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MSc in Information Technology

Programme Overview

This programme focuses on practical aspects of information systems development, modern management and professionalism in IT.

This programme provides students who hold a first degree in a subject other than computing with knowledge of Information Systems, Computing and IT Management. If you have a good first degree in computing or have equivalent professional experience in IT/Management, you can apply for ISM (Information Systems Management) pathway available within this programme.

The programme is accredited as meeting the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) registration by the British Computer Society (BCS).

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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: Management (Type A) to conduct a piece of research related to the design of an information system using appropriate quantitative or qualitative methods; Development (Type B) to design, develop and evaluate a substantial software system; Analysis (Type C) to investigate a relevant area of data science in depth and to develop a substantial piece of software in order to address one or more problems in the area, or a project on a topic relating to Learning Technologies.

By completing this programme you will have gained in-depth knowledge which you will be able to use in

Entry requirements

A Second Class Honours Bachelors degree or equivalent. Applicants with less than the required level of academic qualification may be considered if they have significant relevant experience in IT/Management.

Applicants who hold either a first degree in computing or have five years of IT experience are strongly recommended to follow the ISM pathway of this programme as the general IT programme may be of low relevance for such applicants. If not interested in the ISM pathway, you are advised to apply for MSc Advanced Computing Technologies.


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.

Information System Management (ISM) Pathway

This specialised pathway is designed for mid-career professionals in either IT/Management who would like to improve their knowledge in both of these domains.

For ISM pathway, you must complete two modules from the Department of Management and the MSc IT Project - Type A, which conducts a piece of research related to the design of an information system using appropriate quantitative or qualitative methods.

If you satisfy the ISM pathway's requirements, you will graduate with an ISM exit award.

Students with Extensive Programming Experience

You are considered to have extensive programming experience if you have a good first degree in computing with the syllabus containing a substantial amount of programming or have equivalent professional experience in the IT industry. We have a special provision for the students with extensive programming experience, namely:

Course content

Full-time students take seven taught modules and a 3-4-month project, either:

  • MSc IT Project
  • Project in Learning Technologies

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

Guided by the Programme Director, you choose four of the 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.