Postgraduate short courses, 2016/2017 entry

Birkbeck, University of London offers a range of postgraduate short courses, taught part-time on our central London campus. Many of these courses and modules are taken directly from existing master's programmes and give students the opportunity to study at a postgraduate level without committing to a full programme of study.

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Computing courses

Advances in Data Management: 9 January-20 March 2017, 2-5pm

  • Credits: 15
  • Module code: COIY025H7-AAA
  • Entry requirements: A first module in database systems (e.g. as taught in a typical U.K. undergraduate degree in computer science).
  • Description: This module examines the technologies underlying modern data management systems. It studies advanced aspects of query processing, transaction management, distributed data management, and recent developments in web data, 'big data' and alternative database architectures.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £663
    • Overseas students: £1325
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Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things: 9 January-20 March 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: COIY047H7-AAA
  • Credits: 15
  • Entry requirements: a first course in networks and a first course in software engineering (e.g. as taught in a typical UK undergraduate degree in computer science). Significant experience in Java programming including networking, data access and concurrent programming techniques.
  • Description: Students taking this module will:
    • study the novel aspects of mobile, ubiquitous and pervasive computing systems
    • study the principles, research problems and applications of the Internet of Things
    • acquire a range of design skills for software development in Android
    • acquire systems development experience with mobile and ubiquitous computing technologies
    • help students develop self-study skills so that they can keep up with the rapidly changing technologies, tools and techniques in the area
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £663
    • Overseas students: £1325
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Internet and Web Technologies: 10 January 2017-21 March 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: COIY063H7-AAA
  • Credits: 15
  • Entry requirements: A first module in programming.
  • Description: to provide students with an understanding of how network protocols work, particularly those used on the Internet, and the ability to present and manipulate information on the World Wide Web, with an emphasis on XML.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £663
    • Overseas students: £1325
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Software Design and Programming: 10 January 2017-21 March 2017: 1.30-5pm

  • Module code: COIY062H7-AFT
  • Credits: 15
  • Entry requirements: Pass in the Programming in Java module (PiJ), or a distinction level pass in the Introduction to Software Development module (ISD), or an appropriate level of experience with a modern programming language otherwise (requires approval by the module leader).
  • Description: The main aim of the module is to provide students with the necessary skills for developing software utlising the object-oriented and functional programming paradigms through Java 8 and Scala.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £663
    • Overseas students: £1325
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Information Retrieval and Organisation: 10 January-21 March 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: COIY064H7-AAA
  • Credits: 15
  • Description: Owing to the explosive growth of digital information in recent years, modern Information Retrieval (IR) systems such as search engines have become more and more important in almost everyone's work and life (e.g. see the phenomenal rise of Google). IR research and development are one of the hottest research areas in academia as well as industry. This module will convey the basic principles of modern IR systems to students.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £663
    • Overseas students: £1325
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Data Warehousing and Data Mining: 11 January 2017-22 March 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: COIY026H7-AAA
  • Credits: 15
  • Entry requirements: A first module in Database Systems (e.g. as taught in a typical UK undergraduate degree in computer science).
  • Description: This module covers the organisation, analysis and mining of large data sets to support business intelligence applications. You will study the principles and commercial application of the technologies, as well as research results and emerging architectures underpinning the analysis and mining of 'big data'.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £663
    • Overseas students: £1325
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Software Design and Programming:  12 January-23 March 2017: 6-9pm

  • Module code: COIY062H7-APT
  • Credits: 15
  • Entry requirements: Pass in the Programming in Java module (PiJ), or a distinction level pass in the Introduction to Software Development module (ISD), or an appropriate level of experience with a modern programming language otherwise (requires approval by the module leader).
  • Description: The main aim of the module is to provide students with the necessary skills for developing software utlising the object-oriented and functional programming paradigms through Java 8 and Scala.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £663
    • Overseas students: £1325
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Component-Based Software Development: 13 January-24 March 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: COIY029H7-AAA
  • Credits: 15
  • Entry requirements: one of the following: Introduction to Software Development (with a distinction level grade); Programming in Java; or a similar course or relevant experience (as approved by the module leader).
  • Description:
    • This module introduces the theory and practice associated with implementing large-scale distributed information systems in heterogeneous environments.
    • You will develop the technical knowledge necessary to analyse the scalability and interoperability problems associated with large-scale heterogeneous systems and will experience the design and implementation of enterprise-level computer applications.
    • Industry-standard frameworks, such as Java Enterprise Edition (JEE), Spring, Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and Microservies, will be explored using practical workshops.
    • The development of web services will also be discussed through the use of standards such as XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI. How web services can be used to implement a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) will be discussed.
    • The growing usage of Serverless architectures will be considered and the usage of Container-based systems and the cloud.
    • Please note: this course requires a great deal of time outside of class. Students should take this into account when considering taking other courses or if they encounter a lot of travel for work.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £663
    • Overseas students: £1325
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Management courses

Corporate Responsibility: Thursday 12 January-Thursday 9 March 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: MOMN039H7
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £870
    • Overseas students: £1329
  • Entry requirements: At least 2.2 BA/BSc or equivalent
  • Description: The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the challenges currently facing business, government, civil society, international organisations and individuals in their efforts to link successful business practice with broader social, environmental and ethical concerns.
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Digital and Social Media Marketing: Tuesday 10 January-Tuesday 07 March 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: BUMN081H7 (start date Tues 10 January 2017 6-9pm)
  • Entry requirements: At least 2.2 BA/BSc or equivalent
  • Description: The raison d'être of marketing is to create value to the consumer, thereby creating satisfaction and loyalty. This fundamental principle applies whether you are marketing online or offline. Marketing on digital channels, however, presents a new array of opportunities and challenges for international marketers who need to understand new concepts, tools, and business models. The aim of this module is to introduce a digital dimension to students' prior knowledge of marketing principles. The module examines digital, mobile and social media technologies and their implications for inter alia, international marketing strategy, research and tactics.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £870
    • Overseas students: £1329
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Management Accounting and Decision Making 1: Wednesday 26 April-Wednesday 21 June 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: BUMN042H7
  • Entry requirements: At least 2.2 BA/BSc or equivalent
  • Description: The management accounting modules 1 and 2 aim to develop a deeper appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues associated with management accounting and stimulate a critical evaluation of management accounting methods.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £870
    • Overseas students: £1329
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Relationship Marketing: Tuesday 10 January-Tuesday 07 March 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: BUMN047H7
  • Entry requirements: At least 2.2 BA/BSc or equivalent
  • Description: The aims of this module are to:
    • introduce the concepts of Relationship Marketing
    • examine the theories, principles and practices of Relationship Marketing
    • strategically evaluate and critique current traditional marketing and management strategies in terms of their customer focus
    • promote a critical understanding of its potential application in different types of organisations and markets
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £870
    • Overseas students: £1329
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Research Methods in Management 1: Tuesday 10 January -Tuesday 07 March 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: MOMN011H7
  • Entry requirements: At least 2.2 BA/BSc or equivalent
  • Description: The aims of this module are to provide students with the necessary knowledge and understanding to critically appraise published research in the field of management.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £870
    • Overseas students: £1329
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Sport in Society: Monday 9 January-6 March 2017, 6-9pm)

  • Module code: BUMN059H7
  • Entry requirements: At least 2.2 BA/BSc or equivalent
  • Description: This module looks at key contemporary issues in sport from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Specifically, it is informed by sociology, political science and history. It is organised around major themes, such as social exclusion, commercialisation and globalisation. The module aims to set the study of sport management in its social context by examining the implications of these various issues for the management of sports organisations.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £870
    • Overseas students: £1329
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Accounting and Financial Management: Wednesday 26 April-Wednesday 21 June 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: MOMN083H7
  • Entry requirements: At least 2.2 BA/BSc or equivalent
  • Description: This module is offered at the postgraduate level for students MSc Management, International Business and Development, Business Innovation and any other related areas. The aim of this module is to provide a solid understanding of the concepts of accounting and financial management for non-financial specialists.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £870
    • Overseas students: £1329
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Thursday 27 April-Thursday 22 June 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: MOMN073H7
  • Entry requirements: At least 2.2 BA/BSc or equivalent
  • Description: This module aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the entrepreneurial process and business practice. Familiarise students with key debates addressing theories of entrepreneurship and innovation. To provide evidence on the applications of these theories to studies of new business creation and growth. Highlight how some contexts are more conducive to entrepreneurship and innovation than others. Demonstrate patterns of entrepreneurship and innovation in the UK in comparison with other countries, particularly the US.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £870
    • Overseas students: £1329
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Globalisation: Forces, Players and Management: Thursday 28 April-Thursday 23 June 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: MOMN074H7
  • Entry requirements: At least 2.2 BA/BSc or equivalent
  • Description: Globalisation is a catchword used to describe how economic and social life has changed over the last quarter of a century. The aim of the course is to provide students with the analytical tools to understand and assess the various dimensions of globalization and how it affects companies and public institutions. The course also aims to provide awareness of the current global challenges and how they can be managed.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £870
    • Overseas students: £1329
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Sport Event Management: Thursday 27 April-Thursday 22 June 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: MOMN081H7
  • Entry requirements: At least 2.2 BA/BSc or equivalent
  • Description: The aims of this module are to consider different stages involved in organising sport events. Introduce students to a range of issues around the organisation of sport events. Critically examine reasons underpinning the hosting of sport events. Consider different stakeholder perspectives on sport event.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £870
    • Overseas students: £1329
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Strategic Sport Marketing: Wednesday 26 April-Wednesday 21 June 2017, 6-9pm

  • Module code: MOMN035H7
  • Entry requirements: At least 2.2 BA/BSc or equivalent
  • Description: This module will introduce you to the role of marketing as a key organisational function. It will consider the main principles of marketing and demonstrate how these principles are relevant for a variety of sport organisations. For example, for many professional sports teams, who face competition for spectators from a variety of other leisure activities, understanding the needs of their supporters and developing an effective strategy to maintain and increase attendance at a sport event are important. For National Governing Bodies marketing a development programme to increase the membership base is critical to increasing participation.
  • Fees:
    • Home/EU students: £870
    • Overseas students: £1329
  • Apply now