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Enrolment

If you have received an unconditional offer from us and replied to accept, you can enrol online now. If you have a conditional offer you can enrol as soon as you have met the conditions. To view the progress of your application and upload additional documents go to the Birkbeck applicant portal.

By enrolling early, you can prepare for your course by gaining early access to the Birkbeck Library and to Moodle (Birkbeck's online learning environment).

Induction sessions

All new students should attend an induction session where you will receive an introduction from your programme director, an introduction to the computing labs, as well as relevant information about the various services available in the College. Inductions are programme specific, please make sure you attend the correct one. Details of all induction sessions can be found on the 2018-19 induction timetable.

For those unable to attend the inductions you must familiarise yourself with the content of the programme handbook. The following slides from the induction talks have also been made available:

Pre-Sessional (Summer School) English language courses at Birkbeck

These skills-based courses are designed to introduce students to the conventions of academic study in a British University environment and will focus on academic reading, writing, speaking and listening. Also covers "how to use the library", "how to develop successful essay writing skills", "how to acquire good study habits". More details...

Timetables, locations and term dates

Indicative timetables can be found in programme handbooks (see below). Once the academic year has begun you can check the timetable and class venue information for your modules by logging into your My Birkbeck profile and checking your teaching timetable. Please be aware that by default the calendar shows classes for the next 7 days, however you can update the range of dates displayed to check classes in following weeks. Please remember that it is important to check your online timetable before every class as any changes in venue or class cancellations will be published here.

Programme handbooks

Handbooks for each programme contain academic and administrative information. Links to handbooks are on each programme page. Programme information can also be found in Moodle under the "Programme and Related Areas" drop down menu.

Student cards

You will need to use your student ID card to access the labs after 9pm, to access the library and to register your attendance in classes. Card readers are available in most Birkbeck classrooms to allow you to record class attendance by tapping your ID card. Locations without a card reader will use a paper register. You may also be expected to produce your student ID card to access any external teaching venues, and the ID card will also function as your library card. If you need to order a student card, this can be done through your My Birkbeck profile or you can visit the My Birkbeck Student Centre.

Moodle

Moodle is Birkbeck’s virtual learning environment. You will be given a Moodle account upon enrolment. You will use Moodle to access learning materials for your module, access and submit assignments, and receive grades and feedback on assignments. You will need your Birkbeck ITS username and password to login. If you need help with your Birkbeck ITS login details, please click here.

IT support

Department of Computer Science (DCS) students have access to the department's extensive computing facilities as well as those managed by the Birkbeck's central IT Services (ITS). Your ITS username and password will be emailed to you on enrolment and your DCS password will be issued before or at the computer induction session for your programme.

College
Support for College IT services it provided by Information Technology Services (ITS). ITS is responsible for ITS usernames and passwords, college workstation rooms, Moodle, My Birkbeck.

Department
Support for departmental IT services it provided by Systems Group. Systems Group is responsible for departmental account usernames and passwords, departmental workstation rooms, department intranet, department web services (e.g. FTP) and VPN.

Student services

My Birkbeck is your gateway to student services including accommodation services, childcare services, counselling services, disability and dyslexia services, financial support, graduation, learning development services, the library, mental health advisory services, policies and regulations and the students' union.

Module information and recommended reading

For a summary of the content, objectives and aims, assessment and recommended reading for each module go to the modules page.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on coursework should normally be provided, in the format specified in the appropriate feedback statement, within four weeks of the deadline for submission of the piece of work in question.

College policy on feedback on assessment.

Personal tutors

Personal tutors are members of academic staff, who are available to support you throughout your course. All undergraduate and postgraduate students are assigned a personal tutor at the start of each academic year. You can contact your personal tutor to receive academic support and guidance. Personal Tutors Policy. Find out who your personal tutor is by consulting the Academic Support section of your MyBirbeck Profile.

Study skills

The College offers a wide range of study skills support services (e.g. academic writing, mathematics, exam technique, presentations, etc.). This includes:

  • Workshops on essay writing, report writing, research, mathematics, online support
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Drop-in sessions
  • Online resources

The School of Business, Economics and Informatics has a number of Learning Development Tutors who can provide additional study support.

Examinations and past papers

Examinations for Department of Computer Science and Information Systems modules are held in the summer term, usually in from mid-May to mid-June. The exact dates are announced in March. Modules run by other department's may have examinations at other times of the year. Please refer to the information provided by those departments.

Past exam papers can be found on the library website.

Mentoring pathways

Mentoring Pathways is a collaborative programme between Birkbeck and corporate partners from the worlds of Business, Law and beyond. These partners include long-standing supporters, Credit Suisse and PwC amongst others.

A combination of Birkbeck alumni mentors alongside corporate volunteers has enabled us to develop a talented, energetic, experienced and well-networked team to support our students realise their aspirations.

Mentoring Pathways aims to support the employment aspirations of our students by bridging the gap between academic learning and workplace practices, and developing soft skills and confidence.

More information

Careers

The Birkbeck Careers and Employability Service is our inhouse service for enhancing career development and employability throughout your time at Birkbeck, from enrolment through to graduation.

Birkbeck Talent is a professional recruitment service linking employers with Birkbeck students and graduates.

The department's careers page may also help you find a job.

College policies and regulations