Advanced Distributed Systems MSc, PGDip, 1-2 years, full-time

Distributed systems play an increasingly key role in our day-to-day lives. With a focus on advanced techniques, you’ll learn how to build software systems that can better meet the demands of distributed platforms.

Department
Informatics

Course description

Course description

The presence of software applications as components of many different kinds of systems with dynamic configurations is increasing at an unprecedented pace. The focus of this MSc is on new methods, architectures and design techniques for software systems that are able to operate, with guaranteed levels of quality of service, across heterogeneous and distributed platforms.

What's the difference?

The PGDip includes the same modules as the MSc but without the final project.

Duration

The regular degree takes 12 months if you start in September, or 16 months if you start in January. The 'With Industry' degree takes 21 months if you start in September, or 24 months if you start in January.

NB. If you start your course in January, you will take Semester 2 before Semester 1.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject with a substantial element of Computing. Relevant work experience may also be considered.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018 or January 2019

  • MSc: £7,835
  • PGDip: £6,268
  • MSc with Industry: £9,010

NB. The additional fee for the 'MSc with Industry' variant is not charged if, for whatever reason, you are unable to secure a placement.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible. (MSc or MSc with Industry only; not available for PGDip.)

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2018 or January 2019

  • MSc: £19,070
  • PGDip: £15,256
  • MSc with Industry: £21,930

NB. The additional fee for the 'MSc with Industry' variant is not charged if, for whatever reason, you are unable to secure a placement.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

All our postgraduate Informatics degrees are available 'with industry': stimulating your creativity and capacity to innovate, and ensuring that you acquire key transferable skills. These courses will allow you to develop into a highly skilled professional, well versed in advanced methods and tools. Colleagues from industry participate directly in the delivery of some of the modules, including hands-on tutorials that allow you to use some of the tools and methodologies that are shaping the software development landscape.

We have an open approach to collaboration with industry. We undertake joint projects, provide consultancy services, and organise events to connect you with potential employers. We also run an Industrial Advisory Board: its members are computer scientists who hold successful careers in industry and who help us ensure that your training is industrially relevant.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module (if you are going to take Personal and Group Skills in Semester 2) from:

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Semester 2

    Semester 2

    Core modules

    Option modules

    Choose one option module (or choose two if you took Personal and Group Skills in Semester 1) from:

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Industry Placement (optional)

    Industry Placement (optional)

    Studying a 'with industry' masters degree is the perfect way for you to enhance your career prospects and deepen your understanding of your specific area of expertise. By experiencing real-world scenarios and applying your skills and knowledge to business challenges, you will gain a unique insight into how your studies can be utilised in industry. This will not only showcase your abilities to future employers, but will also enhance your studies when you return to University to complete your programme.

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Individual Project

    Individual Project

    Your course will conclude with an individual project (after your industry placement, if you have taken one). Using the experience gained during your course/placement, you will choose a challenging problem to work on and explore it by privately studying under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. (Students studying for a PGDip don't complete a project.)

    A Selection of Recent MSc Projects

    Robust and Energy Efficient Wireless Sensor Networks

    Wireless sensor networks are a new technology with a wide range of applications (from environment monitoring to surveillance) but subject to a number of energy constraints, many-to-one flows, and redundant low-rate data. Many routing protocols have been proposed for sensor networks that aim at achieving energy efficiency, but with little or no attention to robustness and fault-tolerance. This project addressed fault tolerance in ad-hoc sensor network routing, namely the design and development of a robust and energy efficient routing protocol that distinguishes between local and large-scale traffic. A new multipath routing protocol was proposed and simulated which follows the 'number of hops' metric and employs a waiting time before transmitting messages to sink.

    WSDL/BPEL to SRML Language Transformation

    SRML is the Reference Modelling Language of the European project SENSORIA. It provides primitives for modelling and reasoning about business processes in a way that is independent of the languages used for executing them. This project developed a tool for generating SRML models from two specific industry standards: The Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), which is used for specifying business process based on Web Services, and the Web Services Description Languages (WSDL) – an XML format for describing network services. The encoding provides the means to create high-level declarative descriptions of BPEL/WSDL specifications that can be used for building more complex business process models that can include components specified in other languages.

    XML Database for Bibliographic Information

    Many people in industry and academia use a document typesetting system called LaTeX. Documents may be published in various formats including reports, journal articles, conference proceedings, authored books, and so on. BibTeX is the tool used by LaTeX for formatting lists of references that are to be incorporated within these documents. Although it is very effective, BibTeX has raised a practical concern due to its low level of abstraction, making it difficult to share bibliographic information among tools or people executing different activities (for instance, between the technical and the marketing staff within a company). In order to address this concern, this project developed an XML-based framework for managing bibliographies.

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Why Leicester?

    Most of our members of staff are actively engaged in research and are frequently guests of universities both in the UK and other countries to lecture on their work.

    The Department has three Staff Student Committees - for undergraduates, postgraduates and PhDs - consisting of student representatives and members of staff. These provide a forum to discuss general issues and problems, and for staff to give feedback.

    The Department of Informatics at Leicester is a thriving academic community with extensive experience in delivering high quality courses and undertaking pioneering research.

    Teaching and learning

    Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, self-paced learning and practicals. Assessment is a mix of coursework - computer-based practicals, essays and small group projects - and exams

    The compulsory 'Personal and Group Skills' module combines seminars, group discussions and collective essay writing on selected topics, as well as a series of workshops on transferable skills and career planning.

    Your project and, where relevant, industry placement will be assessed separately.

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    Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
    Course Advanced Distributed Systems Qualification MSc or PGDip Duration 12-16 months full-time Start Dates January and September each year Availability Apply Now
    Course Advanced Distributed Systems with Industry Qualification MSc Duration 21-24 months full-time Start Dates January and September each year Availability Apply Now
    Course Advanced Distributed Systems Qualification PGDip Duration 8 months, full-time Start Dates January and September each year Availability Apply Now