One year full-time or two years part-time
Three to four days a week full-time or two to three evenings a week part-time, October to September
This programme covers practical aspects of information systems development, modern management topics and professionalism in IT. If you already have experience of working in the IT industry, the programme aims to provide opportunities for broadening and deepening your knowledge and skills. If you do not have previous experience, the programme aims to provide a platform for a career in the IT industry.
You will gain an advanced level of understanding of computers, computing, software development, and how to design and implement software systems. The programme also covers the use of information systems in organisations, and the management of IT and information systems.
- Provides graduates who have a first degree in a subject other than computing with knowledge of information systems, computing and management of IT.
- You will gain an in-depth knowledge of problem analysis, evaluation of technology options, systems development, technology-driven organisational change and technology-based innovation.
- Provides a foundation for continuing on to an MPhil/PhD programme in information systems or technology management.
- You will have 24-hour access to several laboratories of networked PCs with a range of language compilers, database and other application software. We are connected, via the SuperJANET network, to the computers of other academic institutions in London, elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
- Recognised by the British Computer Society: CITP (partial fulfilment) with the condition that students do system implementation projects.
You take three compulsory modules and, guided by the programme director, select four additional modules from a range of available options.
You also undertake a compulsory individual project of your choosing: either a system development project or a research dissertation on the management of IT.
Please note: the list of option modules available may vary from year to year, and choices are also subject to timetabling constraints.
- Computer Systems
- Database Management
- Digital Creativity and New Media Management
- Fundamentals of Computing
- Information and Network Security
- Innovation: Management and Policy
- Intellectual Capital and Competitiveness
- Interactive Systems (IRS)
- Internet and Web Technologies
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
- Project Management for Informatics
- Research Methods in Management (Postgraduate)
- Search Engines and Web Navigation
- Software Design and Programming
- Strategic Information System Planning
- Strategic Management (Postgraduate)
- The Creative Industries: Theory and Contexts
Dissertation modules (choose one)
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
Second-class honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a subject other than computing or information systems.
Applicants with less than the required level of academic qualification may be considered, if they have significant relevant experience in the IT industry.
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 offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
Fees (2017/8)Part-time home/EU students: £ 4250 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 8475 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 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
Formal lectures are the principal teaching method, but in most modules these are enhanced with practical activities, which may be computer laboratory-based, group collaborations or presentations. There is a significant element of practical coursework; this can be carried out in supported lab sessions and also in your own time.
The individual project, supervised by a member of staff, provides an opportunity to investigate an aspect that particularly interests you. It will enable you either to build a larger and more complex system than you encounter in the assignments, or to perform social science research into a currently emerging information-oriented phenomenon.
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
To pass a module or the project, you must obtain a mark of at least 50%. There are two-hour written examinations for each of the taught modules. In addition, there are compulsory coursework components to some of the modules, which must be passed in order to pass that module. The project is judged on a report of approximately 10,000 words for an implementation project (plus related technical submissions) or a report of approximately 16,000 words for a research dissertation.
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 go on to careers in information systems development and management, consultancy and research. Possible professions include information systems manager, IT consultant, or systems analyst. This degree can also be useful in becoming a researcher, database administrator, or IT trainer.
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
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online 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
Application by July is advised.
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