Designed for anyone with a technical mind, an interest in computer networks and networked administration, and previous experience with engineering, computing or the sciences, this BSc (Hons) Network Administration with Cloud Computing (Top-Up) will help you achieve a specialist role in a variety of organisations.

Explore cloud computing, the management of large data in data centres, virtualisation, and the provision of cloud services, and develop your skills in administration. All modules are based around data storage technologies and cloud based services including both the provision and consumption of those services.

With the knowledge and expertise in application-specific approaches required for ‘big data’ storage and analysis, you’ll be able to implement core services that will help you on a rewarding career path.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
1 year
September 2019
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
All our staff have significant experience, teaching in higher education and related directly to the industry. Our teaching staff have relevant academic and industry recognised qualifications and are committed to yearly continuous professional development.

• HND in relevant subject

• Foundation Degree in Computer System Support

• Foundation Degree in Computer Network Security with Ethical Hacking

• Foundation Degree in Computer Network Management
You’ll be required to attend an interview and complete an assessment.
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.
Consideration will be given if you have significant industrial or academic experience but have no formal qualifications.

Year 1: Cloud Computing (30 credits)
Cover the comprehensive, theoretical and practical approaches to the principles of virtualisation via the deployment of virtual server and desktop environments, and build an in-depth understanding of Virtual/cloud computing, exploring and evaluating consolidated server frameworks from online/cloud providers.

Year 1: Negotiated Research (60 credits)
Develop both your general and discipline specific knowledge and skills through this extended research activity, discussing your plans with tutors, completing a Literature Review in your chosen area, formulating a research proposal with research question/s, and carrying out the research as propo

Year 1: Network Administration (30 credits)
Zaigham, M (2014) Cloud Computing: Challenges, Limitations and R&D Solutions (Computer Communications and Networks)

Hwang K, Fox G.C. & Dongarra J.J. (2011) Distributed and cloud computing: from parallel processing to the Internet of things

R. Buyya, C. Vecchiola, S.T. (2013) Mastering Cloud Computing : Foundations and Applications Programming

R. Buyya, J. Broberg, A. Goscinski. (2011) Cloud Computing : Principles and Paradigms

Josyula, V (2011) Cloud Computing: Automating the Virtualized Data Center

Dittner, R (2007) The Best Damn Server Virtualization Book Period: Including Vmware, Xen, and Microsoft Virtual Server

Arora, P, Biyani, R, Dave, S (2012) To the Cloud: Cloud Powering an Enterprise

A range of assessment methods are used and could be in the form of the following:

• Proposal presentation
• Literature review
• Dissertation
• Poster presentation
• Written report
• Case study assessment
• Hands on skills assessment.

50% seminar/lecture 50% self-directed learning
With the qualification to maintain servers, firewalls, and routers, network security, access controls, firewalls, content filtering, anti-virus, VPN, penetration testing, intrusion detection, encryption, biometrics, security consultancy, virus removal, server security, secure email, you’ll have a huge range of career options open to you, including:

• Network Engineers
• Network administrator
• Network Consultant
• Wireless Network Field Engineer
• Network Support Technician
• Linux Administrator
• Supervisor Roles

Starting salaries for graduates are usually around £20,000 to £25,000 per annum. With a years' experience, you can command up to £35,000. After 5 years, and working in more senior roles, you can expect to earn in the region of £40,000 to £60,000.

There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, you may choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Estimated costs for a laptop are around £300.

Materials are provided online and assignments are submitted electronically. However, you might also wish to print other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here.

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