Industrial Engineering and Operations Management MSc


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MSc Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (or international equivalent) in a business, engineering or science-related discipline
Other requirements
Personal statement and a list of modules being studied in the final year (for applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree).
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Jubilee Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course explores the decisions made to tackle management problems in business, industry and the public sector, with a focus on industrial engineering.
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The Business School offers four closely-related MSc courses in the field of operations management:

These courses look at methods, models and techniques that are used to resolve organisational difficulties, integrating management techniques and technologies they control.

These courses will suit you if you have qualitative and quantitative skills and are a graduate in management, computer science, engineering or a related discipline and want to pursue a career in operations management. You will also need an ability to analyse problems in a structured way.

Such is the demand from employers for graduates with analytical skills who can apply critical thinking to problem resolution, you can expect to enter a career in management science and/or operations and supply chain management.

Your concluding dissertation, which is undertaken during the summer, demonstrates your integrated knowledge, methodology and practical skills.

Presessional English for Academic Purposes

The Centre for English Language Education (CELE) runs 10-week and 5-week business and management English language and study skills courses. These courses are designed in collaboration with Nottingham University Business School and prepare students going on to programmes in business and management.

If you are close to the English language level you need to go on to the Business School's MSc course and you meet the entry requirements for the relevant CELE course, you may be eligible for a joint offer. This means that:

  • you only need one TIER 4 visa and CAS
  • you take a 10 or 5-week English Language and Academic Skills preparation course, and then go onto your MSc course
  • you have a guaranteed place on the MSc course
  • your progression to the MSc is automatic, provided you attend and complete all the coursework

For more details, please visit the CELE website

Students who enter via the CELE route are exempt from paying the school's £1,000 reservation fee. For more details, please contact us.

Key facts

  • The Business School, across all three campuses (UK, China and Malaysia), is EQUIS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) - one of the world's leading accrediting bodies for business schools
  • In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) we ranked 6th for research power out of 101 UK business and management institutions
  • We are ranked 12th in the UK for business and management studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 (top 100 worldwide)

Course details

You must accumulate 180 credits to qualify for the award of MSc; 120 from modules taught and examined during two 15-week semesters.

Each taught module typically consists of ten 2-3 hour sessions. Assessment is a combination of individual essays or group projects and written exams.

The remaining 60 credits of this course are allocated to a 12,000-15,000-word individual dissertation on an approved, relevant subject, which is completed over the summer period for submission in September.



Semester one


Management Science for Decision Support

The emphasis in this module is on formulating (modelling) and solving models with spreadsheets. The topics covered include: modelling principles, optimisation and linear programming, network models, introduction to integer programming, key concepts of probability and uncertainty, decision theory, queuing systems and simulation.

The module aims to provide an understanding of the methods and techniques of Management Science with applications in business and industry, including Operations Management and related areas. Students should learn how to apply the more common techniques for a range of problems.

Managing Contemporary Operations: Fundamentals and Challenges

Contemporary operations management is introduced through the vehicle of lectures and case studies. 

The module aims to:

  • give students an appreciation of the importance of operations to business success and the role of operations management
  • provide them with the knowledge and understanding of how the key variables of a business inter-relate
  • provide an introduction to the analytical skills needed to understand business operations and processes
  • provide them with examples of current best practice and associated initiatives and to critique their applicability in different contexts
  • recognise the challenges associated with implementing changes associated with initiatives
Supply Chain Planning and Management

Module content is divided into three major parts.

  1. Fundamental supply chain concepts; The importance of supply chain management and logistics; Classification approaches; Buyer-supplier relationships and sourcing decisions.
  2. Supply chain management processes; Forecasting for supply chain and production management: qualitative and quantitative approaches (regression and causal modelling, time series methods); Inventory: forms, functions, decisions, and models. Inventory positioning. Supply chain dynamics and the bullwhip effect.
  3. Planning, scheduling and control approaches - Aggregate planning. Hierarchical planning and control. MRP-based planning and control. Capacity management strategies. Introduction to shop floor control. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

The module aims to provide a thorough introduction to supply chain management and supply chain planning processes relevant to contemporary operations. The module focuses on concepts, processes, models and techniques, and emphasises the role of information integration and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.


Semester two


Design of Operations Facilities

The module covers: Strategic issues in the location of business in a global environment. Location models and the analysis of factors influencing the optimum selection of country, region and location. The facilities planning process and the optimum design of layouts. Lean manufacturing. Cell manufacturing and just in time production. Material handling and integrated production systems. Warehousing and logistics. Quantitative approaches to location and layout modelling. Computer aided layout design. Planning techniques. Design for next generation manufacturing and services.

The module aims to:

  • give students the knowledge and analytical skills to evaluate the influence of markets, raw materials, labour, government policy etc on strategic decisions for location of manufacturing and service facilities in a dynamic global economy
  • provide the analytical skills for the design of layouts which optimise performance, minimise operating costs, and support strategic marketing and business objectives
Quality Management and Quality Techniques

Quality and its management are key aspects of modern business, and have a great impact on both industrial and service sector enterprises.

This module aims to develop an understanding of the issues involved and the approaches employed in quality management, and a knowledge of the techniques of quality improvement.



Choose three modules from the following list (up to a maximum of two in each semester):

Semester one

Sustainable Manufacturing

The module will cover energy-saving initiatives in design, manufacturing processes, logistics etc but not cover renewable energy. The module will also cover designs that make use of reclaimed material but will not address recycling, since this is covered elsewhere. The module will also cover greener manufacturing including near net shape processes, improving yields, waste minimisation and handling, reconditioning and mould tool repair, reconfigurability in manufacturing facilities corporate philosopies to minimize waste. It will also cover 'green' business models (reconditioning, mid-life upgrades, buy-back schemes etc).

The module aims to provide students with knowledge of key environmental and sustainability issues that are relevant to modern manufacturing. It also aims to provide a set of tools and skills that may be used to design, analyse, and improve manufacturing processes, products, and business operations. In addition it aims to provide the skills necessary to seek out, evaluate, and present relevant information from a range of information sources.

Project Management

The module covers the following:

  • Definitions and classifications of projects
  • Objectives in project management - time, costs, quality
  • Activity identification
  • Resources and resource management
  • Critical Path Method, Programme Evaluation and Review Technique, and resource scheduling
  • Performance measurement and costs
  • Project lifecycles and models
  • Project teams and leadership in project management
  • Managing risk in projects
  • Critical Chain Planning Method
  • Analysis of project success and failure
  • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Project Management software

The module introduces fundamental concepts in project management. Students will gain understanding of the scope and variety of project types, understand key variables in project management and learn methods, techniques and approaches that are important in successfully managing projects to meet objectives in a wide range of contexts.

Systems Engineering and Human Factors

The module fills a current gap in engineering teaching by addressing systems analysis and development across a range of applications. It is vital that students learn that technical, human, organisational and economic factors must be addressed when understanding the operation and potential failure in existing systems, and in developing requirements, implementation and evaluation approaches for social and socio-technical systems, and for systems of systems. Particular attention will be paid to distributed (in time and space) systems and ones with elements of automated processes (all of which will have to interact with human and organizational elements at some point and time). Examples will be drawn from the practical applied work in a range of sectors of the module conveners and their colleagues.

The aims of the module are to:

  • enable students to understand the nature of systems, to be introduced to systems engineering
  • to learn methods of establishing and representing systems requirements to feed into the design process
  • to emphasise the vital importance of integrating human factors into systems development for technical and social systems

Semester two

Rapid Product Development

Content to be confirmed.


Plus one from the following list:

Advanced Operations Analysis

This module builds further on the fundamental planning and control concepts, tools and techniques, introduced in Supply Chain Planning and Management. The module is more quantitative in nature and aims to provide a thorough understanding of the tools and techniques that can be used to analyse, plan and control operations in contemporary businesses.

Management Science for Decision Support II

In this module, the emphasis is on decision modelling and algorithms for decision making. The topics will include Simplex algorithm for linear programming, Branch and Bound algorithms for integer programming, Dynamic programming, Non-linear programming, Multi-criteria decision-making, Combinatorial optimisation and meta heuristics. Examples illustrate the use of these algorithms for decision making

This module will build on the knowledge gained in the earlier module Management Science for Decision Support. It aims to introduce some additional management science techniques and show how they can be used to approach day to day issues faced by the business community. The ideas covered in this module will extend students' understanding gained from the earlier modules. On completion of this module, students will be able to approach specific business problems using management science techniques.


The simulation approach. Discrete event simulation. Computer simulation and software. Random sampling, experimental design and interpretation of results. Agent-based simulation. Web based simulation. Continuous system simulation. Hands on work with an appropriate simulation software package and associated assessed exercise.

Simulation is an important tool for aiding the design and management of operations in manufacturing and service industries. The module introduces the principles, roles and practice of simulation. The mechanics of simulation, the conduct of a simulation study, and the software available will all be covered. An assessed hands-on exercise demonstrates the use of a particular software package and its application in a practical context.


Any other module options are subject to approval, pre-requisites and timetabling constraints.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



Funding may be available through the Business School. Funding information can also be found on the Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2017 entry scholarships will open in late 2016. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.



Postgraduate Careers Service

As a postgraduate student in Nottingham University Business School you will have access to our specialist in-house Postgraduate Careers Service to help you develop your career management skills and explore your career options. Through a combination of your academic studies and the careers support on offer you will be in an excellent position to enhance your career prospects.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 97% of postgraduates in the Nottingham University Business School who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £29,221 with the highest being £55,700.*

Career destinations for our graduates include accountants, finance and investment analysts, higher education teaching professionals, investment bankers, IT business analysts, management consultants, marketing professionals, public relations professionals and university researchers.

* Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

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