• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2015
  • Duration:

    1 year part-time

  • Attendance:

    16 Saturdays over 3 terms; October to July.

  • Location:

    Central London

Programme overview

The key theme of this course is its focus on a user-based approach to designing websites and on implementation through standards-based, accessible code. It is also suitable for those wishing to develop a personal project.

The programme offers practical workshops taught by commercial developers and users, encouraging you to work creatively within an online culture. By the time you start the final module, you will have acquired the skills needed to design and produce a professional website that is both usable and accessible, and that conforms to international standards and guidelines.

Sessions focus on learning the skills to evaluate, design, develop and maintain personal or business interactive projects. You will have an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the medium and will use internet tools to create web-based portfolios and projects. Documenting the process of development in your final assignment will demonstrate your progression during the course.

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How to apply

In addition to our online application, you will need to complete and submit a supplementary application form.

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Application deadlines and interviews

We recommend you apply as early as possible. Later applications may also be considered, subject to availability of places.

Online application

Web Design and Development (Postgraduate Certificate) (Part-time)

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Targeted at people working in business, training, education, human resources, publishing, marketing or associated media development.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the practical and theoretical skills needed to plan and implement websites that work.
  • Undertake a project, which can be work-based and supported by your employer.
  • Programme materials available online.
  • Birkbeck's computing facilities are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, although you will need your own computer and internet access for coursework and projects. The programme uses a commercial internet service provider to host student projects, and learning resources will be available online.

Course structure

You take 4 compulsory modules.

Find out more about this programme in our departmental handbook (2012-2013).

Modules

Entry requirements

You will be expected to be a graduate with IT skills and to have at least 1 year's experience in training, education, human resources, publishing, marketing or associated media development.

Non-graduates with at least 3 years' experience in at least one of these areas are also welcome to apply.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 2325 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 4450 pa

Payment and Fees Discounts

Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

Fees discounts: If you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

Funding and Financial Support

The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

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Careers and employability

Graduates go on to careers in web development, multimedia programming, design, project management, education and training.

Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

Birkbeck offers a wide range of free careers support and advice for students.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Lectures and seminars, some of which will incorporate practical collaborative exercises, group work and presentations. Online support and assignment reviews. Students and tutors make significant use of online discussion groups for joint problem-solving and collaboration in research.

Assessment

Coursework, evaluations and project work.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent.

Read about Birkbeck research that enriches our experience and understanding of our shared history, culture and art.

Further study opportunities

If you are interested in further research, we offer MPhil/PhD programmes in Computer Science and Information Systems and Film and Screen Media.