Cloud Software Development - BSc (Hons), HND, HNC, Foundation Entry

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This programme is designed for students interested in becoming software engineers with a specific focus on applications running in the Cloud Computing infrastructure.

Student on this programme would be interested in developing reliable and scalable application for enterprises. Core concepts include virtualisation and containerisation.

Cloud Software Development is a specialisation of software engineering that is concerned with the management of large data in data centres, virtualisation and the provision of cloud services.

Applicants to this programme would typically be technically minded, and they may have previously studied engineering, computing or the sciences.

This programme is designed for students interested in software engineering but specialising in areas such as virtualisation and the computer systems used in data centres that support cloud based services.

They would also be interested in databases and developing an understanding of managing and analysing big data, and implementing cloud services.

Applicants for this programme will be interested in software engineering and networked application development and are likely to have some web programming experience.

Students will study a balance of modules around the themes of data storage technologies and cloud based services including both the provision and consumption of those services.

Large scale data is stored in data centres and with networked services provided using virtualisation technologies, while “big data” requires a number of different application specific approaches for storage and analysis.

Graduates will also be able to implement services to provide this data for manipulation and analysis by a variety of applications they will also be able to develop.

Graduates of this programme would be expected to seek employment as application developers, data centre engineers, software engineers etc.

Module Topics

Level 4 (BSc/HND/HNC)

  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation
  • Introduction to Web and Database Concepts
  • Learning in the Digital Era
  • Networks and Cyber Security Essentials
  • Software Development

Level 5 (BSc/HND)

  • Cloud Computing Architecture
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation
  • Data Security, Governance and Research Methods
  • Databases and Application Development
  • Network Operating Systems and Services
  • Object-Oriented Programming and Algorithms

Level 6 (BSc)

  • Cloud-Based Web Services
  • Emerging Trends
  • Independent Project
  • Software Engineering Principles and Practice
  • Socket Programming and Concurrency


The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of computing and information systems development.  The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations. Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination.

The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of coursework set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.