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At a Glance:
The MSc in Manufacturing is an exclusive leadership programme specifically designed for manufacturers.

Developed and delivered by The Manufacturing Institute, its focus is to equip existing and future manufacturing leaders to champion enterprise and advance wealth-generation capacity within manufacturing.

It combines Manufacturing Institute know-how with leading-edge academic insight – resulting in a prestigious qualification from the internationally renowned Lancaster University Management School, the UK’s only 6-Star business and management research institute outside London.

About the Programme:
The MSc in Manufacturing Leadership has been designed to develop an individual’s leadership qualities and effectiveness and to provide the essential knowledge and understanding required to develop, sustain and grow a manufacturing business. The programme is structured to ensure that time is used effectively for individuals and companies, making it suitable for busy professionals with demanding workloads and lives.

The MSc Programme comprises six taught modules plus a dissertation. The taught element is conducted part-time over a two year period. The dissertation will normally take a further 6 months to complete.

Each module, which is led by a senior academic or industrialist, consists of a set of core learning materials, four workshops and three facilitated Action Learning Sets. Module Tutors are available throughout the course to assist delegates with any queries or problems.

The programme is designed to be flexible to accommodate the personal and work commitments of its students and sponsors. It comprises the following study elements:

Normally four one-day workshops will take place per module. Led by the module convenor, each workshop provides the opportunity for intensive learning and discussion. Additional keynote speakers will participate - drawn from academics, practitioners, consultants and subject experts.

Action Learning Sets:
Action Learning Sets are held between workshops and are designed to deal with the individual manufacturing problems and issues raised by students. Through facilitator led discussion, Action Learning Sets provide the opportunity for students to better understand the core learning materials – and how to transform what has been learnt to identify in-company problems.

Web Delivered Core Learning:
Knowledge and understanding are developed through directed self-learning via web access to interactive core learning materials written by the industry’s foremost practitioners and experts. Web-based media is also used to deliver both generic and industry-specific case studies.

To ensure that time is spent productively the assessment will be based on a task which is an integrated part of a delegate’s working portfolio. The outcome will show how ‘module knowledge’ has been constructively applied to a problem resulting in a real business benefit.

Programme Benefits:
By actively employing what has been learned in the workplace on various projects you will develop key practical skills and knowledge such as:
• The ability to identify and analyse problems and work out how to resolve them.
• Understanding how to make your ideas work within existing opportunities and limitations and the ability to critically assess your performance.
• Applying the most appropriate leadership styles, establish effective communication and managerial processes and methodologies, create and maintain a competitive strategy, set Key Performance Indicators and best manage the change process.

Your company should expect to see immediate benefits, as from day one you will be relating what you are learning to the resolution of in-company problems. Each assignment project will enable you to bring new thinking, both your own and that of your peers and expert tutoring staff, to a problem. As you are selecting these tasks you can ensure that they are focused on problems which will result in real ‘bottom-line’ benefits. The dissertation provides a further opportunity for work to be undertaken of substantial business benefit.

Less tangible, but equally beneficial, will be the improvements that will flow from the introduction of new thinking, new approaches, new tools and techniques that you will be able to introduce and use in your working portfolio. All of this will be augmented by your increased effectiveness as a leader and communicator.


Module 1 Leadership

Module 2 Global Markets and Future Manufacturing

Module 3 Generating Wealth in Manufacturing

Module 4 World Class Manufacturing Practices

Module 5 Manufacturing Enterprise Creation and Development

Module 6 Innovation

Start Month: January
Duration 2.5 years part-time
Taught/Research: Taught
Entry Requirements: First Degree or professional equivalence plus relevant work experience

Scholarships available




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