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PG Cert Operations and Supply Chain Management

Funded Management course


If you have been furloughed or made redundant as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may understandably be feeling uncertain about your future.

Queen's University is offering a free Postgraduate Certificate in Operations and Supply Chain Management course, funded by the Department for the Economy.

The fully-funded certificate will focus on developing an understanding of the processes and techniques for developing operations strategy and managing operations and supply chain activities across a wide range of industries.

The course is open to applicants resident in Northern Ireland. It is not open to applicants from outside Northern Ireland.

Applications will close at 2pm on Friday 24 July 2020.  

We would encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

The course will start week commencing Monday 17 August 2020 for Registration and Induction.

Teaching of modules will start week commencing Monday 24 August 2020. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

PG Cert Operations And Supply Chain Management

This PgCert comprises 60 credits and is designed as a conversion masters for those wishing to reskill or upskill in the area of operations and supply chain management. The course offers meaningful upskilling for those impacted by the pandemic whilst increasing the supply of skills in an area of strategic economic need.

Fully Funded Course

This online learning programme provides an opportunity to upskill in operations and supply chain management, enabling you to advance your career across multiple industries.

Stay ahead of the talent curve in your current role or discover a career-changing stepping stone, this is a course that will help future-proof your career options.

Operations, logistics and supply chain functions are a vital cog in organisations in all industries and sectors. Key local employers include Bombardier Aerospace, Henderson Group, Musgrave, Moy Park, Translink, Dunbia Key Employers. UK and global employers include Amazon, Arriva, First Group, Wincanton, Arcadia Group.

No background in supply chain management? No problem. This course is run by Queen’s Management School and is aimed at those with no prior qualifications in the area. The PG Certificate is also a great bridge into a new Masters in Operations and Supply Chain Management which is being proposed/developed for delivery from January 2021

Flexible Course Format

The online format and blended-learning delivery of the programme is specifically designed to enable flexible learning at a time that suits you.

We expect that you will need to commit to 16-20 hours of study effort each week. 

This will include online engagement with the course tutors, online support sessions, preparatory reading in advance of the online sessions, self-directed study after each session and preparation and completion of assignments. Additional support is available outside of the scheduled online learning sessions, as appropriate.

This is a demanding course and requires study effort each week for the duration of the programme.  However, it has been designed to allow most students to successfully achieve all of the learning outcomes and assessments by the end of November 2020.

Students who complete the PGCert may be eligible to progress to an MSc qualification along with the option to exit with a PGDiploma.  There is a cost implication for participants who wish to progress to the PgDiploma or Masters programme.

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The programme will provide the following upskilling elements:

Operations Management – 15 credits

Decision Making for Operations and Supply Chain Management  – 15 credits

  • This module focuses on key concepts in operations management, such as operations performance, operations strategy, quality management, and managing risks and recovery.

  • This module will introduce a range of tools and techniques to allow for more effective decision making.  

Strategic Supply Chain Management – 15 credits

Contemporary and Emerging Issues in Operations and Supply Chain Management – 15 credits

  • Topics covered in this module include the foundations of supply chain management, supplier portfolio management and selection negotiation, relationship management, logistics and resilience.
  • This module allows students to explore a range of contemporary and emerging issues as they impact on Operations and Supply Chain Management.

  • Issues such as managing risk and uncertainty, sustainability (and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals), as well as issues relating to Brexit and its potential impact on supply chains (especially in a local N. Ireland and Irish context) will be explored.




Teaching and assessment will be fully delivered online through a mixture of self-directed study and practice materials, masterclasses, and support advisories.
In order to replicate the interactive and engaging nature of an on-campus delivery, the online delivery will include:

  • Several weekly masterclasses that both present and explore course topics. The masterclasses will be delivered live to permit learners to connect and ask / answer questions. The classes will also be recorded to permit flexible on-demand access.
  • Online learning materials (directed reading, study packs, etc.) which learners will study in their own time each week.
  • Regular formative assessment to measure learner progress and to provide advice and direction.
  • Online advisory support for learners to connect with experts to provide bespoke one-to-one support. Offered Monday to Friday, daytime to early evening, to flexibly support learners.

Approximately 16 - 20 hours of study effort will be required each week. 



Applications will close at 2pm on Friday 24 July 2020.  We would encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Successful applicants will be notified the week commencing Monday 10 August 2020 and the course will start week commencing Monday 17 August 2020 for registration and induction

Teaching of modules will start week commencing Monday 24 August 2020.



The course is open to applicants resident in Northern Ireland. It is not open to applicants from outside Northern Ireland.

The admission criteria for entry onto the programme is as follows:

Academic requirements:

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in any discipline.

Applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements may be considered for admission with appropriate work experience. For those who can demonstrate a technical, engineering, organisational or managerial skillset.

Assessed under Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL). When completing your online application you will be asked for a degree transcript, in place of that please submit the RPEL form below along with a copy of your current CV. 

Overall academic background or RPEL will be taken into account when considering applications and enhanced academic criteria may have to be applied when shortlisting applicants for an offer, depending on the volume of applications.

For further information about this process please contact the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Gudiance on Completing RPEL Form

RPEL Form 

Socioeconomic requirements:

The course is specifically targeted towards people who have been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The following list indicates the criteria which you will meet to be eligible for a funded place on the course, along with the necessary evidence you will need to provide regarding this:

  • Unemployed since 1 March 2020 – evidence: redundancy notice or recent welfare benefit  
  • Furloughed – evidence: provide confirmation from employer
  • Economically Inactive and partner furloughed, unemployed or on reduced earnings as a result of the impact of COVID-19 – evidence: confirmation from employer; benefit/grant application/HMRC scheme application
  • Self-employed and income affected by COVID-19 – evidence: benefit or Self Employed Income Support application



Full details on steps to apply are here

  1. Log in to your existing account or create a new account in the Queen's Direct Application Portal.
  2. Fill in an application for the Postgraduate Certificate in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Applications will close at 2pm on Friday 24 July 2020.  We would encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. Successful applicants will be notified the week commencing Monday 10 August 2020 and the course will start on week Monday 17 August 2020 for registration and inductionTeaching of modules will start week commencing Monday 24 August 2020.

  3. You will be required to provide evidence of your identity and eligibility after accepting your offer and prior to commencing the course.

Any queries regarding the course can be sent to