Online M.Sc. / Postgraduate in Diploma Managing Risk and System Change
- Course Director:
- Prof. Siobhán Corrigan
- Contact Details:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Course Duration
- M.Sc. (2 year part-time) / Postgraduate Diploma (1 year part time)
- Closing date for Applications:
- 31st July 2019
- Next Intake:
- September 2019
- ECTS Credits:
- M.Sc. (90) / P.Grad. Dip (60)
- Course Code:
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.
Read what some of our current and past students have said about the course in the testimonials section below.
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 May in year one.The academic year is split across two semesters and 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).
|Semester 1 - Michaelmas Term||Semester 2 - Hilary Term||Semester 2 - 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 both semesters in year 1 of the course.
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, Casino and Gambling, Law Enforcement, Process and Software Development 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.
Each year registered students are given a copy of an official student course handbook. The handbook will provide information relating to the course regulations, services provided, key dates and assessments. The student hanbooks for year one and year two students are subject to review each year in line with college policy.
- Applicants will normally be required to hold an Honours degree (II.1)** 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.
- **Note: In exceptional circumstances, the course director 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 2019 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.
To apply for course please click on the link below.
Applications are completed electronically. Required Documentation:
- Online Application Form (€55)
- 2 Reference Letters (One professional and one academic, signed and on headed paper)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Copies of transcripts (results breakdown) where applicable.
- Deadline for applications: 31st July 2019 (**please note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the course may be filled prior to the closing date**)
Conditional Offer Note:
- Where an applicant has been given a conditional offer (before 18th July 2019) e.g. providing a reference, the condition must be satisfied no later than the 31st July 2019. Failure to meet this deadline will result in the offer lapsing.
- Applicants who are made conditional offers after 18 July will have two weeks in which to fulfil the conditions.
Course Tuition Fees (2019/2020)*
A list of current course fees is available in the Course Fees section of the Academic Registry website.
Student levies & charges: €225.50 annually
Application Fee: €55 (to be paid online)
*All fees are subject to review each year.
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.
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
**updated information will be available in due course.
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 GOI-IES2018@hea.ie
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. **updated information will be available in due course.
We asked some of our current and past students what they thought of our Online Masters in Managing Risk and System Change.
Colette Kelly – Graduate April 2018
“I expected an amazing standard of education and I was not disappointed. The factor, however, that motivated me to attain a level of conceptual change, that translated the acquisition of information into a new way of thinking and a new perspective on how I perceive the world, was the ethos of encouragement, genuine interest and belonging I experienced through every contact with the lecturers and the support team.
My lecturers facilitated an expansive learning experience; my supervisors lifted spirits and curtailed effusive prose throughout a tumultuous period of thesis preparation and writing, the support team reassured with an enthusiasm that was infectious at crisis points.
My M.Sc. in Risk Management and System Change course was delivered online, with regular onsite events occurring across two years. The creativity with which the course team designed and delivered the course ensured that a diverse group of students, located world-wide, bonded in a manner that is a testament to the holistic quality of a Trinity education.
I made life-long friends. From the initial enquiry through to graduation and beyond, the level of support and care offered continues to inspire and surprise me.”
Gavin Curran - Graduate April 2018
“The Masters in Managing Risk and Systems Change provides an excellent opportunity to learn from both a theoretical and practical stance, about the key ingredients for successful system change and risk mitigation. A particular highlight of this course involves the interaction with students from a variety of backgrounds, each with different industry experiences and knowledge.
The lecturers facilitate an open and highly respectful atmosphere and encourage all students to work together and share their knowledge. The content covered is insightful and its delivery is highly professional and accessible. The flexibility of attending and completing this course online makes it a realistic achievement for those willing to take up the challenge.”
Niall Ferns – Graduate April 2018
“I am certain that the delivery of third level on-line courses will prove to be a major step forward in the education of students. In particular, the delivery of the MSc in System Design and Risk has been very beneficial for me. 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.
The on-line sessions are an important feature of the course. The notes are well presented, informative and easily understood and provides for excellent interaction between the students. At all times the supervisors and tutors are available whether to clarify any issues or to offer guidance on the course.
The weekly work and module assignments are challenging so it is important to manage your time to ensure that you are up to date. Overall, I have found the course stimulating and the interaction with the fellow students has been a major factor in the success of the course. I would highly recommend this on-line course to prospective students”
Sean O ‘Hara – Current Year 2 Student
“ TCD's Online M.Sc in Managing Risk & System Change has been a fantastic mechanism for acquiring knowledge.
For those of us who work full time and could not therefore contemplate attending a conventional degree course on either a full or part time basis, this innovative approach has resulted in a highly flexible and adaptable course, carefully structured for all students of all ages (56yrs in my case),
I have enjoyed the huge academic challenge and the interaction with practitioners from a wide range of industries has been most enlightening. Having spent over 35 years in the aviation industry, this course is evidence that it's really never too late to learn!
Suffice to say that the 'comfort zone' will never be the same again”
David Browne – Graduated April 2018
“I completed the MSc in Managing Risk and System Change through the School of Psychology in 2017. The excellent course vastly expanded my academic horizons and took me along exciting new pathways of learning that were unknown to me prior to commencing the course. The knowledge I gained through both online lectures and directed research has equipped me to think and work in my operational environment using the very latest concepts and innovative approaches to risk management and system change in a high risk operational setting.
The course was delivered by world-class subject matter experts, the academic resources available in the university were second to none (and continue to be as alumni) and the administrative support was excellent. As the course was delivered using an online platform, I could join the virtual classroom from anywhere in the world and interact at times that suited me, which afforded me huge flexibility in engaging with all course content. I would highly recommend the course to anyone thinking about progressing their academic knowledge in safety, risk and change, and to anyone seeking to better equip themselves in the workplace in the management of these critical areas.”
Finola Cashman - Current Year 1 Student
“I am a non-traditional student. I work full-time with the H.S.E., and have been out of academia for over 15 years. I applied to the M.Sc. in Managing Risk and Systems Change because it was so relevant to what I do. It has been a wonderful opportunity and a great learning experience for me. My understanding and views on managing risk and systems change in socio-technical systems, such as healthcare, have been considerably broadened by what I have learned.
This programme is both exciting and genuinely hard work. The course modules are packed with information and are fast-paced. The assignments encapsulate real-life problems and require real-life response times. The quality and volume of course material provided are excellent. The TCD library is in one word, impressive, and truly accessible to a novice researcher like me with the invaluable assistance provided by the librarians.
As this course is delivered on-line it provided me with the flexibility needed to manage my career, be available to my family, and incorporate a challenging course of study. On-line learning, while making this course possible for me to study and work full time, it can also be isolating but the lecturers and tutors are exceptionally responsive and support me by making themselves available during times that fit my busy schedule. This course is definitely worth the time and effort.”
Online Open Evenings 2019
On Thursday February 21st 2019 we will be holding an online open evening for prospective students of the Online M.Sc./Pg Diploma in Managing Risk and System Change.
Open Evening Structure
The presentation will be held from 6pm (Irish time) and last approximatel one hour. It will be run using Blackboard Collaborate, the same student learning software our lectures use in live lectures.
On the night learn more about:
- Course Structure
- Is This Course For You
- Entry Requirements
- Tuition Costs
If you would like to join us you can REGISTER now. A secure link will be sent to you via email in advance to join the online open evening.
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