Diploma in Cloud Computing

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
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Diploma in Cloud Computing | Dublin Business School



Cloud computing is a term that is used for on-demand delivery of hosted services and resources such as data storage, software, computing power, etc. over the internet. It is the most valuable innovation of the 21st century. Cloud provides an efficient and sustainable way of doing business in comparison to the traditional IT solutions. Businesses can choose specific cloud models and deployment strategies based on their needs. Cloud computing is not only beneficial for business, but it also enables individual users to use several resources such as storage on cloud, software, platform and infrastructure that can be used on cloud instead of running it on a local machine. This diploma has been designed to equip non-STEM professionals with knowledge and competencies of cloud computing in order that they gain practical and comprehensive knowledge of cloud computing for business. It consists of a combination of onsite classes and live interactive discussions and lab work to enable the learner to gain practical skills and knowledge to enhance business operations.

Programme Aims and Objectives


Aims of the Diploma in Cloud Computing
There are many reasons to do a diploma. The main aim of this programme is to develop practical and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of cloud technologies and identify their effective use in business


  • Gain knowledge of cloud computing, main cloud characteristics, and the advantages and disadvantages of cloud technologies in business.

  • Articulate the technical benefits of cloud computing services.

  • Explore the cloud platforms, cloud models, their functions and capabilities, and cloud strategy.

  • Identify the security risks in cloud computing and evaluate the implications of GDPR.


Click here to view provisional timetable.


How the Cloud Computing course will be assessed is by two assignments of continuous assessment. One assessment will be a class test and the other will be a skills-based assessment where students will work in groups using appropriate tools presented during this course. By completing these assessments learners will also develop soft skills such as time management, communication and report writing.

Continuous Assessment 1 (Class Test): 20%

Continuous Assessment 2: 80%

Please note this programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Content

The lecturing team consists of a team of staff that combine both academic qualifications with substantial practical experience, and this practical perspective is reflected in the delivery of the module. Some of the key subject areas are the following:

What is Cloud  Computing?
History of Cloud  Computing. Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing. Virtualization. The need of Virtualisation. Benefits and  Limitations of Virtualisation.

Cloud  Computing Architecture:  Horizontal and Vertical Scaling; Architectural Layers of Cloud Environments

Cloud Deployment Models: Public, Private, Hybrid and Community Cloud

Cloud Service Models: Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS)

Cloud Platforms: Windows Azure, Amazon Web services, Google Cloud Platform, etc. Choosing a cloud platform and using several resources such as infrastructure, software and platform.

Cloud Lifecycle: Implementing a Cloud Computing Life Cycle. Life Cycle Issues; Lifecycles and Security. Cloud Lifecycle Management; Adoption Lifecycle.

Cloud Economics: Four Cornerstones of Cloud Economics. Unit Service Cost. Cloud Computing and Economic Growth.

Cloud Security: Overview of Security in Cloud.  Compliance Network security. Virtualization Security. Legal Protection of Cloud Users. Software Security. Data Security. Privacy Identity management and Access control. Implications of GDPR. Audit and Forensics Interoperability and Portability . Guiding frameworks. Risk assessment and Management.


The key subject areas are delivered over 12 weeks with continuous assessment completed during the course. The programme is designed to enhance students to explore the opportunities and challenges provided by cloud technologies and provide solutions to several business scenarios.

This programme will be delivered through face to face or online interactive lectures, tutorials, lab work, and quizzes, etc. 


Click here to view provisional timetable.

Career Opportunities

Computing is the most robust industry in the world and information systems, cloud computing, web security and data management play a leading role in the information technology and computing industries as well as the majority of businesses. Computing graduates are in strong demand from industry and those who are successful in completing the course are highly employable in fields as diverse as healthcare, finance and insurance, as well as cloud computing. Positions can be found within: software, data analytics, financial services, distribution, research and development, operations and management and many more. If you think you would like to further your studies even more look at our other cloud computing full-time courses.

Student Profile

There are two student profiles. This course will appeal to students from ICT backgrounds. It will also appeal to professionals who are willing to upskill themselves and advance their careers in the cloud computing field or to apply the skills in their current role.


The fee for the Diploma in Cloud Computing is €1,500. This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership.

View all DBS Evening Diploma fees here.

Visit Us

Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place. The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email or fill out our enquiry form.

DBS Student Facilities

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

  • Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS. 

  • DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies.  

  • DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills. 

  • Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre. 

  • Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

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Course overview

Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Next Intake: February 2024
Duration: 12 weeks (part-time)

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We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2024. Contact our admissions team for more information

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