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Cloud Computing (MSc)

Course Description

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


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


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.

Visit the Cloud Computing (MSc) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold a first or second class honours degree in a computing discipline. Candidates with degrees in other disciplines but with relevant experience will also be considered. Such candidates will normally have worked for 3 or more years at a responsible level in an area closely related to the academic discipline to be studied. Such applicants will be interviewed by the course leader or nominated respresentative to ascertain that the applicant has the ability to succeed at postgraduate level.

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