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MSc/PgDipEngineering Management for Process Excellence

Why this course?

Engineering management is critical in the delivery of technical products and services.

This course combines process performance with strategic business analysis to deliver an in-depth understanding of operational issues in relation to engineering industries.

The course is aimed at graduates wishing to broaden their expertise from a technological undergraduate degree, or who want to work within the engineering industry in a management capacity.

The programme is based within the Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management, the only department in the UK combining end-to-end expertise from creative design, through engineering design, manufacture and management of the entire system.

What you’ll study

The course focuses on the use and application of techniques that enable production and operational effectiveness, as well as addressing wider strategic and global issues.

The course structure and content are based on the operational needs of 21st century engineering organisations, and you will be equipped with state-of-the-art concepts, methods, techniques and tools to contribute towards the competitiveness of industrial and commercial organisations worldwide.

As well as a team industry project, the scope of the course includes: continuous process improvement; quality and lean six sigma techniques; production planning; and performance measurement content. Students can also choose from optional modules and complete a Masters dissertation.

Major projects

Each student will undertake an individual project assignment in which a selected topic is studies in depth.

Each individual project should involve a comprehensive critical literature review, research methodology, structured analysis of data and writing up of as a thesis. 

Course content

Compulsory classes

Supply Chain Operations

The class aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of those key concepts, methods, tools and techniques that are fundamental to effective and efficient running of supply chain operations from suppliers’ suppliers to customers’ customers.

On completion you'll be able to design and manage operational supply chain planning, monitoring and control systems for complex and disparate operations.

Enterprise Resource Planning

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of operation, structure and implementation issues around ERP systems used in industry.

It will provide delegates with a critical understanding of the benefits and limitations of using ERP systems for making operational, tactical and strategic decisions within the business; learning to operate and build a product in an SAP environment; the scope, implications, logic, critical requirements to facilitate successful implementation of ERP systems.

The class focuses on the structure of an ERP system, what it can contain and why it is important in today’s global economy.

Management Of Total Quality & Continuous Improvement
To provide you with an in-depth understanding of the main principles, concepts, tools and techniques of quality management and continuous improvement together with an awareness of how in practice these could be integrated to design and deliver an integrated continuous improvement programme.
Fundamentals Of Lean Six Sigma

The objective of this class is to introduce the participants to the principles of Lean Six Sigma thinking, tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma and understand the wider implications of the broader strategic issues of organisation management and how they impact on continuous improvement programme.

On completion of the class you should be able to understand the theory and practical application of Lean Six Sigma methodologies within a holistic process improvement framework. This will enable their businesses to become more efficient, cost effective and much more profit oriented in today’s competitive marketplace.

Management of Innovation

The module aims to identify, create and exploit opportunities for innovation on a systematic basis. The course will discuss all aspects of managing innovation including; recognising the need and desire to be creative and innovative; using imagination to add value; developing structures, systems and incentives that encourage and implement innovation.

Students will examine what management of innovation is, how science and invention fuel different kinds of innovation and the many organisational challenges that are presented by the evolution of new technology.

Topics covered include understanding the nature of technology, preparing for emerging technologies, organising to innovate, types of innovation and the management of technology projects.

Project Management

This class aims to provide you with skills relating to the use of engineering practices in Project Management with particular respect to the effective and efficient use of resources.

Performance Measurement & Management
The class is devoted to the concepts and approaches to effective performance measurement and management at an organisational level. Performance Measurement and Management (PMM) is one of the key factors for survival and prosperity of business systems. Business analysts can typically expect to be involved in the design of PMM systems and in the evaluation of performance information. This class focuses on the different approaches to performance measurement and management commonly use across public and private sectors.

The class focuses at the strategic, organisational level of PMM while providing the essential knowledge and skills at the technical level. The class starts with presenting the background to performance measurement to provide the students with an understanding of the roots of some of the common problems in measuring and managing performance in organisations. This will follow with discussing PMM from five different but highly inter-related perspectives, namely stakeholder, customer, comparative, operations and integrative perspectives. You're encouraged to get more insight into the techniques and concepts by carrying out directed readings as well as completing a group and an individual assignment. The class will be concluded by discussing implementation and managerial issues in measuring business performance.

Optional classes

A minimum of 10 credits from:

People, Organisation & Technology
This class aims to introduce you to the “softer” aspects of change management. In other classes you will have learned how to identify areas for improvement in organisations, tools and techniques to model organisations and to implement change. This class complements these things and looks at the human implications of change.
Strategic Supply Chain Management

You'll develop the skills in modelling, analysing, diagnosing and re-designing/improving supply chains.

Systems Thinking & Modelling
The objective of this class is to introduce you to the theories and principles behind systems thinking. The class will also introduce you to the methods, tools and techniques for modelling, analysing, improving and designing systems in a variety of organisations, including industrial, commercial and public sector.
Design of Experiments for Process Optimisation
This class aims to introduce you to how to statistically plan, design and execute industrial experiments for process understanding and improvement in both manufacturing and service environments.
Spreadsheet Modelling & Demand Forecasting:

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of how spreadsheets can be used to effectively support business modelling, particularly in relation to the development of demand forecasting systems for which students will be introduced to the toolbox of commonly used techniques.

The module will demonstrate how spreadsheets can be used to support the analytical techniques whose theory is taught on other modules, for example, forecasting, simulation, optimisation, data analysis, as well as being used to support technical report writing.

Most prominence is given to demand forecasting and students will be introduced to different types of forecasting technique for short term smoothing through to decompositional analysis.

These methods will be implemented using spreadsheet models. This module also extends the basics of using a spreadsheet to explore the principles of effective computer programming through the development of macros to automate the functionality available within spreadsheets.

Group project

Industrial Group Project
This class aims for you to integrate and apply course relevant knowledge in engineering design, mechatronics and automation, manufacture, and engineering management, to an industry-based project.


Modules will be assessed by a mix of assignments and examinations. For the Masters project, students have the opportunity to select a project from a wide range of Process Excellence topics. Successful completion of all compulsory modules, optional modules, a group project and an individual Masters project will lead to the award of an MSc.

Entry requirements


Normally, first or second-class Honours degree in engineering, technology, science, business or a similar discipline from a UK university (or overseas equivalent).


Degree, good HND, or equivalent. Other qualifications with relevant industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding


All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • £10,300

Rest of UK

  • £10,300


  • £20,050

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


Production/Operations managers are responsible for planning, coordination and control of manufacturing processes in order to make sure goods and services are produced efficiently and that the correct amount is produced at the right cost and level of quality.

Early career managers are required to deal with various aspects of production such as materials management, inventory control, production control and purchasing management. With experience, careers can develop into overall factory management or strategic planning roles.

Using concepts and tools provided, you will develop the skills to analyse and implement solutions for organisational competitiveness.

Job opportunities are good – our alumni have worked for organisations such as:

  • Rolls-Royce
  • Jaguar
  • Ford
  • Tesla
  • Dyson
  • P&G
  • Unilever
  • British Petroleum
  • Adidas
  • Nike
  • Highland Spring

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