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IoT and Cloud Systems (Online) University Certificate in Professional Development

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of objects and people that connect and exchange data. IoT devices are growing at a rapid rate and almost everything is connected to a cloud.


12 weeks

100% online


Course overview

The government has provided funding for this course, independent of any previous or current funding you may have for educational purposes. You can apply for short course funding if you are currently in education, or already qualified to degree, master’s or PhD level. If you are funding this course with a student loan you also need to meet student loan eligibility criteria. Find out more about short course loans

Gain an overview of IoT and cloud computing technologies and platforms, and an understanding of their architecture and design. You also develop skills to implement IoT systems and use cloud services to store and analyse data.

This short course is part of a series to develop your skills in digital innovation – coding with Python, software development, cyber security, virtual reality, augmented reality, big data and visualisation, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and cloud computing.

You develop the knowledge and skills needed by employers and the economy.

This course is ideal if you are:

  • a school or further education college leaver wanting to explore a subject before committing to a full degree
  • unemployed and wanting to develop skills to improve your employability
  • a teacher looking to refresh your knowledge in a subject, or to learn new skills
  • in work and your performance can be enhanced by learning new knowledge and skills
  • returning to education after a break
  • currently in higher education and would like to compliment your skillset with additional knowledge and skills.

If you are funding this course with a student loan you also need to meet student loan eligibility criteria.

Study Support Bursaries are available to help support you overcome barriers to study on our OfS short courses. Find out more.

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Course details

What you study

Explore the concepts of the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing.

You develop an understanding of the underlying principles of architectures and design of cloud-based IoT systems, gaining the knowledge to implement these systems in storing and analysing data.

You gain practical experience in the development of cloud-based IoT systems and exposure to appropriate platforms for development.

How you learn

We work with you to establish your support needs to develop a personalised support plan. You can engage with assessments tasks and get feedback at regular points. You will need approximately 400 hours of learning over a 12 week period, which includes:

Weeks 1-10:
Each week:
One-hour recorded online lecture
Two-hours online classes (Wednesday 4.00pm - 6.00pm)
Two-hours online classes (Thursday 6.00pm - 8.00pm)

Weeks 11-12:
Each week:
Two-hours synchronous online classes (Thursday 6.00pm - 8.00pm)

How you are assessed

You are assessed on your subject knowledge, critical thinking and skills acquisition through coursework, practical work and assessments.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must have completed a Level 5 qualification (or higher) and/or developed knowledge and skills in IT or computing. We offer bridging courses to help develop the knowledge you may need to join this short course.



Career opportunities

Our short courses are developed with support from our industrial partners to meet the needs of employers.

They are ideal for you to build the skills employers look for, helping you to develop a new and successful career through one of the flexible learning options available.

Once you’ve completed your short course you could also apply to study a degree by transferring your eligible completed credits.


Learning platform

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is the platform you use to access your online course


Teesside University online learning courses are delivered through the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Here are some of the benefits.

  • You can use it on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
  • And you can use it anytime, so that you can plan your learning to fit your own schedule.
  • It's easy to use and navigate.
  • Modules are set out by topics and themes. You can use the progress bar to understand where you are in your modules, and appreciate your achievements.
  • We support you to become familiar with your VLE, helping you to start learning quickly.
  • You get feedback, help and guidance from tutors throughout your course through the VLE, and you can ask questions at any time.
  • Our tutors use a live activity feed to keep you updated about your course.
  • You can create a student profile, collaborate with other students and take part in online discussion forums.

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Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

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University of the Year

Teesside University was named University of the Year at the Edufuturists Awards 2022.


2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

Fee for international applicants: £1,500

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • 100% online
  • Start date: 24 January 2024

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