Distributed Computing Systems Engineering

Brunel University London

18 months
19280 GBP/year
9370 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This unique MSc in Distributed Computing Systems Engineering at Brunel University London is delivered at the Technical Academy of Esslingen (TAE) in Germany and is hosted by the Electronic and Computer Engineering department at Brunel. It covers essential topics relating to distributed computing systems.


In recent years, cloud computing has evolved as a promising large-scale distributed computing infrastructure for scientists and engineers around the world to share resources on the internet including computers, software, data and instruments. Lots of data centres are available for people to use computing resources in a cost effective way. Recently big data is continuously receiving a significant effort from the industry facilitating data analytics in cloud hosted data centres.

On the MSc in Distributed Computing Systems Engineering at Brunel University Londo you’ll develop the advanced technical and professional skills necessary for an enhanced career in industry or research related to software engineering and distributed systems.

You’ll have access to specialist technical facilities where you’ll work on your lab exercises. The latest industry standard engineering software packages are available for you to use in modern computer laboratories.

During your studies, you will benefit from guest lectures delivered by industry professionals. You’ll participate in conferences and deliver poster presentations on your research work. This allows you to network and exchange ideas with experts in distributed and embedded systems.

Careers and your future

With expertise in key distributed computing and embedded systems, our graduates are highly employable, particularly in industries associated with the development of distributed and embedded systems.

They work is sectors such as software engineering, distributed systems, high performance computing, big data analytics, intelligent systems, and embedded systems.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Computer Networks
  • Network Security and Encryption
  • Distributed Systems Architecture
  • Project and Personal Management
  • High Performance Computing and Big Data
  • Software Engineering
  • Embedded Systems Engineering
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
51 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK honours degree,or equivalent overseas qualification, in Computer Science; Computer Engineering; Computing and Information Systems; Electronic Engineering; or a related subject.
  • Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis.
  • Basic programming skills are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19280 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19280 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9370 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9370 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.


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