Year of Entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
3 years full-time
3-4 evenings a week, October to July
Accredited by the, 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.
This programme is also available for.
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 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 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 .
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
- 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 Intelligent Technologies
- 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.
Fees and finance
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.
Lectures, seminars and student presentations. Many computing modules include laboratory-based computing exercises.
A combination of coursework, in-class tests and examinations
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.
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
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).
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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.
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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.
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.
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