Taught course

Computer Networks with Cloud Technologies

Institution
University of Westminster · Faculty of Science and Engineering
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Qualifications equivalent to a good Honours degree (a minimum Lower Second Class) from a British university in computer engineering, computer science with a knowledge of computer hardware, or in electronic engineering with some programming experience. Relevant work experience will be taken into account.

Security Communications Cloud Technologies

Months of entry

September

Course content

Cloud computing is a technical and social reality today; it represents a dramatic shift in the design of systems capable of providing vast amounts of computing services and storage space. It is also a business reality today as an increasing number of organisations are adopting this paradigm since it increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers many more services and benefits. The rapid shift in IT towards cloud computing is creating a worldwide skills gap. Our MSc course in Cloud technologies and its applications will be taught with respect to their design, architecture and implementation, as well as the use of tools which are used to model the behaviour of cloud based systems.

The MSc in Computer Networks with Cloud Technologies aims to produce postgraduates with an advanced understanding of Cloud based systems and their planning, implementation and maintenance. The course aims to prepare a student with specialist knowledge and skill set in key areas such as cloud architecture, modelling tools, virtualisation, distributed systems, cloud services and management. Students will be able to develop technical solutions and strategies for cloud systems management and operations. They will also be able to develop the ability to critically evaluate and analyse the associated architectures, management protocols and associated policies for cloud based systems. The course aims to provide experience in the design and implementation of distributed systems and to build applications in the cloud using platforms and tool kits such as Google App Engine, VMware Cloud Foundry, Microsoft Windows Azure, CloudSim, CloudBees and GigaSpaces.

Each MSc course consists of three learning modules (40 credits each) plus an individual project (60 credits). Each learning module consists of a short course of lectures and initial hands-on experience. This is followed by a period of independent study supported by a series of tutorials. During this time you complete an Independent Learning Package (ILP). The ILP is matched to the learning outcomes of the module. It can be either a large project or a series of small tasks depending on the needs of each module. Credits for each module are awarded following the submission of a completed ILP and its successful defence in a viva voce examination. This form of assessment develops your communication and personal skills and is highly relevant to the workplace. Overall, each learning module comprises approximately 400 hours of study.

The Project counts for one third of the course and involves undertaking a substantial research or product development project. For part-time students, this can be linked to their employment. It is undertaken in two phases. In the first part, the project subject area is researched and a workplan developed. The second part involves the main research and development activity. In all, the Project requires approximately 600 hours of work. Prior to starting your course, you are sent a Course Information and Preparation Pack which provides information to give you a flying start.

All of our courses are in the process of seeking accreditation by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Information for international students

An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent will normally be required from applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not studied their secondary and bachelor's degree education in English.

Fees and funding

Please find details of the extensive range of funding opportunities available through the university at: http://www.westminster.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
course-enquiries@westminster.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7911 5000