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Online M.Sc. / Postgraduate in Diploma Managing Risk and System Change

This online course 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.

Applications Are NOW OPEN


  • Course Director:
    • Prof. Siobhán Corrigan
  • Contact Details:
  • Course Duration
    • M.Sc. (2 year part-time) / Postgraduate Diploma (1 year part time)
  • Closing date for Applications:
    • 30th June 2018
  • Next Intake:
    • September 2018
  • ECTS Credits:
    • M.Sc. (90) / P.Grad. Dip (60)
  • Course Code:
    • PTPS-MRSC-1O

Overview of the Course

This online course 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 Masters programme is to provide a rigorous but practical focus on risk, change and system design in operations, manufacturing and services, with an innovative integrated approach to the role of people in such systems. It provides a core framework that has been tested in collaborative industrial research and practice for managing and developing people, the design and integration of new technologies, the management of risk and the implementation of change. World-class international teams who have collaborated through industrial research has been mobilised to provide the highest calibre research led teaching, supervision and professional expertise.

Students will also become part of a global community of practice, a community of professional learners, across a range of safety critical sectors, where they will benefit not only from the academic and industrial experts delivering the course but also from the extended network of fellow students.

For more information on the course download a copy of our brochure or visit the main courses website.

Course Delivery

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.

The course consists of seven core modules and runs from September until mid-May in year one.The academic year is split across three terms, Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity term. In year 1 of the course lectures usually take place on Tuesday (some scheduled Thursdays) evenings from 17.30 to 19.30 (GMT).

Note: While we do encourage students to join the scheduled sessions, in the event you are unable to attend a particular session, you will be able to catch up at a time that suits you, as all sessions are available afterwards as a recording.

You can download a sample copy of our timetable here (for illustration purposes only).

Year One

Semester 1 - Michaelmas Term Semester 2 - Hilary Term Semester 3 - Trinity Term
The Role of People & Processes in Organisations Managing Performance Leading Change
Stability & Change Socio-Technical System Design Strategic Human Resource Development
Statistics & Action Research Methods* Statistics & Action Research Methods* Statistics & Action Research Methods*

*This module runs across all three semesters in year 1 of the course.

Year Two

Year 2 of the course is dedicated to the research dissertation, which will qualify students for the Masters award. The dissertation will provide students with an opportunity to pursue a research topic based on key strategic operational issues within their organisations in order to create a research-practitioner capability in managing risk and system change.

Who is the Course For?

Current students on the course are working in a diverse range of industries which include; Finance, Healthcare, IT, Defence Forces, Emergency Services, Aviation and Pharmaceuticals. The course will be an excellent qualification to supplement the further education and career development of personnel who have responsibility for managing: risk, change; operations; quality; safety; human resources; planning; and system design. Generic knowledge and skills in managing risk and change enhances key organisational competence and increases resilience of industrial and service systems.

I typically work evenings and weekends, so I need to be able to log on to Blackboard when it suits me. This course affords me the required flexibility to attain this qualification.
Online Managing Risk and Systems Change Student


The course consists of seven core modules. Students who pass all seven taught modules, but who do not choose to complete the dissertation, may be awarded the associated Postgraduate Diploma. Those students who do exit with the Postgraduate Diploma may return within five years to complete the dissertation and pursue the master's award.

A range of continuous assessment methods are used including case reports (4,000 words), mini projects (4,000 words), reflective essays (2,000-3,000 words), along with online blogs and dossiers.

Admissions 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. Note: an applicant may be asked to provide written samples in support of academic writing ability or be set a piece of academic writing to complete.
  • 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.
  • Applicants may also be asked to take part in a short interview (in person or via phone/skype) as part of the assessment process.

How to Apply

Applications for September 2018 are NOW OPEN. Places on the course are limited and applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. We encourage early application as offers will be made to suitably qualified applicants as they are assessed.

Apply for Course please click on the link below

Applications are completed electronically. Required Documentation:

  • Online Application Form (€55)
  • 2 Reference Letters (It is preferable that references are either academic or professional. Where an applicant has not been in recent education professional references will suffice)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of transcripts (results breakdown) where applicable.
  • Deadline for applications: 30th June 2018

Course Fees (2018/2019)

EU students: €7,270 for the academic year 2018/19
Non-EU students: €9,370 for the academic year 2018/19

*IMPORTANT:  Fees exclude Sports Centre, USI and Commencement Fees
Application Fee: €55 (to be paid online)

IMPORTANT: Fees may increase annually.

Please consult information about eligibility for admission as an EU/Non-EU student and note that EU applicants must satisfy specific requirements to be deemed eligible for EU fee status.


Scholarship Information

Trinity College Dublin does not have scholarships available for this course, however, you may be eligible for external funding via the below.

The Government of Ireland International Education Scholarship Programme has been in operation since 2012.    In the International Education Strategy Irish Educated, Globally Connected published in 2016, the Government increased the number of awards to 60.

The Call for Applications 2018 for the programme is open to support of scholars who will enrol in eligible HEIs in 2018-2019.
The Call for Applications and the Application form can be found at this link

In issuing the Call, the HEA would like to draw your attention to the following:

  • The scholarship amount is €10,000 for a one year full time study period at;
      • the final year of an undergraduate programme;
      • one year of a taught master degree programme or;
      • one year of a research programme (i.e. one year of a 2 year research masters or a 3-4 year PhD programme). 
  • The number of scholarships has been set at 60.
  • Applicants should be in receipt of an offer(conditional or final) from an eligible HEI
  • The Call is open to applicants with a domiciliary of origin  not equal to the EU/EEA or Switzerland   
  • Applications should be submitted by individual applicants and not by host Institutions
  • The application form should be submitted to this email address

 The deadline for receipt of applications is 17.00 Irish time on Friday, 23 March 2018. All queries in relation to this funding should be addressed directly to the HEA.

Upcoming Events

We will be holding a Trinity College Campus Open Event on Wednesday May 9th from 6pm to 7.30pm. Prospective students will be able to view a short presentation on the course, meet some of the lecturers and have their questions answered. We will also be serving some refreshments on the evening.

On the night learn more about:

  • Course Structure
  • Is This Course For You
  • Timetable
  • Assessments
  • Entry Requirements
  • Tuition Costs

Register by clicking below.

Join Our Open Event

In the interim you can download a copy of our presentation slides from a recent Online Open Evening.

Further Information

For further information on the course please contact:

Mr. Rory Carrick
Course Administrator

Professor. Siobhán Corrigan
Course Director

Professor Nick Mc Donald
Academic Programme Development