Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The MSc Computing for the Financial Services 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. 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.

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. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Graduates go on to careers in the financial services and IT sectors. Possible professions include information systems manager, IT consultant, or systems analyst. This degree can also be useful in becoming a technical author or IT trainer.

Start Date:

Up to three evenings a week.

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: Students should have a good first 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. 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 need 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.