Experience / qualifications

To become a BCS Professional member (MBCS), you'll need at least five year's IT work experience or relevant qualifications, or a combination of qualifications and experience.

Work experience

By 'IT work experience' we mean being professionally engaged in any aspect of building, maintaining, managing or operating IT - or the teaching / training of these activities.

To validate your application you can upload an up to date CV and/or LinkedIn URL.

Relevant qualifications

Holding a higher education qualification can reduce the amount of IT work experience you’ll need to have to be eligible for Professional membership.

  • BCS Higher Education Qualifications (HEQ)
    If you hold a BCS Professional Graduate Diploma in IT, you can apply without the need to demonstrate work experience. With a BCS Diploma in IT, you’ll need a minimum of two years’ experience as well.
  • Qualifications from a UK higher education institution
    If you hold a BSc Hons or MEng Hons degree that’s been accredited by BCS, you won’t need to demonstrate any work experience when you apply. With an accredited MSc, Ordinary degree, foundation degree, or HNC / HND, you’ll also need a minimum of two years’ experience. Our online application process allows you to check your qualifications and will guide you to the most appropriate membership grade.

Holding a non-accredited qualification from a UK higher education institution may also reduce the amount of work experience you need to have to apply for Professional membership.

This chart shows the number of years’ IT work experience that the following qualifications are equivalent to.

Non-accredited qualification in a computing-related subject Equivalent to
(years’ experience)
Honours degree e.g. BSc Hons, MEng Hons 3
Ordinary degree e.g. BSc, BA 2
Masters e.g. MSc 2
Diploma of Higher Education, foundation degree e.g. HNC / HND 2
Certificate of Higher Education 1
 
Non-accredited qualification in other subjects Equivalent to
(years’ experience)
Doctorate - PhD 2
Honours degree e.g. BSc Hons, MEng Hons 2
Ordinary degree e.g. BSc, BA 1
Masters e.g. MSc 1
Diploma of Higher Education, foundation degree e.g. HNC / HND 1