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Operations Management in Engineering (MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert)

Course Description

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.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/operationsmanagementinengineering/

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.

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.

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.


- 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).

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the Operations Management in Engineering (MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Student Profiles

Developing an innovative methodology to facilitate lifecycle supply chain sustainability assessment - Single Award

This is a call for applications for a funded PhD studentship at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde, in the area of Supply Chain Sustainability Assessment. The PhD project aim is to develop a methodology for establishing a Lifecycle Supply Chain Indicator, which will be an easy to use metric that will pass information about the lifecycle environmental performance of a product or service from one link of the supply chain to the next one, allowing more informed decision making on supplier selection and simpler application of Lifecycle methodologies. Lately, supply chains have become increasingly international. This means outsourcing processes to and purchasing raw material, components or products from countries with lower production cost, but in many cases with lower environmental standards and regulations, as well as greatly increased transportation requirements. The driver for this trend has been merely financial, whereas the environmental effect has been greatly neglected, thus compromising the sustainability of supply chains. The PhD project will aim at developing a method that will provide a holistic picture of a suppliers’ environmental performance at a product/service level in a single indicator, using Lifecycle Analysis principles. Ultimately, the indicator value may be apparent on the final product or service, giving the final customer a tangible way of assessing the environmental performance and sustainability of the product.

Value of Scholarship(s)

The 3 year studentship will cover student fees and a tax free stipend of £13,863 per annum.


The student should have a first or second class Honours degree (minimum 2.1) or an MSc in industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, supply chain management or a similar discipline. Previous experience with Sustainability Assessment or Lifecycle Analysis software use and programming experience would be beneficial. Applicants must be able to demonstrate enthusiasm, creativity, resourcefulness and a mature approach to learning. Collaboration with industrial partners will be sought during the duration of the PhD in order to apply the findings of the research. Therefore it is expected that the candidate will be willing to be exposed to work with industrial partners.

Application Procedure

To apply for the studentship, candidates should complete an online application on the University website http://www.strath.ac.uk/prospectus/postgraduateapplications/ naming “Developing an innovative methodology to facilitate lifecycle supply chain sustainability assessment” as the research area. Required Documents: Completed application form, CV, 2 reference letters and a brief statement of research interests. Closing date for applications: 25th July 2014

Further Information

http://Information about Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management can be obtained from http://www.strath.ac.uk/dmem/

Entry Requirements

MSc: 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. PgDip: 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.

Course Fees

2015/16: Scotland/EU £9,600; Rest of UK £9,600; International £16,700

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