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
Course start date:
This course is divided into three parts:
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.
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