Enterprise Systems Management - PgCert / PgDip / MSc

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PgCert / PgDip / MSc
  • Full Time (1 year)
  • Full Time (1 Year)
  • Part Time (29 months)
School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems
City Centre

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The MSc Enterprise Systems Management course provides an excellent introduction to the world of business process and systems consulting, implementation and management using SAP as a common thread throughout the course. It is particularly relevant both for experienced consultants that wish to gain a broader knowledge of SAP and those wishing to enter the SAP ecosystem for the first time.

The course enables you to rapidly gain knowledge not only in SAP itself but in how modern management information systems are structured, how they are managed and the issues in integrating them to support effective business decision making. You will take away a deep understanding of how to integrate business systems and the processes underlying them using the SAP product suite as the integrating theme and practical skillset.

The course uses SAP to reinforce key learning so that for each aspect of enterprise systems studied you will be given access to live SAP systems to enable you to thoroughly understand the concepts being taught. For the practical aspects of the course you will gain direct experience of SAP ERP, SAP Customer Relationship Management, SAP Business Intelligence, SAP Business Objects, as well as NetWeaver and SAP Enterprise Portal.

You will therefore gain not only knowledge of these specific aspects of SAP but also gain an appreciation for how a large enterprise attempts to pull together different business processes through a coherent enterprise system, and the challenges facing the elite consulting companies in implementing such systems.

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

The program 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 for January start).

Key Facts

  • This course will enable you to rapidly gain knowledge of how modern management information systems are structured and managed, and the issues in integrating them to support business decision-making processes. You will acquire key knowledge and skills in how to integrate business systems and the processes using the SAP tool.
  • You with be provided with access to a total of six different aspects of the SAP enterprise system – SAP ERP, SAP CRM, SAP NetWeaver, SAP Business Objects, SAP Enterprise Portal and SAP Business Intelligence curriculum.
  • We are also 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 which are part of the SAP® University Alliances
  • During the course you will also undertake the SAP Certification course ‘TERP10’ and will have the opportunity to take the exam for free to receive your SAP certification. Within this course you will study sales, human resources, project management, strategic enterprise management and 10 more Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) components, some of which build on your previous knowledge in studying ERP You will also be taught Prince2 project management methodology.
"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?

  • Located in the prestigious £114 million City Centre Campus at Millennium Point in the heart of Birmingham, we have fantastic facilities that support students from all levels of study including foundation, professional development short courses and postgraduate research.
  • Our well-equipped laboratories enhance students' educational experience, providing a bridge between theoretical learning and hands-on teaching to prepare them for a career in industry.
  • Birmingham City University’s School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems is a recognised leader in education, training and business solutions, offering a wide range of courses that benefit from active engagement with regional, national and international industry - giving students the best possible introduction to modern engineering.
  • The School is the first UK-based academy for PTC Inc – a major software solutions provider to international business and the US Government, giving our students access to industry-standard tools such as ProE. We are a lighthouse member of the SAP University Alliance Programme and are also working with leading international technology and engineering solution provider, Technosoft, providing our students with access to the latest industry-standard computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools.
  • The School has approximately 800 students and 40 academic and support staff, in disciplines extending from automotive, aerospace and manufacturing to ICT and the environment.
  • The School has strong academic and research links with business and industry, such as Morgan Motor Company, and actively works with leading international technology and engineering solution partners.

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Entry Requirements

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.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the most appropriate online application form from the list below.

Online application for UK or EU students
Jan 2015 PgCert / PgDip / MSc Full Time (1 year)
Jan 2015 PgCert / PgDip / MSc Part Time (29 months)
Sep 2015 PgCert / PgDip / MSc Full Time (1 year)
Sep 2015 PgCert / PgDip / MSc Part Time (29 months)
Online application for non-EU students
Jan 2015 PgCert / PgDip / MSc Full Time (1 Year)
Sep 2015 PgCert / PgDip / MSc Full Time (1 year)

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

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Jan 2015 FT 1 year PgCert / PgDip / MSc £9,500
Jan 2015 PT 29 months PgCert / PgDip / MSc £795 per 15-credit module
Sep 2015 FT 1 year PgCert / PgDip / MSc £9,805
Sep 2015 PT 29 months PgCert / PgDip / MSc £825
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Jan 2015 FT 1 Year PgCert / PgDip / MSc £14,750
Sep 2015 FT 1 year PgCert / PgDip / MSc £14,900

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.

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International Students

International Students at BCU

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 reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.

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

University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Employment Opportunities

SAP is a global business applications company with 53,000 employees at the beginning of 2010, 2,400 Certified Partners, and 102,500 customers in 120 countries. So there is plenty of opportunity both to enter the SAP world and to grow by finding your own niche and area of expertise. SAP experience is always in demand by large organisations – both SAP’s vast customer base and by the partners and systems implementers that install, manage and run SAP systems around the world.

The range and scope of SAP’s product base means that you will have the opportunity to specialise in an area of interest to you whether it be working for a specific industry such as Banking, Energy or Pharmaceuticals, or technical area such as NetWeaver, or business application such as Business Intelligence, Mobile or On-Demand Solutions or Customer Relationship Management and Supply Chain Management.

There is a growing demand for SAP certified consultants in various industries. You will be well equipped to pursue a career in SAP Consulting or with one of the many global industry leaders that use SAP as their principle enterprise management system. These include: Accenture, IBM, Rolls-Royce, CapGemini, Deloitte and Wipro, Cadbury’s, Britvic, Capita, BT, Jaguar-Land Rover, Edenhouse Solution, KPMG, Logica, Birmingham City Council, Microsoft etc.

This course will equip you to work in areas such as:

  • Business Process
  • Business MIS Analyst
  • Business process management
  • ERP implementation and customisation
  • Systems integration and support
  • Technology–led change management

Further Studies

The University can offer postgraduate research (MPhil and PhD) programmes.

Course Structure

Semester 1 - Postgraduate Certificate - 60 Credits

Enterprise Systems Management
Manufacturing Systems
Customer Relationship Management
Procurement and Operations Management

Semester 2 - Postgraduate Diploma - 120 Credits

Business Intelligence Systems
Logistics and Distribution Systems
Project Management
Developing Financial Capabilities

Semester 3 - MSc Award - 180 Credits

Masters Project

Course Modules

Enterprise Systems Management

This module explores the skills and application required to design and implement a successful Enterprise Resource Planning System. It provides in depth knowledge and real industrial examples of organisation structure, focusing on the relationship between business processes, human resources and technology capabilities for successful system integration. Topics areas include:

  • Business process re-engineering
  • Organisation structure
  • System Integration
  • Technology Capital Development (TCD); RFID, SOA, SaaS, Collaborative technologies
Manufacturing Systems

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. Topics include:

  • Material Requirements Planning
  • Manufacturing Execution
  • Lifecycle Data Management
Customer Relationship Management

This module introduces students 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 its customers. Topics include:

  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and eCRM
  • CRM Strategies, Value Chain, Customer Life Cycle
  • Marketing Techniques
Procurement and Operations Management

This module provides the students with the required skills and application to manage organisations' strategies, sales and procurements processes effectively, within an increasingly competitive world, minimising waste and improving productivity and competitiveness. Topics include:

  • Operations Management
  • Sales Order Management
  • Procurement Cycle
Project Management

Building on a foundation of generic management skills, this module provides students with in depth knowledge and application of tools and techniques for managing complex projects based on the PRINCE2 methodology. The knowledge management techniques for retaining knowledge, and the relationship between risk and quality management are also explored. Topics include:

  • Project management methods; PRINCE2
  • Knowledge Management
  • Risk Management and Quality Management
Logistics and Distribution Systems

This module focuses on logistics and distribution management. It 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

  • Logistics and Distribution Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Warehouse Management
Business Intelligence Systems

This module focuses on the fundamental principles of business intelligence and business objects. It provides students with the knowledge and the application of analytical tools and techniques to manipulate and manage the organisation of data and information at all levels for effective visibility and decision making processes.

  • Business Intelligence (BI) Framework
  • Business Objects
  • Strategic Enterprise Management (SEM)
Developing Financial Capabilities

This module provides students with the knowledge and application on financial accounting, management accounting and its relationship with organisation and project structure. The opportunity of managing enterprise assets is also explored. Topics include:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Enterprise Asset Management

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, examinations, presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online activities and project work. Emphasis is placed upon the development of a broad range of relevant skills. Assessment methods will vary according to the particular knowledge and skills being assessed.

Ardavan Amini

Senior Lecturer

Ardavan has graduated from Birmingham City University (ex-UCE) in 2001 with BSc(Hons) in Business Information Technology. He has worked in the industry for two years as systems analyst and developer before joining the University again to study his MSc in Data Networks and Software Engineering, during which he was hired by the Technology Innovation Centre as a Technology Transfer Consultant, delivering enterprise systems solution to SMEs across the West Midlands. During this period Ardavan has published 5 international conference papers.

The main focus of Ardavan’s work is been to address industrial demands and requirements in area of enterprise systems and knowledge base engineering through research, which can feed into our courses.


Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK


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Further Information

For general enquiries, please contact the School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems as follows:

School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems
Birmingham City University
Millennium Point
Curzon Street
B4 7XG

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5400

If you haven't already, visit the School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems website for more information.