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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
How you will study
International course fees
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.
|Mode of Study||MSc||PG Diploma|
|Full-time||12 months||9 months|
|Part-time||24 months||21 months|
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.
Notes about fees for this course
|Scotland / Non-UK EU||£6,960||£3,480||£870|
|England / Northern Ireland / Wales||£6,960||£3,480||£870|
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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.
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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:
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