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MSc/PgDip/PgCertOperations Management in Engineering

Why this course?

Operations management is critical to the success of delivering customer satisfaction.

This course gives you the theories, concepts and tools to be able to analyse and implement solutions to operations management issues in an engineering environment.

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding in operational issues related to engineering industries worldwide.

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.

You’ll study

The course focuses on the wider strategic and global issues facing engineering organisations. It examines the use and application of techniques that enable operations effectiveness. The final focus is on operational areas.

The course structure and content are based on the operational needs of 21st century engineering organisations. Much of the content also applies to some service organisations.

Major projects

You'll undertake a research dissertation related to operations management. This is an opportunity to showcase the skills acquired in classes during the year and to apply research practice. Supervised by a member of academic staff, you'll conduct a literature review and carry out an appropriate study.

You'll also undertake an industrial team project with a business organisation. A company representative is appointed to liaise with the team. Teams are allocated a Department academic mentor who provides support and guidance throughout the project. The final project solution typically includes:

  • a report which should be of strategic benefit to the client organisation
  • supporting models and information
  • a presentation at the Department industrial projects event


The Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art rapid prototyping and manufacturing tools and machinery. This helps you to design, prototype, manufacture and perform research on a broad range of items.

We’ve one of the UK's only digital design suites to combine virtual and physical design and prototyping.

Course content

Successful completion of eight instructional modules and a group project leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

Successful completion of eight modules, a group project and individual project leads to the award of an MSc.

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.
Strategic Technology Management
This class aims to provide you with a high-level understanding and knowledge of the role of technology in business strategy for maintaining market competitiveness.
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.
Engineering Risk Management
This class aims to enable you to understand the basic principles and techniques of engineering risk management and demonstrate the appropriate application of this knowledge within an engineering context.
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.
Advanced Project Management

Elective classes

Choose one 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.

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.

Learning & teaching

This course is delivered through a balanced mix of lectures, tutorials and project works. Emphasis is placed on the industrial team project that brings you in contact with industry. Industrial contacts are regularly invited to present based on their experience.


Assessment is by assignments, individual and group projects, presentations and examinations.

For the Master project, you'll have the opportunity to select a thesis topic.

Entry requirements


You'll need a first or second-class UK Honours degree, or equivalent, in engineering, technology, business or a similar discipline. Industrial experience is valued and exemptions based on work experience or other similar courses may be possible.


Degree, or good HND plus relevant industrial experience, may be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. Depending on satisfactory progress, students may transfer from the Diploma to the Master’s course.

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.


  • 2017/18 - £9,600

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,600


  • 2017/18 - £18,000

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

For a number of eligible courses, Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students 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 scheme and what courses are eligible.

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.

Please note

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


Where are they now?

88.9% of our graduates are in work or further study.*

Job titles include:

  • Business Improvement Specialist
  • Electronic Operations Manager
  • Head of Change & Scope Management
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Engineer
  • Senior System Specialist
  • Wholeship Assembly Manager (Aviation)

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (2010/2011 and 2011/12).

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Operations Management in Engineering

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Operations Management in Engineering

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Operations Management in Engineering

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Operations Management in Engineering

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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