• UCAS Code: 1L55
  • Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration:

    3 years full-time

  • Attendance:

    3-4 evenings a week

    October to July

  • Location:

    Central London

  • Professional bodies that recognise this course:

    Accredited by the British Computer Society - CITP, CSci (partial fulfilment) with the condition that students pass a final-year project of type 3 or type 4 at the first attempt.

Programme overview

Accredited by the British Computer Society, this course provides an opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in both computing and management. Graduates are able to contribute to the effective development and exploitation of information systems and technology in companies, other organisations and society as a whole. In the areas of computing and information systems, but also in management, today's skills are often transitory. Therefore the programme strikes a balance between learning current techniques, which are important in the marketplace, and learning the underlying fundamentals and theories, which will be longer lasting and which will provide a sound basis for understanding and evaluating new approaches, techniques and technologies, and even new theories.

    The programme aims to produce graduates who, with appropriate experience, will become hybrid managers, i.e. managers/information systems analysts/computer scientists, well versed in the tools, techniques, approaches and philosophies necessary for the successful introduction of complex information and communication technologies in today's fast-changing world.

    The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is one of the longest-established computing departments in the UK, having celebrated our 55th anniversary in 2012. 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.

    This programme is also available for part-time evening study over 4 years and part-time evening study over 6 years.

    How to apply

    If you are applying for a 3-year, full-time undergraduate degree at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). To apply, go to the UCAS homepage and click on 'Apply and Track'. You will have to register, giving UCAS a few personal details, including your name, address and date of birth, and then you complete an application form.

    If you have no previous formal qualifications you will need to complete an admission test including English comprehension and mathematical knowledge (see a sample mathematics test).

    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 offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.

    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.

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    Application deadlines and interviews

    15 January is the first UCAS deadline and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after 15 January, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.

    Read more about key dates for UCAS applicants.

    Selection evenings from April onwards.

    Why study this course at Birkbeck?

    We have 4 modern computing laboratories in the department, with a total of 133 workstations. The labs have projection facilities and are air-conditioned. Software, which runs on a range of platforms including Unix, Windows and Linux, includes:

    • Programming languages/environments: Borland, C++, Java (J2SE, J2EE), AspectJ, Tomcat, Glider, Eclipse, BlueJ, WebMatrix, Netbeans, Python
    • Software design/development: IBM Rational Rose (C++, Java, Visual Studio), VS.NET
    • Modelling environments: Matlab, Image Precessing Toolbox, Fuzzy Logic Toolbox, Web Deployment Tool
    • Database management systems: Oracle, SQLserver, MySQL, DB2, Oracle SQL plus
    • Data mining: SPSS Clementine, SQLserver
    • Web content development: GIMP Microsoft Silverlight
    • XML development: XMLSpy, xt, xmlgrep, oxygen
    • X/Unix: Putty
    • Office tools: Microsoft Office, Open Office, Visio, LaTeX (MikTeX), TextPad, GhostScript/GSview
    • Virtual learning environment: Moodle
    • Browsers: Firefox, Firefox svg, IE, Chrome
    • Email: Thunderbird, OutlookExpress, webmail
    • Logic circuit design: Digital Works

    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.

    Accredited by the British Computer Society - CITP, CSci (partial fulfilment) with the condition that students pass a final-year project of type 3 or type 4 at the first attempt.

    Course structure

    All of the modules in Year 1 are compulsory. There is a mix of compulsory and option modules in Years 2 and 3. Modules in Year 1 are at Level 4 or Level 5.

    Modules in Years 2 and 3 are at Level 5 or Level 6. In order to graduate, it is necessary to accumulate at least 120 credits at Level 6.

    In Year 2, Research Methods in Management is compulsory if you intend to undertake a type 1 or type 2 project in your final year.

    To find out more, read our programme handbook (2014-2015).

    Year 1 compulsory modules

    Year 2 compulsory modules

    Year 2 option modules

    Year 3 compulsory modules

    Year 3 project (choose 1)

    Entry requirements

    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.

    UCAS tariff points


    The UCAS tariff system has changed for courses starting in September 2017 and is now calculated using a new number system. This means applicants applying for courses from October 2016 will see entry requirements and offers expressed using the new tariff.

    The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

    A-level in mathematics or science and grade B in GCSE mathematics and English, or equivalent.

    Alternative entry routes

    Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in computing or business units.

    Entry routes are available through the Certificate of Higher Education in Management, Certificate of Higher Education in Information Technology, and Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies (Business Pathway).

    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.


    Full-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa
    Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 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 discount: Birkbeck offers a generous package of fees reductions and cash bursaries for new undergraduates and Certificate of Higher Education students. Also, 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

    With a student loan, you will pay nothing upfront. Find out about loans, cash bursaries and fee reductions and check if you are eligible.

    Careers and employability

    Graduates can pursue careers in software engineering, information systems management or research. This degree may also be useful in becoming a database administrator, IT consultant, systems developer or IT technical support officer.

    Find out more about these professions.

    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.

    Teaching and assessment


    Lectures, seminars and student presentations. Many computing modules include laboratory-based computing exercises.


    A combination of coursework, in-class tests and examinations

    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.

    In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.

    Read about Birkbeck research offering insights and expertise to inform business, contribute to economic success and develop ground-breaking technologies.

    Further study opportunities

    We offer a range of Master's programmes in computer science and information systems.

    Read about learning pathways in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems to see what study options are available to you.

    Not ready to do a degree?

    We can support you to get on to the undergraduate course that’s right for you.

    If you are not ready to study an undergraduate degree, check out our Certificates of Higher Education and short courses for another way into study.

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