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MRes in Computer Science

Programme Overview

An advanced postgraduate programme offering a research project, taught modules and seminars. The programme may be taken in one year full-time or two years part-time.

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This is an advanced postgraduate programme offering a one-year, full-time or two-year, part-time research project, taught modules and seminars. Students follow a module on research methods in Computer Science and Information Systems as well as 3 taught modules relevant to their research interests. Students who complete the programme will have gained an in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of their chosen area of study which they will be able to use in analysis of problems arising in information management and information systems development, evaluation and application of technologies, and research into new technologies. They will also have gained the necessary foundations for continuing into an MPhil/PhD programme.


Students will have the opportunity to undertake their research within ongoing research projects in the Department. At the end of their period of study, students will give a seminar on their research project in addition to submitting a written thesis. Several of the taught modules will include guided study of the research literature, including seminars and tutorial discussions.

Entry requirements

A good first degree or MSc in Computer Science. Joint honours computing graduates may also be eligible provided they have covered the necessary prerequisite material at the appropriate level.


Up to three days a week full-time, up to two evenings a week part-time, October-September.

Dates & timetables

All dates and timetables are now listed in the programme booklets of the individual programmes.

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.
  • Given that the research project is a major element of this programme, we do consider an applicant's proposed area of research for the project when considering an application. Please upload on the applications system a statement of about 500-1000 words outlining the research topic that you wish to pursue during the project. You might like to look at our webpages for information about current research activities within the Department.

Course content

The MRes in an advanced postgraduate programme offering a supervised research project, a module on research methods in Computer Science and Information Systems, as well as 3 other taught modules focusing on the following areas:

  • Information Management
  • Information Systems Development
  • Advanced Computing Techniques

In addition to a module on Research Methods, students select 3 other specialist modules relevant to their research interests.

Note that not all of the may be offered. Note also that, in any one year, some modules are offered either only during the day or only in the evening.

Full-time students undertake a one-year supervised research project, together with the research methods module and 3 specialist modules. Part-time students undertake the research project, research methods module and 3 specialist modules over two years. Students should select modules appropriate to their chosen research area: such selections are subject to approval by the Programme Director.