Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
Three years full-time
Three to four evenings a week
Other entry years for this course2018
This course will equip you with the skills to apply information systems to the problems encountered in management. It covers the design, implementation and operation of information systems together with the practice and theory of management.
Accredited by the British Computer Society, this course provides an opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in both computing and management, striking a balance between the underlying theories and the current techniques relevant to the marketplace.
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.
This programme is also available for part-time evening study over four years.
- 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.
- We have four modern computing laboratories in the Department, with a total of 133 workstations.
- 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 .
- Watch a video about studying with the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck.
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.
Year 1 compulsory modules
- Information Systems Concepts
- Introduction to Computer Systems
- Introduction to Programming
- Management Studies I
- Management Studies II
- Managerial Economics
- Quantitative Methods
Year 2 compulsory modules
- Financial Accounting
- Information Security
- Information Systems Management
- Management Accounting
- Marketing Principles and Practices
- Research Methods in Management (Undergraduate)
- Software and Programming I
Year 2 option modules
- Calculus 2: Multivariable & Differential Equations
- Cloud Computing Concepts
- Commercial Law for Business
- Computer Networking
- Concepts of Machine Learning
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Database Management
- Employment Relations and Human Resources Management
- Enterprise Computing
- Financial Management
- International Business
- Macroeconomics for Business
- Marketing Strategy
- Operations Management
- Principles of Geographic Information Systems Level 6
- Programming Language Paradigms
- Research Methods in Management (Undergraduate)
- Software and Programming II
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 project (choose 1)
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.
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.
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.
Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)
If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesFull-time home/EU students: £ 9250 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 13000 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.
Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.
Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.
Methods of teaching on this course
Lectures, seminars and student presentations. Many computing modules include laboratory-based computing exercises.
Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).
Indicative class size
Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.
Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:
- academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
- written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
- numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).
Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.
Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.
Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.
Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.
Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.
Methods of assessment on this course
A combination of coursework, in-class tests and examinations.
As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.
Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.
Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.
Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.
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 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 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.
Go on to work and/or study:
Data from 25 students.
75% of those surveyed responded
Source: Destinations of leavers from HE record
- Go on to work and/or study
- Now working: 40%
- Doing further study: 25%
- Studying and working: 15%
- Unemployed: 0%
- Other: 20%
Read more of the statistics for this course on the Unistats website.
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
If you are applying for a three-year, full-time undergraduate degree at Birkbeck, you have to apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). If you are applying between 30 June and 30 September 2017, you have to apply through UCAS Clearing.
Avoid the rush and get a place through Clearing at Birkbeck today by following these steps:
- Contact our Student Advice Service on 020 3907 0700 and tell them which course you are interested in.
- Our Student Advice Service will put you in touch with the relevant department, who will discuss your application with you.
- If you are then offered a place, enter Birkbeck and your course details into ‘Track’ on the UCAS website. We will then be able to confirm your acceptance to UCAS.
If you are waiting for A-level results, the Birkbeck Clearing hotline will be available from 8am to 6pm on Thursday 17 August and from 9am to 6pm on Friday 18 August 2017 on 020 3907 0700.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Accommodation and living costs
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.
Discover more about our comprehensive range of student services, which offer all the support and assistance you need.
Boost your career
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Fees and payment
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