Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Data Science

Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), as part of an innovative initiative to fund conversion courses in computing and engineering, 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. You will gain a broad knowledge of computing and acquire programming and data analysis skills, as well as comprehensive, practical problem-solving and analytical skills. You will also critically explore current research and methodologies and have the opportunity to investigate an area of current research in more depth via a project. **HIGHLIGHTS** - Our Department of Computer Science and Information Systems is one of the longest established in the world - we celebrated our sixtieth anniversary in 2017. Our research dates back to the late 1940s, when one of the first electronic computers was developed at Birkbeck by Dr Andrew Booth. We now house the Computational Intelligence Research Group and the Information Management and Web Technologies Research Group, both of which collaborate with other research groups and with industry, in the UK and abroad, and undertake interdisciplinary research in the life, natural and social sciences, and the humanities. - We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment, with academic specialists in all fields, including information and knowledge management, web and pervasive technologies, computational intelligence, and information systems development, among others. - You will have 24-hour access to laboratories of networked PCs with a range of language compilers, database and other application software. We are connected, via the SuperJANET network, to the computers of other academic institutions in London, elsewhere in the UK and abroad. - The Birkbeck Knowledge Lab draws on multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies from across the sciences, social sciences and the arts, to investigate how digital technologies and digital information are transforming our culture and how we learn and work. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.

Entry requirements

MSc: 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.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Assessment is via coursework assignments, written examinations and the project proposal and final report.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,900 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,900 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,900 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,900 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 8,900 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,900 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,900 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,900 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,900 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,900 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
Telephone number: 
02076316724