Birkbeck, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of London

Data Science and Computing with Foundation Year

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Course summary

Our BSc Data Science and Computing with Foundation Year offers you the skills and knowledge to develop your career in data science as a data scientist or as a data-driven software developer. You will gain a broad knowledge of computing and mathematics and acquire strong programming and data analysis skills using Python, R and Java - the most popular programming languages used by data scientists today. Data is everywhere and continuing to grow rapidly. This has created a huge demand for qualified experts who can uncover valuable insights from data. Data science combines:

  • data analytics
  • applied statistics
  • computer science
  • software engineering.
Experience in these areas is highly sought-after by employers across all sectors of the economy including in business, finance, manufacturing and the public sector. Our BSc Data Science and Computing with Foundation Year degree offers a balance between gaining a deep understanding of the fundamentals, to provide you with a strong basis for long-lasting professional success, and learning current skills which are important in the marketplace. You will also consider social, professional and organisational issues that play a key role in understanding how data science and computing contribute to and shape the future of businesses and organisations. Teaching on this degree is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. Our world-class research activity also informs our teaching and our interactions with business, public and third-sector organisations. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will automatically progress on to our three-year, full-time, evening study BSc Data Science and Computing. Highlights
  • Our Foundation Year degrees will fully prepare you for undergraduate study and are ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you needed for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.
  • Birkbeck was ranked in the top 25 universities in the UK for its Computer Science and Informatics research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
  • The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck was one of the first computing departments established in the UK: we celebrate our 65th anniversary in 2022. We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment, for both part-time and full-time students.
  • Our world-class research in data science, data analytics and software engineering at the Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics (BIDA) informs our teaching and our interactions with business, public and third-sector organisations.
  • We have four modern computing laboratories in the department, with a total of 133 workstations. The labs have projection facilities and are air-conditioned. Our wide range of software runs on a number of platforms including Unix, Windows and Linux. The local area network is a switched gigabit/10gigabit ethernet. Our computers are connected to the JANET academic network. Departmental computer services and networks are managed and supported by the department's Systems Group.
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue career paths as data scientists or data analysts, with the benefit of being competent software engineers as well, a combination of skills sought by employers. Job opportunities exist in software engineering, data analysis, machine learning, finance and many vertical market sectors, for example:
  • machine learning engineers for artificial intelligence software
  • analytics associates/data scientists
  • quantitative analysts
  • graduate software developers.

Course details


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

Assessment method

A combination of coursework, in-class tests, examinations and a final-year project.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

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. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14560 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.

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Data Science and Computing with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS