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.
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.
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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.
- 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
These are the most common jobs students go into 15 months after graduating:
- Information technology and telecommunications professionals
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
- 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.
- 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.
|Status*||Scotland||England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland**||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) and Republic of Ireland 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. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.
4 years for the price of 3
If you live in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.
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
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.