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This course is designed for computer science, informatics and IT professionals who want to pursue a career in which advanced research skills may be useful. It is most suitable for experienced or emerging professionals and is ideal if you wish to advance your knowledge of business performance and how it is supported by information technology.

What you study

The course is structured to give you advanced level research skills specifically relevant to the IT discipline, together with a framework for developing your knowledge of how organisations seek to use IT for transformation and innovation.

On the course you examine the relationships between corporate strategy, business models, services and process models, performance, risk and value management, and computer technology. You discover how enterprise systems can be integrated with strategic and tactical business decision-making as well as data analytics and processing. You also learn about emergent technologies such as smart applications driven by artificial intelligence and robotic process automation.

Throughout your work, questions will emerge and you will be able to identify topics to research based on what you have studied. You take three modules that reflect your area of specialism or that provide you with important background knowledge. You also learn about research techniques from which you conduct your preliminary research study and dissertation.

Throughout the course you benefit from a strong underpinning focus on computer science and informatics.

Industry partnerships

The course has been designed in consultation with LEADing Practice, an Enterprise Standards body whose models are integrated into enterprise software products of SAP™, IBM™, iGrafx™ and LEADing Practice’s Enterprise+. This professional, vendor-neutral standards body brings to bear its invaluable experience to the course, having worked with over 4,600 industry practitioners.

In addition, you are taught by leading research-active academics and industrial practitioners. Eminent contributors and guest speakers enhance your learning by exposing you to theoretical knowledge and real-world case studies. This may include industry professionals such as the founder of Enterprise Architecture, John A. Zachman. Further support comes from the Global University Alliance (GUA), a consortium with more than 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 to provide you with industry expertise and connections.

As a result the course helps to raise your professional profile with your existing or prospective employer and enables you to pursue a career where advanced research skills are may be useful, including those appropriate for doctoral study.

Course structure

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.


  • 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


On completion of the course you should be able to 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 – more than 4600 practitioners who work across all sectors of industry. 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.

Visit the Computing (Enterprise Systems, Transformation and Innovation) MRes page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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