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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
MSc Professional Practice in Computing and IT and MSc Professional Practice in Project Management are aimed at practicing professionals who want to progress up the career ladder through higher education but have a limited amount of time to commit to study. These programme place an emphasis on developing and applying the knowledge, skills and competencies required for successful professional practice, allowing you to demonstrate a clear return of investment for each module completed.
This programme has been designed with a mix of directed and independent learning activity supported by individual tutoring. Delivered in part-time blended mode, this programme combines interactive workshops, online learning materials, individual tutor guidance and tutorials.
-Part-time Masters degree based in Central London
-Flexible start dates in January, June and September
-Designed to use your own workplace and recent CPD training as the context for learning
-Delivered in a part-time blended mode, ideal for busy working professionals
-9 days of workshops with individual guidance tutoring
-Identify opportunities for self and organisational improvement
This MSc is available in two separate awards which allow you to develop your workplace and learning capability in the areas of Computing and IT or Project Management. These programmes are ideal for those in employment who engage in demonstrable continuing professional development relating to their workplace discipline.
Professional Practice in Computing and IT
This course is ideal for wide range of IT and Computing professionals who engage in regular continuing professional development and who wish to use such learning as a foundation for study at postgraduate level. As a work based award you will use the learning gained in your IT/Computing professional development and subsequent engagement with academic and practitioner literature to develop research informed work based studies which are designed to lead to your individual and workplace improvement. This will be achieved through the completion of IT/Computing focused consultancy style reports. The programme will consider the competences and leadership attributes required to ensure your effective career development in this competitive and dynamic discipline. As such you will engage in a range of learning activities which are designed to enhance you as an IT/Computing professional working across a range of sectors. Indeed, the underlying philosophy of the programme is that it will contribute to the continuing professional development of learners and enhance your potential for future development within the IT/Computing disciplines.
Professional Practice in Project Management
This course is ideal for wide range of Project and Programme Management professionals who engage in regular continuing professional development and who wish to use such learning as a foundation for study at postgraduate level. As a work based award you will use the learning gained in your Project/Programme Management professional development and subsequent engagement with academic and practitioner literature to develop research informed work based studies which are designed to lead to your individual and workplace improvement. This will be achieved through the completion of Project and Programme Management focused consultancy style reports. Furthermore the programme will consider the competences and leadership attributes required to ensure your effective career development in this competitive and dynamic discipline. As such you will engage in a range of learning activities which are designed to enhance you as a Programme/Project Management professional working across a range of sectors. Indeed, the underlying philosophy of the programme is that it will contribute to the continuing professional development of learners and enhance your potential for future development within the Project/Programme Management disciplines.
Delivered in part-time blended mode, the programme combines interactive workshops sessions delivered in a series of one day block sessions supported by a range of online learning materials including video, podcast and work based learning activities and individual tutorials. You can expect a one or two day workshop per module which is delivered on weekends spread throughout the 2 year period. There will also be online video, podcast and email support between workshops to enable you to build your knowledge and confidence.
Overall, the programme uses a combination of teaching and learning materials and techniques including:
-Workshops delivered at weekends to enable face to face learning and interaction with fellow learners and tutors.
-Dedicated learning platform with a range of video, podcast materials and directed reading materials
-Self-study materials, providing knowledge and understanding, and helping you to apply ideas to your workplace.
-Work-related assignments that give you an opportunity to develop and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding and provide evidence of competence.
This programme consists of 4 main modules, each designed to build upon the experience and professional situations of the students in class. Through analysing your own and each other’s professional situations, the modules will develop your critical understanding, knowledge and competence in various business contexts. You will also complete a final Professional Practice Project, designed to lead to recommendations for individual or work place improvement.
Please visit the course page for more information on module content.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.