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Data Science and Computing

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-A,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:15

Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in information technology or computing units.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants are expected to have GCSE grade C or grade 4, or equivalent, in English and mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

96-128

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subjects

Computer science

Intelligent systems

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 and trending field that is rapidly developing. 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 in a job 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. During this course you will also investigate current research areas in data science more deeply and engage practically with the industry.

**Highlights**

- 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. The Department and College computers are connected to the SuperJANET academic network. Departmental computer services and networks are managed and supported by the Department's Systems Group.

- In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.

Modules

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

Assessment methods

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

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
International
£14,560
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Computer Science and Information Systems

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Computer science

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
75%
Male students
25%
Female students
62%
2:1 or above
24%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Computing

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
73%
Male students
27%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
C

After graduation


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Computing

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£31k

£31k

£43k

£43k

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