Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management

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The World’s First and Only Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership & Management

Join the global elite group of data centre professionals such as professionals from IBM, Commscope, Schneider Electric, Time Warner Cable, Sudlows Limited, Unilever, Capital One, Digital Realty Trust, University of Melbourne to name a few.

Upcoming Course Commencement Dates

- 30 January 2017
- 25 September 2017

Course Overview

Data Centres are complex facilities that are expected to deliver faultless service and financial results in a world of rapidly changing technologies, business pressures and environmental expectations.

In order to achieve this, Data Centres need highly capable leaders and managers – individuals who are capable of dealing with business complexity and technological change with the knowledge and skills to ensure their teams deliver against consistently challenging objectives.

The Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management is a unique course, which has been designed in collaboration with the industry to advance Data Centre professionals worldwide. No other university course offers Data Centre professionals this high level leadership and management education tailored to the data centre sector.

The course is the result of an in-depth consultation with the Data Centre industry and harnesses CNet Training’s unique insight into Data Centre operations with Anglia Ruskin University’s expertise in business leadership and management. Topics have been selected on the basis of feedback from the industry and Data Centre professionals who are themselves involved with delivering the course alongside specialist academics from Anglia Ruskin. The course is based around the students’ professional work in order to ensure that the learning is relevant and can be applied to the workplace.

Delivery of the course is through distance learning, meaning that students can study at times that are convenient to them. They can also easily communicate with their tutors and each other wherever they are in the world.

“This global first and unique opportunity is a result of the combination of CNet Training, recognised as the global leader in data centre training and education, and Anglia Ruskin University’s award-winning high-quality work-based learning. It provides a unique education and personal development opportunity for those working within a data centre to advance their knowledge to master degree level. Individuals can become part of the ultimate elite group of highly qualified data centre professionals and the industry can benefit from the enhanced knowledge and expertise that will be channelled into it.”
– Andrew Stevens, CEO/Managing Director at CNet Training

“The masters degree is very challenging, but at the same time it is a rewarding experience that I am really enjoying. For anybody who wants to understand the importance and implications of effective leadership within this dynamic industry, I would thoroughly recommend it.”
– Senior Technical Manager, Commscope

“I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the amount of resources made available to distance learners. It’s the first course of this kind where I didn’t FEEL like a distance learner. The team do an incredible job of bridging the gap that typically exists in this type of relationship. The effort and passion of the Anglia Ruskin team shine through, giving the experience of a joint endeavor.”
– Jamie Fogal

“The MA Data Centre Leadership and Management distance course is well organized and thoughtfully prepared. The course is demanding and requires high level of self-discipline and persistence. In return, it offers deep insights in leadership, and inspires students to develop their leadership capabilities. It has been designed for the data centre industry and is great value for emerging leaders and their organizations.”
– Mladen Loncar, Data Centre Operations Manager, IBM”

Student Profile

This Masters Degree is suited to leaders and senior managers working in Data Centre facilities wishing to form the elite group of worldwide Data Centre professionals.


This course has been designed for people in leadership and management positions within Data Centre facilities. Anglia Ruskin University will consider all applications individually, taking into account each applicant’s experience and qualifications. We encourage you to apply if you:

    Work in a Data Centre facility

And have either or both:

    Qualifications: A first or second class degree from a UK university, or equivalent from an overseas university


    Experience: At least two years at middle or senior management level

We welcome applications from people who don’t hold the standard qualifications. If you do not have a degree, you will be considered if your skills and experience demonstrate that you can benefit from and contribute to the Degree. Those applicants for whom English is not a first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course Requirements

As a distance learning course, students will need a computer and internet connection. The Virtual Learning Environment can be accessed via all the major operating systems for laptops, mobile phones, tablets etc.

Course Objectives

The aim of this Degree is to unite the existing knowledge and skills of data centre professionals with essential new learning centred around leadership and management within a data centre environment and award a top level degree qualification.

You will also gain the following:

  • Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership & Management – a level 7 qualification.
  • Use of MA post nominal letters after your name e.g. Martin Smith MA
  • Graduates of the Masters in Data Centre Leadership and Management will be invited to a Degree graduation ceremony in Cambridge, UK

A Recognised and Respected University and Masters Degree Course

Anglia Ruskin University is an officially recognised University see – All their courses are accredited to meet the standards expected of Bachelors and Masters degrees in the UK and Internationally. Plus, the Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management was approved by an expert panel including specialists from the industry and UK universities.

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Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management Topics
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  • Data Centre Leadership
    • Evolution of leadership
    • Complexity theory, dynamic organisational environments, strategic alignment in organisations, systems theory
    • Emergent leadership theory in dynamic environments
    • Internal business environment analysis and organisational dynamics
    • Models of strategic analysis
    • The role of leaders in fostering cultures of innovation, creativity and change capability in dynamic environments
    • Change management
  • Sustainable Design for High Capacity Data Centres
    • Modular Data Centre Design for reliability, scalability, efficiency, and sustainability.
    • Management of “utility” operations like electricity, heating and cooling from a usage, efficiency and cost savings perspectives
    • Environmental Monitoring Technologies
    • Maximising system utilisation for best efficiency
    • Continuous commissioning
    • Use of Cloud Technology to minimise the impact of data centres on the environment
  • Financial Management
    • Overview of the financial system
    • Decision making and problem solving in theory and practice
    • Financial objectives and strategies linked to general strategies and environmental circumstances
    • Corporate governance issues
    • Efficient/inefficient markets and behavioural finance
    • Relationship between financial risk and expected return
    • Cost of capital: WACC and CAPM; Gearing
    • Treasury management and control of working capital
    • Investment appraisal
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    • Data Centre Infrastructure Management, Security and Disaster Recovery
      • Asset tracking (‘Cradle to Grave’)
      • Change management
      • Analysis of virtual/logical systems and how they interact with physical hardware
      • Management & Resilience High Capacity Storage in complex data centres (especially related to disaster recovery scenarios)
      • Consolidation of resources/locations
      • Optimising physical infrastructure (including space management) to enable higher capacity
      • Multi-layered monitoring
      • Future strategic planning via modelling scenarios
      • Physical security & data security
      • Virtual Digital Security (especially in co-location environments)
      • Identification of data centre infrastructure risks and vulnerabilities, mitigation techniques and recovery policies
      • Governance relating to data protection, safe harbour and other compliance regimes.
      • Evaluation metrics
    • HRM and Organisational Capability Development
      • Managing human resources for optimal performance
      • Organisational behaviour
      • Developing and managing structures for continued capability growth
      • Managing contractor arrangements and a contingent workforce
      • Knowledge management
    • Decision Making in Critical Services
      • Risk identification and mitigation
      • Sense-making and management behaviour during critical incidents
      • Response to critical incidents and first response management
      • Managing consequence
      • Managing human responses during times of crisis
      • Managing and evaluating service level agreements (or similar)
      • Critical infrastructure asset management
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      • Leadership and Management in Context
        • Leadership and CSR
        • Technology advancements and implications
        • Sustainability and environmental issues
        • Globalisation and offshoring
        • Standards and quality management
        • Other topics as identified by industry partners
      • Research Methods & Post Graduate Major Project
        • Intellectual and practical skills to frame, plan and deliver research
        • Analysis and interpretation of data generated
        • Bringing this into action through a major research project, based on your own interests and providing a culmination of your work on the Masters course.

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