Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Information Technology

This programme covers practical aspects of information systems development, modern management topics and professionalism in IT. If you already have experience of working in the IT industry, the programme aims to provide opportunities for broadening and deepening your knowledge and skills. If you do not have previous experience, the programme aims to provide a platform for a career in the IT industry. You will gain an advanced level of understanding of computers, computing, software development, and how to design and implement software systems. The programme also covers the use of information systems in organisations, and the management of IT and information systems.

Course modules

You take 3 compulsory modules and, guided by the programme director, select 4 additional modules from a range of available options. You also undertake a compulsory individual project of your choosing: either a system development project or a research dissertation on the management of IT. Please note: the list of option modules available may vary from year to year, and choices are also subject to timetabling constraints. Compulsory modules: Information Systems; Introduction to Software Development; Software Engineering in Practice . Optional modules: Computer Systems; Database Management; Digital Creativity and New Media Management; Fundamentals of Computing; Information and Network Security; Innovation: Management and Policy; Intellectual Capital and Competitiveness; Internet and Web Technologies; Research Methods in Management I; Search Engines and Web Navigation; Software Design and Programming; Strategic Information System Planning; Strategic Management (Postgraduate); The Creative Industries: Theory and Contexts . Dissertation modules (choose 1): Dissertation - MSc Information Technology; Project - MSc Computer Science .

Assessment methods

To pass a module or the project, you must obtain a mark of at least 50%. There are 2-hour written examinations for each of the taught modules. In addition, there are compulsory coursework components to some of the modules, which must be passed in order to pass that module. The project is judged on a report of approximately 10,000 words for an implementation project (plus related technical submissions) or a report of approximately 16,000 words for a research dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 GBP 8,475 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 4,250 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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