MSc in Quality
The MSc in Quality is two-year part-time programme designed for graduates who are currently in quality engineering and/or management positions and who wish to expand their knowledge towards the strategic aspects of the quality management and quality science.
About this Programme
This programme will provide the students with the skills and tools necessary to meet the demands of the next generation employability allowing them to advocate and implement strategic and change management programmes and co-ordinate and manage these in a global environment. The emphasis is on developing expertise as quality management professionals, providing the tools, methods, knowledge and skills that are necessary to achieve adaptability, flexibility, creativity and innovation. The necessary skills and competencies will be developed to allow graduates to move beyond the operational level and to facilitate the resolution of strategic issues such as the corporate quality strategy and its implementation in an international context.
Aims and Objectives
The objectives of the programme are to ensure that graduates will:
- Possess a state-of-the-art knowledge of current practices and standards relating to quality.
- Enhance their ability to apply a significant range of professional skills, practices and techniques in management.
- Achieve an understanding of the nature of global competition, comparative performance and performance measurement.
- Develop skills to become leaders and innovators in the application of Quality principles and techniques.
- Develop as quality management professionals for senior roles in the service and manufacturing industry
Modules offered include:
- Value stream optimisation
- Experimental design
- Transformational change
- Strategic management
- Integrated management systems
- System simulation modelling and analysis
- Research methods
- Project Management
- Research thesis.
After you Graduate
Typically, graduates will be employed as quality managers or senior quality engineers.
Participants must have one of the following academic qualifications:
- A 2nd class BSc Hons degree in Quality Management or Higher Diploma in Quality (Level 8.) or equivalent.
- 2nd class Hons (Level 8.) graduates who are currently in quality engineering/management positions within their respective organisations. These candidates will be selected following interview.
- Candidates not holding the required qualifications, but with significant relevant industrial experience will be assessed using the Institute RPL process.
Award: Level 9
Duration: 2 years part-time
Fees: €9,000 in total €4,500 per year, OR €750 per 5 credit module, €3,000 per 20 credit module (thesis).
Note: If you are unemployed, you may be entitled to free fees for this programme under the Springboard initiative. You can find out more on the Springboard website.
Modules and Programme Organisation (credits awarded)
The M.Sc. programme has been available through on-line lectures as a two year rolling programme since September 2005.
Semester 1: September 2012 – December 2012
- Project Management (5 Credits)
- Transformational Change (5 Credits)
Semester 2: January 2013 – June 2013
- Research Methods (5 Credits)
- System Simulation Modelling and Analysis. (5 Credits)
Semester 1: September 2013– December 2013
- Strategic Management (5 Credits)
- Integrated Management Systems (5 Credits)
Semester 2: January 2014 – June 2014
- Value Stream Optimisation (5 Credits)
- Experimental Design (5 Credits)
The Research Thesis (20 Credits) is taken in the second year of the M.Sc. programme. Research Methods (5 Credits) will always be taken in the first year of the programme.