Taught course

Operations Management

University of Birmingham · Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Entry requirements

At least an upper-second class Honours degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Information Systems or similar

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is designed to provide specific academic expertise and practical experience that enables holders of first degrees in subjects other than operations management to take up positions in areas such as operations management, logistics and planning within the industrial, commercial or service sectors.

On completion, you are able to analyse various systems, practices and procedures employed in the management of operations; design such systems from new; evaluate and report on their effectiveness and appropriateness; and assess real organisations from a practical operations management perspective.

We offer three modular programmes intended for those aspiring towards senior positions in:

  • Project Management (PM)
  • Operations Management (OM)
  • Engineering Management (EM)

We concentrate upon not only analytical subjects but also communication skills and teamwork. Semester 1 modules are taken by all students to develop a firm base of general knowledge and techniques for further specialised management study. Semester 2 sees students split into relevant modules for each programme; these modules are designed to provide students with a rounded view of management in the engineering and industrial sectors. The programme culminates in a 15 week dissertation project encompassing real industry or commercial study, which will be undertaken in the summer (in year 2 for part-time students).

Examples of project titles:

  • BP in the Global Oil Industry
  • Human Resources Management at Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Analysis of the Hellenic Steel Industry
  • Strategic Repositioning of the BMW Group

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

International students can find further details of scholarships at www.international.birmingham.ac.uk/scholarships TOEFL 550 (213 computer based) with a test of written English score of at least 4.0, or IELTS 6.0, with at least 5.5 in each band.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,200 FT - £3,600 PT
International students
£18,900 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment27

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005