MComp Business Information Systems

  • Studying Abroad Option Available
  • Sandwich Year Option Available
  • International Students Can Apply
  • Work Placement Opportunity


UCAS Code:I1S7
Course Length:4 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Department of Computer Science
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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  • Gain an overview of business, management and leadership;
  • Study a wide range of computing disciplines and develop practical skills using the latest software tools and methodologies;
  • IT, management, problem-solving and professional skills prepare you for employment.

This integrated Masters degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge to make the most of a wide range of business and computing-related career opportunities. You will learn how to develop and use technologies while also gaining an understanding of how organisations use information systems to support and enhance strategic and operational activities. Learning to work as part of a team on real-life projects, while using leading-edge resources and industry-standard software, will enable you to develop a breadth of practical and communication skills, giving you a solid basis for a wide range of careers and a distinct workplace advantage. If you would like a course with a balance of business and IT skills, this is the programme for you.

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What will I study?

This MComp programme is an integrated Masters degree which combines study at Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc) with study at Masters level over four years.

A critical part of the degree is the development of skills that organisations are looking for when they recruit. We will help you develop as a communicator, team worker and leader to complement your subject knowledge.

In Year 1 you will study a coherent set of Business and Computing modules which provide a solid foundation for your second and third years of study. The range of subjects has been identified through consultation with employers as being essential for graduates. You will cover the foundations of business and accountancy while gaining core computing skills in information systems, networking, programming and web design. Part of your first year studies will look at career options within the computing and IT industry.

Year 2 provides a range of modules which enable you to focus on areas of computing and business. There is also a dedicated module focused on enhancing your employability and developing essential skills for the workplace. This optional module includes a work placement where you will gain real-world experience and relate theory to practice.

Year 3 provides opportunities to develop advanced knowledge and skills. You will have the opportunity to explore topics such as forensic computing, strategic management, IT management and internet security. The emphasis at this level is on the development of independent study and learning.

Year 4 is Masters level study which comprises in-depth modules covering a wide range of subjects at postgraduate level. A key part of this final year is a significant individual project which enables you to pursue an area of interest in-depth.

How will I study?

Teaching methods have been designed in consultation with leading employers in the region. Many classes are based in computer workshops, focusing on student activity as a means of learning. We introduce theoretical concepts by building on concrete practical activity.

To enhance your employability, you will be given opportunities to work together and develop the essential people skills to complement your technical ability.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of practical exercises, reports, essays and examinations. We want you to develop the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, therefore assessment includes both of these forms, though the emphasis is strongly on individual work.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme team are specialists in areas including computing, information systems, accountancy, human resource management, e-commerce and small and medium-sized enterprises. You will be taught by staff who are active researchers, passionate about student learning and development, who publish in academic journals.

A Great Study Environment

Two students with rucksacks walk in front of the Tech Hub.Department of Computing

The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13m Technology Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science students.

Our modern computer laboratories are equipped with high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.

A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution.

There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.

Learning resources include robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.

The department has strong links with industry and the curriculum is kept current and highly relevant through input from our Employer Advisory Panel.

A dedicated Enterprise Projects Team and Web Factory social enterprise initiative recruit students to paid work on a range of commercial projects. This provides you with the opportunity to gain experience in a commercial environment. You will also be actively supported in developing solutions for local businesses through your coursework.

Competitions including ‘University Technology Challenge’ and ‘Hackathon’, organised in collaboration with companies such as Barclays, the BBC and Talk Talk, allow you to show invention and initiative through, for example, inventing new apps and presenting a business case in a highly competitive environment.

An annual employability conference and specialist careers fair prepare you for employment. You can also engage with research through the ‘INSPIRE’ initiative, with some of our students having papers published at international conferences.

The Business School building from outside, illuminated at night.Business School

Some of the modules are taught within Edge Hill’s Business School. The stunning £8m Business and Law building provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students in the Business School and Department of Law and Criminology.

The three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.

Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.


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Year 1

BUS1013Introduction to Accounting and Statistics (20 credits)

Introduction to Accounting and Statistics focuses on the development and interpretation of financial and statistics information to be used in the context of personal skills development and an understanding of business. The module introduces you to basic accounting statements including the statement of financial position; the income statement and cash flow statements and forecasts.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

BUS1014People and Organisations (20 credits)

People and Organisations provides a comprehensive foundation to the study of management from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The module seeks to consider the conceptual frameworks relevant to the behaviour of individuals and groups in organisations and examine the issues which are raised in their management. The module focuses on three themes: rational modes of management, people strategies and contemporary issues in the workplace.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS1108Digital World: Information Systems and Design (20 credits)

Digital World: Information Systems and Design explores how the world of the 21st century is underpinned by computing technology. The module will develop your understanding of the essential concepts of systems analysis, including identifying systems processes, understanding business needs and presenting appropriate IT solutions. You will then apply this knowledge of systems analysis and design methods to make suggestions for improvement of a business, its processes and information systems.

Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

CIS1109Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)

Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks explores how the world of the 21st century is underpinned by computing technology while challenging you to envision your future developments as a Computing professional. The module discusses how current and modern computer architectures operates. It also analyses the technology on which computer architecture depends, starting with current central processing units (CPUs) and their instruction sets and progressing to the principles of modern multitasking operating systems that are supported by the underlying hardware architectures. An important aspect of modern computer technology is networking. The module introduces and covers basic principles of networks, their interconnecting components and protocols used in enabling reliable communications.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Written Exam(s): 30%.

CIS1110Web Design and Development (20 credits)

Web Design and Development is a fusion of two distinct areas in the world of web content production. The module will enable you to develop a sound understanding of the World Wide Web, the related technologies, the relationships between them and also their use. You will also explore colour and design theories, layout and typography. In addition, the module provides an appropriate setting to introduce some of the more powerful, user friendly web development tools used widely in the industry today, along with HTML and CSS and both client and server side scripting.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS1111Programming: Concepts to Construction 1 (20 credits)

Programming: Concepts to Construction 1 provides a practical introduction to the fundamentals of an object-oriented approach to software development. You will be introduced to the analytical techniques and processes that are essential for specifying, designing and implementing applications.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either CIS1109 Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks or CIS1110 Web Design and Development.

Year 2

BUS2007Culture and Change (20 credits)

Culture and Change introduces you to some of the key changes occurring in society and business and identifies ways in which organisations can structure their responses. The module examines the links between change, culture and diversity, by providing an appreciation of the theoretical, conceptual and practical tools for understanding their relationships. You will then proceed to analyse some of the key elements involved in the development of both individual and organisational performance.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

BUS2029Leadership Culture and Change (20 credits)

Leadership Culture and Change explores the nature of leadership and management roles within an environment characterised by change and cultural and organisational diversity. At an organisational level, the module considers how far organisational culture and change can be influenced by leaders and managers. At a national level, it considers how national cultures influence leadership styles and the process of change. Both large-scale organisations and small and medium sized enterprises will be examined, including an analysis of contemporary trends in these areas.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS2143Databases (20 credits)

Databases introduces you to the fundamental concepts in database design. You will acquire practical skills in database modelling, development and design using the rules of normalisation and entity relationship modelling. The module will enable you to identify the legal implications of creating and maintaining a database system, recognise and apply the principles underpinning the relationship model, utilise an appropriate database language, and extract and present data in a meaningful format suitable for the required use.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS2145Computer Networks (20 credits)

Computer Networks is designed to provide both theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the basic principles of modern networking and data communications. The module will also enhance your understanding and awareness of emerging new technologies in the field. You will explore the major components of communications networks including Wifi networks. In addition, you will learn how to evaluate, plan, design and present appropriate networking solutions to given specifications, and develop a critical understanding of routing, network addressing and how networks can be subnetted.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Written Exam(s): 30%.

CIS2154E-Commerce for Business (20 credits)

E-Commerce for Business enables you to distinguish and critically appraise the key e-business concepts and techniques and how these can be applied to organisations. You will develop the knowledge and understanding to distinguish and compare the key concepts of e-business, analyse internet-based business models, identify and apply appropriate business situations where e-business can be applied, and assess and evaluate the benefits of e-business in common business situations.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS2170Project Management (20 credits)

Project Management emphasises the need for software development projects to be managed effectively if they are to be delivered on time, within budget, to specification and to agreed quality standards. Project management is a complex activity and demands a professional approach. This module stresses the importance of project planning, monitoring and control in the management of large-scale projects. It emphasises, not only the techniques which can be applied and the tools which can be used, but also the softer human factors which must be taken into account in managing large project teams.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Written Exam(s): 30%.

You will select one of the following modules:

BUS2020Graduate Enterprise (20 credits)

Graduate Enterprise enables you to experience running your own company with a number of your colleagues. You can create your own product or service, launch it into the marketplace and experience at first hand the issues faced by small business owners. You will be supported by your own business consultant who is on secondment from industry and the full resources of the Graduate Enterprise Company.

Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

CIS2162Employability (20 credits)

Employability simulates, as accurately as possible, what it’s like to work in a given Computer Science specialism. You will be introduced to the “world of work” via a simulated work environment, as part of a team representing a fictional company but which need to produce real products or engage in realistic work-related activities. A 15 day placement will also enhance essential employability skills and provide you with the opportunity to relate theory to practice, build on your transferable skills and evaluate your learning.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Year 3

BUS3024Strategic Management (20 credits)

Strategic Management explores the process of strategy formulation and implementation and considers how the decision making process influences the choices made by those involved in deciding the strategic direction of organisations. You will gain a critical understanding of how psychological, political, economic, social, cultural and technological factors influence decision making and the subsequent formulation and implementation of strategy in a range of different types of organisations.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

CIS3144Forensic Computing (20 credits)

Forensic Computing teaches the methods, tools and techniques required for data recovery and analysis. The legal requirements for presenting such data will also be considered. The module provides the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake a forensic computing investigation in a systematic manner, as well as to develop an understanding of the role of a computer forensics analyst through the use of existing applications and investigative techniques.

Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

CIS3148Big Data (20 credits)

Big Data provides an overview of the background and the need for big data and explores how big data can be exploited by different sectors. You will critically analyse compliance and governance issues within big data, demonstrate a systematic and thorough understanding of big data in specific sectors, and select appropriate software and hardware tools to implement a big data solution. The module will also encourage you demonstrate business awareness while assessing the tactical and operational issues, as well as potential security concerns, faced by organisations when implementing big data.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS3150IT Management (20 credits)

IT Management develops your understanding and knowledge to underpin the acquisition and ongoing management of systems and services within an organisation. The module enhances your awareness of the need for a tactical and operational view in the management of technology services, encompassing selection, implementation, third party relationships, and legal and security necessities. You will gain an appreciation of the issues involved in the management of technology services, enhance your knowledge to manage the pre and post systems acquisition process, gain an appreciation of organisation and user support requirements and build your awareness of the security and compliance needs of modern business organisations.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Written Exam(s): 30%.

CIS3151Internet Security (20 credits)

Internet Security equips you with an in-depth understanding of the principles of computer and network security, outlines the key vulnerabilities of a networked computer system, and demonstrates how to design and construct a secure network. While society depends increasingly on computer systems, the systems are accessible from intranets and the internet, thereby increasing the risk to system integrity. A sound understanding of the threats and vulnerabilities of a system, as well as the associated preventative and recovery measures, is therefore important. This module will develop your analytical and evaluative skills in the context of a complex and unpredictable systems environment in order to define an appropriate level of security to meet the needs of a network owner.

Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

CIS3155Advanced Databases (20 credits)

Advanced Databases enhances your knowledge of databases, modelling tools and database management systems including object-relational database management systems and NoSQL systems. You will compare and contrast the range of modern DBMS architectures and critically evaluate the implications of the different tools and techniques they make available. You will also critically evaluate the key concepts of advanced databases and their application to database implementation, as well as designing and constructing databases using advanced concepts and techniques.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Year 4

CIS4114Research and Development Project (60 credits)

Research and Development Project provides experience of designing and executing a substantial project in a limited time, based on a project plan, employing practical skills, problem solving and underpinned by relevant research. You will apply and extend skills and knowledge learned in taught modules and demonstrate your competency to construct and complete a coherent project as a Computing professional.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS4115Research Methods (20 credits)

Research Methods provides you with the knowledge and skills to develop a proposal for, and subsequently undertake, a research project at Masters level. You will engage with the essential considerations when analysing a problem and designing a solution. The module will also immerse you in data collection from the user, literature reviews, interface designs and project planning. On successful completion, you will have a well-formed proposal suitable for Masters level study.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS4126Project Management (20 credits)

Project Management provides an in-depth understanding of what project management involves. The module will equip you with an awareness that projects have to be managed effectively if they are to succeed and that project management is a complex activity and demands a professional approach. Emphasis is placed on the importance of project planning, monitoring and control in the management of large scale projects. The module not only explores the techniques which can be applied, and the tools which can be used, but also the ‘softer’ human factors which must be taken into account in managing large project teams such as people management and team leadership.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

CIS4130Information Systems Design and Management (20 credits)

Information Systems Design and Management provides you with the skills necessary to analyse and model current and future systems, the ability to evaluate and apply relevant systems methodologies, and the knowledge and understanding to model information systems and business processes using appropriate industry standard notation (such as Business Process Model and Notation). The module stresses the importance of effective systems analysis, project planning, monitoring and control in the management of large scale systems. It emphasises not only the techniques that can be applied and the tools which can be used but also the ‘softer’ human factors which must be taken into account in systems design, implementation and management.

Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC-BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Integrated Masters degrees respond to the increasing demand by organisations for roles that require more advanced studies. They also provide academic preparation for higher research degree studies.

You will be qualified to apply for employment in a wide variety of roles. These include a network designer or network manager, a systems analyst, software support specialist, systems designer, software engineer, systems administrator, business analyst, IT manager or project manager. You will also be well placed to pursue a career in computer sales. Alternatively, you may wish to train to teach.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this integrated Masters degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a five year integrated Masters degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a five year integrated Masters degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your course (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this integrated Masters degree in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this integrated Masters degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at

Financial support information for international students can be found at


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Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at

Visit to find out more about the application process.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

23rd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

8th January 2018 - Change to Entry Requirements

With effect from academic year 2019/20 entry, the requirement to demonstrate evidence of numeracy is changing to GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).