MSc Cloud and Network Security

Are you interested in a career in IT security? Our MSc in Cloud and Network Security is designed to provide the advanced skills and knowledge needed for a career in computer management, or for a leading technical or managerial role in a data dependent organisation.

MSc Cloud and Network Security

Course details

The MSc in Cloud and Network Security offers graduates with a background in networking, system administration or cloud computing the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of security and operations of computer systems.

You’ll have the opportunity to study the latest methodologies and development techniques and develop a detailed understanding of computer operating systems, virtualisation and networking. We’ll support you as you acquire the capacity to adapt and learn new skills ready to respond as the computer industry evolves throughout your career.

The programme has been designed collaboratively with industrial partners, giving you to the chance to equip yourself with professional skills, and understand the ethical and environmental issues you’ll encounter in your professional life.

You’ll also be encouraged to prepare for your postgraduate career with coursework based on a series of realistic scenarios covering technical issues, proposals and reports.

  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 20/01/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 1 year

Course highlights:

  • We continually monitor and update the content of our MSc programmes so they offer the best preparation for the employment marketplace.
  • Our teaching staff all have comprehensive industry experience, enabling them to offer practical insights to students grappling with real-world problems.
  • During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to scale from small infrastructure to major cloud infrastructure applications.
  • We take pride in our approach to our students, taking time to give all individuals the help and support they need to succeed.
  • Our commitment to provide the best possible learning environments has seen us make significant investments in our IT facilities.

Key features:

  • Free or significantly reduced software available to our students from our educational partners including RedHat, Fedora, Adobe and Microsoft.
  • Access to vendor qualifications from Cisco and RedHat through our unique access to the RedHat academy.
  • You’ll have access to our server architecture, enabling you to develop your cloud computing skills both on and off campus.
  • Industry partners provide relevant, up-to-date input to our teaching and live student projects.
  • Our MSc programme is supported by dedicated laboratories, servers and end hosts with industry-standard hardware and software.
  • Our lecturers take time to build strong personal relationships with all students, enabling questions to be answered quickly and easily.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 23/09/2019 or 20/01/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 1 year

You should have a UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

If you have non-traditional entry qualifications and relevant experience, or a suitable portfolio of work that we consider a reasonable substitute for the qualifications we typically accept for this course, then we will be happy to consider your application.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

Computer networks underpin almost every aspect of modern business. Their successful management and oversight is crucial to a company's success and those who can fulfil this role are highly sought-after by industry. This course is for those wishing to pursue a career in the network or cyber security industry, or to take a leading technical or managerial role in a data dependent organisation.

This course covers some of the security issues that fixed and wireless networks are subject to, and some of the solutions used to address them. Some of the key employability skills that you can acquire include team work, time management, analysing and solving problems, retrieval of information and communication skills.

It’s important to remember that the field of cloud computing and network security changes very rapidly. There will be new developments, languages and devices being adopted throughout your career. Learning how to learn is the most important skill you can acquire.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates from this course could pursue the more traditional routes of network/internet security, network development, and technical support. Other possible routes include network engineering, management, telecommunications engineering, and crime and computer forensics.

As a result of the skills developed through this course, graduates will be able to seek more senior managerial roles within the IT sector, and there are also a wide range of other opportunities within the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Another possible course of action for graduates is to pursue further study in a specialist field or in research at doctorate level. If doctorate level study is of interest to you, please discuss this with our tutors as we may be able to support your aspirations by supervising you at PhD level.

Alternative career options

  • Information management
  • Digital communications
  • Mobile communications
  • Cybersecurity
  • Teaching and education
  • Consultancy
  • Research and development
  • Software project management
  • Commerce
  • Electrical engineering
  • Quality management
  • Public Services and local government
  • Self-employment

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
2019/20 £5,400-£5,400
2020/21 -nullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
2019/20 £12,450-£12,450
2020/21 -nullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Masters Project
  • Advanced Cloud Penetration Testing and Forensics
  • Global Infrastructure
  • Development and Operations
  • Research Methods

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a blend of learning and teaching methods to give you the best possible chance of success. During your studies, you’ll be expected to take part in lectures, seminars, tutorials and critiques. You’ll also experience laboratory and workshop sessions, as well as undertake self-directed learning, e-learning, and online sessions.

You’ll have the chance to acquire and enhance your practical skills through technical introductions and support, workshop sessions, demonstrations, and activity-based assignments.

We’ll provide regular written feedback on your work, with assessments normally completed by the end of each module. Assessment is varied and can include methods such as assignments, projects, exams, and presentations. Most of your overall grade will be based on coursework.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (81%), Practical exams (9%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (83%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (17%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019 or 20/01/2020
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    MSc
  • Duration:
    1 year

Contact us

Bren Tighe
Programme Leader
Email: B.Tighe@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903556

Adam Isherwood
Senior Lecturer
Email: A.Isherwood@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903075

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903