Master of Science in Cloud Computing

Course Code: CR_KCLDC_9 Delivery: Part-time, Online Duration:  4 Semesters (24 months) Hosting Academic Department: Computer Science



Dr Donna O'Shea
Department of Computer Science

Who is this course aimed at?

This programme is aimed at managers, engineers or software developers who wish to learn more about cloud computing and development in the cloud. It is also aimed at those currently working in the field of Cloud Computing who wish to advance their career with a qualification in the area. Students from all over the world have completed the programme and are now working in the field of Cloud Computing as experts in their very own right. 


At the end of this programme students will be able to fulfil a number of roles as a Cloud Architect, solution/systems engineer, services engineer, cloud developer or IT manager.

What skills will I learn?

  • Strategy

    - “A cloud strategy clearly defines the business outcomes you seek, and how you are going to get there. Having a cloud strategy will enable you to apply its tenets quickly with fewer delays, thus speeding the arrival of your ultimate business outcomes.”
    D. Scott

    As part of the programme, students will develop skills to leverage the strategic value of the Cloud as part of an overall IT strategy for an organisation as well as learning about service models associated with Cloud Computing such as SaaS, IaaS, PaaS etc.
  • Virtualisation, Storage & Networking skills - Virtualisation is the fundamental underlying technology to support Cloud Computing and is the process of creating a virtual representation of something rather than a physical. Applying virtualisation enables many benefits benefits which include economies of scale, reduced cost of ownership and reduced cost to customers for their IT functions.
  • Security - If a cloud computing system is not secure, then as a concept it is doomed to fail. As part of the programme skills will learn the skills to secure a virtualized infrastructure in the cloud as part of an overall IT strategy.
  • Cloud Development Skills - As part of an development elective stream in the programme students can learn how to develop next generation cloud applications in the form of microservices and develop and deploy these applications in the cloud packaged in lightweight containers such as Docker. The student will also develop scripting skills to automate the software development process and infrastructure management as part of “DevOps”.
  • Data Analytics - Data analytics has been used as a tool in organisations to direct their strategy and maximise their projects as it enables useful insights into data. As more and more data is been stored in the Cloud, students need skills to be able to mine big data with the aim of analysing it to derive business value.

What are the benefits of doing the course online?

Our innovative Master of Science in Cloud Computing, developed in conjunction with key industry stakeholders, such as VMWare, EMC and Amazon, offers the opportunity to learn about Cloud in the Cloud. MTU Cork hosts its own private cloud infrastructure to support the delivery of modules. Lectures are delivered by industry and academic leaders and are delivered online and are recorded for subsequent playback on any device.


What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is a type of on demand sharing of Internet-based computer resources and data. It represents a new era in Computing where companies can outsource their IT functions enabling greater productivity, IT flexibility, performance and agility. This model of computing allows IT departments to focus on strategic initiatives and innovation rather than on infrastructure maintenance and support.


Other Noteworthy Elements

This programme has been running in MTU Cork since 2011 and was a world first. Some of its many accomplishments are listed below:


More Course Information

For more information on the modules in the programme, please click here

Detailed information on the timetable for the MSc in cloud computing is available here


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