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MSc Operations Management

Course Description

Our MSc Operations Management will develop a critical understanding of the role of operations management in relation to organisational performance and competitiveness. It will build knowledge of operations management principles and concepts, and how they can be applied, across different organisational functions including finance, sales, marketing, human resource management and design. It will also 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.

Graduates will be able to identify, conceptualise and define new problems and issues and have the ability to contribute towards the competitiveness of any organisation.


Six core modules are taken during semester 1 and semester 2:

Global Purchasing and Supply
Quality Management & Engineering
Operations Management
System Thinking & Analysis
Strategies for Managing Supply Chains
Research Philosophy and Practice

Two further modules from a wide range of relevant options such as leadership, project management, green and sustainable logistics are also taken.

The MSc dissertation is then completed between May and August.


Our MSc Operations Management is accredited by the Institute of Operations Management (IoM).


Visit the MSc Operations Management page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

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.

Course Fees

2015 entry: Home/EU £6,460 Overseas £14,040

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