Quality Management

UCAS codes

Course contact

Michele Cano
+44 (0)141 848 3669 or 0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • MSc (full-time/part-time)
    1 year^*/24 months
  • Diploma (full-time/part-time)
    9 months/18 months


Start date(s)

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

Please note that this course is recognised as by Scottish Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for access to postgraduate tuition fee and cost-of-living loans for UK and EU applicants. See the Useful Information section for more details.
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.

Those wishing to transfer to MSc Quality Management (International) must have successfully completed the Pg Certificate or equivalent and have reached a minimum level of French language equivalent to Higher.

The programme is available to EU and overseas students (full-time only). Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.
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 costeffective quality management solutions to the ISO9000 series of standards and to the excellence models.

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

    • 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) 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.

    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.

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

    Opportunities exist to conduct a project within industry or with one of our European partner institutions. Students can join the Chartered Quality Institute as associate members.

    My course helped me fulfil and realise my potential and ambitions both academically and socially. I am grateful to the University and the lecturers for this life-changing opportunity. Essentially, the results, for me, exceeded all of my expectations.

    Craig Singer, Quality Management Graduate

    Useful Information

    • Financial Support

      This course is recognised by SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) for access to postgraduate loan funding towards postgraduate tuition fees and living costs. Check the SAAS website for details of loan eligibility criteria for UK and EU students.

      NB We also offer Quality Management at our collaborative partner institution, Ghana Technology University College, from Sept 2016.

      * Students wishing to transfer to MSc Quality Management (International) will be based at Paisley initially and then Angers, France.

      ^ To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc.