Introduction to the Programme
This applied course will give students an in-depth understanding of network management, providing them with a systematic understanding of the concepts and standards for network management, network management protocols and network management tools. The course looks at virtualisation and cloud computing, exploring and understanding modern data centres, virtualisation, distributed storage, MapReduce, NoSQL, platform services, web services and caching. Students will study online security risks, the steps needed to ensure that data is transmitted and stored securely and measures that can be taken not only to prevent breaches but to minimise damage if they do occur.
Why Study MSc Network Management and Cloud Computing?
The MSc programme will provide you with:
An awareness and understanding of the increasing values that information management provides to the business objectives of all organisations
The ability to involve both the management and the user in the process of awareness, decision and implementation of a computer network.
The ability to prepare a project budget and implementation strategy appropriate for the management of a major IT project.
The ability to evaluate the technical organisational and economic aspects of developments as new opportunities for business process redesign and/or expansion.
The ability to make a functional and technical design of an information system based on project goals and the company’s standards and quality systems.
The ability to evaluate the performance of a communication system using analytical and/or simulation tools and manage the implementation of a complete communication design project.
Students have an edge as the University works with companies such as Microsoft, Dell EMC, IBM, Oracle and SAP in addition to being Cisco Net Academy – meaning the student will have access to the latest equipment and can make use of specialist teaching materials and workshops.
Programme content is enriched by providing industry engagement opportunities to students through industry speakers and field trips.
Opportunity for professional certifications e.g. CCNA, Dell EMC Associate certificate in Cloud Infrastructure and Services, Dell EMC Associate certificate in Data Science
ESD compliant Computer Engineering Lab with state-of-the-art National Instruments equipment
Opportunity to work on industry projects as part of final year projects and coursework
Opportunity to engage with high profile professionals at invited guest talks and field trips
Opportunity to participate at various IT competitions and Hackathons under faculty mentorship
Gain leadership experience by joining the MDX Computing Society
Entry to various events and talks open only to Universities that have MoU with the British Computer Society – Middle East section
The MSc Network Management & Cloud Computing programme is normally studied over two years on a part-time basis or one year on a full-time basis. The programme is divided into study units called modules. A module is a unit of study with credits according to the subject and nature of learning. Students take 180 credits, with each 30 credit module representing approximately 300 hours of student learning, endeavour and assessment.
Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
Network Security and Mechanisms (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Postgraduate Project in Computer and Communications Engineering (60 Credits) - Compulsory
Project Research and Communication Skills ( Credits) - Compulsory
Enterprise Network Troubleshooting (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Virtualisation and Cloud Computing (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Network Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Operating Systems and Application Environments (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Computer Networks and Internetworking (15 Credits) - Compulsory
Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village Park (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. You can expect to attend one session per week per module, except where otherwise specified in the programme timetable and for the Dissertation module in which you will be working individually on your thesis with some supervised elements. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for the completion of this programme.
You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approach as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.
Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.
Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e-learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.
Taught modules are devised to ensure active learning both of the subject matter and of the skills essential to postgraduate level study. In addition to scheduled class time, students are expected to undertake independent study doing research work, preparing for lectures and seminars and working in groups.
A number of assessment methods are used at Middlesex University, and these vary depending on the content of the modules being taught.
Assessment comprises a mixture of coursework, peer review, presentations and portfolio work. For example, you may give an oral presentation, read and comment on an academic article or write an academic essay. Case studies are used extensively. In addition, each module has a comprehensive range of on-line resources available to enhance your studies with us. You will receive detailed module handbooks each year with information on teaching and learning strategies, assessment methods and reading materials.
Academic and Work Experience Requirements
Minimum second class honours degree (UK) or equivalent overseas qualification in computer science or networks, or in a field that provided significant exposure to IT, for example, management, business, mathematics, science or engineering. We also accept applicants with degrees in other fields who can demonstrate relevant industrial experience combined with extensive IT background.
English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)
All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:
IELTS Academic: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)
TOEFL Internet-based: 87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)
PearsonPTE Academic: 58
PearsonPTE General: Level 4
Future Careers and Employability
The large sums invested in computer networks and services have created a global market for graduates with network skills and on completion of this course, you will have excellent career prospects within this ﬁeld. Opportunities range from the design and management of local area networks (LANs) to global wide area networks (WANs).
This course will leave you rightly placed for a role as a network or information systems manager, engineer or administrator, either working for a company in-house or for a ﬁrm specialising in network management, dealing with several clients. But a wide range of other roles will also be open to you in the private, public and not-for-proﬁt sectors; or you could work freelance or move into project management, consultancy, academia or further research. You could even start your own business.