Head in the cloud: NUI Galway’s MSc in Cloud Computing Research

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Cloud computing has grown exponentially in the last few years. Graduates with degrees in this area are both in demand and well paid.

One popular course is NUI Galway’s MSc in Cloud Computing Research. The first intake for this programme was in September 2012.

The Master of Science in Cloud Computing Research is a programme of advanced research, and thus develops participants’ research skills. In addition, it engages students in a research programme on a relevant business-focused area of cloud computing and services.  Students can take either the Masters full-time over one year, or part-time of two years. The programme is available online as well as on campus.

Why do the MSc in Cloud Computing Research

The Government, Forfás and the IDA have all identified cloud computing as one of the best potential high-value growth areas for Ireland.  Cloud computing will provide a new generation of infrastructure, services and solutions for businesses.

Hewlett-Packard Galway’s Cloud Services Innovation Centre helped to design the course. The MSc in Cloud Computing Research seeks to produce high calibre and internationally viable graduates in the cloud space.

Places are open to people currently working in various companies and sectors with particular interests in cloud computing. The course is also open to current or past students.

Entry requirements

There are two routes of entry. Firstly, the course is open to people with a recognised undergraduate degree and/or postgraduate degree containing information systems, technology management or equivalent. However, the course is also available to those working in the ICT sector or within a technology-related role in other sectors with a qualifying degree or related experience.

Areas of research

Students will propose a topic. This will focus on value for businesses, organisations or consumers or interactions with cloud computing, services, or applications. Topics may also be society-focused. These could include a focus on privacy, security, mobility, and access in relation to cloud computing.

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