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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).
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 contentDetailed course guide
Level 1 combines databases, an introduction to computer systems, programming, investigations of emerging technology and technology in society, and management.
You will cover topics in understanding of organisations, project management, interaction design, databases and human factors. You will also cover software design - both high-level architectural issues as well as algorithms and data structures.
You will cover courses such as socio-technical systems, knowledge management, critical thinking and management of organisations, which lead to a group project.
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.
Work and study
This is what our BSc (Hons) Information Systems students are doing six months after graduating:
- 80% are working
- 10% are studying
- 0% are working and studying.
- 85% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.
- The average salary of students six months after graduating: £25000
- The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £23000
These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:
- Information technology and telecommunications professionals
- Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
- Sales occupations
- Engineering professionals
- Managers, directors and senior officials
- Business, research and administrative professionals
- Business and public service associate professionals
- Administrative occupations
- Customer service occupations
- Elementary occupations
- Highers ABBB
- A-Levels BBB
- Int. Baccalaureate 28 points
- BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM
- Advanced Highers BBB including Computing or Scottish Baccalaureate
- A-Levels ABB including Computing
- 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
- HND in a relevant subject area with A in group award graded unit will be considered.
- Those entering at Year 2 are expected to be proficient in a high-level programming language; Java is our preference.
- To find out about the difference between the 3 and 4 year honours courses, 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 Level 1 entry.
- BTEC We also accept the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) at D in place of one A-Level, however it cannot replace a subject specific requirement unless relevant
- HNC/HND Relevant HNC and HND qualifications are accepted; please contact the Admissions Tutor for further details.
|Status*||Scotland / EU**||England / Northern Ireland / Wales***||International|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£18,480|
* 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).
*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).
Scholarships and bursaries
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.