Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Computing for the Financial Services

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. 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.

Entry requirements

You should have a good 1st 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.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

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6722