Cloud Computing

This course will provide you with the latest knowledge and competencies required by the fastest growing global industry: the cloud. Cloud computing has become a multi-billion euro industry and this course offers specialisations in two key areas:

Infrastructure (IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service) and Development (SaaS - Software as a Service).

Studying at our state-of-the-art Cloud Competency Centre, you will gain experience with the latest design principles, models, and technologies in cloud computing. The course is delivered by faculty and industry practitioners with proven expertise in cloud computing.

Who is the course for?
This computing course will appeal to computer science or engineering graduates, ICT industry practitioners, system administrators, and those with an interest in gaining practical experience in cloud computing. To be admitted as a student, an applicant must have earned a degree or equivalent qualification at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Students in their final year of undergraduate study can be admitted on the condition that their degrees are awarded before they enrol at NCI.

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

. Create and deploy commercial multi-tier applications onto multiple (public/hybrid) cloud platforms

. Plan and architect highly-scalable computing/data analytics solutions for business and scientific needs

. Design pattern-based application code to run efficiently in a cloud environment

. Evaluate security strategies associated with cloud computing and apply them to ensure the technical sustainability of an organisation

. Perform a migration from a traditional ICT environment to a cloud-based platform

. Manage the process of running an IT department from a cloud environment

Award and Progression
The Master of Science in Cloud Computing is awarded by QQI at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Students who successfully complete this course may progress to a major award at level 10 on the NFQ. Students may also elect to exit early with the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing at level 9 on the NFQ.

Entry requirements

An honours (level 8) primary degree in a cognate discipline with a 2.2 award or higher. The college operates a Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) scheme meaning applicants who do not meet the normal academic requirements may be considered based on relevant work and other experience. This may be assessed using a portfolio of learning, demonstration of work produced, and an interview.

This course has a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. Specifically, students are expected to successfully participate in lectures, laboratories and projects using a laptop computer with a substantial hardware configuration.


Part-time Schedule
Indicative Schedule Two evenings per week, 18.00 - 22.00

Duration 2 years; 4 semesters with a final research project.

Full-time Schedule
Indicative Schedule Students need to be available 09.00-18.00 Mon – Fri. (Class days and times vary)

Duration 1 year; 2 semesters with a final research project

Careers or further progression

Students who successfully complete this course may progress to a major award at level 10 on the NFQ. Students may also elect to exit early with the Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Cloud Computing at level 9 on the NFQ.

Further enquiries

For Further Information Contact:
The Admissions Team
Telephone: 1850 221 721

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Year 1-2

Core Modules
• Cloud Architecture
• Cloud Security
• Research in Computing
• Utility Computing
• Business Strategies for Cloud Computing
• Research Methods

Infrastructure Specialisation
• Cloud Infrastructure Management
• Data Storage and Management
• Virtualisation

Development Specialisation
• Cloud Application Development
• Cloud Application Services
• Programming for Data Analytics

Capstone Research Project Categories
• Industry-based Research Project
• Research Project

Research Methods, Research Project and Industry-based Research Project modules are not required to complete the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Cloud Computing.

Note that all modules count towards the final award classification.


Location: IFSC Campus

Course fee

€4,475 per annum €8,950 total fee (Fees revised annually)

€6,500 total fee (Fees revised annually)

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2018

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