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About the course

If you already work in the IT sector, or you intend to pursue a career in IT or a research degree, our MSc Advanced Computing Technologies is designed to advance your knowledge of advanced computing technologies, data science and data analytics. This specialised programme will provide you with the skills to analyse problems in the evaluation and application of technologies, and in research into, and development of, new technologies.

The programme focuses on areas of expertise and research specialisation within the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, and covers state-of-the-art techniques in, for example, the management and analysis of 'big data', software development of information systems in cloud, mobile and web-based architectures, and computational methods for

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Entry Requirements

A second-class honours 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 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 Content

Where is Birkbeck, University of London


Student Profile(s)

Noor Din

4054.jpg He said: ‘I had been buying lots of O’Reilly Media ebooks and dabbling in many MOOCs (massive open online courses), webinars and attending events, but what I realised was I wanted formal teaching in a structured way, and a programme with an externally-recognised qualification.

‘I needed more structure and interaction than a MOOC. Here at Birkbeck, there’s both formal teaching but also peer-to-peer learning and support which is so important.’

Aside from delving whole-heartedly into his academic journey offered at the College – he only missed two lectures during his entire first year – Noor Din has made the most of other offerings: namely the Careers and Employability and Birkbeck Talent recruitment services. He attended most sessions and events run by the services’ consultants in his first year, including the ‘Talent-IT Insight’ event run by global recruitment experts, Harvey Nash.

These events and services, he said, have offered valuable insight into how to increase your employability, especially when pivoting one’s career.

He said: ‘I’m following the advice of the careers service to build a digital presence for yourself, a professional digital presence. This is probably the single best piece of advice I’ve had.’

Noor Din has already put this advice to practice, becoming a prodigious ‘tweeter’ on the topics of big data analytics, start-ups and new technology, increasing his follower numbers from 30 to nearly 1,000 in 12 weeks. He has 5,000 tweets to date.

‘I’ve got top thought-leaders not only following me, but direct messaging me. This is so useful because, while there are no job offers as such, this is getting me noticed by powerful people in an industry I want to move into,’ he said.

And in a crowded marketplace, he added, it’s vital to differentiate yourself.

‘If I apply for a job, and my CV is in front of a recruiter, the chances are that they will Google me, and because of all this activity I’ve been doing, I’ll be right at the top of their search. It will show that I have already been interactive with the likes of Booz Allen Hamilton (Dr Kirk D Borne) and It says, “this person has knowledge, is making contributions and has been consistently engaging in this industry for years”.’

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