Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Computing for the Financial Services

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.

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed through a combination of written examinations and coursework.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 8,700 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,375 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
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