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MRes Computing (Enterprise Systems, Transformation and Innovation)

Develop in-depth your understanding of enterprise systems, business transformation and innovation. Address real-world scenarios through a research study and advance the latest standards and practices that meet the business and information technology challenges of today and tomorrow.

Course length 1/2 Year(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

This course is suitable for experienced or emerging professionals. It is ideal you wish to advance your knowledge of business management and information technology. You benefit from the strong underpinning computer science and informatics on this course.

You discover how enterprise systems can be integrated with strategic and tactical level business decision-making. Computer productivity is brought to business transformation and innovation, both of which are closer to human creativity than operational data processing.

Research questions emerge from your work on this course and exploring may lead you to make your own contribution to this exciting field. You examine the relationships between corporate strategy, business models, services and process models, performance, risk and value management, and computer technology.

You are taught by leading research-active academics. The professional, vendor-neutral standards body LEADing Practice brings to bear its invaluable experience evidenced by its 4,600+ industry practitioners.

To prepare you, you take three taught modules that are related to your area of specialism or that provide you with important background knowledge. You also take a module in research techniques from which you conduct your preliminary research study and dissertation.

Eminent contributors such as the founder of Enterprise Architecture, John A. Zachman enhance your learning by exposing you to theoretical knowledge and real-world case studies. Further support comes from the Global University Alliance (GUA), a consortium of 450+ academic institutions in its membership. Both LEADing Practice and the GUA work with other standards bodies such as the OMG, ISO, IEEE, CEN, and W3C. All this knowledge is uniquely brought together in this course being the only one of its kind.

With the backing of our reputation and LEADing Practice the course raises your professional profile with your existing or prospective employer. It enables you to pursue a career where advanced research skills are necessary including those approapriate for doctoral study.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

2:1, or equivalent in Computing, Computer Science, or other relevant areas.

You will also be considered for entry if you do not have the standard entry qualifications, but can provide evidence of necessary knowledge and skills to successfully enter and complete the course.

Knowledge and skills in enterprise systems, best industry and leading practices, enterprise standards and development environments is desirable.

If your first language is not English, you need to have achieved IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.5 in Reading and Writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Course structure

Full-time – 12 months
Starts September

The course is designed as study blocks so that you attend for two weeks in October then two weeks in January in the academic year. The remaining time you engage in pre-reading, and work on your assessments including a preliminary research study and your research dissertation.

Typical modules may include


• research methods for computer science and informatics (15 credits)
• strategy, transformation, innovation and organisational dynamics (15 credits)
• enterprise systems, models and architectures (15 credits)
• enterprise ontology and semantics (15 credits)

you then undertake the following two modules in which you engage with your agreed research topic with close supervision
• preliminary research study (60 credits)
• the research dissertation (60 credits)

  • coursework


By advancing the state of the art in enterprise systems, transformation and innovation you demonstrate the most relevant ways that computers can help organisations achieve their goals.

You may aim to pursue studies at PhD level, or develop your skills as an industrial practitioner in enterprise modelling, engineering or architecture.

You can join the LEADing Practice open source standard development community. LEADing Practice’s 4600+ practitioners work across all sectors of industry and drive their success. The MRes enables you to become certified as a LEAD Transformation eXpert as well as a LEAD Business Architect.

With such a wide variety of options, you can expect a fulfilling career leading to a senior technological or business role.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Full-time – typically £6,400 a year
Part-time – typically £3,200 a year

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

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