Business Computing

Study Business Computing and graduate with a university degree

80% student satisfaction (the most recent National Student Survey)

Business in the 21st century is conducted in a way which was beyond imagining just 30 years ago. This is thanks partly to the constantly evolving internet, which has revolutionised almost every aspect of our working and social lives – and coupled with the new technologies and hardware that are now part of day-to-day life.

In this course , you'll examine just how critical computers are to business. The emphasis is on organisations and how computers are used within them. In addition, you’ll study the basic skills of designing and building software systems. You’ll gain a broad base of skills by combining theory and practice – a skillset that resonates well with employers, whether in the software industry itself or in a wider and more strategic context, developing the use of IT in any business.

We help our students to build a strong link with industry through 3-month summer placements and 1-year placements. Both of these are offered to third year students. Placement opportunities exists with local SME as well as large corporates. 

All our course modules use state-of-the-art computer equipment, giving you access to the very latest software technology. We’re a small, friendly team with an 'open doors' policy for students.


British Computer Society logo The BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, is the foremost professional and learned society in the field of computers and information systems in the UK.

The Single Honours BSc course in Business Computing gives full accreditation by the BCS for the educational requirements of Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) registration, which is the professional member level of the BCS. Further experience is required for full registration

Entrance requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
BBBB - one sitting.
ABBB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points

Three-year Honours degree

SQA Adv. Higher:

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
35 points

Essential subjects:
To include Computing / Management and relevant experience of Java or other programming languages.

Other qualifications


Minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.

Advanced entry
Not available

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Essential subjects:

As listed above or equivalent.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply

Mathematics Standard Grade (3), Intermediate 2 (C), GCSE (C) or equivalent.

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those students who do not meet the required criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Science, Computing and Engineering to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English language skills

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).

Course contact

Dr Bruce Graham University of Stirling
+ 44 (0) 1786 467432

Alternative routes

Year 1

For entry to Year 1, Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Year 2

A Scottish HND in related subjects with BB in graded units in Year 2 can give direct entry to the second year of our degree courses.

Find out more

Degree course

There are three closely related computing degrees on offer at Stirling: BSc (Hons) Computing Science, BSc (Hons) Software Engineering and BSc (Hons) Business Computing. During the first three semesters students on all related courses are required to take the same core modules in Computing Science. Students take Computing Science plus two other subjects in Year 1.

The BSc (Hons) Applied Computing degree follows a different syllabus for semesters 1-4.

Semesters 1 - 3

You will take core Computing modules, encompassing study in the following areas:

  • Computational Thinking
  • Programming Using Java
  • Social and Professional Issues
  • Usability and Accessibility of Interfaces
  • Data Structures, Objects and Algorithms

You will take the following core Business modules:

  • The Global Business Environment
  • The Management Challenge
  • Fundamentals of Business and Management

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

Semesters 4 - 8

The course in Semesters 4 – 8 comprises both core modules and optional advanced modules, giving you a chance to explore your particular interests further.

After semester 6 we offer optional industrial placements. The 3-month summer placements take place June-August. The more substantial 1-year placement starts in September and runs to the end of August the following year effectively extending the length of the programme to 5 years. Both types of placements appear on the academic transcript, with the 1-year placement leading to a degree title of BSc Hons Business Computing with Industrial Placement.

Core Computing modules include:

  • Managing Information
  • Information Systems
  • Software Engineering (involving group work)
  • Database Principles and Applications
  • Multimedia and Human Computer Interaction
  • Communications and Networking

Core Business modules include:

  • International Business
  • Entrepreneurship

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

Honours students undertake an independent project in their final year. Typically this involves developing a major piece of software from initial requirements through to final delivery.

Module titles

Year 1

  • Introduction to Computing Science
  • Programming and User Interface Design
  • The Global Business Environment
  • The Management Challenge

Year 2

  • Data Structures, Objects, Algorithms
  • Systems I
  • Programming Languages Paradigms
  • Managing Information
  • Fundamentals of Business and Managment
  • The Organisation of Business

Year 3

  • Software Engineering I
  • Database Principles and Applications
  • Multimedia and Human Computer Interaction
  • Software Engineering II
  • Computer Games Technologies
  • Communications and Networking
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Computing Science Industrial Summer Placement
  • Computing Science Industrial 1-year Placement

Year 4

  • Concurrent and Distributed Systems
  • Language Implementation
  • Computer Security and Forensics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Technologies for E-commerce
  • Telecommunications Systems and Services
  • Web Services
  • Computing and the Brain
  • Modelling for Complex Systems
  • Computing Science Project
  • Enterprise Portals

Teaching and assessment

You will 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 examination.

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

Related degrees

Study abroad

You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connection with several North American and European universities.


In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 90 percent of the research in Computing Science & Mathematics was graded as ‘Internationally Excellent’, with the top five percent judged to be ‘World-leading’.


Course strengths

Computing Science and Mathematics has strong links with Scottish industry through its Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) – with members from both Scottish and international industries such as IBM, HSBC and Adobe. Through the IAB we:

  • Maintain links with potential employers, giving students an insight into the types of job they may find and giving employers a chance to find the right employees now and influence what is taught in the future
  • Transfer knowledge and technology from the University to a wider user base
  • Make our research relevant to the user base
  • Collaborate with the user base on joint research and development projects

We offer 3-month Industrial Summer placements and 1-year Industrial Placements. Our placements allow students to practise their analytical and problem solving skills as well as their software design and implementation skills in an industrial setting. Besides differentiating themselves from their peers, students gain substantial experience in a commercial environment before they graduate making them highly employable. 

Academic Strengths

We are very active in research. We have funded research from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), from the European Community and from other sources.

We provide a stimulating and lively environment for all students.  Final-year Honours projects can be associated with active research projects. Research areas of particular interest are Applied Formal Methods, Medical Informatics, Computational Intelligence, and Communications and Services.

94% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education, 2012/13).

Career opportunities

Graduates will have knowledge of both Business and Computing Science. They will be ideally placed to work either in the software industry itself or in a more strategic role, developing the use of IT in business. Possible employers range from consulting firms to IT users such as government, banks, insurance and industry, and to software users and institutions in teaching and research. Our industrial placments will ease your transition into the job market. Recent destinations for graduates include Prudential, Standard Life Assurance and Bank of Scotland, as well as software houses such as KANA and Logica.

Fees 2016/7

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 13,760.00
Scottish and EU students TBC
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years


Fees 2015/6

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 13,425.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years


Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.

Please note: Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

Business Computing
  • Degree award BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS Code G510
  • Type Campus based, Full-time, Part-time
  • Start date September
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