NUI Galway now accepting applications for cloud master’s degree

28 May 2013

NUI Galway is now taking applications for its MSc in cloud computing research. The first intake for the course occurred in September.

Applications are now being accepted for September 2013 and there is an option of one-year full-time or a two-year part-time programme.

There are two entry routes: persons already working in the ICT sector or within a technology-related role in other sectors with a qualifying degree or related experience; or persons with an undergraduate degree containing information systems, technology management or equivalent. 

The part-time model is particularly suited to persons in employment who wish to pursue a master’s-level qualification in this area.

The MSc in cloud computing research provides a dedicated programme of advanced research on high-value, business-focused aspects of cloud computing.

In the current academic year, with students from major organisations such as Cisco and Hewlett-Packard, the programme is covering a number of issues for businesses.

These include: studies on business success factors for cloud service; models for return-on-investment for strategic cloudsourcing; optimal text input for mobile cloud business applications; Irish legal considerations for cloud strategies; exploring user benefits of cloud services; and other topics of importance to both large businesses and small SMEs.

“We are seeing the direct relevance of our students’ research to companies,” said Dr Tom Acton, director of the MSc in cloud computing research.

“Some of our students are leveraging this course to advance within their employment and others as a vehicle to help enter an industry. The university’s research on cloud computing has also been published in international outlets.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years