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Business Management and Information Systems, BSc

Business Management and Information Systems, BSc

Course Overview


Business Management and Information Systems at Northampton brings together a solid grounding in business, people and organisations with in-depth study of how organisations of all sizes and in all sectors use information systems and technology as vital tools for business success. This excellent combination of subjects, with invaluable input from industry and emphasis on teamwork, has a brilliant track record in securing employment for our graduates with major blue-chip companies.

In Business Management you’ll gain a wide perspective and thorough grounding in all areas of business, including skills in accountancy and statistics. Your knowledge will develop in the dynamic, international environment of our Business School of 45 nationalities, in small classes, taught by leaders in the fields of business practice and theory, corporate finance, and organisational change, and supported by dedicated careers advisers.

Information Systems uses the strength of our Computing Science experts, to add hands-on skills in computing to management and accounting classes. In your third year you’ll tackle a year-long software engineering project, working as part of a team, to develop a major software system from initial analysis to final delivery, and emphasising teamwork as strongly as technical skills. In your final year you’ll tackle an individual project, on a real-life scenario which may involve a local company.

The BSc option of this degree means you will focus primarily on the science based subjects when it comes to courses of choice.

LEARNING MODE On Campus Learning
DURATION 48 months

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (NT1001)
Managing Organizations (NT1009) – 15 Credit Points
Accounting and Entrepreneurship (NT1515) – 15 Credit Points
Object Oriented Programming (NT1527) – 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select at least one of:

  • Modelling and Problem Solving for Computing (NT1029)
  • Computer Architecture (NT1520)

Plus select further credit points from courses of choice to give a total of 120 credit points.

Computer Architecture (NT1520) – 15 Credit Points

Compulsory Courses

Mathematics for Computing Science (NT2013) – 15 Credit Points
Human Computer Interaction (NT2506) – 15 Credit Points
Advanced Web Application Development (NT2512) – 15 Credit Points
Operations Management (NT2511) – 15 Credit Points
Understanding Statistics (NT2508) – 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Plus 15 credit points from courses of choice.

Compulsory Courses

Knowledge Based Systems (NT3025) – 15 Credit Points
Principles of Software Engineering (NT3028) – 15 Credit Points
Enterprise Computing and Business (NT3525) – 15 Credit Points
Software Engineering and Professional Practice (NT3528) – 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from level 3 courses available in Management Studies.

Compulsory Courses

Joint Honours Computing Project (NT4525) – 30 Credit Points
Business Strategy (NT4536) – 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from level 4 Computing courses, plus 30 credit points from level 3 or 4 courses in Business Management.

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Business Management and Information Systems?
  • By studying Business Management at Northampton, you will gain a qualification from one of the world’s top 200 universities (QS World Rankings 2020 and Times Higher World University Rankings 2020).
  • Business Management at Northampton provides an opportunity to study Management on its own or alongside one of a large number of the other disciplines taught at the University.
  • Northampton is known as being the oil and gas capital of Europe and the industry has a high demand for Business Management graduates. The University’s close links to international companies will improve your career prospects
  • The programme builds on the international reputation of the University’s Business School and Computing Science Department
  • Students are given the opportunity to develop their transferable skills and abilities as independent learners
  • Honours pathways allow students to specialise in both Knowledge Based Systems and business subjects
  • Considerable flexibility is offered in the choice of management topics to study during the Honours part of the curriculum
  • Strong links with industry at local, national and multi-national levels lead to industrial placements (in certain programmes) and ensure relevance of the curriculum


There are a wide variety of careers you can choose from with Business Studies and Information Systems. Business Studies allows you to apply your skills in consultancy, advertising, banking, insurance, logistics, manufacturing, public relations, HR, sales, retail, and buying as a minimum. You have a very strong set of employment options in combination with Information Systems and you can choose careers in database administration, systems analyst, database engineer, and information systems.

Entry requirements


SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.


Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Northampton University it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:


IELTS Academic:

OVERALL – 6.0 with: Listening – 5.5; Reading – 5.5; Speaking – 5.5; Writing – 6.0


OVERALL – 78 with: Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing – 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL – 54 with: Listening – 51; Reading – 51; Speaking – 51; Writing – 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL – 169 with: Listening – 162; Reading – 162; Speaking – 162; Writing – 169

How to apply


This programm by online learning has start dates in September and January of each academic year. 

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; this is particularly important for applicants who may need to allow sufficient time to take an English language test

Documentation required

Applications are made online via the University Application Service, EUCLID.

Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure that you have included the following documentation with your application:

  • Degree certificates showing award of degree.
  • Previous academic transcripts for all past degree programmes.
  • A reference in support or your application. The reference should be academic and dated no earlier than one year from the start of study on the LLM programme.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.

If you are currently studying for your degree or you are not in a possession of an English test result you may still apply to the programme. Please note that it is your responsibility to submit the necessary documents.

After you apply

After your application has been submitted you will be able to track its progress through the University’s applicant hub.

Application processing times will vary however the admissions team will endeavour to process your application within four to six weeks of submission. Please note that missing documentation will delay the application process.

You will be informed as soon as possible of the decision taken. Three outcomes are possible:

  • You may be offered a place unconditionally
  • You may be offered a conditional place, which means that you must fulfil certain conditions that will be specified in the offer letter. Where a conditional offer is made, it is your responsibility to inform the College Postgraduate Office when you have fulfilled the requirements set out.
  • Your application may be unsuccessful. If your application has not been successful, you can request feedback from us or refer to our guidance for unsuccessful applicants, which explains some of the common reasons we why we reach this decision.
    View the University’s guidance for unsuccessful applicants
Terms and conditions of admissions
  • The University’s terms and conditions form part of your contract with the University, and you should read them, and our data protection policy, carefully before applying.

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