Learn how to design, develop and manage scalable Enterprise-level information systems within the Enterprise and in public computing Clouds, with emphasis on computing and management techniques.
You will learn the principles and techniques necessary for designing, developing, and evaluating Enterprise Information System (EIS) that are distributed, interoperable, intelligent, and adaptive to change. In addition, the major project element of the course will allow you an opportunity to develop greater subject specialism in one specific Cloud or Enterprise computing topic of your choice.
For full module descriptions, which include Advanced Software Engineering, Enterprise and Cloud Systems Management, and Service-Oriented Cloud Technologies, scroll down to the 'What you'll study' section.
Gain valuable workplace experience to enhance your skills with a year-long work placement opportunity
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What you'll study
You will study six core modules in the first three terms and conduct your research project in your final term. If you are a part-time student, you will continue to study the second year from the modules listed below.
Advanced Software Engineering (20 cp) - Extend your existing programming skills and develop expertise in a variety of intelligent system engineering contexts and object-orientated program development.
Entrepreneurial Leadership and Project Management (20 cp) - You will develop your appreciation of entrepreneurship and leadership, and their role in economic development, project management and entrepreneurial business success. You will learn the tools and methodologies for effective project management.
Enterprise and Cloud Systems Management (20 cp) - This module develops your understanding of the business management issues associated with the adoption of Cloud services for organisations. You will learn how to manage the transition from a traditional IT infrastructure to Cloud services for a business organisation.
Service-Oriented Cloud Technologies (20 cp) - Learn the theory, practice, and advanced techniques associated with implementing large-scale distributed computing systems in Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA). Gain the necessary knowledge to design and implement enterprise-level computer applications and associated data-storage as services that can be cost-effectively deployed in scalable Cloud infrastructures.
Network and Cloud Security (20 cp) - Develop your knowledge of the security problems associated with computer networks and the main technologies relating to network securities. You'll learn about the challenges of migrating a networked computing solutions to Cloud infrastructure while addressing the associated security risks.
Research Methods (20 cp) - This module develops your understanding of research design and methodology. As well as being introduced to the School's research facilities, you will develop the skills necessary for research and for writing a project definition document.
Research Project (60 cp) - You will develop advanced skills in a relevant specialist topic area through the completion of a research project. The project integrates knowledge of the course and includes the design and / or development of an innovative solution to a complex and challenging technical problem presented as a dissertation or technical research paper.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- Enhance your communication skills
- Enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- Boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
How will I be supported?
MSc Computer Science is taught by highly experienced staff members, many of whom are involved with cutting-edge research that ensures their teaching remains at the forefront of computing technology. We are very proud to have achieved 90% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF2014). Find out more.
Throughout your course you will be supported by your course leader and personal tutor, who will work with you individually. A comprehensive induction programme will provide you with essential information about the course, including access to the library and virtual learning portal.
For students hoping to take a placement, comprehensive support and advice is also available from the School's Placement team.
Based at the Clifton Campus, Computing and Technology students are primarily based in the Mary Ann Evans building, which houses more than £8 million worth of high-specification electronic and communication laboratories. More about our world-class facilities can be found here.
- 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
- 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
- 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
- Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
How you're taught
The postgraduate academic year is divided into three terms, each of ten weeks plus a 15-week independent study period for MSc students. If you take the sandwich route, you will take a one-year work placement after the first three terms before returning to NTU the following year to start your research project.
All modules are assessed either by coursework, case studies or dissertation and there are no formal examinations. Laboratory session and workshops are assessed through coursework reports and presentations.
You will learn through:
- specialist laboratory sessions
- project work
Careers and employability
The industry-focused nature of this course will ensure that you stand out from the crowd when it comes to job applications and pursuing your future career. Nottingham Trent University graduates are widely respected amongst employers and our Computing and Informatics students are perceived as having the competitive edge due to the hands-on approach of our teaching.
You will be particularly attractive to organisations seeking to integrate their Enterprise-wide applications (EAI), automate Business to Business (B2B) relationships with other partners, or migrate their application services to scalable Cloud infrastructures.
Alternatively, you will be fully equipped to continue your studies to Doctorate (PhD) level at any UK or EU university.
The benefits of a work placement
Practical work experience can help you in your studies and is often paid. It can enhance your commercial awareness and your ability to link theory and practice which will be an invaluable skill in your future career. Although a work placement is highly recommended, obtaining one is based on an individual's efforts and is not guaranteed.
This Cloud and Enterprise Computing postgraduate degree offers you the opportunity to take a one-year placement. If you choose this option, you will receive extensive help in obtaining a valuable one-year paid work placement and continued support during the placement period. Recent placement salaries have ranged from £10,000 to £35,000.
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice
To qualify for the additional qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice (PGDIPP) you must submit a work placement portfolio which includes a placement diary, reflective report and updated CV, as well as deliver an oral presentation on your placement experience.
Help and support
We will work closely with you to help you strengthen your CV and interview techniques. During the placement year, an academic member of staff will visit at least twice to check on your progress and offer any advice.
For further information please visit our placements website.