This intensive programme in computing provides a good grounding for working in the information technology industry. As well as gaining a broad knowledge of computing, you will acquire programming skills and have the opportunity to investigate certain areas of current research more deeply. The degree is designed for graduates who are new to computer science.
How to apply
Application deadlines and interviews
Interviews February to September.
As this degree is popular, earlier applications are more likely to be successful.
Computer Science (MSc) (Part-time)
Computer Science (MSc) (Full-time)
Taught modules are supplemented by a substantial individual project that may be carried out in a ‘real-world’ setting.
You can gain a Postgraduate Diploma instead, by completing the same modules without the project.
Good degree, or equivalent, in a subject other than computer science, together with some aptitude for programming.
Applicants without a degree-level qualification but with significant computing experience may also be considered.
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.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Part-time home/EU students: £
paFull-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
Payment and Fees Discounts
Funding and Financial Support
Careers and employability
Graduates go on to careers in software engineering, information systems management, consultancy, or research. Possible professions include database administrator, IT consultant, or systems developer. This degree can also be useful in becoming a systems analyst, information systems manager, IT sales professional, or technical author.
Find out more about these professions.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
Teaching and assessment
Lectures, some of which incorporate practical sessions, together with extra coursework completed in your own time.
Coursework, including programming assignments, written examinations and a project. The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc are awarded on the basis of the same coursework and examinations. For the MSc, you have to pass the coursework and examinations, and also submit a satisfactory project.