Business and Systems Management BSc (Hons)

Business systems students discuss figures on paper
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019


Do you want to nurture your natural tech talent to become a systems specialist playing a critical role at the heart of major companies?

On this BSc (Hons) Business and Systems Management degree course, you’ll learn the skills and know-how to deploy the latest technology across organisations to improve everything from general IT systems to cyber security.

The course leads you to a varied career as a business professional with highly sought after technical skills in ICT.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Fuse an understanding of business with the practical skills you'll need for a career in systems management
  • Master subjects including customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise systems (ERP), M-commerce, cyber security, the Cloud and software as a service (SaaS)
  • Be taught by experts who are actively engaged in the latest research
  • Get specialist knowledge of business management, accounting and data analysis, coupled with ICT tools and techniques
  • Learn skills for systems management across the public or private sector for both small and large organisations
  • Take advantage of our links with leading software providers, such as SAP, and use their products to support your learning
  • Learn from regular guest speakers who lecture on their specific topics from organisations such as the BBC, Sopra Steria and SAP

You can also:

  • Get industry experience with a year-long supervised work placement
  • Study at one of our many partner universities in locations such as Canada, Japan and Europe
  • Learn a foreign language through the University Wide Languages Programme (UWLP)

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

Placement year

After your second year, you can take a paid placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Previous students have worked in organisations such as SAP UK and the Oracle Corporation.

We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your workplace ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support to get the most out of the year.

Careers and opportunities

This degree can lead to a range of careers, particularly in multinational organisations. Previous graduates have gone on to secure roles in areas such as:

  • social media and digital marketing
  • systems development
  • data management
  • consultancy
  • general management
  • information system (IS) management
  • procurement and supply chain management
  • Cloud computing
  • information security and risk management

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry when you finish the course. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

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.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

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.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Business Operations and Systems Management
  • Business Accounting Economics for Business
  • Quantitative Methods and Data Analysis Managing People in Organisations

Core units in this year include:

  • Managing Data and Information Security
  • Enterprise Systems and Processes
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Electronic and Mobile Commerce

Optional units for this year currently include:

  • Social Computing for Business
  • IT Law and Cyber Crime
  • Developing Individual and Team Creativity
  • Quantitative Approaches to Decision Modelling

Core units for this year include:

  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Systems Masterclass
  • Information Systems Strategy and Management

Optional units for this year currently include:

  • Business Improvement and Creativity
  • Cross Cultural Awareness for Business
  • Project Management for Enterprise

You'll complete a work-based project linked to a work placement, an academic Dissertation or an Enterprise Project.

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning 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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • individual and group research
  • directed reading
  • online software provider courses

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • essays
  • case studies
  • presentations
  • reports
  • reflective commentaries
  • practical projects
  • a portfolio
  • examinations

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 may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 58% by written exams and 42% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 37% by written exams, 11% by practical exams and 52% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 25% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 70% by coursework 
  • Apply

    How to apply

    To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

    • the UCAS course code – N200
    • our institution code – P80

    You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

    Not quite ready to apply?

    Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

    If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

    How to apply from outside the UK

    If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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. 

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