The course

UCAS code
G501
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

Our BSc Information Systems Honours degree focuses on making sure that computer systems really are useable. There is a strong focus here on system design and evaluation techniques, especially for interactive systems, complemented by the management skills needed to plan and organise the large scale information resources that drive modern organisations.

If students wish, they can specialise in later years and graduate with a named degree in Interaction Design (G590), Internet Systems (G501) or Management (GN52).

Teaching excellence and student satisfaction

92% of our 2015 graduates reported in the National Student Survey that they were satisfied overall with their course.

Accreditation

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Level 1 combines databases, an introduction to computer systems, programming, investigations of emerging technology and technology in society, and management.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:26%
  • Independent study:74%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:30%
  • Practical:3%
  • Coursework:67%
Year 2

You will cover topics in understanding of organisations, socio-technical systems, databases and human factors.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:25%
  • Independent study:75%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:50%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework:50%
Year 3

You will cover courses such as interaction design, information systems methodologies and management of organisations, which lead to a group project.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:23%
  • Independent study:77%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:46%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework:54%
Year 4

You will take advanced topics as well as a major individual project in level 4.

More in-depth information on the content of the courses listed above, how they are assessed and the learning outcomes can be accessed via our current student portal.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:28%
  • Independent study:72%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:38%
  • Practical:3%
  • Coursework:59%

Employability

Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Information Systems (Internet Systems) students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 90% are working
  • 5% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 75% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £24000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £25000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Sales occupations
  • Elementary occupations
  • Process, plant and machine operatives

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers BBBBC
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM

Year 2

  • A-Levels ABB including Computing
  • Advanced Highers BBB including Computing or Scottish Baccalaureate
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points including Computing at Higher Level 6.
  • HNC in a relevant subject area with A in graded unit.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM including sufficient Computing

Year 3

  • HND in a relevant subject area with A in group award graded unit will be considered.

Additional information

  • To find out about the difference between the 3 and 4 year honours programmes, please watch our video to help you decide which route is best for your qualifications and experience so far.
  • We welcome applicants without a formal qualification in computing. Some prior experience in the subject is useful. We recommend Scottish Higher / A-Level Computing or equivalent, for Year 1 entry.
  • Those entering at Level 2 are expected to be proficient in a high level programming language, Java is our preference
  • We also accept the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) at D in place of one A-Level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £17,440

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.

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