in a leading-edge field and master the exciting and challenging world of big data!. Big data techniques are revolutionising how organisations and industries acquire and analyse data, offering valuable insights into how people live, work, play, travel, shop and exercise. Read more

Embark on a career in a leading-edge field and master the exciting and challenging world of big data!

Big data techniques are revolutionising how organisations and industries acquire and analyse data, offering valuable insights into how people live, work, play, travel, shop and exercise. These insights are valuable to marketers, researchers, designers, city planners, app developers, educators and many more.

GCU's MSc in Big Data Technologies helps students build the fundamental knowledge and practical skills for success in this fast-growing field. You'll develop competence in a range of emerging technologies: big data, cloud computing and the internet of things. You'll learn from the experts; GCU is internationally recognised for the strength of its research in these exciting subjects, driving 21st century innovation.

With both full-time and part-time study available, the programme is ideal for someone with a background in computer science, software engineering, web technologies or computer engineering who wants to enhance or update their skills. Those with backgrounds in mathematics and electronics are also well suited.

The up-to-date curriculum keeps a career-focused approach, so you'll gain valuable skills you can immediately put to work in the industry.

  • Apply leading-edge tools and technologies from companies such as IBM, Microsoft and SAS
  • Explore industry-standard open-source development platforms such as Hadoop
  • Achieve industry recognition with SAS joint certification in the programme's Data Analytics module

Your expertise in big data will enable you to provide new insights into human behaviour and psychology, which can help us build stronger and happier societies across the globe. Your work could shape smart, sustainable cities; remove barriers to education; help people make healthier choices day-to-day; improve public health… and so much more. All meaningful ways of contributing to the common good.

What you will study

Full-time students complete six taught modules; three in trimester A and three in trimester B and an MSc dissertation project in trimester C. Part-time students complete six taught modules; three in Year 1, three in Year 2and an MSc project in Year 3.

Cloud Computing and Web Services

This module provides analytical and practical coverage of cloud computing and web services. It focuses on the technology, frameworks and associated standards: cloud models, cloud platforms and scalability. It also provides coverage of current web service technology and data transport representations, and integrated cloud and web service application development. Current examples from industry technology are used throughout.

Big Data Landscape

This module covers the process of managing Big Data throughout its lifecycle, from requirements through retirement. The lifecycle crosses different application systems, databases and storage media. Students will gain an understanding of the full Big Data value chain. They will be able to analyse the challenges and opportunities associated with the different stages that Big Data passes through.

Data Analytics

This module covers the basic concepts of statistics needed to understand the critical concepts of data mining, machine learning and predictive analytics used in the visualisation and analysis of data, particularly Big data. Students will gain an understanding of data preparation, the process models used in analytics, the algorithms and their requirements, the implementation of these algorithms using current technologies, and their applicability to different types of scenario. They will also gain advanced practical skills in the design, implementation and evaluation of analytical solutions to problems involving Big Data.

Big Data Platforms

This module covers the platforms that support data storage, processing and analytics in Big Data scenarios. It focuses on highly scalable platforms that provide operational capabilities for real-time, interactive processing and on platforms that provide analytical capabilities for retrospective, complex analysis. Students will gain an advanced understanding of the principles on which these platforms are based, and their strengths, weaknesses and applicability to different types of scenario. They will also gain advanced practical skills in the design and implementation of scalable Big Data platform solutions.

Internet of Things

This module provides fundamental and practical coverage of the set of converging technologies known as the Internet of Things (IoT). It focuses on representative IoT applications, technologies, frameworks and associated standards that support and underpin IoT applications, such as sensor networks, messaging protocols, security, data storage, analytics, services and human interaction. The module provides in-depth practical coverage of representative IoT implementation frameworks including cloud-based service delivery models.

IT Professional Issues and Project Methods

This module seeks to develop understanding and practical skills in advanced project methods which are inline with industry regulations, standards and practices and are applicable to complex IT projects. Study is undertaken in an integrated fashion to ensure that the professional frameworks within which such projects are developed, deployed and managed are fully understood.

Masters Dissertation

Students will investigate a topical or emerging theme in Cloud Computing or related technologies. The dissertation acts as a vehicle for extending the knowledge and understanding of the student and the technical community in some specialist technical area. It serves through its length, complexity and rigour as a suitable vehicle for extending students' range of personal, interpersonal and communication skills. In addition it serves to develop and extend a range of high-level thinking skills, including analysing and synthesising skills and affords the opportunity for the student to demonstrate initiative and creativity in a major piece of technical work.

Work placements

Students will be made aware of placement opportunities provided by our industry partners. Typically a placement would be undertaken after graduating from the MSc programme but opportunities can sometimes be made available for students to undertake their MSc Dissertation in partnership with a commercial company.

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment include class tests, coursework assignments, practical tests and technical reports. Practical implementation and evaluation form a significant part of the assessment for the taught modules and for the work of the MSc dissertation.

Graduate prospects

When you graduate, you'll be a competitive candidate for roles as a systems developer, architect or administrator in data and analytics. You'll find opportunities in a diverse range of industries: engineering, pharmaceuticals, finance, healthcare, retail, security, smart environments and more.



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