Information Systems and Management (BSc): 3-year, full-time

Year of Entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved




3 years full-time


3-4 evenings a week, October to July

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.

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

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    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 Systems Group.
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    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)

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