Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme aims to develop knowledge, technical skills and self'directed learning skills in computing, especially in areas affected by rapidly changing information technology. Final'year students carry out a complex real'world computing project.

Modern computing and information system skills often become obsolete as new technology is developed. Therefore the programme strikes a balance between learning current skills, which are important in the marketplace, and emphasising the underlying theories, which last longer and which provide a sound basis for developing new skills, techniques and technologies, and even new theories. The social and organisational impacts of information technology are also included.

Course Modules

The two'year BSc Computing top'up programme consists of 15' or 30'credit modules. A total of 180 credits are required. Most modules are 15 credits, taught over one term.

In Year 1, you take four compulsory modules and choose two option modules.

In Year 2, you take two compulsory modules, including a 30'credit project, and choose three option modules.

BSc Computing Year 3: Compulsory modules:

• Computer Organisation and Systems Software

• Database Management

• Information Security

• Software and Programming II

BSc Computing Year 4: Compulsory modules:

• Professional Issues in Computing

• Project: BSc Computing

BSc Computing Years 3 and 4: Option modules:

• Building Web Applications using MySQL and PHP

• Calculus 2: Multivariable & Differential Equations

• Cloud Computing Concepts

• Concepts of Machine Learning

• Developing Multimedia Assets using Fireworks and Flash

• Enterprise Computing

• JavaScript

• Mobile Application Development

• Principles of Geographic Information Systems Level 6

• Programming Language Paradigms

• Proof and Structure in Mathematics

• Software and Programming II

• Strategic Information Systems

• Web Data with XML, JSON and AJAX

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £6,750 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,750 Overseas Fees