The course

UCAS code
G560
Duration
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).

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

Year 1

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

Year 2

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.

Year 3

You will cover courses such as socio-technical systems, knowledge management, critical thinking and management of organisations, which lead to a group project. 

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.

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Employability

Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Information Systems students are doing 15 months after graduating:

  • 75% are working
  • 5% are studying
  • 5% are working and studying.

In highly skilled work

  • 95% of those are in highly skilled work 15 months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £27500
  • The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £25000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into 15 months after graduating:

  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers ABBB
  • A-Levels BBC
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points
  • BTEC DDM
  • HNC B in graded unit

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC
  • A-Levels BCC

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or 
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BBB (including Computing plus excellent Highers)
  • A-Levels ABB (including Computing)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with Computing at Higher Level 6)
  • HNC A in graded unit (including sufficient Computing)
  • HND AB in graded units (including sufficient Computing)
  • BTEC DDM (including sufficient Computing)

Those entering at Year 2 are expected to be proficient in a high-level programming language; Java is our preference.

Year 3

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.

Additional information

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2021 entry
Status* Scotland England / Northern Ireland / Wales** International***
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £19,792

* 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.

** '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).

*** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

4 years for the price of 3

If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2021

In addition to government 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.