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    Quality Management in Scientific Research and Development MSc/PgCert/PgDip:

    Course Description:

    Quality management in scientific R&D has become an essential tool in ensuring that modern developments are implemented within a rigorous and robust quality framework.
    Developed in collaboration with the Research Quality Association ( RQA ), this unique MSc has been devised to meet increasing demand by the healthcare industry for senior quality management professionals.
    Available on a part-time basis only, this qualification is designed to be flexible in order to fit around your current job and responsibilities. For even greater flexibility the course is also available at Diploma and Certificate level. For professionals with a specific interest, some individual modules may be attended as standalone short courses, without the need to register for the full qualification.Quality management in scientific R&D has become an essential tool in ensuring that modern developments are implemented within a rigorous and robust quality framework.
    Developed in collaboration with the Research Quality Association ( RQA ), this unique MSc has been devised to meet increasing demand by the healthcare industry for senior quality management professionals.
    Available on a part-time basis only, this qualification is designed to be flexible in order to fit around your current job and responsibilities. For even greater flexibility the course is also available at Diploma and Certificate level. For professionals with a specific interest, some individual modules may be attended as standalone short courses, without the need to register for the full qualification.

    Start Months:

    The start date is flexible; you can enrol at any time throughout the year.

    Full Time/ Part Time: Executive/Part-time

    School:

    SATM

    Theme:

    Manufacturing

    Entry Requirements:

    A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page. 
     
    English Language:

    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). Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

    Duration:

    Part-time MSc - up to three years, Part-time PgCert - two years, Part-time PgDip - two years

    Course format:
    • Taught
    • MSc/PgCert/PgDip

    Overview:

    Quality management in scientific R&D has become an essential tool in ensuring that modern developments are implemented within a rigorous and robust quality framework. Delivered in collaboration with the Research Quality Association (RQA), this part-time MSc has been devised to meet increasing demand by the healthcare industry for senior quality management professionals.


    Who is it for?:

    Our MSc fills a major gap in the availability of quality management courses for managers, scientists, auditors and other practitioners who are aspiring to more senior roles or independent consultancy.

    This course offers flexibility and support for those who wish to train whilst remaining in employment and provides delegates with invaluable access to industry professionals and networking events to help develop their careers.

    Students come from the UK and the EU and usually have anything from 2 - 25 years experience in the field. This mix provides excellent opportunities for networking and exchange of knowledge.

    Why this course?:

    This Executive MSc programme is specifically designed to help support you to fit study into your working life whilst obtaining a formal qualification in Quality Assurance. Modules are condensed as we appreciate securing time away from the office is challenging and off-campus support is available via online facilities and personal tutor support via email and telephone.

    The MSc presents the core quality assurance methods, practices and processes as currently employed within the healthcare and associated sectors, whilst also looking for changing dynamics of the teams responsible for quality assurance.

    The course will enable you to develop:
    • A solid foundation in regulatory requirements and standards
    • The advanced skills to manage quality teams and systems
    • The competence to deliver quality results and business performance.
    Cranfield places a high emphasis on practical, transferable skills. We realise that your current or future employer will value your ability to put your knowledge and skills in to action. We give you the chance to develop indispensable team-working, project management and independent research skills. The MSc allows you to undertake an individual research project relating to quality management in industry. We are confident that this opportunity will give you a significant advantage in the field.

    Class sizes are kept relatively small to help create an interactive environment and to ensure each student receives excellent support from our academic team.

    Cranfield University campus has excellent transport links and several hotels and other types of accommodation options on-site making it convenient for you to attend modules.

    Informed by Industry:

    The course retains a high relevance and currency through the relationships between Cranfield, RQA, regulatory authorities, professional membership organisations and numerous other organisations in the industry.

    Your teaching team:

    Alongside Cranfield academics, you will benefit from a programme of visiting lecturers from industry.

    Accreditation:

    The course is in partnership with the Research Quality Association RQA.

    Course details:

    The formal taught component of this course comprises eight modules covering the main principles of research quality management, quality audits, risk management and quality teams. Diploma and Certificate level is also available. Diploma includes eight modules and an integrating portfolio. Certificate includes six modules. For even greater flexibility individual modules can be attended as standalone three-day short courses. 

    Individual project:

    The individual research project is an integral part of the course. It gives you the chance to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired during the taught phase of the course to a practical problem in quality management. 

    The project will most likely be undertaken in your place of work – benefiting both you and your employer. However, you may be able to complete this at Cranfield or possibly at another organisation and we may be able to help you find placements. This element constitutes the remaining 40% of the overall mark.

    Core Principles Integration:

    A critical part of the course, the integrating portfolio enables you to effectively apply the theory you have gained from the taught elements of the course to your workplace. This element constitutes 20% of the overall mark.

    Assessment:

    Taught modules 40%, Integrated portfolio 20%, Individual research project 40%

    Core modules:
    • Managing Quality Teams
    • Strategic Quality Management
    • Audit as a Management Tool for Compliance Assurance
    • Quality Audit Practice- Digital Quality Management
    • Research Business Dynamics I: Quality Management in the Global Company
    • Research Business Dynamics II: Quality Improvement
    • Managing Governance, Risk and Compliance
    • Ethics and Regulatory Framework 

    Funding Opportunities:

    Places on this course are usually either self-funded or sponsored by the student’s company. For further information please contact Enquiries. Please note that a formal offer of a place on this course must have been received before consideration can be given for funding.

    To help students find and secure appropriate funding, we have created a funding finder where you can search for suitable sources of funding by filtering the results to suit your needs. 

    Your career:

    This course will enhance your career in quality management or provide you with the opportunity to pursue further research and professional development activities. It has been specifically designed to provide you with invaluable access to industry professionals and networking events - preparing you for exciting career development opportunities in any of the following sectors:
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Healthcare
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical.

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