Cloud Computing MSc

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000 part time £3,000
International: full time £15,490 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

Cloud computing offers the ability to acquire vast, scalable computing resources on demand and is revolutionising the way in which data is stored and analysed.

This one-year Master’s programme will develop your expertise in cloud computing by giving you the skills and knowledge to design, build and extend the internet infrastructure and to design a variety of distributed applications.

The programme will provide you with the flexibility to carry out challenging project work on cloud computing either at the University or in industry. A number of leading IT companies sponsor the course for project work to be carried out at their industrial R&D laboratories, including:

• Red Hat Inc.
• Arjuna Technologies Ltd
• Prism Technolgies
• HP
• IDT 
• ADlink

As well as providing project opportunities, the sponsoring companies form an Industrial Advisory Board that ensures the technical content of the programme continues to reflect industrial R&D priority areas.

The MSc, one of the first of its kind in the UK, is approved by the EPSRC and a number of studentships (normally for UK students) are available, including Red Hat sponsored financial assistance.

The programme consists of lectures, in which you learn about relevant theories and principles, and practical sessions in which you develop the skills that are crucial to making those principles effective in practice. You will also undertake a group project as well as an individual project.

Graduates are well equipped to pursue careers as developers, architects, data scientists or project managers, and to undertake research or establish their own consulting or software development companies.

The programme is delivered on a full time (12 months) or part time (24 months) basis. The part time route is particularly intended for employees of local IT companies.


Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

A lower-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in computing science software engineering, computing systems, distributed computing, internet computing, information systems or information technology. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications if they have relevant professional experience in computing.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Students on industrial placements receive additional payments determined by their sponsoring company.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Early application is advised.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Admissions Secretary
School of Computing Science
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8072

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Computer Science.