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MSc/PgDip/PgCertLean Six Sigma for Process Excellence

Why this course?

This course is focused on the integration of two world-class process excellence initiatives:

  • lean thinking
  • six sigma

Lean Six Sigma is recognised as a leading process excellence programme. A number of professional jobs in the global market seek qualifications in Lean Six Sigma for achieving competitive advantage. This course aims to develop the process excellence leaders of tomorrow.

You’ll be equipped with state-of-the-art concepts, methods, techniques and tools within Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. This'll allow you to contribute towards the competitiveness of industrial and commercial organisations worldwide.

This course is suitable for:

  • recent and existing graduates who wish to move into careers in the process excellence field
  • professionals with a background in support functions who wish to gain a better understanding of process excellence methodologies
  • those planning to develop their careers as process excellence change agents within an organisation

You’ll study

Successful completion of all compulsory modules, two optional modules and a group project will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. MSc students also undertake an individual project.

Teaching staff

This programme is delivered by the Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management (SIOM). The delivery team comprises leading academics from Strathclyde Business School and the Faculty of Engineering.

Course content

Compulsory classes

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.
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.
Postgraduate Individual Project
The aim of the individual project is to allow you to combine the skills learned in other classes and apply them within a significant project in a specific area of design, manufacture, or engineering management. This will be achieved through you carrying out work into a particular topic relating to their course and preparing a dissertation that documents the project.
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.

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.
Quantitative Business Analysis

The analysis of data and development of empirical models plays a vital role in business analysis and operational research. This class  will provide a basis for you to learn a range of widely used methods ranging from effective presentation of data to development of sophisticated statistical models.

Quantitative Business Analysis runs over one semester but in two parts. The first part provides an introduction to the basic theory and application of statistical modelling. Topics covered include:

  • data analysis
  • probability theory
  • distributions and moments
  • estimation
  • hypothesis testing

The second part focuses mainly on two areas - regression modelling and multivariate analysis.

While key background theory will be presented, the emphasis is on the generation and interpretation of output from commercially available software. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the use of statistical analysis to help support decision-making and the management of business and industrial problems. Cases are used to illustrate topical issues.

Elective classes

Choose two from this list

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.

Service Operations Management
Advanced Project Management

Learning & teaching

For the Masters project, you’ll have the opportunity to select a thesis topic and supervisor from the wide range of experts in:

  • process excellence
  • operations management
  • quality management

Assessment

Modules will be assessed by a mix of assignments and exams.

Entry requirements

MSc

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

PgDip/PgCert

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

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course 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.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

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

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £9,600

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,600

International

  • 2017/18 - £18,000

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 can 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 can 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

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for 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. We are waiting on further information being released about this 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 starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

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

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.

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The demand for process excellence professionals is increasing across the world in all industrial sectors irrespective of the size and their nature.

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