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Lean Six Sigma for Process Excellence (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Why this course?

This course is focused on the integration of two world-class process excellence initiatives:
- lean thinking
- six sigma

Lean Six Sigma is recognised as a leading process excellence programme. A number of professional jobs in the global market seek qualifications in Lean Six Sigma for achieving competitive advantage. This course aims to develop the process excellence leaders of tomorrow.

You’ll be equipped with state-of-the-art concepts, methods, techniques and tools within Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. This'll allow you to contribute towards the competitiveness of industrial and commercial organisations worldwide.

This course is suitable for:
- recent and existing graduates who wish to move into careers in the process excellence field
- professionals with a background in support functions who wish to gain a better understanding of process excellence methodologies
- those planning to develop their careers as process excellence change agents within an organisation

Study mode and duration:
- MSc: 12 months full time; 24 months part time
- PgDip: 9 months full time; 21 months part time

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

You’ll study

Successful completion of all compulsory modules, two optional modules and a group project will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. MSc students also undertake an individual project.

Teaching staff

This programme is delivered by the Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management (SIOM). The delivery team comprises leading academics from Strathclyde Business School and the Faculty of Engineering.

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

For the Masters project, you’ll have the opportunity to select a thesis topic and supervisor from the wide range of experts in:
- process excellence
- operations management
- quality management


Modules will be assessed by a mix of assignments and exams.


The demand for process excellence professionals is increasing across the world in all industrial sectors irrespective of the size and their nature.

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

Visit the Lean Six Sigma for Process Excellence (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

James Barrett

"A well rounded course, the structure strikes a balance between academic lecture and case study research which drives the student to learn what has been successful in industry as well as the fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma. "

James Barrett (Texas Instruments, Greenock)


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: Normally, first or second-class honours degree in engineering, technology, science, business or a similar discipline from a UK university (or equivalent). PgDip/PgCert: Degree, good HND or equivalent. Other qualifications with industrial experience will be considered on an individual basis

Course Fees

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

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