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Quality Management (MSc)

Course Description

This programme is suitable for those wishing to pursue a career in the industrial or service sector as a quality professional.

About the programme

Exploring the application of specialised managerial and technological skills to achieve the desired quality at a minimum cost, this programme also addresses strategic quality and leadership issues focussed on achieving customer satisfaction. You will learn about the complexities and inter-relationships which exist in implementing cost effective quality management solutions to the ISO9000 series of standards and to the excellence models.

Practical experience

Opportunities exist to conduct a project within industry or with one of our European partner institutions.

Your learning

Full-time Diploma and MSc students undertake five core and two option modules over two trimesters. MSc students must also complete a significant industrial or university based dissertation over the summer.

Core modules include:
• Managing Quality
• Statistical Quality Control
• Risk Management
• Interpersonal Skills and Change Management
• Operations and Project Management

Option 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.
Postgraduate Certificate students who transfer to the MSc Quality Management (International) (see page 165) can study for the dual
award with the University of Angers.Upon its successful completion students are awarded MSc Quality Management (International) from UWS and Master Degree Ingénierie des Systèmes et Management de Project (Systems and Project Management) from University of Angers, France.

Our Careers Adviser says

Strong industry links ensure employment and placement opportunities are available for all graduates. Recent graduates work for Toyota Europe (Brussels), Amec, Raytheon, Howden and Honeywell.

Professional recognition

Students can join the Chartered Quality Institute as associate members.

Financial support

In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate Diploma element of this programme carried SAAS postgraduate loan funding for eligible students. Check http://www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 loan info.

First-class facilities

Get the hands on experience you need to succeed. We have excellent specialist facilities which support our research students and staff. These include an advanced chemical analysis lab: with state-of-theart chemical analysis for isotopic and elemental analysis at trace concentrations using ICPMS/OES and the identification of organic compounds using LCMS; and the Spatial and Pattern Analysis (SPAR) lab: providing high specification workstations, geographical information system (GIS) software, geochemical and image processing facilities to support data management in science research.

Visit the Quality Management (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Diploma applicants must normally possess a degree, an equivalent qualification or a lesser appropriate qualification plus equivalent experience gained in industry. Students completing the Diploma at a sufficiently high standard may transfer to the MSc. MSc applicants must normally possess an Honours degree or an equivalent qualification. MSc applicants will register for both the Diploma and the MSc and will be subject to progression requirements. Students who have previously completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Quality may be admitted to the MSc at the appropriate stage.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £3,400, International Students £11,000

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