The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September

Contact

Overview

Knowledge in operations management is an important requirement of managers across all business functions and there is an increasing demand for operations management specialists in every type of organisation.

This is a Specialist MSc

MSc Operations Management is a Specialist MSc programme led by academics at the Edinburgh Business School. As a Specialist Masters, this degree gives those who have worked in industry or studied a similar subject previously, the chance to expand, refine and enhance their knowledge. 

This 1-year Masters programme focuses almost entirely on the area of Operations Management. It blends cutting-edge academic thinking with best practice from industry to give graduates and professionals the opportunity to advance with a highly employable skillset.

The Edinburgh Business School approach

MSc Operations Management from the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University develops critical understanding of the role operations management plays in relation to organisational performance and competitiveness.

This Masters degree will build knowledge of operations management principles and concepts, and exlore how they can be applied across different organisational functions including finance, sales, marketing, human resource management and design.

It will develop expertise in the use of various quality, process and supply chain management tools and techniques for analysing and improving operations in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, services, the public sector and the third sector.

On completion of the programme students are able to identify, conceptualise and define new problems and issues and have the ability to contribute towards the competitiveness of any organisation.

Programme duration

Mode of Study MSc PG Diploma
Full-time 12 months 9 months
Part-time 24 months 21 months

Accreditation

MSc Operations Management is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport through its Operations Management Sector.

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide
Semester 1 (Sept - Dec) Semester 2 (Jan - April)
Global Purchasing and Supply Quality Management and Engineering
Operations Management System Thinking and Analysis
Strategies for Managing Supply Chains Research Philosophy and Practice
Optional Courses Semester 1:
  • Contemporary Consumers
  • Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Project Management
  • Supply Chain Risk and Adaptation
  • Business Analytics and Introduction to Big Data
Optional Courses Semester 2:
  • Project Management
  • Demand and Inventory Planning
  • Big Data Analytics

The MSc dissertation is undertaken between May - August.

Global Purchasing and Supply

Semester 1 (mandatory)

Purchasing processes and activities; the role of contracts; negotiation; theory and the make or buy decision; category management and supplier sourcing; supplier performance and relationship management; supplier development, innovation and purchasing’s role in NPD; procuring complex performance; power, politics and partnership; ethics, social responsibility and supplier selection

Operations Management

Semester 1 (mandatory)

To understand the scope and importance of operations management, the role of operations managers and appreciate the interaction of operations on the
organisation, employees and customers. Key areas of focus include the linkages between process and operations design, business strategy and globalisation; the different elements of operations and how to analyse an operational environment in terms of these elements; and the challenges facing the operations manager to exploit innovative practices (e.g. ‘lean’) and technologies and deal with changing attitudes (e.g. CSR).

Strategies for Managing Supply Chains

Semester 1 (mandatory)

This course sets out the evolution of supply chain thinking and identifies the challenges faced by organisations. The nature and means of formulating business strategy is first identified before looking at the scope of supply chain strategic planning and the different perspectives of producers, retailers and logistics service providers.

Quality Management and Engineering

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Provides in-depth understanding of the principles, concepts, tools and techniques of quality management, quality engineering and continuous improvement together with awareness of how in practice these could be integrated to design and deliver an integrated continuous improvement programme. The module also aims to introduce students how to statistically plan, design and execute industrial experiments for process understanding and improvement in both manufacturing and service environments.

Systems Thinking and Analysis

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Examines theories and principles behind systems thinking, modelling and analysis. Also introduces the methods, tools and techniques for modelling, analysing, improving and designing technical and social systems in a variety of organisations, including industrial, commercial and public sector.

Research Philosophy and Practice

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Provides an understanding of the social science research process, as well as theory and approaches to research. Develops practical skills (i.e. quantitative and qualitative techniques) in data analysis to transform the raw data into information that guides marketing management valuations.

 

Academic Lead

The Academic Lead for this programme is Dr Nigel Caldwell, Associate Professor in Logistics and Director of the Logistics Research Centre. He sits on the board of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) and his research interests span operations and supply management. Since producing the book 'Procuring complex performance' in 2010 his work has increasingly addressed how organisations contract for, buy, evaluate and measure performance. Performance here being overall satisfaction rather than discrete elements amenable to itemisation and therefore easy to specify and buy.
 

 

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (first or second class) or its non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability.

The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.

If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum 5.5 in all skills)

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time Per course
Scotland / Non-UK EU £7168 £3584 £896**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £7168 £3584 £896**
Overseas £15560 £7780 £1945**

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course (module). Refer to the Course Content to see how many courses comprise the full programme.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.