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The Food Quality Management Master of Science study programme offers an integrated approach to the study and assessment of quality processes in the agrifood chain through an exclusively developed techno-managerial approach. Read more

The Food Quality Management Master of Science study programme offers an integrated approach to the study and assessment of quality processes in the agrifood chain through an exclusively developed techno-managerial approach. The whole supply chain is studied from the primary sector to the final consumer. Food, flowers and cattle are also discussed.

This two-year MSc gives you the chance to analyse problems using both the social and life sciences. This allows you a higher level of approach on the topics of food quality, quality management, quality design, quality control, quality improvement, quality assurance, quality policy and business strategy.

Study programme

Food quality analysis is different from the analysis of 'normal' products. Food, food products, flowers, cattle and crops are living matter that changes continuously over time due to (bio) chemical, physical and microbiological influences.

On the Programme of Food Quality Management page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships.

Specialisations

Within the master's programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.

Your future career

What are your possibilities after graduating? Read more about career perspectives and opportunities after finishing the programme.

Related programmes:

MSc Management, Economics and Consumer Studies

MSc Food Technology 

MSc Food Safety



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Why take this course?. This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. It will lead to an advanced qualification that will support your practical industry knowledge and experience.

Our MSc Strategic Quality Management has been adopted by Hewlett Packard (HP) since 2010 to build on its Lean Sigma Black Belt training for specially selected staff. It provides an academic dimension which encourages strategic thinking and critical awareness leading to more effective and sustainable improvement solutions. HP has reported significant benefits and major financial returns. This annual arrangement has also benefited the University with current practice within the technology sector feeding into the course.

What will I experience?

You will be introduced to a broad range of current theory and best practices covering operational, functional and strategic quality management. Critical thinking and self-directed study are important aspects of working at postgraduate level and the programme includes practical ways to deepen existing skills, which can be applied in both academic and business settings.

The course provides you with a deep understanding of quality and its role in the organisation together with techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation’s strategic vision for success. It will also help you in the effective implementation of policies to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement. You will be working with academically qualified and enthusiastic staff with research and consultancy experience and links with industry.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course provides you with quality, organisational and people management skills, and techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation’s strategic visions for success. It will also enable you to make an effective contribution to the implementation of policies in order to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement.

Our graduates are in employment in quality management roles, operations management, training and development, and auditing and business process improvement.

Portsmouth Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM),) and the British Quality Foundation (BQF). On completion of the course, students are able to use their MSc qualification as part of their portfolio of evidence to apply for individual membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).

Module Details

The course is very flexible. You can either study full-time in Portsmouth in a classroom environment.

This well-established course comprises four units followed by a dissertation:

Business Transformation through Quality Management introduces you to the fundamental concepts of Total Quality Management and Organisational Behaviour, focusing on the application of these concepts in the organisation. It includes driving a culture of continuous improvement and managing change.

Quantitative and Research Methods evaluates concepts of quantitative methods and the application of specialist statistics to aid decision-making within organisations. It also covers the theory and application of research methodologies to support organisational improvement activities. These skills are further developed in the dissertation.

Business Operations – the Quality Management Perspective will give you knowledge of business systems for quality planning, quality standards and the benefits accruing from integrated management systems and their application in the workplace to generate organisational efficiencies. It shows you how tools such as SERVQUAL, FMEA, QFD and Benchmarking can help evaluate how an organisation is performing against their strategic vision and goals.

Strategic Organisational Excellence looks at the links between concepts of excellence (as used by EFQM and other excellence models) and their use in the strategic management of an organisation. It explores issues raised by variations in culture and sector, both within the organisation and in its relationships with its stakeholders. It will also introduce you to Corporate Social Responsibility and Quality in the Supply Chain.

The Dissertation provides the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to identify, design, plan and undertake research and effectively communicate your findings in an individual research project. Your dissertation will focus on a specific quality management issue of your choice, which may relate to a work situation. You will receive one to one supervision during the dissertation.

Programme Assessment

The course uses a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, tutorials, in-class exercises and work based assignments. Classes are also interactive with the use of case studies and invited speakers. The University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) further supports student study by hosting a range of activities and resources online. There will be staff-led online tutorials with other students for distance learning. We encourage and develop critical thinking and self-directed study, with academic support from University Tutors.

Performance in all units is assessed by means of coursework. The assessment comprises a mixture of individual and group work assessments, case study analyses and reports, essays and presentations. Individual and generic feedback is provided for all assessments.

Student Destinations

The aim of this course is to enable you to improve performance at a professional and organisational level. In turn, this should boost your own career prospects by helping you to take the next step up the managerial ladder.

Our previous graduates have gone on to undertake a variety of roles in the Public and Private sectors including quality manager/director, quality engineer, quality adviser, quality analyst, quality consultant, quality environmental and health and safety manager, amongst others.

On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for Associate and Practitioner membership of the Chartered Quality Institute. You also may qualify for Chartered Quality Professional status through the qualification route, subject to satisfying the work experience criteria - at least five years' quality management or systems experience, two of which should be in a managerial or supervisory capacity (including the management of people, processes or systems).



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This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is suitable for graduates wishing to build a professional career in Quality and Business Improvement, as well as experienced professionals who want to develop knowledge, understanding and business management and skills in Quality and Business Improvement. It will lead to an advanced qualification that will support your practical industry knowledge and experience.

Our MSc Strategic Quality Management has been adopted by Hewlett Packard (HP) since 2010 to build on its Lean Sigma Black Belt training for specially selected staff. It provides an academic dimension which encourages strategic thinking and critical awareness leading to more effective and sustainable improvement solutions. HP has reported significant benefits and major financial returns. This annual arrangement has also benefited the University with current practice within the technology sector feeding into the course.

What will I experience?

You will be introduced to a broad range of current theory and best practices covering operational, functional and strategic quality management. Critical thinking and self-directed study are important aspects of working at postgraduate level and the programme includes practical ways to deepen existing skills, which can be applied in both academic and business settings.

The course provides you with a deep understanding of quality and its role in the organisation together with techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation’s strategic vision for success. It will also help you in the effective implementation of policies to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement. You will be working with academically qualified and enthusiastic staff with research and consultancy experience and links with industry.

If you are studying by distance learning resources for the course are available via the university’s intranet online learning system – you will need a fast, reliable Internet connection. To facilitate your study, you will be able to join in web-based interactive sessions with lecturers and other students and our University Library has extensive online resources that can be accessed via the internet at any time.

What opportunities might it lead to?

The course provides you with quality, organisational and people management skills, and techniques to enable you to make a significant contribution to an organisation’s strategic visions for success. It will also enable you to make an effective contribution to the implementation of policies in order to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement.

Our graduates are in employment in quality management roles, operations management, training and development, and auditing and business process improvement.

Portsmouth Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM),) and the British Quality Foundation (BQF). On completion of the course, students are able to use their MSc qualification as part of their portfolio of evidence to apply for individual membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).

Module Details

This well-established course comprises four units followed by a dissertation:

Business Transformation through Quality Management introduces you to the fundamental concepts of Total Quality Management and Organisational Behaviour, focusing on the application of these concepts in the organisation. It includes driving a culture of continuous improvement and managing change.

Quantitative and Research Methods evaluates concepts of quantitative methods and the application of specialist statistics to aid decision-making within organisations.

Business Operations – the Quality Management Perspective will give you knowledge of business systems for quality planning, quality standards and the benefits accruing from integrated management systems and their application in the workplace to generate organisational efficiencies. It shows you how tools such as SERVQUAL, FMEA, QFD and Benchmarking can help evaluate how an organisation is performing against their strategic vision and goals.

Strategic Organisational Excellence looks at the links between concepts of excellence (as used by EFQM and other excellence models) and their use in the strategic management of an organisation. It explores issues raised by variations in culture and sector, both within the organisation and in its relationships with its stakeholders. It will also introduce you to Corporate Social Responsibility and Quality in the Supply Chain.

The Dissertation provides the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to identify, design, plan and undertake research and effectively communicate your findings in an individual research project. Your dissertation will focus on a specific quality management issue of your choice, which may relate to a work situation. You will receive one to one supervision during the dissertation.

Programme Assessment

The course uses a range of teaching methods including formal lectures, tutorials, in-class exercises and work based assignments. Classes are also interactive with the use of case studies and invited speakers. The University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) further supports student study by hosting a range of activities and resources online. There will be staff-led online tutorials with other students for distance learning. We encourage and develop critical thinking and self-directed study, with academic support from University Tutors.

Performance in all units is assessed by means of coursework. The assessment comprises a mixture of individual and group work assessments, case study analyses and reports, essays and presentations. Individual and generic feedback is provided for all assessments.

Student Destinations

The aim of this course is to enable you to improve performance at a professional and organisational level. In turn, this should boost your own career prospects by helping you to take the next step up the managerial ladder.

Our previous graduates have gone on to undertake a variety of roles in the Public and Private sectors including quality manager/director, quality engineer, quality adviser, quality analyst, quality consultant, quality environmental and health and safety manager, amongst others.

On successful completion of the course you are eligible to apply for Associate and Practitioner membership of the Chartered Quality Institute. You also may qualify for Chartered Quality Professional status through the qualification route, subject to satisfying the work experience criteria - at least five years' quality management or systems experience, two of which should be in a managerial or supervisory capacity (including the management of people, processes or systems).

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A unique qualification. Massey University offers the only quality management tertiary qualifications in Australasia. The Master of Quality Systems is unique in New Zealand. Read more

A unique qualification

Massey University offers the only quality management tertiary qualifications in Australasia.

The Master of Quality Systems is unique in New Zealand. The only graduate-level tertiary academic qualification in quality management throughout New Zealand and Australia, it will give you a career advantage in seeking positions related to quality management.

Gain from our experience

Massey staff have been teaching, training, consulting and researching in this area for over 25 years giving us a wide base of knowledge and experience across a range of sectors.

What will you learn?

This programme focuses on developing critical awareness of and expertise in the following areas:

  • quality management and its component aspects (inspection, quality control, assurance and continual improvement).
  • contemporary quality thinking and methods including ISO systems, statistical thinking, systems thinking, Business Excellence, lean and six sigma improvement.
  • the application of management theory to quality systems
  • ability to conduct self-directed research in an aspect of quality management theory or practice
  • research methods
  • management of people undertaking quality projects and the people-related aspects of quality programme implementation

Topics you will study include quality management, statistical methods for quality and six sigma performance improvement, service quality, quality in human resource management and supply chain systems analysis. A research methods course gives you the skills to undertake in-depth research, followed by your own in-depth research (thesis) on an area of interest to you. See ‘planning’ tab for detail on all courses.

Lecturer expertise

You will benefit from your lecturers’ real-world experience and continual involvement in research and academic debate around key quality issues. Award-winning, they are widely published in key international journals, including a staff member who is an associate editor of the international journal Total Quality Management and Business Excellence. Their experience includes senior roles in industries as varied as oil and gas, engineering, IT, the electrical utility industry, project management, nursing, health care, primary industries and of course quality assurance. 

Contemporary, relevant learning

You will gain an in-depth insight into the most recent thinking and related approaches in this area.

The Master of Quality Systems gives you a comprehensive understanding of the various functions that coexist and interrelate in a quality-systems oriented organisation. You will learn the tools and techniques used within the context of management and leadership of modern organisational systems.

Take less of your time

The Master of Quality Systems has reduced in 2015 from 240 credits to 180 credits. What this means is that you can now complete this qualification in 1.5 years of full-time study. The 180 credits incorporate the Post Graduate Diploma level qualification, which is a possible exit point after 120 credits are obtained. If you study part-time the qualification takes between 2.5 and five years.

Study from wherever you are

This programme is available via distance learning meaning that you can fit study towards this qualification around your work and lifestyle commitments.

Nationally-endorsed

This programme is endorsed by the New Zealand Organisation for Quality (NZOQ) and the UK Chartered Quality Institute (CQI)



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The Master in food safety and quality, can adapt to scientific knowledge in the field of food, its constantly changing legislation and update quality standards for food safety. Read more

The Master in food safety and quality, can adapt to scientific knowledge in the field of food, its constantly changing legislation and update quality standards for food safety. Study the masters in food safety and quality of MFI also allows for a comprehensive approach to the variety of food industries that exist in the market and knowledge of the processes that apply to them.

Business development of the food industry, regulations and legislation of the European Union, make producers and suppliers responsible for providing consumers with safe and healthy food. In this context an increasingly professional organizations defendant arises, technical quality and food safety manager to ensure and guarantee the quality of products and processes and thus the satisfaction of customers and consumers. Figure auditor's food safety and quality control responsible for the design, development, implementation and system audits hygiene and food safety is needed.

Upon completion of the online Master in Quality, Hygiene and Food Safety will get a double degree by IMF and the University Camilo Jose Cela, with which you will open a world of new job opportunities in the areas of development, production, transport and food handling . You will be able to implement in any organization norms, standards and quality standards: ISO, OHSAS, HACCP, BRC, IFS, GlobalGAP, SAL ... When performing a training course on food security IMF, will have access to job opportunities and practices which bring the acquired knowledge to the real world in the food industry and food businesses.

Why this programme

  • Mastering Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, the fundamental aspects of food microbiology and all that surrounds its development and activity.
  • Knowing the regulatory framework and legislation in the food sector.
  • Monitor, analyze and ensure hygiene and food safety throughout the production process according to the legal framework.
  • Distinguish between food groups and their conditions of spoilage and contamination. Know the basis for conservation and labeling.
  • Set variables and indicators (pressure, temperature, flow, level, pH, conductivity) necessary for process control drive systems, control equipment and facilities control.
  • Implement and audit the ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001 and management models in the food sector at national, European and global standards.
  • Mastering the certifiable models to protect the food as designations of origin, controlled production, kosher, halal, etc.

Objectives

Acquire an integrated and professional approach to ensure the quality and safety of products and processes in order to achieve customer satisfaction and consumers.

You will also learn to:

  • Adapt to current scientific knowledge in the field of food.
  • Knowing the legislation on the subject.
  • Update the rules applicable to food safety.
  • Take a broad approach to the variety of food industry market.
  • Knowing the processes applied in food security.

Methodology and Evaluation

Methodology

The Master in Food Safety and Quality is developed in order to unite and reconcile personal and professional life with the possibility of studying. Based on a flexible methodology study.

  • Online offer accessible content in the virtual campus at any time and place.
  • Distance mode: Get textbooks with the content.

Both methodologies are based on five key points:

  • Live online classes available desce anywhere. Attend hours compatible with your life and interact virtually with your teacher. You can ask and discuss like you're in a classroom class. In addition, all classes are recorded and available at any time through the virtual campus.
  • Virtual campus with all the agenda and content of the courses and modules. View them via the Internet or download them in PDF format as you are comfortable with. The virtual campus is also a meeting point with your classmates and teachers. Know them, debate and interact with them through forums, chats and discussion threads. In addition you will have additional training material, resolution of case studies and self-assessment test.
  • Unlimited with your personal tutor, tutoring resolve any questions online, chat, phone or email. Lean on the best professionals in the area of ​​food security and asks if you need face tutorials in MFI own headquarters.
  • Virtual Library to help you make the more than 9,000 references from the food industry and the business world. Access specialist publishers, download and stresses on the contents.
  • Networking and events with which to complete your training and catch up on all the news of food and business sector. Free access masterclass, roundtables and webinars taught by the best professionals.

Evaluation

Continuous assessment as during the Masters. Each module is evaluated by combining an online review and the development of case studies.

The final obtaining master's degrees by the UCJC (Universidad Camilo José Cela) and Master by MFI Business School, is subject to overcoming each module testing and development work to master.

Career prospects

Booming Sector

Labor demand for professionals in this sector is growing, with very optimistic expectations of growth, both at EU and global level, increasing rigor and requirement of food controls.

  • Quality Control Technician
  • Rural, developing and managing industrial projects, directing operations, innovating in food products or projects biotechnology applied to agriculture and livestock engineering.
  • Restoration services such as quality control technician, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, or HACCP-forming food handlers.
  • Consulting as a consultant to companies for implementation of Food Quality Standards (BRC, IFS, ISO 22000, etc.), HACCP and legal, scientific and technical advice.
  • Research Quality Control Laboratories and Analysis
  • Training
  • Industry
  • laboratories


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We designed this course for professional managers who wish to develop their career in total quality management and organisational excellence. Read more

We designed this course for professional managers who wish to develop their career in total quality management and organisational excellence.

Flexible attendance allows you to fit your study round your personal commitments, providing you complete stage one in three years and all three stages in six years.

The course is suitable for you if you are

  • employed in quality improvement
  • seeking up-to-date knowledge of the methods, principles and practice of total quality management and organisational excellence
  • responsible for setting up total quality management projects
  • working closely with senior colleagues and others to carry out total quality initiatives

It is a practical course which builds on your personal management and development skills, which bring significant benefits for your organisation.

If you successfully complete this course, you can apply for full membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) and become a Chartered Quality Professional (CQP). CQP status is the gold standard for the quality profession.

You can upgrade your membership from member to fellow and are exempt from modules D1 and D2 of the current CQI diploma.

You can also gain continuing professional development status if you have met the requirements for CQI member or fellow and actively participate in the CQI's scheme for continuing professional development.

Opportunities are available for MPhil/PhD research in areas of total quality management and organisational excellence.

Professional recognition

If you successfully complete this course you can apply for full membership of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) 

Course structure

Distance learning – typically two years, including three weekend study schools and a one day induction seminar held in Sheffield 

Core modules – stage one

  • Fundamentals of quality
  • Process and service improvement

Core modules – stage two

  • Statistical process control and 6 sigma
  • Managing change and innovation

Options

  • Supply chain management and partnering
  • Performance measurement
  • Training on the EFQM excellence model 

Core modules – stage three

  • Research methods
  • Dissertation

Assessment

100% course work

Employability

By reflecting on previous and current experience in the quality field, you complete a professionally relevant masters degree that significantly improves your career prospects.

Previous graduates have found employment in companies and organisations such as • Rolls Royce • the NHS • Lloyds TSB • CSC Computer Sciences Corporation • Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Group.



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The Quality Diabetes Care programme will be of interest to health care professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, podiatrists) working in diabetes care settings. Read more
The Quality Diabetes Care programme will be of interest to health care professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, podiatrists) working in diabetes care settings. It will equip participants with skills for modern evidence based management of diabetes patients, and offer practical experience in organisational management, reflective practice and quality improvement.

Why study Quality Diabetes Care at Dundee?

Dundee has a particular international reputation for Diabetes research, education and informatics developments. With the growing prevalence of diabetes (currently around 5% in the UK with a doubling of rates predicted over the next 15 years), there is an increasing need for generalists to upskill in diabetes care.

This course will equip you with essential skills and modern evidence based practice for clinical management of diabetes patients. In addition, this programme offers knowledge and practical experience in organisational management, reflective practice and quality improvement.

Much of the work can be completed flexibly in your own free time, and has been designed around the needs of students who are also working full time.

Aims of the programme

The programme aims to:
- Provide a comprehensive programme to enable understanding of diabetes care (from patient to organisational management) for health care professionals
- Establish a stimulating environment for research, teaching and learning about diabetes
- Ensure a high quality evidence based approach in patient management, teaching, research and evaluation.
- Ensure a critical understanding of current issues in diabetes management.
- Enable students with theory and practical tools for healthcare quality improvement.
- Establish students with a basic grounding in educational/ behaviour change theory with application to patient and professional education
- Encourage students to apply critical analysis to complex problem solving.
- Allow development of generic attributes and skills including reflective practice, professionalism, literature appraisal and academic writing
- Encourage a culture of multidisciplinary working in the workplace.

Who should study this course?

This programme will be of interest to health care professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, podiatrists) working either as generalists or in specialist diabetes care settings.

How is this course taught?

The teaching approach is one of blended learning with fixed face to face teaching (lectures, group work, case discussions, workshops, simulation exercises, quizzes) blended with online activities, case based studies and workplace assessment. Much of the later work can be completed flexibly in the students own free time, and has been designed around the needs of students who are also working full time.

The face to face component requires attendance in Dundee, 3 times throughout the year (2 consecutive days teaching each time). The remainder of the course delivered is online.

Other material will be delivered via an online learning zone through online activities in the form of:
Recorded lectures
Quizzes
Interactive e-learning material
Forums
Discussion Board debates
Group
Wikis
Case Discussions

Much of the private study will be self-directed and relate to various work place projects (see assessments). Students are expected to undertake approx. 8 - 12 hours of work per week, either as self directed study or undertaking specific activities associated with the course.

What will you study?

Year 1: PG Certificate
The proposed Year 1 PG certificate programme will be taught over a period of 12 months. It will be taught and assessed as 3 x 20 credit compulsory modules (SCQF level 11 credits), namely:

Diabetes Clinical Care (20 credits)
Diabetes Organisational Care (20 credits)
Enhanced Patient Care and Professional Development (20 credits)


Year 2: PG Diploma
Students who decide to progress to the diploma stage will have the option of doing a further two modules totalling 60 credits. These modules will develop further advanced skills in clinical care and organisation, healthcare quality improvement and research methodology to allow students to develop their own diabetes service more effectively and embed skills required for their 3rd year dissertation (thesis).

Two of the modules also run as part of the MSc in Quality Improvement:
Quality Improvement in Action (30 credits)
Developing Research and Evaluation Skills (compulsory for students continuing to Year 3) (30 credits)

The third optional module for year 2 is
Advanced Diabetes Clinical Practice (30 credits)

Year 3: MSc Dissertation
Year 3 will involve students undertaking a more substantial project in the field of either Diabetes Care with either a Clinical/ Quality Improvement or Educational theme. Students will be allocated an appropriate university supervisor. This work will be presented as a 10-15,000 word thesis.

How is this course assessed?

Each modules will be assessed individually. Assessments include completion of clinical case scenarios, work place projects, and associated reflective essays in an attempt to embed learning and reflection into real life clinical practice. Quality improvement modules will require additional topic specific written work and on-line activities.

Careers

We would envisage this course/ qualification being of interest to health care professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists) working either as generalists or in diabetes care settings. The qualification may be used by primary care doctors for personal development/ CPD accumulation, and to enable them to set up and enhance their own diabetes specialist services.

For the secondary care training doctors, or allied health professionals, the qualifications could be used to help general career progression or be used to aid a move into specialist diabetes care services either within primary or secondary care.

This qualification is NOT equivalent to accreditation onto the diabetes medical specialist register e.g. allowing the individual to operate as a diabetes consultant.

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Delivering excellence in health and social care at an individual, team and organisational level is not just desirable but achievable. Read more

Delivering excellence in health and social care at an individual, team and organisational level is not just desirable but achievable.

Course details

The philosophy of this programme is that for excellence to flourish every member of staff must be committed to, and play their part in, an integrated governance approach. This is where people-centredness and people-centred approaches to care are afforded the same esteem and recognition as finance, performance, risk management, safety and quality.

The programme is designed to develop and equip critical champions and ambassadors for quality, safety and governance in health and social care. It enables you to apply your comprehensive knowledge, understanding, expertise and advanced skills to lead evidence-based enhancement of quality, safety and governance in your health and social care settings and evaluate the impact of this. The programme is suitable for individuals from the public, independent and voluntary sectors from any professional background, including clinical and support services.

What you study

Year 1 focuses on the transition to mastery and explores the context of safety, quality and governance in terms of policy, theory and experience, at a personal, local, national and international level. You also study different types and sources of evidence. You use these to identify a quality, safety or governance issue of relevance to your role based on an in-depth study of the principles, practices and tools of safety and governance in health and social care. You then develop and justify a business case for change based on this.

The modules studied in Year 1 make up the Advancing Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care, PgCert.

In Year 2, you plan and implement a change project based on your business case presented at the end of Year 1. To help you achieve this you study topics such as a human factors approach, strategic change management, action learning and leadership and evaluation methodologies. You then develop and critique an evaluation study proposal in Year 2 which you take forward during your dissertation module in Year 3. The modules studied in Year 2 make up the Advancing Human Factors in Health and Social Care, PgCert.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

  • Principles and Practice of Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care
  • Using Evidence to Advance Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care

Year 2 core modules

  • Leading Person-centred Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care
  • Using a Human Factors Approach to Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care

Year 3 core modules

  • Dissertation: Evaluating Impact

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

In Years 1 and 2 the programme is taught in short study blocks spread across the academic year over a total of 14 days. We use a range of teaching methods including lectures and workshops, student-led seminars, action learning, real-life scenarios and case study analysis, interactive and online learning activities, directed and self-directed study activities. Year 3 is mainly guided self-directed study with the support of a dissertation supervisor. You are supported by module tutors with extensive experience in this subject area and the programme leader who is a member of the founding cohort for the NHS England and Health Foundation Q initiative.

How you are assessed

We use a range of assessment modes throughout the programme. These include an essay on the nature and use of evidence, analysis of a quality, safety or governance issue using a human factors approach, a business case and the final dissertation evaluating the change you have implemented. 

Other modes of assessment include a poster presentation and defence, and an oral presentation with questions and answers. 

The programme is supported by a critical friends stakeholder support forum which consists of service users and carers, employer representatives and academic staff. Members of this group participate in student assessment as well as supporting programme design and delivery as a means of ensuring the person-centred approach pervades all aspects of the programme and to maximise employer/organisational benefit.

Employability

On successful completion of this programme you are equipped with a range of knowledge, expertise and experiences such as advanced reasoning and decision-making skills. You are also able to work collaboratively, present and research. And you have strong ICT skills that are highly sought by employers. The programme is relevant for you if you are working in or would like to work in a specialist quality, safety or governance role, or one covering these issues.



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Our Quality Management (International) course offers practical experience and will broaden your horizons giving your studies a global outlook while enhancing your understanding of modern developments within quality. Read more

Our Quality Management (International) course offers practical experience and will broaden your horizons giving your studies a global outlook while enhancing your understanding of modern developments within quality.

Close links with commerce and industry ensure our course reflects the latest in quality thinking and techniques, and our laboratories have industry-standard equipment.

This dual award course is the same as the MSc Quality Management but with additional study at the University of Angers in France. Funding options are available for the period of study in France.

At the end of the course you will receive two Masters; MSc Quality Management (International) from UWS, and MSc ISMP (Ingénierie des Systèmes et Management de Project) from University of Angers. Classes in France are taught in French but you can sit exams and assignments in English.

100% of graduates in work or further study six months after graduating - HESA performance indicator 2015/16

Course Details

Our dual award course is the same as the MSc Quality Management but with additional study at the University of Angers in France. At the end of our course you will receive two Masters; MSc Quality Management (International) from UWS, and MSc ISMP (Ingénierie des Systèmes et Management de Project) from University of Angers. Classes in France are taught in French but you can sit exams and assignments in English.

You can expect to study the modules below:

  • MSc Quality Management (International) Postgraduate Diploma 
  • Operations and Project Management 
  • Interpersonal Skills and Change Management (10 point module) 

Research Design and Methods (10 point module) plus one from: 

  • Service Quality or 
  • Reliability and Experimental Design for Industry

MSc ISMP You will also study: 

  • Formation Générale
  • Management de projet 
  • Qualité Logiciel

Upon successful completion of the taught modules listed above you will undertake the MSc research project, which can be carried out within industry in Scotland or France.

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching on our Quality Management (International) course will consist of a combination of:

  • Formal and online teaching sessions 
  • Industrial seminars 
  • Tutor-led taught 
  • Online tutorials 
  • Group participation sessions

Self-directed learning, problem based learning, case studies and seminars will form part of this approach.

You will be assessed through a mixture of: 

  • Written exam papers 
  • Challenging and stimulating coursework 
  • Laboratory exercises (available online) 
  • Student involvement in the industrially related integrative project


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Our Quality Management course addresses strategic quality and leadership issues focused on achieving customer satisfaction. You will explore the application of specialised managerial and technological skills to achieve the desired quality at a minimum cost. Read more

Our Quality Management course addresses strategic quality and leadership issues focused on achieving customer satisfaction. You will explore the application of specialised managerial and technological skills to achieve the desired quality at a minimum cost.

In addition, you will examine quality management and other continuous improvement approaches relevant to industry and apply the techniques to all industrial and business sectors from service to manufacturing.

Throughout your studies you will hone the critical problem-based learning skills and transferable skills that will prepare you for employment in a professional position dealing with quality management system development and implementation.

"Throughout the course, my tutor has sent me several job opportunities and thanks to this helpful approach I have now secured a graduate role with Raytheon on their Quality Management Leadership Development course" Hazel McLea, MSc Quality Management Graduate

Course Details

If you are a full-time Diploma student or an MSc student then you will study five core and two option modules over two trimesters. You will also undertake a significant industrial or university based dissertation during the summer.

Modules that you study include: 

  • Managing Quality (incorporating a 'real' company audit)
  • Statistical Quality Control 
  • Risk Management 
  • Interpersonal Skills and Change Management
  • Operations and Project Management

Optional modules include: 

  • Service Quality 
  • Research Design and Methods 
  • Logistical Resources
  • Reliability and Experimental Design for Industry (EDI)

Upon successful completion of the taught modules listed above you will undertake the MSc research project.

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching will consist of a combination of:

  • Formal and online teaching sessions 
  • Industrial seminars 
  • Tutor-led taught 
  • Online tutorials 
  • Group participation sessions

Self-directed learning, problem based learning, case studies and seminars will form part of this approach.

You will be assessed through a mixture of: 

  • Written exam papers 
  • Challenging and stimulating coursework 
  • Laboratory exercises (available online) 
  • Student involvement in the industrially related integrative project

For examinations, if you are an online learning student then you must attend on campus or at an approved centre.



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Healthcare professionals wishing to extend their understanding of issues relating to quality, information and safety are encouraged to apply for this specialised pathway. Read more
Healthcare professionals wishing to extend their understanding of issues relating to quality, information and safety are encouraged to apply for this specialised pathway. Teaching is delivered by specialists in their field and a student advisor supports students in selecting modules and in reviewing their personal development plan and career goals.

Degree information

Students explore various facets of healthcare quality with an emphasis on the role of information evidence, regulation and safe practice. They develop insights into the challenges of managing high-quality service delivery change, and confidence to tackle the complex job of improving patient care. Implicit in the selection of modules is the acquisition of skills and knowledge relevant to a student’s day-to-day professional life.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), and three optional modules (45 credits).

Core modules
-Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice

Optional modules - choose three from the following:
-Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention, Control and Organisational Aspects
-Information Law and Governance
-Leadership and Professional Development
-Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Healthcare Associated Infection Control
-Litigation, Complaints and Concerns: Raising Clinical Standards
-Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
-Quality Improvement in Healthcare
-Research Methods in Healthcare

Teaching and learning
Some modules are taught by full distance learnnig. Other modules are delivered through blended learning, combining formal contact time with academic staff, research fellows and guest speakers, and interactive online study using the virtual learning environment. The amount and timing of campous attendance varies between modules - see module library for details. Assessment varies according to the modules selected but is primarily via coursework.

Careers

The programme offers practitioners a focused education and training, which chimes with the NHS's commitment to incorporate elements of clinical governance, quality assurance, health informatics, and change management into continuing professional development curricula for both clinicians and managers.

Employability
Increasingly employers are advertising posts with job titles which include the terms 'patient safety', 'risk', 'quality' and 'clinical governance'. This award is aimed at clinical professionals who have taken on a new role in their organisation with a remit for safety and quality or who are seeking to shift their career in this direction. The skills and knowledge acquired from this certificate will assist students in furthering their career in this expanding field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This new specialised Health and Medical Sciences pathway focuses on key topics relating to quality, information and safety, and equips students with the professional skills needed in modern healthcare settings.

The programme offers the opportunity to study at a time and place convenient to your own circumstances making it feasible to combine study and full-time work.

It provides access to a range of modules relating to quality, governance, information and safety, as well as opportunities to interact with a range of senior academics and professional experts drawn from across UCL and beyond.

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Enhance your career in the food industry with advanced skills in Food Safety and Quality. With a Master of Food Safety and Quality, you will play a key role in managing food safety and quality in any food manufacturing company. Read more

Enhance your career in the food industry with advanced skills in Food Safety and Quality

With a Master of Food Safety and Quality, you will play a key role in managing food safety and quality in any food manufacturing company.

Food safety and quality are essential to the success of all food manufacturing companies and critical for New Zealand’s economic success. Why? Because food manufacturers need absolute confidence in the safety and quality of their products. To work in this exciting field, students can choose to study full time or part time with a programme supported with an on-line learning environment.

In big demand by employers around the world

Internationally, food safety is a growth industry.

Food companies have a growing need for expertise in food safety and quality. If they do not have this expertise themselves, consultants with the relevant qualifications provide them with services. You have the opportunity to start your own consultancy business or to work for the government department overseeing food safety in your country. In New Zealand, the government department is the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Internationally recognised and unique

Massey University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities worldwide for Food Science & Technology (out of 300), according to ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

We have been producing highly-skilled graduates for the New Zealand and international food industries for more than 50 years. The lecturers have extensive industry experience supported by a strong academic research base.

Massey University also hosts the New Zealand Food Safety Centre with access to the latest expertise in food safety.

Work on real food industry issues

The Master in Food Safety and Quality provides practical skills and a depth of knowledge to enable you to manage problems in food manufacturing and develop preventative tools designed to provide confidence in the quality and safety of food.

World-leading facilities

At Massey University, you have access to the latest modern food processing and analytical equipment to undertake research that is applied and practical to the food industry including:

  • A fully equipped pilot plant operating under a risk management programme to enable the export of foods of assured safety and quality
  • Specialist equipment for both thermal and non-thermal processing
  • Laboratories equipped to analyse microbial, chemical and foreign matter contaminants, including a PC2 laboratory enabling you to work with foodborne pathogens
  • Instruments to measure food composition

Massey guarantees you research expertise in meat, fish and dairy technology, fruit and vegetable postharvest storage and processing, food formulation, additives and ingredients.

Why post graduate study?

Postgraduate study is hugely regarding and empowering. The Master of Food Safety and Quality will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. Our experts are there to guide you as you undertake in-depth and independent study to prepare you for a senior technical or consultancy role in the food industry.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level of knowledge and expertise, especially in planning and undertaking research.



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Our programme will produce managers and practitioners able to improve the patient experience through innovation, integrated care, technological improvements and their position at the forefront of advances in healthcare. Read more

Our programme will produce managers and practitioners able to improve the patient experience through innovation, integrated care, technological improvements and their position at the forefront of advances in healthcare.

The curriculum of this programme reinforces the need for professionals to demonstrate improvement in their care delivery through high-level, expert knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the context of healthcare management and delivery.

Staff in the School of Health Sciences are motivated to support students to meet the challenges they face in their practice with a solution-focussed approach, utilising the existing evidence base whilst demonstrating creativity in their own research approaches.

Programme structure

The full-time non-endorsed programme is studied over one academic year. The endorsed part time programmes are studied over five academic years (60 months). 

Pathways

There are a range of pathways available for MSc programmes. These variants are made clear to students in all marketing material and student handbooks.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Core modules

Delivering Quality Healthcare (full-time) core modules

Pathway modules

Acutely ill patient

Cancer and Older People

Cancer

  • Cancer in Society
  • Challenges in Pain Management

ehealth

Long Term Conditions

  • Leading and Managing Long Term Conditions
  • Managing Multi-morbidity in Long-Term Conditions

Maternal, Child and Family Health

Or

  • Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

And

Or

Older People

Paramedic Practitioner

Patient Safety

  • Fundamentals in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Innovations in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Optional modules

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Evaluate and critically explore complex problems in order to apply relevant knowledge and skills to develop solution focussed approaches
  • Critically analyse and demonstrate an ability to interpret research evidence and data in order to communicate health care information into the practice setting effectively
  • Demonstrate and apply deep knowledge and understanding relevant to their area of practice

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Critically evaluate, challenge and apply relevant health policy to their own area of practice
  • Demonstrate consideration of relevant ethical principles
  • Apply contemporary thinking and analytical skills when analysing the existing evidence base
  • Critically evaluate research and methodological approaches taken within the existing evidence available
  • Defend originality in their own research work to complement the existing evidence base

Professional practical skills

  • Demonstrate the utilisation of innovative approaches to health care within their own area of practice to engender a progressive culture
  • Utilise a range of analytical and influencing skills including emotional intelligence, to demonstrate effective leadership
  • Effectively address complex and challenging issues to make sound, informed and appropriate judgements in their practice

Key / transferable skills

  • Synthesise information effectively to inform health care practices
  • Demonstrate and utilise critical awareness to improve health care
  • Initiate change and development in their current practice, engaging in the inter-professional arena to facilitate reflective learning in the wider health care team

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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This online quality management degree provides relevant practical knowledge in the field of quality management that can be applied in a work environment. Read more

This online quality management degree provides relevant practical knowledge in the field of quality management that can be applied in a work environment.

Our MSc will provide you with a comprehensive understanding and focuses on Total Quality Management (TQM), strategic quality management, performance management and quality improvement alongside relevant tools, techniques, models and frameworks.

It is suitable for professionals who wish to develop knowledge, understanding and business management skills in the fields of quality management and business improvement.

It will also appeal to those with an undergraduate degree who want to build career within quality management and to existing practitioners who need to enhance and develop their knowledge, competencies, understanding and quality management skills to progress within the profession.

The course is delivered online and is studied part-time over 3 years.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply



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Our MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance is aimed at pharmacy, health and biomedical professionals working in the technical services for the NHS or private sector organisations who want to update their skills and knowledge while gaining an academic qualification. Read more

Our MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance is aimed at pharmacy, health and biomedical professionals working in the technical services for the NHS or private sector organisations who want to update their skills and knowledge while gaining an academic qualification.

This three-year part-time course allows you to choose from a range of optional units to enable you to develop in your chosen field of interest. Some units allow you to learn alongside students from other healthcare disciplines.

Some of the topics covered by the course are radiopharmacy, aseptics, formulation sciences, production and clinical trials.

You will learn from experts from the NHS and industry, who deliver lectures and workshops as part of the course.

You will also be able to apply what you learn in practical workshops and visits to and placements in NHS and industrial environments.

Aims

We aim to provide you with an understanding of core principles and features of clinical pharmaceutical science and professional training.

Successful completion of the course will enable you to:

  • critically apply knowledge of pharmaceutical technology and quality assurance to a range of specialist medicines management areas in pharmaceutical technology and quality assurance;
  • critically analyse evidence to make judgements regarding complex quality assurance issues in pharmaceutical practice;
  • lead on enhancing the achievement of standards and upholding necessary standards and legal requirements in specific areas of practice;
  • apply in-depth knowledge and experience of techniques for evaluating and managing the risk to patients from pharmaceutical technology and quality assurance;
  • take a proactive and self-reflective role in work.

Students who complete the full MSc qualification will achieve the objectives for the PGDip, and will also critically and creatively evaluate current issues in practice and conduct research that advances pharmaceutical technology, quality assurance and decision-making related to patient care.

Teaching and learning

This is a residential and distance learning course. Units will include a taught component delivered in Manchester that is supported by extensive experience achieved in the workplace and on visits to specialist facilities.

We use a blend of online and face-to-face methods. This will include small group tutorials, workshops and experience-based learning. You will have a nominated tutor at the University and your practice base to provide guidance on work-based activities and written assignments.

You will engage in work-based learning and demonstrate this to the academic team by producing portfolios of evidence detailing your experiences gained during each visit or placement.

Coursework and assessment

Each unit has a designated leader who is responsible for individual assessments, under the guidance of the course director. All assessments will be monitored and reviewed by the Exam Board.

You must satisfy the course requirements in Year 1 before you can proceed to Year 2 of the course. The timing of re-sits for written examinations will be decided by the course director on an individual basis.

Course content for year 1

You will take course units covering a wide range of topics within:

  • Foundations of PTQA
  • Radiopharmacy or Production
  • Formulation Sciences
  • Aseptics

Compulsory Components

  • Foundations of PTQA (30 credits)

Optional Components

Introduction to Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 2 (30 credits)

  • Radiopharmacy
  • Formulation sciences
  • Aseptics

Introduction to Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 3 (30 credits)

  • Production
  • Formulation sciences
  • Aseptics

Course content for year 2

You will complete course units from a selection covering:

  • Quality Control
  • Aseptics Advanced
  • Medical gases
  • Clinical trials
  • Radiopharmacy Advanced
  • Pharmaceutical risk management and the role of the QP

Compulsory Components

  • Quality Control (15 credits)
  • Aseptics Advanced (15 credits)

Optional Components (choose 2)

  • Medical gases (15 credits)
  • Clinical trials (15 credits)
  • Radiopharmacy Advanced (15 credits)
  • Pharmaceutical risk management and the role of the QP (15 credits)

Course content for year 3

You will complete your research dissertation.

Compulsory Components

  • Research project (60 credits)

Course unit details

There is flexibility through the range of optional units to allow you to develop in your chosen specialist field. Some units also provide the opportunity to learn alongside students from other healthcare disciplines.

Facilities

The teaching blocks will be held at Chancellors Conference Centre , with some practical sessions taking place on the University campus.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service 

Career opportunities

Completing this course will help you develop your chosen career path within the pharmacy profession by gaining advanced clinical knowledge, problem solving skills and a critical awareness of the role of pharmaceutical services within the workplace.



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