Enterprise Information Systems - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (1 year)
September 2016, September 2017

Please note:  This course is available for final year entry only.

Our Enterprise Information Systems BSc (Hons) course has been developed with industrial partners and major employers and combines a thorough technical, practical and theoretical understanding of enterprise systems with an overview of industrial practices.

You’ll have the opportunity to become SAP certified in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to analyse, design and develop enterprise systems solutions within a commercial organisation, which will make you a highly employable graduate.

Typically our graduates have gone onto work as enterprise resource planners, systems engineers, business intelligence analysts and managers for companies, and in areas such as systems analysis and project management

What's covered in the course?

We’ve structured the course so that its themes are directly relevant to industry’s current and expected future needs.

This course is highly regarded because it provides a real depth and breadth of learning, giving you a comprehensive technical, practical and theoretical understanding of enterprise systems that will meet the needs of industry andmake you a highly employable graduate.

You’ll cover a wide range of topics across four central themes: enterprise information systems, enterprise technology, human innovation, and management.

Within those themes, you’ll examine projects from business process re-engineering, system architecture and development, through to human innovation, project management, applied research and development, social technologies, visualisation and business intelligence systems.

You’ll also focus on key areas such as business operations systems; software design, construction and development; web and mobile technologies; and the management of engineering and technology innovation.

As part of your studies, you’ll have the opportunity to gain real world experience of SAP technology and the opportunity to become a SAP certified consultant. As part of the course you will also have an opportunity to be a member of the SAP user group for UK and Ireland and be able to explore placement opportunities with SAP partners and customers.

You’ll receive the support of expert staff who have a wide range of academic, research and industrial experience in  systems analysis and development.

The innovative techniques that are taught, such as cloud computing, in memory technologies, augmented reality, virtualisation and visualisation, are the reasons why I chose to do this course. Faisal Maqsood Qadri

Why Choose Us?

  • The course is developed in consultation with employers, such as Aurum Holdings, Cognizant, Atos, SAP, BAE, BP, Rolls-Royce, Cap Gemini, Edenhouse, HCL Axon, Ciber and Accenture.
  • You can become SAP certified.
  • You will benefit from the insight of company visits and guest lecturers from industry.
  • We are the only UK university (and one of only eight in the world) involved in the development of the SAP Industry 4.0 Curriculum for all universities worldwide that are part of the SAP® University Alliances.
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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted..


Year 3 entry only: Merit in HND in Enterprise Information Systems from Solihull College

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2015/16
Higher National Diploma

Year 3 entry only: Merit in HND in Enterprise Information Systems from Solihull College

Other qualifications

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2015/16
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands


The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 1 year £9,000 per year
Sep 2017 FT 1 year £9,250 per year

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 1 year £12,000 per year
Sep 2017 FT 1 year TBC

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

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Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Our first year focuses on five modules: integrated business processes, software development, professional context of technology, fundamentals of project management, and applied projects (industry project).

Integrated Business Processes
30 credits

This module will introduce you to organisational structure and will enable you to understand the organisation’s systems requirements. You’ll look at end-to-end business processes, study business process management tools and techniques, business process modelling, and business process re-engineering.

Software Development
30 credits

You’ll examine program design techniques, learn about programming languages and constructs, testing and debugging, look at input/output, data structures, algorithms, and program level documentation.

Professional Context of Technology
15 credits

In this module, you’ll study the context of business, and you’ll explore learning and study methods and skills, plus research and methodology.

Fundamentals of Project Management
15 credits

You’ll develop skills in project management in context, as well as project planning and implementation, plus you’ll examine people and the profession.

Applied Projects 1
30 credits

This will see you working in SAP Labs, analysing, designing and modelling business solutions, looking at research methods and techniques, plus the value of evaluation and prototyping.

Year two

In year two you’ll study a further six modules, all of which are designed to build on your knowledge and the key skills needed for a career in enterprise systems.

These are: Business Operations Systems 1, Enterprise Solutions 1, Software Design and Construction, Management of Engineering and Technology Innovation, Agile Project Management, and Applied Projects 2 (Industry Project).

Business Operations Systems 1
15 credits

You’ll look at the integration of business processes across an organisation’s functional areas and industrial sectors, and examine the social, cultural, economic and political impacts on business operation systems. You’ll also investigate the impact of market demand on organisational operations.

Enterprise Solutions 1
15 credits

You’ll be introduced to different types of enterprise systems, and will look at how to integrate soft and hard skills for effective enterprise solution design and implementation. You’ll look at types of systems infrastructure implementation from on-premises to on-demand solutions, plus Enterprise IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and SaaS(Software as a Service).

Software Design and Construction
30 credits

In this module, you’ll look at systems development life cycles, methodologies and the software development process, as well as programming paradigms. You’ll be introduced to the design of software systems from a requirements specification, and will investigate typical implementation features. You’ll study the validation and verification of software designs and constructs.

Management of Engineering and Technology Innovation
15 credits

Here you’ll look at employability skills, as well as management and leadership.

Agile Project Management
15 credits

Here you’ll look at employability skills, as well as management and leadership.

Applied Projects 2
30 credits

You’ll build on what you learned in the previous year, working in SAP Labs, analysing, designing and modelling business solutions, looking at research methods and techniques, and exploring the importance of evaluation and prototyping.

Year three

In the third year you’ll move onto an individual project, which will give you the opportunity to undertake detailed, independent research in an area that interests you.

You’ll also study business operations systems 2, enterprise solutions 2, mobile and web technologies, strategic enterprise management, and knowledge management.

Business Operations Systems 2
15 credits

You’ll look in-depth at supply chain management, as well as business process standards and governance.

Enterprise Solutions 2
15 credits

You’ll investigate enterprise visualisation, social technologies, on-demand solution, and  virtualisation.

Mobile and Web Technologies
30 credits

This module provides theoretical underpinning of mobile and web technologies. You’ll look at standards/protocols, architecture, application architectures, and application analysis and design.

You’ll also consider web-based development, web-based systems, middleware, and database development.

You’ll examine client user interface and investigate client applications such as Web Access, SMS, multimedia, and games. You’ll also look at typical business and game requirements, matching technology to business requirements, and how to appraise technologies.

Strategic Enterprise Management
15 credits

This will introduce you to the concepts of leadership and how you can manage strategically. You’ll also be encouraged to think innovatively.

Knowledge Management
15 credits

You’ll explore knowledge management and how it can assist an organisation and business. You’ll also examine how to apply knowledge management skills in professional practice.

Course Structure

The course will enable you to pursue a career in business, commerce and industry as a highly sought-after professional SAP consultant. With its unique feature of a high degree of technical and business content with vocational relevance, the course delivers a mix of technical and soft skills that are highly valued by employers.

The course covers a wide range of topics across four principal themes: Enterprise Information Systems; Enterprise Technology; Human Innovation and Management; as well as Applied Projects from business process re-engineering, system architecture and development, through to human innovation, project management, applied research and development, social technologies, visualisation and business intelligence systems.

The course reflects the pressing needs of commerce, industry and public sector organisations that look for professionally qualified graduates, in particular with SAP certification. You emerge as a highly competent and credible candidate for employment, with a combination of technical and ‘soft’ transferrable skills. We also fully support you in finding a work placement that can give you invaluable experience and possible industry contacts.

How you learn

Our course is structured so that it’s directly relevant to the automotive industry’s current and expected future needs. You’ll be assessed in a number of different ways during your Enterprise Information Systems BSc (Hons) course. These will include continuous assessment, in-class tests, course work, presentations and through project work.

Teaching breakdown

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66 Time in independent study RoyalBlue

Assessment breakdown

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6 Practical exams #fece5a

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Further Study

The natural progression route from this course is to MSc Enterprise Systems Management; a taught master’s programme with further SAP certification opportunities in Terp10, Business Intelligence and Customer Relationship Management. In addition the University has a range of either taught (MSc) or research (MPhil and PhD) or distance learning postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Trips and visits

There will be industry visits and trips organised as part of your course.

Enhancing employability

This course has been developed specifically to meet the demands of commerce, industry and public sector organisations that need professionally qualified graduates, especially those with SAP certification.

You’ll be a highly employable graduate because you’ll be equipped with a valued combination of technical, practical, academic and transferable skills that will help you stand out when you step onto the job ladder.

Because you’ll be in touch with employers throughout your course, you’ll get a real insight into their needs and you’ll work on SAP related projects that will provide a tangible benefit for them.

You’ll also benefit from company visits, the input of guest lecturers from industry, and our expanding number of strong links with world-leading companies such as Aurum Holdings, Cognizant, Atos, SAP, BAE, BP, Rolls-Royce, Cap Gemini, Edenhouse, HCL Axon, Ciber and Accenture.

This helps to explain why many of our graduates have gone on to start very successful careers in roles such as ERP analyst and developer, data migration consultant, business intelligence analyst, decision engineer, solution architect, enterprise systems analyst, business process management engineer, enterprise systems developer, and mobile and cloud solution developer.


We aim to have you employer-ready by the time you graduate and as part of this commitment we encourage you to further enhance your career prospects by including an industrial placement in your course.

You will do your placement after the second year of study, which will extend the duration of your course to four years if you are studying on a full-time basis, and you’ll be supported throughout your time away.

Thanks to our excellent partnerships and strong relationships with industry, you could join the ranks of our students who have gained exceptionally high quality work experience at companies including Aurum Holidngs, Minister Ltd, Birmingham City Council, and Malvern Instruments.

Placements provide the workplace experience that many employers look for and give you an invaluable opportunity to develop your practical expertise, earn money and try out a potential career path.

Full details can be found on the school placements page.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Thanks to our methods of teaching and learning, as well as our industry links and academic staff that can draw on years of relevant industry practice our graduates typically go on to start careers as:

  • Solution Architect
  • Enterprise Systems Analyst
  • Business Process Management Engineer
  • Enterprise Systems Developer
  • Mobile and Cloud Solution Developer
  • Decision engineer
  • Enterprise Systems Integration Consultant
  • ERP Analyst and Developer
  • Data Migration Consultant
  • Portal Consultant
  • Business Intelligence Analyst

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Here at Birmingham City University, the School of Computing and Digital Technology is equipped with a multitude of professional, dedicated equipment. With world-class facilities including: two film and television studios, four multi-track recording studios, post-production facilities, and several hundred multimedia stations.

We have cutting edge facilities available to support the course and research that goes on in the School, including the purpose-built Media Centre at The Parkside Building, DMT Lab and Cisco Academy at Millennium Point and Recording studios and concert halls at Birmingham Conservatoire. We also have several PC and Apple Mac computing suites with the latest industry standard applications and tools for audio, video and multimedia application development and content creation.

As a student of the School of Computing and Digital Technology you will be able to take advantage of a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art technology and equipment to prepare you for working within industry. Our four fully digital, interconnected TV studios can be used within a variety of contexts, including audio-recording. Alongside this with have several broadcast-standard edit and dubbing suites.

As the programme is taught in partnership with the Birmingham Conservatoire you will have access to a wide-range of musical facilities including six studios, a Recital Hall and the 520-seat auditorium Adrian Boult Hall. We have a range of studios, mix rooms, recording spaces and a vast range of recording equipment ready for you to use.

Film and television

You will have access to four fully digital, interconnected TV studios, along with broadcast-standard edit and dubbing suites.


An Apple Mac sound lab, electronics and fully equipped multimedia labs are all part of the technology and multimedia experience on offer.

Birmingham Conservatoire

Facilities and partner venues at the Conservatoire including six studios, a Recital Hall and the 520-seat auditorium Adrian Boult Hall.

Sound and music

Discover the full range of studios, mix rooms, recording spaces and a vast range of recording equipment.

Ardavan Amini

Professor of Enterprise Systems

Ardavan Amini is currently a Professor, and the Director of the Enterprise Systems Lab at Birmingham City University. He graduated from UCE (now Birmingham City University) in 2001 with a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Technology and began work as an enterprise systems engineer in industry. He then rejoined the University to study for an MSc in Data Networks and Software Engineering.

During this time, he was hired by the Technology Innovation Centre as a Technology Transfer Consultant, delivering enterprise systems solutions to small and medium-sized businesses across the West Midlands.

Ardavan is an advisor to Birmingham City Council on systems integration and Smart Cities, and he is also the chairman of SAP Database, Technology and Innovation User Group for UK and Ireland. He is an honorary SAP Visionary member, a group of 26 international academics who have contributed to SAP’s academic, research and product knowledge and expertise worldwide.

He has published five international conference papers and his work has focused on addressing industrial demands and requirements in the area of enterprise systems and knowledge-based engineering.

UK prospective students:

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+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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