Year of Entry2017
Start dateJanuary 2018
3 years part-time
2-3 evenings a week
A common first year for all 3 pathways covers programming, web development, database development, mathematics, information systems and teamwork skills. In subsequent years, the Computing pathway covers computer networking, programming and algorithms. The Information Technology pathway covers PHP web programming and e-business. The Web Development pathway covers web development using current web standards and open source technologies.
You will benefit from Birkbeck's unique, flexible study. Students are drawn from the most culturally diverse city in the UK and have a wide range of cultural, social and economic backgrounds.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is one of the longest-established computing departments in the UK, having celebrated our 58th anniversary in 2015. We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
- Our lecturers are leading researchers in their fields, drawn from both the academic and professional world.
- The Department has its own dedicated network with the College. We also have 4 state-of-the-art computing laboratories, with over a hundred workstations. They are equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge production software and tools.
You choose a pathway from Computing, Information Technology or Web Development.
In the first year, you take 4 common, compulsory modules. In the second year, you take 6 compulsory modules. In the third year, you take an additional 2 compulsory modules and 2 option modules, and complete a work-related project.
- Fundamentals of Information Technology
- Information Systems Concepts
- Information Systems Management
- Introduction to Computer Systems
- Introduction to Database Technology
- Introduction to Programming
- Introduction to Web Authoring
- Mathematics for Computing
- Problem-Solving for Programming
- Software and Programming I
- Working in Teams
Information Technology pathway
Web Development pathway
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
Applicants may be required to pass tests in mathematics and English.
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 6.5 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 are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesPart-time home/EU students, Year 1: £ 3500 pa
Part-time overseas students, Year 1: £ 6500 pa
Part-time home/EU students, Years 2+: £ 5250 pa
Part-time overseas students, Years 2+: £ 9750 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
The selected teaching and learning methods will develop your academic knowledge and understanding, equip you with practical IT skills, and give you the ability to function effectively in a vocational context. They include lab-based practical instruction, experiential learning in a work-related setting, class-based lectures/instruction and class-based seminars.
This programme can be completed in 8 academic terms, spread over 3 academic years. The shorter Year 1 begins in January, while Years 2 and 3 begin in October.
Assessment is determined by the nature of the materials and skills of each module within the programme. Assessment methods will include: written and/or oral examination; written coursework; presentation-based coursework; group-based coursework; in-class quiz/test; and the creation of a portfolio.
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 computer programming and web database development and management, IT support services and systems analysis and design. Read more about careers in computing and information systems.
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 link.
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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
January start: applications May to December. Selection evenings May to December.
Early application is encouraged as places are limited.
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.
Birkbeck is committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies. Find out about what is available, how to apply and the advice and 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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Boost your career
Discover how Birkbeck's unique evening teaching, coupled with our comprehensive careers and employability services, can help you get ahead in a highly competitive job market.
Fees and payment
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