Enterprise Systems Integration with SAP Certification - MSc

Attendance:
Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
January 2016, September 2016
Campus:
Fees:
£9,805 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Our enterprise systems integration with SAP Certification MSc is a highly prized qualification that will give you an industry recognised SAP certification on SAP HANA, SAP Mobility and SAP ABAP.

You'll develop the academic knowledge and practical skills you will need across the discipline of enterprise systems integration, enabling you to gain practical and hands-on experience in systems engineering, systems design, systems development and architecture.

What's covered in the course?

The modules studied in this highly rigorous course are directly relevant to industry's current and expected future needs.

It integrates the use of major commercial and industry recognised systems, frameworks and architectures such as SAP and TOGAF, and you'll also gain valuable practical and hands-on experience in systems engineering, systems design, systems development and architecture.

You'll be based at the City Centre Campus, where you'll benefit from a stimulating learning environment that will develop your knowledge and application of skills. You'll work in our state-of-the-art Enterprise Systems Lab and have access to more than seven SAP systems.

You'll study business information strategy, systems development, advanced software engineering, and security and governance. You'll go on to study enterprise systems integration, business intelligence and analytics, developing human capabilities, and mobile software development, before writing a Master’s project.

It is a course that will prepare you for a career in areas such as SAP HANA, SAP Mobile or SAP ABAP consultant, or enterprise systems architecture and integration consultancy.

You'll receive the support of expert staff, who have a wide range of academic, research and industrial experience in sectors such as IT, manufacturing, retail, oil and gas, and public sector organisations.

Why Choose Us?

  • The School is based at Millennium Point, part of the state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, which has outstanding resources and facilities.
  • The Centre for Enterprise Systems is a leading SAP Centre in education, research and industry engagement.
  • While you are on this course, you will receive a complimentary membership of SAP UK & Ireland User Group, which provides access to SAP industry-led events, forum and conferences in UK and Ireland.
  • 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 those universities worldwide which are part of the SAP® University Alliance.
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New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

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Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

We would normally expect you to hold at least a second class Honours degree or equivalent in a computing, business or engineering discipline.

However, we can also consider your application without standard entry qualifications if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Jan 2016 FT 1 year £9,805
Sep 2016 FT 1 Year £9,500
PT 29 Months £825 per 15 credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Jan 2016 FT 1 year £14,900
Sep 2016 FT 1 Year £15,500

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

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.

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.

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This course is available part-time

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Financial Support

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

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000?

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Semester 1: PgCert

You'll study four modules: business information strategy, systems development, advanced software engineering, and security and governance.

Business Information Strategy
15 credits

You'll focus on the alignment of business strategy and information systems as a resource to enhance competitive advantage for innovative organisations.

Systems Development
15 credits

You'll be introduced to the fundamental principles of computer programming to develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required to develop modern software applications.

Advanced Software Engineering
15 credits

In this module, you'll develop an in-depth understanding of the need for a clear process and strategy for developing industrial strength software systems. It has a strong practical focus and is delivered mainly through case studies.

Security and Governance
15 credits

You'll study enterprise systems architecture, systems integration and interoperability, enabling you to design and build data, information and knowledge conceptual models for real-industry challenges, based on international standards

Semester 2: PgDip

In this semester you'll study enterprise systems integration, business intelligence and analytics, developing human capabilities, and mobile software development.

 
Enterprise Systems Integration
15 credits
Business Intelligence Systems and Analytics
15 credits

You'll focus on the fundamental principles of business intelligence and business objects, providing you with the knowledge of how to apply analytical tools and techniques to manipulate and manage the organisation of data and information (at all levels) for effective visibility and decision-making processes.

Developing Human Capabilities
15 credits

You'll study organisational behaviour, strategy and behavioural science. The module will provide you with key skills in human resources and an understanding of human and organisational behaviour in the context of relevant conceptual models from the social sciences.

Mobile Software Development
15 credits

You'll focus on the theoretical as well as the practical elements of mobile computing. This includes many forms of architecture, ranging from standard client/server to more innovative peer-to-peer configurations. You'll cover client technologies: J2ME, Google Android, iPhone, SAP and Symbian.

Semester 3: Masters Project

You'll undertake a Master's project so that you can complete the course for a Master's level qualification.

Masters Project
60 credits

You'll be assessed in a number of different ways during your course. These will include coursework, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts, and project work.

This will enable us to appraise your all-round ability and it also gives you the best opportunity to excel.

Our course programme is divided into three semesters and structured in a way that is directly relevant to industry's current and expected future needs.

You will be supported through this 13-month course (29 months, if taking the course on a part-time basis) through tutorials and electronic communication methods.

Accreditation

As part of this programme you will have the opportunity to gain a SAP certification in SAP HANA, Mobile or other technical SAP areas.

Further study

Graduates from this course could consider studying a PhD in the areas of Enterprise Process Change, Human-Systems Integration, Decision Support Systems and Analytics.

Trips and visits

As part of the course you will get access to SAP User Group events across the country to visit SAP customers and participate in SAP function and business related discussions.

Enhancing your employability skills

This course aims to prepare you for a high-level role in systems engineering and associated disciplines.

It will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and principles of enterprise systems integration, enabling you to gain practical and hands-on experience in systems engineering, systems design, systems development and architecture.

Students graduating from this course will have an opportunity to enter the industry at an advanced level as a SAP HANA, SAP Mobile or a SAP ABAP consultant. They have also gone on to pursue careers in enterprise systems architecture and integration consultancy in various disciplines.

There are also work-experience opportunities available with this course - you could get the chance to gain experience with companies such as SAP and industry partners such as Aurum Holdings, Halfords, Cognizant and Capgemini.

OpportUNIty

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.

Graduate jobs

Students graduating from this course will have an opportunity to enter the industry at an advanced level as a SAP HANA, SAP Mobile or a SAP ABAP consultant. They have also gone on to pursue careers in enterprise systems architecture and integration consultancy in various disciplines.

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:

Our centre for Enterprise Systems is particularly popular with students from UK, Europe, India, China, Nigeria, and Thailand.

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

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.

As a student at the School of Computing and Digital Technology, you have access to networked laboratories equipped to industry standards and running the latest software, giving you the best possible introduction to the technologies you will encounter in the world of work.

Dedicated facilities are provided for systems analysis, computer networks, programming in a wide range of languages, artificial intelligence, modelling and visual programming, e-commerce and .net environments, and business intelligence, as well as supporting the application areas of mechatronics, games technology, electronics and computer forensics.

Computer networking

The laboratories are well-equipped for all our computer networking courses, as well as specialist areas for practical work such as voice-over internet protocol (VoIP), forensic and ethical hacking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies and radio frequency identification technologies to name but a few.

Software development and computer programming

There are a number of open access, software development and computer programming
laboratories that can be used to develop systems and programmes, including database management systems such as MySQL, to name but a few.

Systems laboratories

Our embedded systems laboratories are used to develop real-time systems, such as specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools. These include microcontroller software and robotics design and development, to name but a few.

Electronic Systems

Electronic systems

To underpin the basic principles of electronic systems, we have a well-equipped laboratory of general and specialist test and measurement kits, including powered prototyping development boards, dual power supplies, frequency generators and counters and digital multi-meters to name but a few.

SAP Lab

Students on SAP-certified courses in Enterprise Systems will have access to the University’s unique SAP Lab, providing an inspirational research and development space for you to use for creative thinking and design.

The SAP lab is equipped with recent SAP softwares from SAP ERP, BI, SAP Configuration, SAP HANA and PI as well providing access to SAP conferences and events.

Forensic computing

Our successful development of forensic computing has led to a specialist forensics laboratory that is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study. The laboratory includes high-spec PC’s with built-in multi interface Tableau write blockers, EnCase and FTK computer forensic software and steganography detection and analysis software, to name but a few.

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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.

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