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Leadership for Industry 4.0

MSc/PgDip/PgCert

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

Start Date(s): September

Duration:

MSc (two years part-time)

In Brief:

  • Develop the skills to lead in a fast-paced and evolving environment
  • Informed by the latest technology developments that are driving Industry 4.0
  • Learn to apply digitally-fluent solutions to real-world situations
  • A part-time only course
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity

Course Summary

Industry 4.0 is where new technologies support industry to increase productivity. This emerging relationship has created interconnected manufacturing systems that can communicate, analyse data and make decisions without the need for human involvement.  

MSc Leadership for Industry 4.0 is designed to help build a new generation of leaders who can take the opportunities and mitigate the challenges that come with the fourth industrial revolution. If you have a background in computing, business or manufacturing, this part-time master’s degree gives you the opportunity to explore the latest technological advancements and learn the strategic skills to lead in a changing environment.

Course Details

MSc Leadership for Industry 4.0 is specifically designed for practitioners aspiring to work within the new concept of Industry 4.0. The programme exposes students to a variety of technical, operational and functional management concepts and practices. The course is a cross-department programme, enabling students to gain a greater appreciation of the technical, operational, functional and global aspects of Industry 4.0.

The programme is delivered part-time over two years, with students required to attend lectures, seminars or workshops one day or two days per week. During periods of independent study, students will receive online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

You will study topics such as: 

Year one

Paradigms of Industrial Technology and Change in Industry 4.0

Communication Futures

Business Innovation

Year two

Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Interdisciplinary Challenge Project

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

Where a student has gained a recognised honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

Normally IELTS 6.5 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT).  

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University. Please search for English in Course Finder.

Applicant profile

This programme is best suited to individuals with a background in manufacturing and an interest in technology. Unlike similar programmes offered at other institutions, a technical background is not essential.

Teaching

Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for three hours per week, increasing to six hours per week in semester three.  Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

Each taught module incorporates 300 student learning hours of which 50 will be direct contact hours. During independent study, you will have the support of the University’s virtual learning environment and access to on campus facilities.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Christos Papanagnou

Dr Christos Papanagnou obtained a PhD in Modelling and Control of Supply Chain and Production Processes in 2007 and has since have worked in academia, research organisations and industry.

Christos has held positions as Adjunct Lecturer at University of Macedonia, Aristotle University and Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki teaching the following modules: Value Chain Management, Supply Chain Management, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, Innovative Technologies and Control Theory.

He served in the past as a Researcher and Consultant in several steel manufacturing companies investigating efficient modelling and simulation methods of shop floor and supply chain processes. His contribution focused on minimising the effects of physical and capacity constraints and the bullwhip effect (demand amplification phenomenon to upstream levels of supply chains).  

Currently, he investigates the ability of manufacturing companies to build innovative data products and services, in order to turn large data volumes (Big Data Exploration) into semantically interoperable data assets leading to considerable gains. Applying smart tracking and tracing techniques and exploring the opportunities of Industry Revolution 4.0 and Internet of Things in manufacturing environments.

Employability

Career Prospects

Leadership for Industry 4.0 is designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge to lead in the manufacturing sector. As such, the programme could facilitate career progression for those already working in the sector and open opportunities globally for those looking to join it.

Links with Industry

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience. Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want.

Further Study

Find out more information about research opportunities here.

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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