Designing, producing and servicing complex products in a global world are challenging and require several competencies, some of which include:
- leading and managing multi-disciplinary product development processes
- fast and optimal decision making
- collaborating within your organisation and throughout your supply chain efficiently
- linking organisational strategy with design and innovation
- using state-of-the-art tools and techniques to develop products and services
- looking after them once they are with your customer
Manufacturing and service industries require many more talents who can tackle these challenges that come with operating in a complex, global environment. The MSc in Global Product Development and Management aims to equip students with the necessary skill-set, tools and methodologies to address this need.
The course is designed for mid-career professionals, career changers, and ambitious, internationally focused graduates looking to enhance their careers in a global context. Students benefit from the expertise in distributed product development that resides within the Cranfield Manufacturing theme and the Cranfield School of Management as well as engagement with leading industrial practitioners. The course is tuned to meet the demands of internationally interconnected industries that need highly educated employees, equipped with an international understanding of global manufacturing and service.
The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project. As part of global learning activities of this course, a European study tour is organised.
The major learning experience for full-time students is the group project. This involves students working in teams to fulfil demanding objectives within a tight timescale, applying state-of-the-art technologies and approaches and delivering results to a high professional standard. Projects are industrially orientated and have the support of external organisations. Experience gained is highly valued by both students and prospective employers. For part-time students a dissertation usually replaces the group project.
Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. These include: Airbus, Atkins, Altro, Bromford Industries, Benaa Group, BT, Caterpillar, Centre for Process Innovation, Cisco, DPD, Dragon Rouge, Engineering Photonics Centre, Environcom, ERA Foundation, GKN Hybrid Power, HS Marston Aerospace, Ihsan Center, Labinal Power Systems, Maier Group, Novartis, Okaz Organization for Press and Publications, Operations Excellence Institute, Rolls-Royce, Safran Power, SENTi, SPI Laser, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Ultra Precision Centre, and Whirlpool.
As a result of external engagement Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.
Either industrially or academically driven, students select the individual project in consultation with the Course Director. The project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent research, think and work in an original way, contribute to knowledge, and overcome genuine manufacturing problems. Many of the projects are supported by external organisations.
The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project.
Technology and Prototyping
Supply Chain Management
Managing Innovation and New Product Development
Design Driven Innovation Processes
Taught modules: 40%
Group projects: 20%
Individual project: 40%
Funding opportunities exist, including industrial sponsorship, School bursaries and a number of general external schemes. For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers. We recommend you discuss this with your company in the first instance.
The MSc Global Product Development and Management course will enable graduates to progress to senior roles in a range of global businesses. Recent graduate destinations include aerospace and automotive manufacturing multi-nationals, as well as leading consultancy firms.
For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/global-product-development-and-management.html
A first or second class UK Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Other relevant qualifications together with considerable industrial experience may be considered.