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Operations and Supply Chain Management (PG Cert)

PgCert|Postgraduate Taught

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Entry year
Entry requirements
1 year (Part Time)
Places available
30 (Part Time)

On this PG Cert programme, you will gain a solid understanding of operations and supply chain management to upskill and advance your career across multiple industries. Designed with the busy professional in mind, this blended programme will enable you to explore and better understand the operations, logistics and supply chain functions that are a vital cog in organisations across 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.
Over a period of six months, you will have the opportunity during on-campus modules to network with like minded professionals who are looking to stay ahead of the talent or upskill for a career change. Upon completion of the PGCert, you will be able to access entry-level jobs within the broad operations and supply chain management sectors. You may be eligible to progress to an MSc qualification subject to capacity at Queen’s Management School.

Operations and Supply Chain Management highlights

This course is fully funded for NI residents by DfE NI part of the SKILL UP scheme. Eligibility applies, to view the criteria click here:


Course Structure

Course Dates
The course will be delivered online and in-person at QUB

7th October 2023
13 October 2023
14 October 2023
10th November 2023
11 November 2023
18 November 2023
19th January 2024
20th January 2024
27 January 2024
01 March 2024
02 March 2024
09 March 2024

Decision Making for OperationsThis module will introduce a range of tools and techniques to allow for more effective decision making.
Emerging Issues in OperationsThis 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.
Operations ManagementThis module focuses on key concepts in operations management, such as operations performance, operations strategy, quality management, and managing risks and recovery.
Strategic Supply Chain ManagementTopics covered in this module include the foundations of supply chain management, supplier portfolio management and selection negotiation, relationship management, logistics and resilience.

Contact Teaching Hours

Medium Group Teaching
21 (hours maximum)
4 blocks of 3 days

Career Prospects

This PG Cert Programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in operations and supply chain management.

Learning and Teaching

Learning and Teaching Text

Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

You’ll be part of a small, informal and chatty class. You’ll get to know your classmates and your lecturers well during both online and on-site sessions. You are expected to become an integral part of the Queen’s Management School.


Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

Awarding of the qualifications is based on continuous assessment of coursework, examinations and assessment of modules based solely on submitted work related to private, individual study.

Those passing all four modules will graduate with a certificate from the Pg Cert Operations and Supply Chain Management Programme.




The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study (2022/23). Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

Entrance requirements

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

Applicants who do not meet the above entry requirement may be considered for admission with appropriate work experience. Those who can demonstrate a technical, engineering, organisational or managerial skillset will be assessed under the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) policy. If you wish to be considered under the RPEL policy, please submit an RPL application form along with a copy of your CV in lieu of a degree transcript.

Places available on this programme are limited. Where there are more eligible applicants than places available the academic selectors will make offers in rank order based on academic merit and potential as evidenced in the totality of the information provided within each application. We will operate a waiting list as required to allow us to fill all available places.

The deadline for applications is Friday 8th September 2023 at 12 noon.

International Students

Our country/region pages include information on entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, student profiles, upcoming events and contacts for your country/region. Use the dropdown list below for specific information for your country/region.

English Language Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. Please see the following link for further information:

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Career Prospects

This PG Cert Programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in operations and supply chain management.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 Free for DfE Funded students (see below)
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 N/A
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 N/A
EU Other 3 N/A
International N/A

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled status, will be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB will be charged the GB fee.

2 EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI are eligible for NI tuition fees.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2023-24, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Operations and Supply Chain Management costs

No tuition fees are payable by eligible students for the programme as it is funded by the Department for the Economy’s Skill Up programme. Please refer to for further information.

Applicants must meet the entry criteria for the course and be:

• over 18 years of age;
• eligible to work in Northern Ireland;
• settled in Northern Ireland, and has been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years; or
is a person who has indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK

How do I fund my study?

The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £6,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £11,836 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

More information on funding options and financial assistance.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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When to Apply

The deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2021. In the event that any programme receives a high volume of applications, the university reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Entry Portal (DAP) against the programme application page.

Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
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