Enterprise Systems Management with SAP Certification - MSc

Attendance:
Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
January 2015, September 2015
Campus:
Fees:
£9,500 for UK/EU Full Time (view all fees)

Our enterprise systems management with SAP Certification MSc is a highly prized qualification that will enable you to gain an industry-recognised SAP certification on SAP Business Intelligence Systems, SAP CRM and SAP ERP and an opportunity also to be certified at SAP component level such as SAP FI or SAP PP.

You'll develop the academic knowledge and practical skills you need across the discipline of enterprise systems management, which means you'll have an in-depth understanding of business process and systems consulting, implementation and management using SAP as a common thread. The course will also prepare you to be a SAP Business analytics and functional consultant.

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 are an experienced consultant who wants to gain a broader knowledge of SAP or if you are looking to work in SAP for the first time.

We have worked closely with SAP partners in the UK and Ireland through the SAP User Group to ensure that the content of the course is relevant and up-to-date for a modern SAP user. The students will also be offered membership of the SAP UK & Ireland User Group to enable them to access events and seminars as well as real industry projects during the course period.

You'll study at our Enterprise Systems Centre, at the City Centre Campus, where you'll rapidly 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 gain a deep understanding of how to integrate business systems and the processes underlying them, using the SAP product suite as the integrating theme, and develop practical skills in agile project management and consultancy.

You'll also be given access to live SAP systems so you can gain hands-on experience and thoroughly understand the concepts being taught. 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, oil and gas, 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 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 the 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.
  • You'll gain unique industry experience and an opportunity to become a SAP Business and Functional consultant.
  • The Enterprise Systems Centre is also the representative of the Academy Cube National HQ for UK & Ireland.
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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 2015 FT 1 year £9,500
PT 29 months £795 per 15-credit module
Sep 2015 FT 1 year £9,805
PT 29 months £825 per 15-credit module

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Jan 2015 FT 1 Year £14,750
Sep 2015 FT 1 year £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.

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.

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).

Accreditation

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

There is a growing demand for SAP-certified consultants across a number of industries and this rigorous academic and practical course will equip you with the skills that world-leading companies are looking for in a SAP expert.

You will have the opportunity to specialise in a specific sector, such as manufacturing, retail, oil and gas, the public sector, logistics and supply chain management, pharmaceuticals, or the financial sector. You may prefer to specialise in a technical area such as NetWeaver, or business applications in areas such as business intelligence, mobile or on-demand solutions, or customer relationship management.

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

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

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 principal enterprise management system. These include:

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

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:

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

Popular home countries

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

Our Facilties

We offer a wide range of technology to help you with your studies.

We have an ongoing strategy to upgrade and further develop our well-equipped laboratories. These plans are supported by global technology providers such as PTC and Technosoft. These two companies alone have recently donated more than £11 million worth of computer aided design, product lifecycle management and knowledge-based engineering software.

In addition, more than £750,000 worth of capital investment has been made in upgrading our engine emissions test facilities, environmental laboratory and thermodynamics equipment.

Test Cell Facilities

The key features of our test cell include:

  • 340 kW fully transient dynamometer
  • Full exhaust gas analysis both pre and post after treatment system
  • Ammonia slip analyser, EGR CO2, THC and non-methane HC

Exhaust Analysis

The key features of our exhaust analysis facilities include:

  • Signal Group Analysers in 3 racks with heated sample systems
  • Sierra BG-3 particulate mini-tunnel
  • AVL 415S smoke meter

Environmental Lab

The environmental lab is part of the Centre for Low Carbon Research (CLCR) and is home of the bioenergy and bioprocessing research group at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

The suite is divided into three main areas a wet lab/pilot facility a fully equipped analytical suite and a microbiological lab. This newly refurbished facility offers state of the art analysis and testing of environmental samples as well as scientific evaluation of lab scale and pilot scale technologies and processes.

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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.

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