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MSc in Information Technology

Programme Overview

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This programme provides students who hold a first degree in a subject other than computing with knowledge of Information Systems, Computers and Computing, and the management of IT.

The programme covers practical aspects of information systems development, modern management topics, and professionalism in IT. It is suited to those who wish to embark on a career in the IT industry, and to those who already have experience of working in IT and wish to broaden their knowledge and skills.

In addition to seven taught modules, students undertake an individual project, which may be either: a Software Implementation project to design and develop a substantial software system; or a Research Dissertation in the management of IT; or a project on a topic relating to Learning Technologies.

Students who complete this programme will have gained in-depth knowledge which they will be able to use in


The programme has been designed to meet the needs of both full-time students who wish to advance their knowledge of computing, information systems and the management of IT before embarking on a career in the IT industry, and part-time students who are already working in the IT sector.

Entry requirements


  • The course may be completed in one calendar year (October to September) of full-time study or two calendar years of part-time study.
  • Full-time students attend lectures on four days/evenings a week.
  • Part-time students attend lectures on three evenings a week.

Dates & timetables

Dates and timetables are listed in the programme handbook, avalaible from the Downloads section of this page.

How to apply

  • When you're looking to find the right place to study, some things really matter. For Birkbeck students, it's our reputation and the quality of our teaching
  • The programme starts in October each year. To have the best chance of being accepted onto the programme send your application before the end of June. Applications received after then will be processed provided that the course is not already fully subscribed.
  • Your application will be processed by the college registry and we will be in touch to tell you what to do next.

Course content

Full-time students take 7 taught modules and a 3-4 month project, which may be one of:

  • MSc Information Technology Project
  • Project in Learning Technologies

Part-time students take 3 to 4 taught modules in each of their two years, and the project in the second year.

Guided by the Programme Director, students choose 4 additional modules from a range of available options. Please note that the list of optional modules available may vary from year to year, and choices are also subject to timetabling constraints.