Birkbeck, University of London has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Data is everywhere and continuing to grow massively, which has created a huge demand for qualified experts who can uncover valuable insights from data. Data science is an emerging field that is rapidly developing and expanding. It combines data analytics, statistics, computer science and software engineering and is highly sought-after by employers in business, education, finance, industry, the public sector and many other fields.
Birkbeck's BSc Data Science and Computing will give you the strong technical grounding you need to work as a data scientist or industry analyst. 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. You will also investigate current research areas in data science more deeply and engage practically with industry.
The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck was one of the first computing departments established in the UK: we celebrated our 60th anniversary in 2017. 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. The Department and College computers are connected to the SuperJANET academic network via the London Metropolitan Network. Departmental computer services and networks are managed and supported by the Department's Systems Group.
- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
For information about course structure and the moules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.
A combination of coursework, in-class tests, examinations and a final-year project.
How to apply
To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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. If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
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. If you have no previous formal qualifications you will need to complete an admission test including English comprehension and mathematical knowledge.
Applicants under 21 require a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent.
Alternative entry routes
Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in information technology or computing units.
The Certificate of Higher Education in Information Technology offers a route into the Foundation Degree in Information Technology, which can then lead to entry onto the BSc Data Science.
You may enter the programme in Year 3 if you have successfully completed Birkbeck's Foundation Degree in Information Technology, or you provide documentary evidence of completing an equivalent programme at HND level or above at another institution (this should include web technologies, software development and 'hands-on' computer programming).
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£6,935 *||Year 1|
|EU||£6,935 *||Year 1|
|International||£10,275 *||Year 1|
|England||£6,935 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£6,935 *||Year 1|
|Scotland||£6,935 *||Year 1|
|Wales||£6,935 *||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.