Enterprise Systems Management - MSc

Full Time, Part Time
January 2019
£7,900 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2019 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 and managing technological transformation within organisations.

You will explore systems and activities within an enterprise that bring together processes, people and technology, you will support digital transformation strategies, and help streamline operations to gain competitive advantages, improved performance and reduced operational costs.

What's covered in the course?

Systems management processes can be applied in retail, banking, travel and telecommunications businesses as well as in manufacturing. Enterprise Systems management is also useful for any size of business – from local SMEs to large multinational organisations.

The course modules are directly relevant to industry's current and expected future needs. You will consider the socio-technical aspects of business management including managing strategic IT change and improving business processes. Building good customer relationships is highlighted throughout the course.

The academic content of the course is complemented with practical workshops - you will work with SAP systems, which are based on a virtual industry, to apply your learning. The Master's Project will allow you 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?

  • You will have the opportunity to work in teams and collaborate on projects.
  • You will learn through case studies, live briefs, discussion and plenary to develop a greater understanding of current challenges facing business and enterprise.
  • You will develop management and consultancy skills through critical thinking, appraisal and analysis.
  • You will enjoy a high-quality learning experience aligned to real-life business development challenges.
  • You will utilise ERPsim to gain experience of end-to-end business processes, using virtual business scenarios to evaluate the impact of integration of processes on manufacturing and business analytics. 
  • Graduates of this course are highly sought-after with the multidisciplinary skills necessary to manage strategic and high impact enterprise change.
  • 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 Resource Planning and Business Warehouse.

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Peter Russell

Peter Russell

“The course was well-structured with good facilities, and the support from staff was mostly excellent."

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If you’ve got any questions about the course, we’d love to hear from you. Please email the Course Director: Deb Evans.

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 Nassir Ibrahim

Nassir Ibrahim

“I was attracted to the course by the level of certification offered; for example Prince 2, SAP and the MSc itself."

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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.

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International Students

Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Jan 2019 FT 15 months £7,900 per year
PT 28 months £3,950 per year

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Jan 2019 FT 15 months £13,200 per year

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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.

Course duration

Please note, there are no taught classes over the summer months (June to August) for postgraduate courses, so the total time spent in University for this course is:

  • September start (full-time) 12 months
  • September start (part-time) 20 months
  • January start (full-time) 15 months
  • January start (part-time) 20 months

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

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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.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

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


Business Intelligence and Technology Entrepreneurship
20 credits

Business Intelligence has enabled both entrepreneurs and established organisations to gain competitive advantage, and highlighted opportunities in both new and existing markets. Here, you will gain practice-based skills through the application of a variety of tools and techniques relating to entrepreneurship and Business Intelligence, including the use of software data analytics.  You will be expected to write business plans and support your ideas through Business Intelligence strategies. This will significantly enhance your written, oral and visual communication skills, and your ability to use the World Wide Web to effectively communicate project ideas and plans.

Enterprise Systems
20 credits

This module equips you to develop core skills and knowledge to support organisations in the management of Enterprise Systems and business process change, integrating different processes, people and technology to help streamline operations. You will be given a case study of an industrial challenge which you will then apply theories to as you create an Enterprise System – a set of interconnected activities and processes working in cohesion to achieve a particular goal. You will gain practical, hands-on experience to provide an in-depth understanding of Enterprise System functionality that complements and enhances the theoretical perspectives.

Managing Strategic IT Change
20 credits

Explore the interdependent relationship between people, processes and technology to deliver enterprise solutions which exploit information and IT in a constantly-changing international context. A range of socio-technical factors driving organisational change will be considered in terms of how they affect the performance needs of an organisation and influence organisational efficiency gains. Short lectures will provide you with an overview of key topics and concepts, which will then be applied to small group activities and workshops.  You will be supported in developing your skills throughout, with weekly tutor feedback through analysis of activity completed.

Operations Management
20 credits

The module aims to provide you with the ability to analyse, design and develop an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.  Materials Requirements Planning (MRP I), Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRPII) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) are core ERP technologies that have migrated from manufacturing industries to the service sector.  You will learn to analyse the use of capacity planning and scheduling tools and techniques within the operational environment, and evaluate the concept of business process improvement. You will also critically appraise the use of mathematical modelling and simulation tools with the operational environment and supply chain, and provide a solution to a typical business process improvement scenario.

Principles of Project Management
20 credits

Project management is the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills and experience to achieve objectives. Projects can range from construction of a new building to the launch of new product, or from outsourcing previous 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. You will critically analyse project management methodologies and tools, evaluate approaches to human resource management for a successful project, assess the role of quality and risk management in the delivery of successful projects, and evaluate the usefulness of current tools and software.

Strategic Information Systems Management
20 credits

This module explores why and when strategic planning is essential to organisational success, especially during times of ever more rapid technological change. You will learn about the significant advances – along with tools, techniques and ways of thinking – that align Information Systems (IS) strategies with 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 management process, ensuring that organisations gain the benefits and avoid any pitfalls in utilising IS. 

Individual Master’s Project
60 credits

You will undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project, exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material. Your topic must be aligned to the programme you are studying and informed by the research strategy of your school. You should also consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development. You are expected to work independently but will receive additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area.

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).

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.

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.

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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Deb Evans

Debbie Evans

Associate Professor

Debbie has over fifteen years’ experience in higher education and has contributed to teaching in manufacturing, business operations and business leadership, systems theory, and management information systems as Module Leader, Course Director and for five years as Short Course Programme Manager, initially at Faculty level and from 2009 within the School.

2009-present Senior Academic
2004-2009 Programme Manager Short Courses and Professional Development
2001-2004 Senior Academic
1996-2001 Senior Technologist/Lecturer
1995-1996 KTP Project Officer
1991-1995 Customer Services Advisor
1977-1991 Materials Planning and Operations Management