Taught course

Computer Science

Birkbeck, University of London · Computer Science and Information Systems

Entry requirements

A good first degree or MSc in computing or other relevant degree with a substantial amount of programming, preferably in an object-orientated language. You should also have completed introductory courses on computer networks and databases. Joint honours computing graduates may also be eligible, provided they have covered the prerequisite material at the appropriate level. If you do not meet the academic entry requirements but possess significant professional experience in the IT industry, your application may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This is an advanced postgraduate degree offering a supervised research project. You also take a module on research methods in computer science and information systems, as well as 3 other taught modules.

By the time you have completed this programme, you will have gained an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of your chosen area of study, which you will be able to use in problem analysis, evaluation and application of technologies, and research into new technologies.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Gain the necessary foundations for continuing on to an MPhil/PhD degree.
  • Have the opportunity to undertake your research within ongoing research projects in the department.
  • The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is one of the longest-established computing departments in the UK, having celebrated our 57th anniversary in 2014. We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students.
  • 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.

Information for international students

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
International students
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Up to two evenings a week part-time or three days a week full-time. October-September.

Course contact details

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