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Information Systems BSc (Hons)

Heriot-Watt University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Edinburgh Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary


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.


  • 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.

The course aims are: The educational aim is to provide students with a unique blend of computer science, management and socio-technical systems. The course will prepare students with the technical, interpersonal, managements and design skills required for IS management within organisations. They will also be provided with professional skills which will enable graduates to communicate clearly, work independently and co-operate effectively. The balance of skills will enable graduates to work effectively and efficiently in industry, commerce and the public sector, and will prepare them for postgraduate study.

Teaching and Learning

Active group based classes, lectures, tutorials, practical classes, laboratories. Coursework, (assignments, individual projects, group projects, essays, reports, presentations, log/journals, dissertation). The course has been designed around a social constructivist approach to learning and will be based on active, experiential learning.

Approaches to teaching and learning are continually reviewed and developed with the aim of matching them to the abilities and experiences of students, with regard also for the subject area. Specific details about teaching and learning methods are provided in the appropriate module descriptors.


The following assessment methods are used: Understanding, knowledge and subject specific skills are assessed through the range of methods reflected by written examinations, coursework assignments, software artefacts, group and individual projects, written reports and oral presentations. Diagnostic, formative, continuous and summative types of assessment aim to correlate with methods of assessment. Approaches to assessment are continually reviewed. Specific details about methods of assessment are provided in the appropriate course descriptors.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 19,792per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Heriot-Watt University

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  • Campus address

    Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH14 4AS, Scotland

Highly regarded around the world with a strong focus on business, engineering, design and the physical and life sciences.
Culturally diverse, warm and welcoming, Heriot-Watt is one of Scotland's most international universities with a global footprint.
Global companies actively seek out Heriot-Watt graduates due to the nature of the university's research-informed education.

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