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
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.
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: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
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Funding and Financial Support
Careers and employability
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