Newcastle University: Cloud Computing for Big Data

InstitutionNewcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Computing
Study type Taught


Cloud computing is revolutionising the way that large, and often complex, datasets are stored and analysed. Our course aims to produce experts in cloud computing and big data required by academia and industry.

The MRes can only be applied for as part of the four-year (MRes plus PhD) EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data. The programme is suitable for students from both computing and mathematical backgrounds. It is very skills-focussed and also offers a high degree of research training.

Our course focuses on both theory and practice so that you can understand and implement cloud computing applications. You will cover key subjects such as advanced object-oriented programming, data mining and big data analytics.

All academic staff involved in teaching cloud computing modules have international reputations for their contributions to the field and some have extensive experience as practitioners in industry.


During the MRes you will undertake advanced Masters’ level training in cloud computing and data analytics. The training will begin with a module in either computing science for mathematicians (for those with a statistics background) or statistics for computing scientists (for those from a computer science background).

All students will then be taught topics including statistics for big data, programming for big data, cloud computing, machine learning, big data analytics and time series analysis. The taught component will finish with a substantial group project, where you will have the opportunity to work with students from different backgrounds on a practical industry-focused data analysis problem.

Following this in years 2-4, you will carry out PhD research, guided by PhD supervisors from within the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data, and typically additional advisors from industry.


You will have access to free cloud computing resources to manage your research, a purpose-built Decision Theatre and 3D visualisation facility and a 3D printing learning lab.

You will be based in The Core building, where you will have the opportunity to work alongside experts in key areas of computing science, as well as access to industrial partners. You will also receive funding to attend selected conferences in emerging areas of your research discipline. We also offer funding for equipment and software to support your research.

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