In collaboration with Global University Alliance and LEADing Practice, Sheffield Hallam University offers a Master of Research (MRes) in Computer Science with a focus on Enterprise Systems, Innovation and Transformation based on LEADing Practice Enterprise Standards, concepts and modelling techniques.

The certification program builds on existing competencies and knowledge through intensive classroom training. You will develop a project oriented and in-depth understanding of enterprise systems, business transformation and innovation. Thereby addressing 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 Description

This course is suitable for experienced or emerging professionals. It is ideal if 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 and 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 appropriate for doctoral study.

Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent in Computing, Computer Science, or other relevant areas. Knowledge and skills in enterprise systems, best industry and leading practices, enterprise standards and development environments are desirable.

Course Structure

The course starts in September 2017 and runs for 12 months. 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 at the Sheffield Hallam University. The remaining time you engage in pre-reading, and work on your assessments including a preliminary research study and your research dissertation.


Participation in the MRes program requires the applicant to enroll through Sheffield Hallam University.

Dates and locations:

  • September 2018 – Online
Registration Type Fees
EU Student £6,400
International Student £13,250

This certification program includes:

  • Masters of Research graduate degree
  • LEAD Transformation eXpert certificate
  • LEAD Business Architect certificate
  • Entry level to pursue PhD

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  • Research methods for computer science and informatics (15 credits)
  • Strategy, transformation, innovation and organizational 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)
  • Research dissertation (60 credits)

Learning Objectives

The certification program builds on the existing competencies and knowledge of the practitioner, while infusing a new way of thinking, working and modeling around business concepts. This is done through intensive classroom training, in-depth tutoring and coaching throughout the program as well as hands-on project experience where you apply the acquired new transformation, service, process and innovation modelling techniques and its related disciplines.

Each participant is actively engaged with applying repeatable business standards i.e. best practices (what works), industry practices (performance accelerators) and leading practices (patterns of the outperformers). The hands-on experience ensures that the service and process modelling and business architecture skills are applied within the following disciplines:

  • Innovation: Business model innovation, competitive positioning, strategy development and modelling, service model innovation, revenue model innovation, value model innovation, channel development, social media development and innovation.
  • Transformation: Business model engineering and transformation, business competency/function duplication, business pain points, service ownership, continuous service improvement approach and operating model weakness clusters, performance bottlenecks, value model clusters as well as operating model re-engineering and renewal and cost model.
  • Business Layer Modelling: Business model, service model, process modelling, business workflow, business and system measurements, scorecards, dashboards and cockpits.
  • Application Layer Modelling: Application component (e.g. logical/physical), application feature, functionality, task and service and data component, entity, service and system flow.
  • Technology Layer Modelling: Platform component (e.g. logical/physical), devices and services as well as infrastructure component (e.g. logical/physical) and infrastructure service.
  • Business Service Management: Service ownership, service roles, continuous service improvement approach and service level agreements (SLAs), service media and service channel.
  • Service Modelling: Service flow with service providers and service consumers, service pain points, service weakness clusters/bottlenecks, service value clusters, service rules, service compliance, business service measurements and service modelling.
  • Service Measures: Service level agreements (SLAs), business service measurements and system service measurements.
  • Automated Services: Application services, data services, platform services, infrastructure services, service construct/delivery, service roles, service flow (service provider and service consumer) and automated service measurements.
  • Business Process Principles: BPR, Six Sigma, TQM and LEAN process tracking, process pain points and process bottlenecks.
  • BPMN 2.0: Process modelling notations, tasks, objects, activities, events, gateways and eXtended BPMN.
  • Process Monitoring: Identify, categorize and develop organizational process control and monitoring and link them to the organizational reporting (e.g. scorecards, dashboards and cockpits).
  • Value-based Process Modelling: Process mapping based on strategy and value principles and process value clusters.
  • Continuous Improvement Approach: Process ownership, process office, measurements, monitoring, continuous improvement approach and process change methods.


Depending on your project or case, you will during the program have the chance to work with some of the most common Service and Process expert artefacts i.e. maps, matrices and or models:

  • Stakeholder Map with relevant actors, requirements as well as performance and value drivers.
  • Capability Map with As-Is and To-Be capabilities.
  • Value Stream that sorts the capabilities into groups.
  • Value Chain which categorizes the capabilities according to the main and supporting flows
  • Business Model innovation and transformation potential.
  • Reporting Model to identify the vital reports and decisions around reporting,
  • Critical Information Flows.
  • Relevant Business Workflows.
  • Value and performance potential around the Operating Model.