2 years part-time or 1 year full-time, October to September
2-3 days or evenings a week part-time, or 3-4 days a week full-time
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.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- Designed for graduates of subjects other than computing who would like to embark on a career in IT.
- Also ideal if you are working in IT and want to update your skills and place them in a broader context, while obtaining a formal qualification.
- Accredited as partially meeting the requirements for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) by the British Computer Society.
- You will have 24-hour access to several laboratories of networked PCs with a range of language compilers, database and other application software. We are connected, via the SuperJANET network, to the computers of other academic institutions in London, elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
- Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.
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.
- Computer Systems
- Data and Knowledge Management
- Data Warehousing and Data Mining
- Fundamentals of Computing
- Information and Network Security
- Information Retrieval and Organisation
- Information Systems
- Internet and Web Technologies
- Principles of Programming I
- Principles of Programming II
- Software Design and Programming
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
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.
Fees and finance
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 4250 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 8475 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
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.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
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 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.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.
Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
Interviews February to September.
As this degree is popular, earlier applications are more likely to be successful.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Financial support and postgraduate loans
Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay loans by interest-free direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students. Find out about the support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
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