Why study BSc Information Technology and Business Information Systems (top up) at Middlesex University?
This programme is offered as a final year top-up programme. By combining two key subject areas, IT and Business Information Systems, the programme has been designed to meet the requirements of students whose intended careers require knowledge and skills from more than one field of study. It is aimed at those students who have strong interests in information technology but who also wish to acquire knowledge in the application of IT in business.
The course aims to instil an ethos of independent learning and continuous professional development in its graduates. Graduates of the programme will be equipped with an employable skill set that will include technical computing skills, business-oriented knowledge and awareness, the ability to communicate effectively in a range of settings to different stakeholders, the ability to participate in and manage projects, and the ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams.
Equipped with this hybrid skill set, students will be able to pursue a number of different career pathways in a promising field of industry where business operations merge with information technologies.
What will you study on the BSc Information Technology and Business Information Systems (top up) degree at Middlesex University?
The final year is comprised of four compulsory modules. Students gain an awareness of the social, professional, legal and ethical issues involved in designing, managing and using information technologies. They will also gain an understanding of the advantages of strategically aligning information systems with different organisational and business goals and operational activities.
Students will be able to analyse and communicate users' perceptions and responses resulting from the anticipated use of an IT product or system. They will understand the technical, organisational and physical environment in which IT products or systems may operate. Finally, students will have the opportunity to undertake an individual project with a supervisor who has specialist knowledge of their field.
Information Systems Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory
The project module consolidates and deepens the
knowledge and skills gained from other parts of the programme. It provides a
tangible demonstration of scholarship and an ability to work in a systematic
and professional manner.
Social, Professional and Ethical Issues in Information Systems (30 credits) - Compulsory
This module recognises the importance for
today's graduates – who are tomorrow's professionals – of understanding the
ethical implications and social impact of current technologies, having a
working knowledge of the legislation that applies in this area, and applying
their expertise in a professional way.
Strategic Management and Information Systems (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Provides students with an understanding of the
issues that impact on information development and management including
consensus, strategic alignment and change management.
Human Factors in IT (30 Credits) - Compulsory
This module includes analysis of user
experience, the characteristics of users and their tasks, and the technical,
organisational and physical environment in which products or systems may
What are the entry requirements for the BSc Information Technology and Business Information Systems (top up) degree?
In order to apply for this top up year, we
require you to have completed a two year foundation degree in a
relevant subject area
GCSE English, Maths and Science with a minimum of
Grade C are required.
For entry on to Level 6, we consider
the following qualifications:
240 credits form an undergraduate degree (including 100 credits at Level 4)
120 ECTS credits
FdA and FdSc
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
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.
International entry requirements
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.
Visas and immigration
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.
English language requirements for international students
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.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
What sort of careers can you have with a degree in Information Technology and Business Information Systems?
Our 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. This programme will appeal to students considering careers as IT consultants, application developers, Internet and web designers, or in computer support.
Our careers service offers you a range of support both while you're studying with us – and after you've graduated.
Graduate employment prospects
Based on data from the respondents of the 2009-10 Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey, six months after graduating:
72% of BIS graduates were in employment or further study
28% were doing something else, such as travelling, or assumed unemployed
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.