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MSc Quality Management Students | UWS London Campus | University of the West of Scotland

Overview

Our MSc Quality Management course addresses strategic quality and leadership issues focused on achieving customer satisfaction. It is suitable for those wishing to pursue a career in the industrial or service sector as a quality professional.

You will explore the application of specialised managerial and technological skills to achieve the desired quality at a minimum cost. In addition, you will examine quality management and other continuous improvement approaches relevant to industry and apply the techniques to all industrial and business sectors from service to manufacturing.

Throughout your studies you will hone the critical problem-based learning skills and transferable skills that will prepare you for employment in a professional position dealing with quality management system development and implementation.

Throughout the course, my tutor has sent me several job opportunities and thanks to this help I have now secured a graduate role with Raytheon on their Quality Management Leadership Development course

Hazel McLea, MSc Quality Management Graduate

Start Dates & Duration

There are two award options for this master's degree: MSc Quality Management and MSc Quality Management (Professional Practice). In addition, there are two start dates: January and September each year. Full details on the satrt dates and typical durations are as follows:

  • MSc Sept entry: 1 year full-time, typically 2 years part-time 
  • MSc Jan entry: 1.5 years full-time, typically 2-3 years part-time 
  • MSc Quality Management (Professional Practice) Sept entry: 1.5 years full-time, typically 2-3 years part-time 
  • MSc Quality Management (Professional Practice) Jan entry: typically 2 years full-time and 2-3 years part-time 
  • Variable duration for online study option

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Practical learning

Opportunities exist to conduct a project within industry or with one of our European partner institutions. Strong industry links ensure employment and placement opportunities are available for all graduates.

The course also offers you the opportunity to take part in company audits to the international standards ISO9001:2015 and ISO13458.

In addition, yellow and green belt Lean Six Sigma courses accredited by the Institute of Six Sigma Professionals are available through the MSc.

For those successfully completing the MSc Quality Management, there is the option to undertake a professional practice placement at the end of their studies. Please note though that this will extend the duration of the course typically by an additional three months. However, you will exit with the degree MSc Quality Management (Professional Practice).

Career Prospects

Graduates have found employment across sectors including Engineering, Manufacturing, NHS, Food and Drink and Higher Education. Recent graduates work in the quality field for SPX Clyde Union, BAE Systems, Network Rail, Raytheon, NHS Scotland and Diageo.

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Graduates from the MSc Quality Management are satisfied overall

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Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You should normally possess an Honours degree or an equivalent qualification.

if you possess a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, or a less, but appropriate qualification plus relevant industrial experience may also be considered for entry to the PgDip.

Progression from the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) to the MSc is dependent upon successfully completing the PgDip.

Students who have previously completed a PgDip in Quality may be admitted to the MSc at the appropriate stage.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

or the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage, you will study the following core modules:

  • Risk Management (core, 10 credits)
  • Managing Quality (core, 20 credits)
  • Statistical Quality Control (core, 20 credits)
  • Operations & Project Mgt (core, 20 credits)
  • Interpersonal Skills & Change Management (optional, 10 credits)
  • Postgraduate Research Methods (core, 10 credits)
  • Specialist Topics (core, 10 credits)

To complete the PgDip stage, you will select a further 20 credits from the following optional modules:

  • Any UWS module at SCQF level 11 (optional, 20 credits)
  • Service Quality (optional, 20 credits)

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's module:

  • MSc Quality Management Dissertation (60 credits)

Successfully completing the dissertation results in the award of MSc Quality Management.

For those students seeking to undertake the Professional Practice element they would undertake the following core module over one additional term following their MSc submissions

  • Professional Practice (60 credits)

Successfully completing this module plus the dissertation results in the award of MSc Quality Management (Professional Practice).

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching will consist of a combination of:

  • Formal and online teaching sessions 
  • Industrial seminars 
  • Tutor-led taught 
  • Online tutorials 
  • Group participation sessions

Self-directed learning, problem based learning, case studies and seminars will form part of this approach.

You will be assessed through a mixture of: 

  • Written exam papers 
  • Challenging and stimulating coursework 
  • Laboratory exercises (available online) 
  • Student involvement in the industrially related integrative project

For examinations, if you are an online learning student then you must attend on campus or at an approved centre.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

MSc Quality Management Course Structure

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

Lab-based (Scottish campuses) 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£5,500 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£7,300 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£7,300 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£14,600 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

MSc Project/Quality Mgt Online Study 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£3,970 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£7,420 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£7,420 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£7,420 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) postgraduate tuition fee and living cost loans may be available for eligible (Scottish/EU) students. Check SAAS website for more information.

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

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Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

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Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

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How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & some Post-experience courses (CertHE, BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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