Business Information Systems BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Business Information Systems
On this BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree course, you’ll gain the problem-solving, managerial and technical skills you need to get to the heart of issues, as an information systems professional.
You’ll learn how to communicate and investigate complex problems and develop solutions which combine business ideas and technology, in any type of business, large or small. You'll develop a combination of skills that give you a unique overview of organisations and the ability to work well with others and share ideas at all levels.
The course opens doors to a career in fields such as business analysis, systems analysis and design, system management, security management, project management, knowledge management and business consultancy.
This course is currently going through the process of re-accreditation with the British Computer Society (The Chartered Institute for IT) after the 2020 assessment visit was delayed due to Covid-19.
100% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)
BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree entry requirements
- A levels – ABB–BBC
- UCAS points – 112–128 points, including an A Level in a relevant subject, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this course you’ll:
- Learn the problem-solving, sociotechnical and managerial skills you need to be a professional information systems analyst or designer
- Explore the tools and technologies that help modern businesses work smarter, in areas such as business intelligence, security and AI
- Get practical experience helping businesses improve their effectiveness, through a second year industrial project
- Develop an enquiring mind ready to engage with emerging technologies and real world business problems, readying you for work in the era of Industry 5.0.
- Benefit from industry contact throughout the course, with real world examples, professional guest speakers and industry visits to well-known companies like IBM, SAP and Amazon
- Have the option to take a placement year in the industry or study abroad for a year
Careers and opportunities
What can you do with a Business Information Systems degree?
With your versatile BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree, you could go on to work in various fields and roles including:
- IT management
- business intelligence
- business analysis
- project management
- business continuity analysis
- information systems security
- risk management
- IT consultancy
- systems design
Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in industry. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, you’ll develop and practise the skills you’ll use in your career throughout the course.
As well as this, our Careers and Employability service and placements team work closely with local, national and international businesses. We can help you identify and prepare for placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.
Entrepreneurs in Residence
If you're interested in setting up your own business while you study, you can get support on this course from the Entrepreneurs in Residence programme. Our Entrepreneurs in Residence are experienced business professionals who work with us to deliver group workshops and 1-to-1 drop-in clinics to help you plan and market your business idea.
What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
Core modules include:
- Basics of the Business Environment – 20 credits
- Business Systems Analysis and Design – 20 credits
- Computing in Context – 20 credits
- Core Computing Concepts – 20 credits
- Data Analytics and Visualisation – 20 credits
- Database Systems Development – 20 credits
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules include:
- Business Information Systems Security – 20 credits
- Business Research – 20 credits
- Business Systems Analysis – 20 credits
- Database Principles – 20 credits
- Information Systems and Project Management – 20 credits
Optional modules include:
- Business and Employment Law – 20 credits
- Computing Undergraduate Ambassador – 20 credits
- Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Program) – 20 credits
- Social Computing for Business – 20 credits
- Usability Engineering – 20 credits
- Web Programming – 20 credits
On this course, you can do an optional study abroad or work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core modules include:
- Advanced Systems Analysis – 20 credits
- Final Year Study Project or Individual Project (Engineering) – 20 credits
- Information Systems Management – 20 credits
Optional modules include:
- Advanced Database Concepts – 20 credits
- Business Analytics – 20 credits
- Digital Enterprise and Innovation 1 – 20 credits
- Digital Enterprise and Innovation 2 – 20 credits
- Educational Computing – 20 credits
- Hacking 4 MoD – 20 credits
- Professional and Academic Research Development – 20 credits
- Project Management – 20 credits
- Security Management – 20 credits
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
On this course, you can get valuable experience and grow your network with a year-long salaried industrial placement before your final year.
Information systems are a key function of all businesses, from small start-ups to SMEs and multinational corporations. So you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to finding a placement.
Previous students have secured placements at companies such as BAE Systems and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.
Many students go on to work for their placement employers after the course. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work alone or with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture with support from our Enterprise Team.
I chose Portsmouth because of the warm welcome and the support they gave me. My favourite part of the course was working in a team and listening to different people’s views. One of the best things is that it's very hands on – you learn by doing and not just through theory.
Academic skills support
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
You can also get personalised academic help at the School of Computing's Tutor Centre and help with maths or stats problems in the Maths Cafe.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- laboratory and project work
- one-on-one tutorials
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year 1 students: 26% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 74% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 76% studying independently
- Year 3 students: 19% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 81% studying independently
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- multiple choice tests
- written exams
- review articles
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
- Year 1 students: 40% by written exams and 60% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 15% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 82% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 13% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 77% by coursework
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2022 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £18,300 per year (subject to annual increase)
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
How to apply
To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – G521
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.