Enterprise Systems Management with SAP Certification - MSc

Full Time, Part Time
September 2016, January 2017
£7,700 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Our enterprise systems management course is a highly prized qualification. As well as gaining a theoretical understanding of the subject, you will have the chance to take a series of labs that will give you practical knowledge of Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and Business warehouse (BW). You will also have the opportunity to choose to gain a certificate in either SAP ERP or SAP BW.

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 and are particularly relevant if you want to gain a broader knowledge of SAP or if you are looking to work in SAP for the first time.

You'll study at our Enterprise Systems Centre, at the City Centre Campus, where you'll gain knowledge in SAP, how modern management information systems are structured, how they are managed and the issues in integrating them to support effective business analytics and decision making.

You'll also be given access to systems based on virtual industry. This practical experience will enable you to appreciate how a large enterprise uses different business processes through a coherent enterprise system, and the challenges it faces.

The Master's project will give you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to practical problems and investigate an enterprise systems management research topic.

You'll receive the support of expert staff, who have a wide range of academic, research and industrial experience in sectors such as manufacturing, retail, public sector, logistics and supply chain management.

"Birmingham City Council is the largest local authority user of SAP in the world with over 20,000 end users. We have worked closely with BCU and SAP on the MSc in Enterprise Systems Management to ensure that the course is relevant to the needs of a modern SAP user. We are very pleased to have such a strong SAP competence on our doorstep and look forward to working with BCU faculty and students for many years to come." Glyn Evans Director of Corporate Change, Birmingham City Council

Why Choose Us?

  • The School is based at Millennium Point on the state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, which has outstanding resources and facilities.
  • The Centre for Enterprise Systems is an active SAP Centre in education, research and industry engagement.
  • You'll gain knowledge through case studies to develop yourself as an SAP professional.
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Postgraduate Open Day

Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Wednesday 26 April 2017, between 3pm and 8pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities. You can't book your place just yet, but register your interest and we'll send you an email when you can book.

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This course is open to International students

£1,500 scholarship for all international students
who enrol full-time on this course starting Jan 2017
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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

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.

International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 1 year £7,700
PT 29 months £3,850 per year
Jan 2017 FT 1 year £7,700
PT 29 months £3,850 per year

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 Sep 2016 FT 1 year £15,500
Jan 2017 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.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement 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.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

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.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

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

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 for some courses and options?

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Semester 1: PgCert

You'll study four modules: enterprise systems management, manufacturing systems, customer relationship management, and procurement and operations management.

Enterprise Systems Design
15 credits

Examining design thinking and systems engineering principles, you'll explore the skills you need to develop, configure and implement a successful enterprise system. You'll study real industrial examples of organisation structure, focusing on the relationship between business processes, human resources and technology capabilities for successful system integration and configuration. Topics areas include: design thinking, agile methods, business process re-engineering, organisation structure and system integration.

Manufacturing Systems
15 credits

This module delivers the theoretical and practical elements of material requirements planning (MRP 1) and manufacturing execution (MRP 2) systems, product lifecycle management (PLM), planning and management activities, and techniques for the planning and control of manufacturing operations in different business situations. You will studymaterial requirements planning, manufacturing execution, and lifecycle data management.

Customer Relationship Management
15 credits

You'll be introduced to the fundamental principles of customer relationship management solutions and associated marketing techniques to develop the underpinning knowledge and skills required by businesses to extend capabilities and services to their customers. You will studycustomer relationship management (CRM) and Social CRM, CRM strategies, value chain, customer life cycle, and marketing techniques.

Operation and Supply Chain Management
15 credits

You'll develop the required skills and application to manage organisations' strategies, sales and procurement processes effectively, within an increasingly competitive world, minimising waste and improving productivity and competitiveness. You'll also learn the operations management, sales order management, and the supply chain cycle aspects.

Semester 2: PgDip

In semester 2 there are four modules: business intelligence systems, logistics and distribution systems, project management, and developing financial capabilities.

Business Intelligence Systems and Analytics
15 credits

In this module, you'll develop a working knowledge of the analytical tools and techniques that are needed to manipulate and manage the organisation of data and information at all levels for effective visibility and decision making processes. You'll look at business intelligence (BI) framework, business objects, and strategic enterprise management (SEM).

Logistics and Distribution Systems
15 credits

You will explore inbound and outbound logistics, distribution channel design, and the strategic importance of effective distribution centre operations as a strategic element of the supply chain. You’ll consider logistics and distribution management, inventory management, and warehouse management.

Practice for Project Management
15 credits

Building on a foundation of generic management skills, you'll develop a comprehensive knowledge of the tools and techniques required for managing complex projects based on the PRINCE2 methodology. You'll explore the relationship between risk and quality management.

Developing Financial Capabilities
15 credits

You'll study financial accounting, management accounting and its relationship with organisation and project structure. Managing enterprise assets is also explored.

Semester 3: Masters

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.

The programme has two intakes, September and January, and may be studied in full or part-time mode. The full-time duration is one year (17 months if you start in January).


As part of this programme you will have the opportunity to gain a SAP certification in SAP business and functional areas.

Further Study

Graduates may wish to 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 programme 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 rigorous academic and practical course will develop your core skills and provide you with a depth of knowledge that will encourage you to address industrial sector demands and satisfy the employment market demands for SAP professionals.

As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to enrol for one globally recognised SAP certification - either SAP ERP or SAP BW - which would help increase your employability prospects.

This course will prepare you for a career in areas such as: business analyst, business process management, ERP implementation, systems integration and support, and technology-led change management.

There may also be 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 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

You will have the core functional knowledge and practical understanding of enterprise systems to pursue a career as a graduate professional with many global institutions. These include:

  • Capgemini
  • Deloitte
  • Wipro
  • Cadbury’s
  • Britvic
  • Capita
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • BT
  • Edenhouse Solution
  • KPMG
  • Logica
  • Birmingham City Council.

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:

£1,500 scholarship for all international students
who enrol full-time on this course starting Jan 2017

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

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our enterprise systems management course is most popular with international students from:

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus.

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.


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.

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.

UK prospective students:

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EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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