Enterprise Systems Management - MSc

Full Time, Part Time
September 2017, January 2018
£7,900 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

Enterprise Systems Management is an innovative MSc degree course designed for those who want to pursue careers as managers and leaders in implementing technology-based information systems solutions to achieve business excellence.

What's covered in the course?

To understand the design of Enterprise Systems and the benefits, you will firstly gain a broader understanding of systems thinking. Case studies and live project briefs underpin reinforcement of the learning and teaching.

The modules studied in this highly rigorous course are directly relevant to industry's current and expected future needs. You will be challenged to think outside the box, and apply knowledge and skills to provide robust and innovative solutions to a range of business problems.

You will study at our Enterprise Systems Centre at the City Centre Campus, where you will learn how modern management information systems are structured, how they are managed and the issues in integrating them to support effective management of robust business processes.

You will also be given access to SAP systems based on a virtual industry. This practical element of your programme provides an applied learning experience to develop knowledge in enterprise systems.

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

“The modules are academically stimulating, and provide the foundation to learn and understand ERP systems. The tutorials facilitate collaboration and provide a platform to learn from and with other students. It was a lovely feeling to be part of this international community learning different cultures.”

Venkatesh Chennam Vijay, MSc Enterprise Systems Management Graduate

Why Choose Us?

  • The course explores systems and activities within an enterprise that bring together processes, people and technology to help streamline operations to gain competitive advantages, improved performance and reduced operational costs, as well as implementing efficient business processes and improving real-time decision-making capabilities.
  • Enterprise Systems Management students 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.
  • You will participate in ERPsim to gain experience of enterprise systems, using virtual business scenarios to evaluate the impact of integration of processes on manufacturing and business analytics.
  • The Faculty is a member of SAP University Alliance. This programme provides you with the opportunity to undertake SAP certification in a number of key areas including enterprise resources planning (ERP) and business warehouse (BW).
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Entry Requirements

UK students

A good UK honours degree at 2:2 or above/equivalent in computing, information systems, information technology, business information systems, business information technology, business technology, business manufacturing technology, or any other degree in computing and IT subjects.

In exceptional circumstances, if you have relevant professional experience, you may be invited to an interview and test, at which you will be required to demonstrate the necessary knowledge and understanding for entry onto the course.

International students

An equivalent overseas qualification in computing, information systems, information technology, business information systems, business information technology, business technology, business manufacturing technology or any other degree in computing and IT subjects.

If you do not possess the above qualifications, you may also be considered if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course.

Overseas students need to demonstrate a good command of English. IELTS 6.0 or equivalent is needed before you can enrol in this programme.

International Students

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2017 FT 12 months £7,900 per year
PT 24 months £3,950 per year
Jan 2018 FT 12 months £7,900 per year
PT 24 months £3,950 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 2017 FT 12 months £15,500 per year
Jan 2018 FT 12 months £15,500 per year

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

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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

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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 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Semester One

Enterprise Systems
20 credits

Organisations are using computing technology to facilitate integration, collaboration, interaction, and the processing needs of the entire organisation. One of these computing technologies that has become an essential part of an organisation's IT portfolio is Enterprise Systems.

Enterprise Systems are a comprehensive, configurable, and integrated suite of systems and information resources, which support organisation-wide operational and management processes. Enterprise Systems ease the integration of different processes, people, and technology to help streamline operations. Thus, in an organisation, you will be required to make judgements on the selection, design, and implementation of these systems. In addition, you will be required to manage the business processes to support the organisation to gain competitive advantage, improve performance, reduce operational cost, implement efficient business processes, and improve real-time decision-making capabilities.

This module equips you to develop core skills and knowledge to support organisations in the management of ES and business processes change.

Manufacturing Systems
20 credits
Strategic Information Systems Management
20 credits

Strategic planning is one of the major issues faced by organisations, as Information Systems have an impact on performance that can influence the productivity and real-time decision-making capabilities of an organisation.

This module explores why and when strategic planning is essential to organisational success, especially during this time of ever more rapid technological changes. The module discusses the significant advances, along with describing tools, techniques and ways of thinking that align information systems strategies with the business strategy to facilitate the deployment of innovative digital solutions. The module provides you with the knowledge and skills that can help you to design and develop effective strategies to manage IS as an integral part of the strategic IS management process, which can ensure that organisations gain the benefits and avoid any pitfalls in utilising Information Systems.

Semester Two

Technology Relationship Management
20 credits
Business Intelligence and Technology Entrepreneurship
20 credits

In this module you will explore the concepts of business intelligence and entrepreneurship in today's global marketplace. Business intelligence has enabled entrepreneurs and existing organisations to gain competitive advantages and highlight new opportunities in both new and existing markets.

Whilst entrepreneurs have key characteristics, including aspects of creativity and innovation, similar skills and knowledge are also essential to existing organisations. Throughout this module, students will gain practice-based skills through the application of a variety of tools and techniques pertaining to entrepreneurship and business intelligence, including the use of software data analytics tools.

Entrepreneurship and Business Intelligence revolve around the communication of information. You will be expected to write business plans and support your ideas through business intelligence strategies. It is expected that you will significantly enhance your communications skills, including written, oral, visual and the use of the Web-based communication to effectively convey project ideas and plans.

Principles of Project Management
20 credits

Project management is the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve a project’s objectives. Project management is key to delivering strategic value within an organisation and it involves far more than a time plan, a budget and a risk register. Projects can range from construction of a new building to the launch of a new product, or outsourcing previously in-house functions, to the re-engineering of products, services and processes.  This module will deal with the two main stages of any project: planning and implementation.

Semester Three

Postgraduate Project
60 credits

Our teaching philosophy revolves around you both ‘learning by doing’ and also transferring acquired knowledge to others. Activities will be conducted both individually and in teams, with tutors providing leadership and mentoring aimed at supporting your transition into independent learners. In this partnership, we will be encouraging you to become proactive, so that you can develop your confidence to undertake a range of progressively complex and challenging tasks.

We expect you to attend all teaching sessions, as well as to read and prepare before these sessions. Good preparation will enable you to get the most from your contact time and will help you become an autonomous learner. Advanced preparation is also a critical skill which you must develop if you wish to succeed in business or professional practice. Teaching sessions will include lectures and small group interactive seminars.

You will be assessed in a number of different ways, including coursework, patchwork assessment, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts and project work.


The Faculty is a member of SAP University Alliance. This programme provides you with the opportunity to undertake SAP Certification in a number of key areas, including enterprise resources planning (ERP) and business warehouse (BW).

Enterprise Systems Management students 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.

Further Study

Within the Centre for Enterprise Systems we welcome graduate applications for PhD Research opportunities in the following fields:

  • Business processes integration, modelling and optimisation
  • Socio-technical systems
  • Adoption of information systems in IoT
  • Information security in IoT

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.

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Enhancing your employability skills

Birmingham City University programmes aim to provide graduates with a set of attributes which prepare them for their future careers. The BCU Graduate:

  • is professional and work-ready
  • is a creative problem solver
  • is enterprising
  • has a global outlook.

The University has introduced the Birmingham City University Graduate+ programme, which is an extracurricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject-based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills, enhancing your employment options when you leave university.

The programme will help you with crafting your CV, personal statements, covering letters and presentations, and will also help you seek part-time work experience and voluntary placements.


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

Graduates have gone on to careers at local and international companies and organisations such as Accenture China, Jaguar Land Rover, Capgemini, Deloitte, Photon, BT, Fidelity Bank, Aurum Holdings and Birmingham City University.

Graduates of this course hold a range of professional positions including:

  • Project management
  • Junior application consultant
  • Business analyst
  • Business technology analyst
  • BI analyst
  • Systems analyst
  • Functional consultant

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 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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Mrs Poonam Aulak

Associate Professor

Poonam is Programme Leader for MSc Project Management and MSc International Project Management. She currently teaches modules on these programmes and has previously taught on undergraduate BSc and BEng programmes. Subjects include: project management, financial and management accounting, budgeting and cost control, forecasting and research methods to name a few.

Poonam has recently published findings of her research on internationalisation of higher education at conferences such as:

  • Logistics Research Network: University of Derby
  • Manufacturing Engineering Education Group: University of Cambridge
  • Education Doctoral Research Conference: University of Birmingham
UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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