Managing Risk and System Change

Course Description

Postgraduate Diploma (60 ECTS)
This one-year** course includes seven modules from our established M.Sc. in Managing Risk and System Change. Spread over one academic year it allows students to supplement their further education and career development without the need to commit immediately to an M.Sc. On successful completion graduates of this course may progress to M.Sc. level.

It is relevant to safety critical industries across the globe and focuses on people already in work, who have responsibility for managing: risk; change; safety; quality; planning; system design. It brings the next generation of safety, risk and change management to you, in your work, embedded in your everyday practice with a systemic, proactive and performance focus.

The overall objective of this online Postgraduate Diploma programme is to provide a rigorous but practical focus on managing risk, change and strategic HR in operations, manufacturing and services, with an innovative integrated approach to the role of people in such systems. Additional subjects will focus on stability and change, socio-technical system design and statistics and action research methods.

World-class international teams who have collaborated through industrial research have been mobilised to provide the highest calibre research led teaching, supervision and professional expertise.

This course provides students with a stimulating online learning experience by creating a structured yet flexible learning approach. The place of study is flexible as online delivery allows students to engage in learning activities at home or in the workplace and there is no requirement to attend the Trinity campus in Dublin. Students will have access to weekly materials using a virtual learning environment and the opportunity to engage with other students and lecturers using a variety of online discussion boards.

Entry requirements

• Applicants will normally be required to hold an Honours degree or equivalent and have at least 3 to 4 years appropriate professional experience.
• Applicants will also have to be in (or have access) to an employment setting that facilitates the applicant to be able to satisfy the applied research aspect of the course.
• In exceptional circumstances, the course shall make appropriate recommendations to the Dean of Graduate Studies for candidates who do not fully meet the above criteria but make a reasonable case for admissions otherwise.
• Students whose first language is not English will need a recognised English language qualification in line with the requirements as laid down in Postgraduate Calendar Part 3 Section 1.5 Language of Instruction.

Subjects taught

The Role of People and Processes in Organisations (10 ECTS)
Stability and Change (10 ECTS)
Managing Performance & Risk (10 ECTS)
Socio-Technical System Design (10 ECTS)
Leading Change (5 ECTS)
Strategic Human Resource Development (5 ECTS)
Statistics and Action Research Methods (10 ECTS)

**Students who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate (consisting four modules) may return to study for an additional year (three further modules) to pursue the Postgraduate Diploma qualification.


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Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2020

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    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

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