This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by November 2020 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

MSc Cloud and Network Security

Are you interested in a career in IT security? Our remote learning MSc in Cloud and Network Security (online) offers you the advanced skills and knowledge needed for a career in computer management. We’ll support you as you learn to develop secure network and cloud-based solutions for business, and build the critical and creative skills needed to devise innovative answers to complex technical problems.

Cloud and Network Security

Key information

Award:

MSc

Mode of Study:

Distance

Duration:

30 months

Location:

The University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

The University of Bolton’s distance learning MSc in Cloud and Network Security (online) offers graduates with a background in networking, system administration or cloud computing the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the security and operations of computer systems.

Our dedicated and experienced team will guide you as you study the latest methodologies and development techniques and gain a detailed understanding of computer operating systems, virtualisation and networking. We’ll support you to develop adaptability and lifelong learning skills so that you’re ready to respond as the computer industry evolves throughout your career. We’ll also focus on helping you build advanced research, analytical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills so that you are ready to tackle complex problems and devise creative and technically-sound solutions throughout your career.

Designed in collaboration with industrial partners, this fully online course supports you to develop the professional skills employers demand. You’ll also build your understanding of ethical and environmental issues, preparing you for the type of challenges that you’ll encounter in your professional life.

Our content and assignments have a strong industrial focus and coursework is based on a series of realistic scenarios where you respond to technical issues, proposals and prepare management reports. We also pride ourselves on the meaningful and personalised interaction we offer. Many of our dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers are active researchers, offering extensive industry insights and experience. Additionally, guest speakers and lecturers give you access to highly relevant and up-to-date input from industry settings.

Our overall aim is to prepare you for your postgraduate career. We do this by providing a comprehensive programme of personal and professional development focused on the needs of employers in the computing industry.

Prefer to study on-campus? We also offer this course at our main University of Bolton campus in the North West of England. For full-time study, please visit our full-time MSc Cloud and Network Security course search web page for details and to apply. Alternatively, for part-time study, please visit our part-time MSc Cloud and Network Security course search web page.

Highlights
  • We continually monitor and update the content of our MSc programmes so they offer an excellent preparation for the employment marketplace.
  • Our teaching staff all have comprehensive industry experience so you can benefit from their professional insight and practical examples when you’re grappling with real-world problems.
  • We’ll help you to learn the necessary skills to scale from small infrastructure to major cloud infrastructure applications.
  • We’ll focus on your individual needs, and provide personalised support to help find the learning strategies that best support your learning and ultimate success.
  • 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 is available to our students from our educational partners including RedHat, Fedora, Adobe and Microsoft.
  • You can benefit from access to vendor qualifications from Cisco and RedHat. We were the first UK University to become a RedHat academy.
  • You’ll have access to our server architecture, enabling you to develop your cloud computing skills.
  • Industry partners provide relevant, up-to-date input to our teaching and live student projects.
  • Our dedicated laboratories, servers and end-hosts feature high-specification hardware and the latest software, so you can gain industry-equivalent hands-on experience.
  • We take pride in building strong personal relationships with our students so you can feel confident that you’ll have access to excellent academic and pastoral support.
Professional recognition


  • 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'll be happy to consider your application.
  • You'll required to attend an online interview and may be asked to provide a digital portfolio of work.
  • As this is an online course, you’ll need access to a computer or tablet capable of running the necessary software and an internet connection. (We recommend a laptop with a minimum specification of Intel Core i5, or equivalent, with at least 8GB RAM, along with an internet connection offering at least 1.5 MBps up and down). We recommend that you have at least two devices set-up so that you can attend lectures and undertake coursework more easily. You’ll also need appropriate IT skills. In particular, you’ll need to be able to access and use the University of Bolton’s virtual learning environment, Moodle and the Zoom video communication platform. Please contact the programme leader for details if you are uncertain that you’ll be able to meet these requirements.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • 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.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at admissions@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


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 ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the network or cyber security industries, or take on a leading technical or managerial role in a data-dependent organisation.

This course covers some of the security issues that affect fixed and wireless networks, as well as some of the solutions used to address them. Some of the key employability skills that you can acquire include adaptability, teamwork, 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. New developments, languages and devices will be adopted throughout your career. Learning how to learn is the most important skill you can acquire and this course focuses on your development in this essential area.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduates can pursue the more traditional routes of network and 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, you’ll be able to seek higher-level managerial roles in the IT sector. You’ll also be able to explore a wide range of other opportunities offered by the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

As a graduate, you may also choose to pursue further study in a specialist field or through doctorate-level research. If studying towards a doctorate 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

Graduates can use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. For some of these roles, relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Potential areas of work include:

  • 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

Course fees

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 2021-2022.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

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

You should 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 applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.


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

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

We’ll provide regular written feedback on your work and assessments are 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. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. 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.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Adam Isherwood
Programme Leader

A.Isherwood@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903075

Andrew Parker
Admissions Tutor

A.Parker@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903467

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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