"The skills I developed during my degree were excellent preparation for my current job as a Human Computer Interaction researcher at Middlesex University."Reg Goodwin, BSc Honours Business Information Systems graduate
The field of business information systems is multi-faceted, with exciting job prospects. By choosing our course you'll gain an understanding of how organisations can use information systems to support their strategic, tactical and operational activities.
A Business Information Systems degree is a basis for a wide range of business and computer-based careers including organisational management, systems architects, chief information officer, and enterprise architects. You will be taught by experts in the field in a high-tech lab and have access to specialist equipment.
The content is structured in ways that map explicitly on to modern technology, and includes systems design; application development in a modern industrial strength programming language; network design and management; and web-application development including both server and client side programming.
You will have the opportunity to put what you've learned to practical use and make valuable industry contacts should you decide to complete a work experience placement in your second year.
Core modules such as Business Information Systems in Practice, Database Design, and Decision Support Systems are thoroughly covered in this course. You will develop a foundational understanding of how information systems occur in organisations and learn how organisational and information systems design relate to a wide range of businesses.
The aim of this module is to understand and appreciate the ethical implications and social impact of current technologies, to have a working knowledge of the legislation that applies in this area, and to apply expertise in a professional way. This module will encourage you to develop an awareness of your role in the implementation of new technologies, and the knowledge and skills necessary for a professional approach. The module will take an ethical perspective to computer technology, focusing on UK legislation and standards as they relate to IS practice and will include considerations for design and the responsibilities and requirements of the IT profession.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Computing and Engineering foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
Our BSc Honours Business Information Systems degree prepares you for a wide range of varied careers. As a graduate you will have excellent career prospects and the range of potential employers will be vast across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. There is also the potential to work as a self employed director of your own business. Your future career might include a systems analyst, developer of information systems, system tester, designer of interactive systems and database administrator, information system architect, database designer and information technologist.
Our careers service offers you a range of support both while you're studying with us – and after you've graduated.
Based on data from the respondents of the 2009-10 Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey, six months after graduating:
Middlesex graduates from this group have been successful at gaining employment in the following roles: IT Engineer, Technical Engineer, Software Developer, Software Engineer, IS Developer, Application Developer, Database Administrator, Football Analyst, Systems Analyst.
In the following companies: RS2, Citadel Insurance, VT, KPMG, Ingenyx, CCBill, ANT 1TV, Dreamwork Healthcare, NHS, Dragonwind, Bank of Valetta, Malta Environment & Planning, Brighthouse, 5FK, OPTA, Multinational School, Ictek, ITP Publishing, and Leapfrog.
The average full time salary for graduates from this group was £24,000.
Below are just a few examples of the types of careers that you could pursue after graduating with us:
IT Project Manager - An IT Project Manager specialises in information technology but also in sectors unrelated to IT that rely on IT systems. Their role is to manage the development and implementation of plans to meet business needs and the change control procedures to ensure a smooth transition during the implementation period.
Systems Designer - A Systems Designer develops and implements information systems in sectors as diverse as finance, communications and retail. The role can involve working on all elements of the system including hardware, software, installation and maintenance. There are a range of opportunities in this increasingly varied industry.
Systems Developer - Systems Developers test systems, diagnose and fix faults, write diagnostic programs and design and write code for operating systems and software to ensure that they function more efficiently. They may also create systems in response to technical specifications supplied by an IT analyst, often integrating off-the-shelf software packages into existing systems.
IT Systems/Business Analyst - An IT Systems/Business Analyst designs new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. They are responsible for analysing the business needs of their clients and stakeholders to help identify business problems and propose solutions, using the discipline of business analysis. They examine existing business models and the flows of data in the business, and then design an appropriate improved IT solution.
Information Systems Manager - An Information Systems Manager installs computer systems, ensures that back up systems operate effectively, buys hardware and software, provides the ICT technology infrastructures for an organisation, and contributes to organisational policy with regard to quality standards and strategic planning.