Lean Six Sigma for Operational Excellence (MSc)

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 6960

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 15120

All study options

About Lean Six Sigma for Operational Excellence at Heriot-Watt University

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) is a powerful methodology for achieving process efficiency and effectiveness which results in enhanced customer satisfaction and improved bottom line results. It aims to achieve improvements in the most economical manner possible and is focused on reducing waste in business processes.

This programme aims to develop high-calibre graduates with an in-depth understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues.

The programme will build understanding of the tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma methodologies and demonstrate the tangible and quantifiable results these bring to the bottom line. Students will learn state-of-the-art concepts, methods, principles, tools and techniques, relating to quality and process improvement for a broad range of organisations, such as manufacturing, service, public sector and third sector, set within a global context.

Students also have the option to be accredited with the Green Belt and Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma (see the Professional Recognition section below for more details).

In addition, students have the opportunity to take part in team-building and leadership events during the first few weeks of the programme. View our Team Building 2015 photo gallery.

Programme duration

Mode of StudyMScPG Diploma
Full-time12 months9 months
Part-time24 months21 months

    Accreditation

    Green Belt certification

    Students successfully completing the MSc Lean Six Sigma for Operational Excellence gain Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from the Institute of Six Sigma Professionals. The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt competence prepares individuals within an organisation to apply Lean / Six Sigma tools and techniques to define, measure, analyse, improve and control processes within any organisational setting irrespective of its nature and size.

    Black Belt certification

    Upon completion of the MSc students are also offered the opportunity to undertake Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. To achieve Black Belt certification students must undertake a Black Belt project which involves working with a company to resolve a live issue. It is the responsibility of students to identify a company for the project - Heriot-Watt University assists in shaping the scope of the project and provides support during the project. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification is awarded by the Institute of Lean Six Sigma Professionals and Heriot-Watt University. The Black Belt project normally takes 8-12 months to complete.

    Study options for this course

    • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
    • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 6960International course feesGBP 15120
    • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study24 months
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 6960International course feesGBP 15120
    • The awardPG DipHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study9 months
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 6960International course feesGBP 15120
    • The awardPG DipHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study21 months
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 6960International course feesGBP 15120

    Notes about fees for this course

    Status*Full-timePart-timePer course
    Scotland / Non-UK EU£6,960£3,480£870
    England / Northern Ireland / Wales£6,960£3,480£870
    Overseas£15,120£7,560£1,890

    * If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

    ** Fee per course

    Scholarships and bursaries

    We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

    View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.

    Entry requirements

    A good Honours degree (first or second class) or its non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.

    English language requirements

    If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we'll need to see evidence of your English language ability.

    The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.

    If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:

    • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills)
    • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
    • 6 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum 5.5 in all skills)
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