Taught course

Advanced Computer Science (Cloud Computing and Big Data)

University of Kent · School of Computing

Entry requirements

A first, 2.1 or good 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in computing or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

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 or with the Kent IT Consultancy (KITC), 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.


Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

Teaching and Assessment

Assessment is through a mixture of written examinations and coursework, the relative weights of which vary according to the nature of the module. The final project is assessed by a dissertation, except for the MSc in IT Consultancy for which the practical consultancy work is assessed through a series of reports covering each of the projects undertaken.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web page for the most current information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Computing
+44 (0) 1227 764000