Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme provides an intensive course specifically tailored for computer science graduates or graduates of related subjects with a substantial amount of programming who are interested in pursuing a career in financial services. As well as gaining a broad knowledge of the subject, you acquire practical skills and have the opportunity to investigate certain areas of current research more deeply.

If you are new to the subject, this MSc provides the foundation for a career in IT within the financial services industry, and if you already work in IT, it provides an opportunity to broaden your knowledge and update your skills specifically for finance while obtaining a formal qualification.

The programme offers a single software development pathway in Java. For more experienced students there is the opportunity to carry out project work in other languages.

Course Modules

You take 1 compulsory 30'credit module, 1 compulsory 15'credit module and choose 5 option modules worth 15 credits each.

You also complete a project, comprising the design, development and evaluation of a major piece of software in the target application domain.

Part'time students usually take 3'5 modules in their first year, including the 2 compulsory modules, and choose the remainder of their option modules and complete their project in Year 2. Full'time students complete everything in 1 year.

Compulsory modules:

Accounting and Financial Management;

Financial Markets .

Option Modules:

Advances in Data Management;

Component Based Software Development;

Data Warehousing and Data Mining;

Fundamentals of Concurrent Systems;

Information Retrieval and Organisation;

Intelligent Technologies;

Software Design and Programming;

Software Engineering in Practice .

MSc Computing for the Financial Services project.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £8,700 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £14,850 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,375 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £7,425 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • You should have a good 1st degree or MSc in computer science, with the syllabus containing a substantial amount of programming, preferably in an object-oriented language. Joint Honours computing graduates or graduates in related engineering and science disciplines may also be eligible, provided they have covered a substantial amount of programming, or have equivalent professional experience in the IT industry.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.