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Cloud Computing MSc, PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Network Storage

Course type


Course Summary

In this degree, you’ll study this evolving technology at an advanced level. This MSc will provide a sound understanding of designing, analysing and engineering of systems for handling big data in a distributed environment based on dynamically scalable architectures. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, self-paced learning and practicals. Assessment is a mix of coursework - computer-based practicals, essays and small group projects - and exams

Your project and, where relevant, industry placement will be assessed separately. We have an open approach to collaboration with industry. We undertake joint projects, provide consultancy services, and organise events to connect you with potential employers. We also run an Industrial Advisory Board: its members are computer scientists who hold successful careers in industry and who help us ensure that your training is industrially relevant. You will also achieve PGDip award in this course.

Different course options

Full time | University of Leicester | 16 months | JAN

Study mode

Full time


16 months

Start date



This module belongs to semester one. Internet-based communication has become essential for our society and economy. Furthermore, the advent of cloud computing has revolutionised the way in which data is stored and processed. In the first part of this module we will cover basic concepts of networking such as internet architecture, the sliding window protocol for reliable transfer, routing in the internet, and end-to-end protocols (TCP and UDP). You will also learn how to carry out calculations to predict network performance. The second part of the module will focus on cloud computing. We will cover the principles of cloud computing, the MapReduce programming model for large-scale data processing, the implementation of MapReduce programs using Hadoop, and security considerations relevant to cloud computing.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject with a substantial element of Computing. Relevant work experience may also be considered.

University information

As a top 25 UK University, Leicester has always been home to the great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren't afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking research of their experts, you will tackle the emerging social, economic, political and scientific issues head on and set the agenda where others simply follow. At Leicester, students aren't...more