BSc/BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Study the dynamic area of information systems development and management in its real-world business context.

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  • Duration:

    - With work placement: 3.5 years degree, 4.5 years Honours - Without: 3 years degree, 4 years Honours

  • Award:

    BSc/BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

Alongside practical computing experience in industry-standard applications you’ll gain analytical and information management skills that are relevant and in demand by employers.

The School of Computing's innovative Business Information Systems degree combines theory with practice, and emphasises hands-on experience as well as communication skills. Your studies are focused on equipping you for an exciting career in the dynamic world of business IT.

See the Information Systems blog for more information, including interviews with students and recent graduates.

Student in the Jack Kilby Computing Centre

The three year degree course that focuses on the management of information technology and projects and strategies in a business context.

"I have learnt so much throughout my placement and I believe the skills I have acquired will help me secure a good job after my studies. I have learnt how to be professional, deal with various people, address a large group of people, chair meetings, prepare agendas, and send out minutes among other things." - Current student, Maria, talks about her year-long placement.

What you study

Year 1

  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Software Development in Visual Basic
  • Computer Systems
  • Introduction to Human Computer Interaction
  • Modelling for Business and Statistics
  • Online Marketing

Year 2

  • Business Systems Analysis and Design
  • Database
  • Management Science and Statistics
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Web Development for Information Management
  • Accounting Information Systems or On-line Marketing or French or German

Year 3

  • Project Management for IS
  • Designing Interactive Business Systems
  • Operations Management
  • Group Project
  • Cyber psychology
  • Digital Business Environments

Year 4

  • Information Strategy
  • Knowledge Management
  • Information Society and Security
  • Business Intelligence and Reporting
  • Honours Project

Work placement

This course includes the possibility of a year long industry work placement during your third year of study.

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT.

BCS Accredited Degree


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Edinburgh Napier graduates have successfully achieved positions such as business analysts, systems analysts, graduate technologists and project manager roles.

See the Information Systems blog for interviews with recent graduates.

You may also continue in education as this course will prepare you to study for an advanced Masters degree or PhD.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement


National 5 grade C in Maths and English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies

A Level


GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level and grade C2 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level and grade O4 in Ordinary Level Maths and English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. 

GCSE grade C/4 in Maths and English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4.

Grade 4 in SL Maths and English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects.  

Grade 6 in Maths and English.

Minimum year 2


Pass in a related subject with grade B in the graded unit.

SQA Advanced Higher



A Level


BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DDD (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction) in a related subject. 

Year 3 entry is not available for this course.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £11,950 £12,350

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

BIS graduates

BSc Business Information Systems students look back on their time in the School of Computing and talk about what they're doing now.


"Fantastic, hard work and worthwhile". All computing students can do a paid year-long work placement during their third year.

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