With our Business Computing course, you’ll examine how critical computers are to business and learn how you can create computing solutions to support a range of business needs. As part of your studies, you’ll develop a basic knowledge of designing and building software systems and grow a broad base of skills through a combination of theory and practice. The skills you’ll learn will be highly valued by employers - whether in the software industry itself or in a wider and more strategic context developing IT solutions for any business.

We’ll help you build strong links with industry, and, during Year 3, you’ll have the option to take part in either a three-month summer placement or a one-year placement. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad through our exchange programmes.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 Our practical teaching, together with our links to industry, will give you the knowledge and skills for a career meeting the computing needs of business.

#2 Our research in Computing Science and Mathematics is regarded as “internationally excellent” by Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and provides a cutting edge to our business computing course.

#3 Graduates are accredited by the British Computer Society as a Chartered Information Technology Professional.

Course details

In Semesters 1-3, students from our three computing-related degrees (Computing Science, Software Engineering and Business Computing) take the same core modules in Computing Science.

Core topics include: Computational Thinking; Programming Using Java; Social and Professional Issues; Usability and Accessibility of Interfaces; Data Structures, Objects and Algorithms. There are also three core business modules and you’ll take one additional subject each semester.

We understand that students have a variety of backgrounds, and, in Semester 1, we can adapt the course to suit your previous experience and qualifications.

In Semesters 4-8, the course is made up of both core modules and optional advanced modules, giving you a chance to explore your particular interests further.

Final-year Honours students work on an independent project, which typically involves designing and developing a computer application within a business context.

A range of optional modules is available, drawn from Computing Science, Business Studies, Marketing and Management Science.

Our students also enjoy access to an active Computer Club that organises a number of activities and projects for those interested in Computing Science and Software Engineering.


We've been awarded five-star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2017/18.

You’ll learn about Business Computing through lectures, small tutorial groups and seminars, and through practical and laboratory work.


The Computing Science component, in particular, is taught as a very practical subject and almost all modules include practical assignments. Typically these count for 50 percent of the assessment grade, with the remainder given to the exam.

For the Honours degree, the grades for all advanced modules taken in Semesters 5 – 8 are combined to give your final degree classification.

Work placement opportunities

We offer three-month summer placements and one-year summer placements. Placement opportunities exist with local small and medium enterprise businesses as well as large corporates.


Dr Andrea Bracciali

+44 (0) 1786 467446


Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas students (non-EU) £ 14,460.00
  • Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
  • Students from the rest of the UK £9,250
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