Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Data Science

This intensive programme in data science and software engineering is designed for graduates who are new to computer science and provides an excellent grounding for working as a data scientist or analyst in industry. 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. If you are new to computer science, this programme provides a solid foundation for a career in IT as a data scientist or analyst. 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. This programme has been 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 course uniquely enables students without any previous computer or data science experience at undergraduate level to study towards a Master's degree in this area of emerging importance. Crucially, the course covers both data science and software engineering, a combination of skills sought after in industry.

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. If English is not your first language or you 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.

Course modules

The programme consists of 6 compulsory modules, 1 option module and a project. In Year 1, you take 4 compulsory modules. In Year 2, you take 2 compulsory modules, choose 1 option module, and undertake a project in data science. Year 1 compulsory modules: Computer Systems; Fundamentals of Computing; Information Systems; Introduction to Software Development . Year 2 compulsory modules: Big Data Analytics using R; Data Science Techniques and Applications . Option modules: Cloud Computing; Information and Network Security . MSc Data Science project.

Assessment methods

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


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