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Web Design and Development (PGCert)

Course Description

The key theme of this course is its focus on a user-based approach to designing websites and on implementation through standards-based, accessible code. It is also suitable for those wishing to develop a personal project.

The programme offers practical workshops taught by commercial developers and users, encouraging you to work creatively within an online culture. By the time you start the final module, you will have acquired the skills needed to design and produce a professional website that is both usable and accessible, and that conforms to international standards and guidelines.

Sessions focus on learning the skills to evaluate, design, develop and maintain personal or business interactive projects. You will have an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the medium and will use internet tools to create web-based portfolios and projects. Documenting the process of development in your final assignment will demonstrate your progression during the course.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Targeted at people working in business, training, education, human resources, publishing, marketing or associated media development.
Develop a thorough understanding of the practical and theoretical skills needed to plan and implement websites that work.
Undertake a project, which can be work-based and supported by your employer.
Programme materials available online.
Birkbeck's computing facilities are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, although you will need your own computer and internet access for coursework and projects. The programme uses a commercial internet service provider to host student projects, and learning resources will be available online.
We offer a range of resources, help and support while you're studying with us.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the Web Design and Development (PGCert) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

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Graeme Wilkinson

4066.jpg Graeme Wilkinson suddenly started getting top grades when he received support to address his dyslexia during his studies at Birkbeck. He benefited from regular tutoring and was given a laptop and voice recorder to help him gain his Postgraduate Certificate in Web Design and Development. The combination of one-to-one tuition and his high marks also boosted his confidence and motivation, and led to high-profile freelance projects.

Graeme said: ‘I saw a tutor once a week and she really helped me structure my essays and make the most of new software. My marks went up immediately, and I started getting Firsts for my pieces of coursework. Birkbeck supported me by taking into consideration my dyslexia and my personal circumstances.’

Although Graeme was originally diagnosed with dyslexia when he was a teenager, it was not until he was 24 and studying at Birkbeck that he received the one-to-one support to overcome his learning difficulty. His application for the Government-funded Disabled Students’ Allowance was supported by Birkbeck, and the support and equipment were all available before the start of term.

Graeme’s coursework included designing a website for a photographic business. He enjoyed writing code for the webpages, optimising the website for mobile devices, and illustrating the website with a range of images.

Studying part-time over one year, Graeme combined his studies with working as an administrator within Birkbeck’s Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, as well as volunteering 30 hours of his time a month for the local community. Most of his tuition fees were paid by Birkbeck as part of the College’s commitment to staff development via the Study Assistance Scheme.

Graeme added: ‘I am very grateful for all the support provided by Birkbeck to address my dyslexia, including tutoring, a laptop and a voice recorder. Studying at Birkbeck was a fantastic experience. It gave me the motivation to branch out and work on freelance projects, including a digital advertising campaign for London’s Air Ambulance. It was great to see my work appear on one of the largest digital outdoor billboards in London, outside Westfield White City/Shepherd’s Bush. I also really enjoyed the other aspects of student life, including training and competing for the University of London’s Swimming Team.’


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You will be expected to be a graduate with IT skills and to have at least 1 year's experience in training, education, human resources, publishing, marketing or associated media development.Non-graduates with at least 3 years' experience in at least 1 of these areas are also welcome to apply. 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 Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 2650 pa Part-time overseas students: £ 4825 pa

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