Taught course

Cloud Computing

University of Essex · School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements

A 2.2 degree or equivalent in computer science, electronics or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Cloud-based systems are the latest development in large scale computing and a fast growing area, with billions of Euros expected to be spent by European businesses in the coming years. In 2012, it was found that 64 per cent of companies were using cloud-based systems in some form but, despite this industry need and the fact that people are using cloud based applications on a daily basis, there are surprisingly few graduate-level courses in this area.

Our MSc Cloud Computing targets a known need in industry, providing an opportunity for you to study this exciting underlying technology. 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. We equip you with the knowledge and understanding to contribute fully to this quickly changing and developing area.

You gain hands on experience with various types of cloud models and explore areas such as application development for cloud systems, cloud management technologies and the underlying system architectures. Additional modules in topics such as security, high-performance computing, and social networking application development, provide a wider view of modern computing systems that use or support cloud computing. We prepare our graduates to enter a range of employment roles related to cloud systems, including developing cloud based applications, managing cloud systems and designing cloud infrastructures.

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and research, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) 95 per cent of our computer science research was rated of internationally recognised quality, with 15 per cent rated as 'world-learning'.

We are one of the largest and best resourced 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. 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.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.0.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations56
Written coursework / continuous assessment6
Dissertation30 (10000 words)
laboratory assignments8

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719