Computing (BSc): 2-year top-up, part-time

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved
Applications for this course will open in October


Two years part-time


Three evenings a week, October to July

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The programme aims to develop knowledge, technical skills and self-directed learning skills in computing, especially in areas affected by rapidly changing information technology. Final-year students carry out a complex real-world computing project.

Modern computing and information system skills often become obsolete as new technology is developed. Therefore the programme strikes a balance between learning current skills, which are important in the marketplace, and emphasising the underlying theories, which last longer and which provide a sound basis for developing new skills, techniques and technologies, and even new theories. The social and organisational impacts of information technology are also included.

Graduates of our Computing/IT/Web Development Foundation Degree can gain this BSc with two years of further study.

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  • The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is one of the first computing departments established in the UK; we are celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2017. We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students.
  • Our world-class research activity informs our teaching and our interactions with business, public and third-sector organisations.
  • We have four modern computing laboratories in the Department, with a total of 133 workstations. The labs have projection facilities and are air-conditioned. Our wide range of software runs on a number of platforms including Unix, Windows and Linux. The local area network is a switched gigabit/10gigabit ethernet. The Department and College computers are connected to the SuperJANET academic network via the London Metropolitan Network. Departmental computer services and networks are managed and supported by the Department's Systems Group.
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Course structure

The two-year BSc Computing top-up programme consists of 15- or 30-credit modules. A total of 180 credits are required. Most modules are 15 credits, taught over one term.

In Year 1, you take four compulsory modules and choose two option modules.

In Year 2, you take two compulsory modules, including a 30-credit project, and choose three option modules.

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