Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This intensive course in data science and software engineering is designed for graduates who are new to computer science, providing an excellent grounding for working as a data scientist or analyst in industry. For those already working in IT, the programme is an ideal opportunity to strengthen and update your knowledge and skills in the areas of data science and software engineering, while obtaining a formal Master's qualification in this area of emerging importance.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework.

Graduates go on to careers in software engineering, information systems management, consultancy, or research. Possible professions include database administrator, IT consultant, or systems developer. This degree can also be useful in becoming a systems analyst, information systems manager, IT sales professional or technical author.

Start Date:

Duration: two to three evenings a week part-time..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £8,900 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £8,900 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £15,200 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc £4,450 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc £4,450 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc £7,600 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: The degree is designed for graduates who are new to computer science, so the main requirement is a second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in any subject other than single-honours Computer Science, along with demonstrated aptitude as tested during the application process. Applicants with less than the required level of academic qualification may be considered if they have significant experience in the IT industry. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English or who 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.