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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).
Teaching excellence and student satisfaction
92% of our 2015 graduates reported in the National Student Survey that they were satisfied overall with their course.
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, socio-technical systems, databases and human factors.
You will cover courses such as interaction design, information systems methodologies 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:
- 90% are working
- 5% are studying
- 0% are working and studying.
- 75% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.
- 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
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
- Highers BBBBC
- 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 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 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.
Fees and funding
|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
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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