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Lean and Agile Operations (MSc)

This course will appeal to individuals who wish to enhance their knowledge of lean and agile operations.

Aimed at students who have a first degree in engineering, manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management, it also helps experienced managers supplement their knowledge.

The programme has a strong focus on operations management in both industrial and service sectors. The master's programme focuses strongly on application of ideas and continuous improvement, with assessments based on real issues. Students will also acquire the knowledge expected of a Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home: £7,800
Overseas: £15,000

Why choose this course?

  • Programme developed in partnership with industry.
  • Study at our state-of-the-art £350m Swansea Waterfront Campus.
  • The engineering department has more than 20 years' experience in delivering these courses on a full and part-time basis.
  • Course delivered by staff with many years of industrial experience.
  • Extensive industry contacts and industrial projects.

What you will learn

Course Overview

MSc Lean and Agile Operations reflects the current industrial demand for expertise in lean and agile manufacturing techniques.

This programme involves activities that play a key role in managing the extended enterprise. It involves activities that focus on designing products and processes for manufacturing while managing risk at the design stage of product development and process planning. 

The discipline embraces areas such as supply chain management and logistics, which are key to competing in global markets and providing world-class service. The programme aims to provide students with knowledge of key procedures in international trade and how organisations can reduce their environmental impact throughout the supply chain and manufacturing operations. 

Key areas of quality and purchasing form an integral part of the course where a range of tools and techniques are developed that can be used to improve performance and competitive advantage.

Module Topics
  • Lean and Agile Systems
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  • Quality Management in an Operational Environment
  • Research Methods and Professional Development
  • Engineering Management Leadership
  • Design for Manufacture
  • Master’s Project

Assessment on the master's programme is a mixture of written assessments, examinations and presentations. A typical assessment could be asking you to investigate a problem and make suggestions for improvement using tools and techniques you learned in a particular module or across the programme.

Related Links

Stem Degree Show 2021

Final Year Project Exhibition 2020

Anastasija - MSc Lean and Agile Manufacturing

Jamie Lean - The challenges of Studying Part-time at UWTSD

Key Information

Entry Criteria

An honours degree at 2.2 or above classification in an appropriate discipline A GPA Score of 2.5 or above.

The nature of the programme is such that candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds will be considered.

Equivalent qualifications

Equivalent qualifications will be considered for entry on to the programme. For example, the university would consider a candidate with a good HND, together with at least five years' relevant experience. The candidate would be expected to provide evidence to support their application.

Other skills considered

Our offers are not solely based on academic results; we will also take your skills, achievement and life experience into consideration.

Evidence of personal, professional and educational experience will be sought, to provide indicators of the ability of an individual to satisfy the requirements of the programme.

Career Opportunities

This programme provides graduates with a wide range of professional skills and competencies that are transferable within business sectors and from sector to sector. Students develop oral and written skills to enable enabling individuals to grow in confidence through the programme of study.

Typical career opportunities are shift manager, production supervisor, engineering manager, quality manager, planning and scheduling manager, operations manager/director.

All our graduates who have studied part-time have received promotion while studying, or after completing their studies, which they have attributed to their qualification. 

Younger graduates benefited from enhanced employment prospects and found that they were able to gain employment as a line engineer, quality engineer and supply chain specialist.

A number of major companies have now recognised this course as a key requisite in order to gain promotion or hold a particular role.

Additional Costs

It is possible to complete the course without incurring any additional costs, but students should expect to have to pay for costs incurred through project meetings in companies and student visits.

Student Quotes

"The course enabled me to learn new techniques and methods, giving me the freedom to directly relate it back to my work."

David Hunt

"The staff were extremely helpful and went above and beyond what is expected of them to help me succeed."

Jamie Lean - Graduate, Chief Engineer at Easibake Foods Ltd

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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Further Information

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the University or to this course in particular.