Operations Excellence is a world-leading programme developed by Cranfield University through a unique partnership with Rolls-Royce and the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge. The course has been designed to enhance the skills of professionals leading the development of the operations supply chain, both internally and externally. It develops skills and knowledge required to lead the implementation of change in business. It covers all aspects of the supply chain, from introducing new products, operating effective factories, through to managing new technologies and working with suppliers. This course addresses the need for highly trained operations professionals required to transform operations into a world-class business in all sectors of manufacturing business.
Students learn from other cohort members, from guest lecturers and from developing solutions to individual issues through group and individual projects. The courses are regularly scrutinised by an advisory panel of leading professionals from industry to ensure the content is up-to-date and meets the needs of employers.
In order to undertake this programme you will need the support of your employer or sponsoring company.
The Operations Excellence course is structured to allow maximum benefit from learning with minimum time away from the working environment. This course comprises a series of eight taught modules, a group project and an individual thesis project. The eight modules develop skills to deliver real benefits to the students' companies.
English Language Requirements
If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses are as follows:
IELTS - 6.5
TOEFL - 92
Pearson PTE Academic - 65
Cambridge English Scale - 180
Cambridge English: Advanced - C
Cambridge English: Proficiency - C
In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.
We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).
The course comprises eight assessed modules.
- Business and Manufacturing Strategy
- Effective Factories
- Innovation Management
- Management Accounting and Human Resource Management
- Manufacturing Assessment and Improvement
- Production Planning and Control
- Realising Competitive Manufacture
- Technology Management
The individual project allows each student to demonstrate their independent learning ability and interest in advancing their knowledge through the pursuit of independent research and/or development work in an industrially relevant area and communicate their ideas, analysis and conclusions in written and oral formats. The subject of the thesis is agreed between the delegate and the supervisor and will normally be based around part of the taught material and/or a company problem. The project will be carried out at a company and/or at Cranfield University depending on the nature of the project.
Industrially supported and relevant project work undertaken represents 60% of the total study time. It enables delegates to apply the knowledge and skills gained from the taught element of the course and put them into practice. Projects are particularly designed and chosen to ensure delegates are able to relate the content directly to the performance of the business and its future success.
Benefits to the organisation are:
- Drive organisational performance improvement
- Develop business leaders
- Develop new leadership capabilities
- Contribute to the transformation of businesses into world class organisations
- Develop a new strategic perspective
- Develop skills in implementing innovation.
Group projects have been sponsored by:
- Rolls-Royce plc
- NCT Leather
Taught modules: 40%
Group project or dissertation: 20%
Individual project: 40%
Individuals selected to participate in this programme will be able to deliver significant business benefits to their employer/sponsoring company immediately. In addition, the greater depth and breadth of skills gained will enable graduates to progress to more senior roles in the future.
Students who have excelled in the course have their performance recognised through course awards, sponsored by Rolls-Royce, Arthur Corfe and Professor John Kay. These are presented to the winners when they Graduate.
For further information
On this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/operations-excellence.html
A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.