Business Systems Integration (with SAP Technology) MSc

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

The aim of this 'cutting edge' programme is to develop practical skills and critical awareness in relation to the state-of-the-art in business/enterprise systems integration (from a service-oriented perspective).

Capgemini Sponsorship available – see Special Features tab.

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Aims

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • model key aspects of business in an integrated and logical manner;
  • demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the issues relevant to business systems integration and use in the context of modern business environments;
  • demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (ERP) and the role they play in business systems integration;
  • demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the professional skills necessary for effective business systems integration;
  • reflect, critically and in-depth, on relevant aspects of the state-of-the art of both the practice and theory of business systems integration.

The practical elements of your course will be supported by SAP technologies. SAP is a leading provider of Enterprise Resource Planning systems and a keen innovator from a service-oriented perspective. Broadly speaking, you will gain experience of SAP R/3, Netweaver platform and business intelligence approaches. Consequently, you will get hands-on experience of technology and systems that will enhance your employability.

SAP logoAs part of the Business Systems Integration course, students will have the opportunity to achieve SAP TERP 10 certification (see Special Features above).

Enquiries

Student Recruitment Coordinator
Department of Computer Science
Brunel University
Email cs-msc-courses@brunel.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)1895 265939
Fax +44 (0)1895 269728

Course Content

Our Master's programmes seek to develop knowledge, creativity and originality in one package - you. Each programme is a framework to help you to develop:

  • a systematic understanding of knowledge;
  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques relevant to your area of study;
  • the key skills associated with critical awareness and evaluation.

As part of your development on the course, you will be increasingly expected to demonstrate that you can deal with complex issues in a systematic and creative manner and demonstrate self-direction and originality in problem solving.

Your studies on the course will cover:

Research Methods

This module will introduce methods of data collection and analysis when conducting empirical research. This research can take place in an organisational setting. Both in the private or the public sector. This module is essential preparation for the dissertation.

Enterprise Modelling

Cultivates skills and knowledge related to business, conceptual and software modelling. Example topics of study include different paradigms for modelling (including business services, processes and objects), techniques for modelling the business domain and business behaviour, the relationship between business modelling and software modelling and the use of the Unified Modelling Language (UML).

ERP Systems Theory and Practice

Examines the rationale, theories and practices around Enterprise Resource Planning systems (ERP) and develops the knowledge required to understand the forces driving ERP design and implementation. Example topics of study include enterprise systems strategy and rationale, issues of organisational implementation and business services, processes and functions from an ERP perspective. The module provides an introduction to the SAP R/3 environment and the practice of business process integration in that environment.

ERP Systems Deployment and Configuration

Examines the implications of implementing ERP systems in organisations and develops the key skills necessary to deploy and configure ERP systems. Example topics of study include business process improvement alongside enterprise systems configuration and configuration management (including Master Data Management, business services, processes and functions). The module examines practical aspects of configuration in the context of the SAP R/3 environment.

Service-oriented Architecture

Examines the organisational impact of service-oriented approaches and the technologies necessary for the successful implementation of enterprise and web services. Example topics of study include issues in creating and managing a system landscape based on services, architectural approaches to service-orientation and web service technologies (including semantic web services). Practical aspects of web service implementation are examined in the context of integration via the SAP Netweaver environment.

Data Management and Business Intelligence

Develops the knowledge and skills necessary to support the development of business intelligence solutions in modern organisational environments. Example topics of study include issues in data/information/knowledge management, approaches to information integration and business analytics. Practical aspects of the subject are examined in the context of the SAP Netweaver and Business Warehouse environment.

Systems project management

Develops a critical awareness of the central issues and challenges in information systems project management. Example topics of study include traditional project management techniques and approaches, the relations between projects and business strategy, the role and assumptions underpinning traditional approaches and the ways in which the state-of-the-art can be improved.

Semantic Integration Frameworks

Helps you develop a critical and practical understanding of concepts, standards and frameworks supporting semantic system integration, with a particular emphasis on the Semantic Web – the web of the future. Example topics of study include ontologies and their uses, ontology management and integration, inferencing and reasoning for and in semantic integration, as well as semantic integration standards such as RDF and OWL.

Dissertation

In addition, provided that you have reached an acceptable standard in the assessments and examinations, you may then undertake a dissertation. Work on a dissertation for this course will normally involve an in-depth study in the area of distributed information systems and computing (eg, a state-of-the-art review together with appropriate software development) and provides you with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your expertise in this area to future employers or as a basis for future PhD study. Additionally, you can now work on an internship during your dissertation (see Special Features below).

Awards

A master's degree is awarded if you reach the necessary standard on the taught part of the course and submit a dissertation of the required standard. If you do not achieve the standard required, you may be awarded a postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate if eligible.

Special Features

Sponsorship Available

Capgemini UK plc will sponsor two students, from the UK or EU countries, to study on the MSc in Business Systems Integration (with SAP Technology).

The sponsorships will cover 50% of the course fees, worth £4,350. Students will work closely with Capgemini while they study, and will have an opportunity to join the company when they graduate.

To apply for the Capgemini Sponsorship, you must have a 2.1 in your Bachelor’s degree. You need to be a UK/EU student and have already applied to study for a Master's at Brunel.

Register your interest and receive more information.

SAP Certification

During the Business Systems Integration course, students gains hands-on experience of SAP technology. In addition, they can opt to take the SAP TERP 10 certification course which is a recognised industry qualification. This will be delivered in a two-week block at the end of the programme.

Students who successfully complete the certification module will be certified as:
'SAP Consultant Solution Architect ERP – Integration of Business Processes with MySAP ERP'.

Industrial Dissertation Programme

There is an opportunity for a selected group of students to conduct their dissertation in conjunction with an industrial partner, allowing them to enhance the skills and knowledge acquired during the course.The Industrial Dissertation Programme (IDP) gives students an opportunity to gain valuable industrial experience that is highly valued by employers of IT specialists.

Dissertation projects with companies will be offered to a selected group of students after a competitive selection process.

Careers

Our Master's programmes aim to equip you with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment. Each course is developed with industry in mind and has one or more industrial advisers who are involved in course development and delivery. The jobs that require the knowledge and skills that you will learn on this will equip you to work in areas such as business analysis, business process management, ERP implementation and customisation, systems integration and support and technology-led change management.

SAP and Brunel University have enjoyed a very rewarding relationship for a number of years. The incorporation of SAP within Brunel’s MSc Business Systems Integration means that students can gain access to the world’s most sophisticated business management software as part of their core studies at a leading UK University. This enables students to integrate theoretical and systems learning with practical hands-on experience of the leading business management system.

Future employers, whether they be large enterprise SAP users or consulting firms with major SAP practices such as Accenture or IBM, will be impressed with the ability to draw on real SAP knowledge as part of the study of systems integration and implementation issues. We are certainly very happy to continue to work with one of the UK’s leading universities."

Martin Gollogly, Director of University Alliances, UK, Ireland and Nordics

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2014/15 entry

UK/EU: £10,000 full-time, £5,000 part-time

International: £17,000 full-time, £8,750 part-time

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements

To apply for the course you should normally have a good Honours degree (2.2) or foreign equivalent qualification and be motivated to develop a reflective understanding of the theory and practice of this complex and exciting subject area. A computing-related background may be advantageous to your application but is not a strict requirement. If you have alternative qualifications and/or substantial industrial experience (that is relevant to the subject area) you may be eligible to study on the course. In this case we will interview you and may ask that you do some preparatory work for the course.

To apply for the Capgemini Sponsorship, you must have a 2.1 in your Bachelor’s degree. You need to be a UK/EU student and have already applied to study for a Master's at Brunel. Register your interest and receive more information.

Entry criteria is subject to change.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a range of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Tuesday 29 July 2014