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Quality Management in Scientific Research and Development MSc - Part-time

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  • Objectives
    The Quality Management MSc aims to fill the major skills gap in the availability of quality management courses for managers, scientists, auditors or other practitioners. This course will enable you to develop: * a solid foundation in regulatory requirements and standards * the skills needed to manage quality teams and systems * your ability to deliver quality results and business performance in a global environment. Successful completion will give you a broad range of choice in your next steps, from advancing your career to pursuing further research and professional development activities.
  • Entry requirements
    A good honours degree from a UK university, or equivalent in a relevant discipline and students should normally have at least two years work experience in a relevant role. Where applicable, students must demonstrate competency in English, such as a minimum International English Language Testing System Score (IELTS) of 6.5 or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 580. Our Academic Summer Programme offers pre-sessional training in English.
  • Course description
    Available on a part time basis only
    Places are usually sponsored by employers or self-funded

    About the course

    Advances in science have led to major improvements in people's lives but this is twinned with an increasing focus on the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals, devices, biologicals, agrochemicals and chemicals in man, animals and the environment.

    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 British Association of Research and Quality Assurance (BARQA), 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 course has been designed for current practitioners who wish to have their skills formally recognised with a qualification that has credibility for employers.

    The MSc comprises a formal taught eight-module course, a Personal Development Plan and a Individual Research Project. Modules are delivered in up to four three-day sessions per year.  These modules are campus based, so you will receive strong support from fellow students and peers and direct access to teaching staff.

    Duration of course:

    Part time – up to a maximum of three years

    Award type:


    Course start date:


    Course structure

    This course is divided into three parts:

    Taught modules

    Eight compulsory modules covering the main principles of research quality management, quality audits, risk management and quality teams.

    This element constitutes 40% of the overall mark. The marks for each of the modules are usually obtained through a combination of written assignments and examination.
    Personal development plan

    A critical part of the course, the Personal Development Plan, will give you the tools you need to practise self-reflection and improve your own expertise.

    This element constitutes 10% of the overall mark and is an ongoing task throughout the entirety of the course.

    Research project and thesis

    The research project will most likely be undertaken in your place of work however you can complete at Cranfield or another company (we can help you find a placement).

    This element constitutes the remaining 50% of the overall mark. The marks are obtained from a combination of a submitted thesis, application and initiative shown during the project which is assessed by the day-to-day project supervisor and assessment of an oral presentation of the project.

    Course content

    The course content has been created to provide students with the skills, knowledge and practical experience needed for an enhanced career in quality management.

    It is comprised of the following segments:


    1. Principles and Practice of Research Quality Management I    12-14

    2. Principles and Practice of Research Quality Management II    23-25

    3. Quality Audit Practice: General    5-7

    4. Quality Audit Practice: Computer Systems    28-30

    5. Research Business Dynamics I: Quality Management in the Global Company    16-18

    6.Research Business Dynamics II: Quality Improvement

    7. Risk Management

    8. Quality Teams


    Personal Development Plan

    Individual Research Project

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