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DDM Operations Management

How should organisations design and manage their operations in the context of globalisation? How to meet customer needs during the entire life cycle of products and services?

The 90 EC programme (in Groningen and at Newcastle University Business School, UK) enables you to gain advanced knowledge and understanding of how to improve business performance and organise competitive advantages in technology-intensive industries. You study operations management in different business environments and cultural contexts.

Students get the opportunity to study at two highly respected universities while experiencing two well renowned European cities. You learn how to analyse operations functions in a network economy, understand various institutional environments and develop a sharp eye for operations management within multinational enterprises.

You take the 1st semester in Newcastle, the 2nd semester Groningen and write your thesis in the 3rd semester. You will graduate with two degrees: an MSc in Technology and Operations Management from Groningen and an MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management from Newcastle.

Please visit the Faculty website to find specific information about online and on-campus activities, and your study start in September 2020.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Technology and Operations Management
Course type
Double Degree master
Duration
17 months (90 ECTS)
Croho code
66277
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Economics and Business
Why study this programme in Groningen?

You can earn two Master's degrees by studying in Groningen and at another top university abroad - Newcastle University - in 17 months. You will get advanced knowledge of operations management in different business environments and cultural contexts as a means of improving organisational performance.

The programme is internationally accredited, ensuring a high quality education that according to the AACSB and EQUIS standards only one percent of universities worldwide meet.

Programme

You will start at Newcastle University Business School. In semester 1 (30 EC) you will have courses like Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, Project Management and Research Methods. In addition, you choose between courses such as Operations Management, and Supply Chain and Logistics Modelling and Control.

In semester 2, you will study in Groningen (30 EC). You will follow compulsory courses like Asset Management, Operations Modelling and Simulation, Research Methods, and Technology-enabled Innovation or Inventory Management (or both). It is possible to select one or two elective courses (see the Course catalog below).

Besides specialist knowledge and skills appropriate to pursue careers in operations management, technology management, supply chain management, general management or consulting, you will acquire personal and interpersonal skills, such as report writing, presentation, working in groups and an appreciation of working in a multicultural environment. Furthermore, you will be taught advanced research skills, the ability to critically evaluate and utilise current research and to make a relevant contribution to organisations and the research community.

Note that you will always start the programme in the first semester (September/October) in Newcastle. It is not allowed to start MSc TOM courses which are in the double degree programme before having followed the Newcastle courses.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Asset Management (5 EC)
Inventory Management (5 EC)
Operations Modelling and Simulation (5 EC)
Research Methods for TOM (5 EC)
Study at NUBS, Newcastle (30 EC)
Technology-enabled Innovation (5 EC)
Thesis preparation

The third semester of the programme will be about writing your thesis in either Groningen or Newcastle.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Master's Thesis (30 EC)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required

Our double degree partner is Newcastle University Business School, UK ► https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/operations-management-dual-award-msc-msc/#profile

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

There are average grade requirements.

grade list

A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation.

previous education

EU students from an undergraduate programme of the University of Groningen who have direct admission to the MSc Technology and Operations Management may apply for admission to this double degree programme through the procedure described below. All other students need to apply through the admissions office of http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/

EU students already registered in an undergraduate programme at RUG that grants direct admission to the MSc Technology and Operations Management should submit their applications in English via the double degree programme coordinator: dr. Jasper Veldman at j.veldman rug.nl (deadline 1 May). Application includes:

  • writing a motivation letter in English;
  • providing a copy of your university marks (results);
  • indicating that you have completed your undergraduate programme or providing evidence that it will be completed before the double degree programme starts
  • showing proficiency in mathematics through a listing of the grades on relevant courses;
  • providing a certificate and a copy of the written feedback report of the Language Centre English Test (LCET) or a recent (not older than 2 years) English language certificate for another renown language test (Cambridge, TOEFL, IELTS). The LCET is offered each month by the Language Centre and has four components (reading, listening, speaking and writing). Note that you have to request for the extra feedback before the test starts. The costs will be EUR 210, to be paid by you. To sign up and see more information, go to: http://www.rug.nl/society-business/language-centre/tests-and-assessments/english/

The coordinator will inform the students before 1 June whether they will receive an offer for this programme or not. Note that several conditions need to be met before you receive a Certificate of Acceptance from Newcastle University. The most important condition to be met is the possession of a Bachelor degree or pre-MSc certificate with an overall GPA of preferably 7 or higher. To decide on acceptance, students with a final GPA lower than 7 will be asked for a personal interview.

Since it is not allowed to start MSc TOM courses which are in the double degree programme before having followed the Newcastle courses, applicants who already passed MSc TOM courses that are part of the double degree will be rejected.

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact the Admissions office https://www.rug.nl/admissions

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

A GMAT/GRE test is required from all candidates who obtained their bachelor's degree from a university in a non-EU/EEA country. For specific scores and exemptions, please see https://www.rug.nl/feb/gmat-gre.

Both GMAT and GRE are now being offered by mba.com and ETS as an online option to take from home worldwide. Please check their websites for more information.

grade average

There are average grade requirements.

grade list

A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation.

language test

IELTS Academic overall score 6.5 (Speaking 6, Writing 6.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 24); C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency (with minimum score 180); University of Groningen Language Centre Test (Speaking B2, Writing C1).

  • ETS is offering the TOEFL tests as an online option to take from home worldwide. Please check their website for more information.
previous education

EU students from an undergraduate programme of the University of Groningen who have direct admission to the MSc Technology and Operations Management may apply for admission to this double degree programme through the procedure described below. All other students need to apply through the admissions office of http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/

EU students already registered in an undergraduate programme at RUG that grants direct admission to the MSc Technology and Operations Management should submit their applications in English via the double degree programme coordinator: dr. Jasper Veldman at j.veldman rug.nl (deadline 1 May). Application includes:

  • writing a motivation letter in English;
  • providing a copy of your university marks (results);
  • indicating that you have completed your undergraduate programme or providing evidence that it will be completed before the double degree programme starts
  • showing proficiency in mathematics through a listing of the grades on relevant courses;
  • providing a certificate and a copy of the written feedback report of the Language Centre English Test (LCET) or a recent (not older than 2 years) English language certificate for another renown language test (Cambridge, TOEFL, IELTS). The LCET is offered each month by the Language Centre and has four components (reading, listening, speaking and writing). Note that you have to request for the extra feedback before the test starts. The costs will be EUR 210, to be paid by you. To sign up and see more information, go to: http://www.rug.nl/society-business/language-centre/tests-and-assessments/english/

The coordinator will inform the students before 1 June whether they will receive an offer for this programme or not. Note that several conditions need to be met before you receive a Certificate of Acceptance from Newcastle University. The most important condition to be met is the possession of a Bachelor degree or pre-MSc certificate with an overall GPA of preferably 7 or higher. To decide on acceptance, students with a final GPA lower than 7 will be asked for a personal interview.

Since it is not allowed to start MSc TOM courses which are in the double degree programme before having followed the Newcastle courses, applicants who already passed MSc TOM courses that are part of the double degree will be rejected.

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact the Admissions office https://www.rug.nl/admissions

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time

The tuition fees above are for the one year studying in Groningen. For an estimation of the total tuition fees for the double degree, please see DD fees.

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After your studies

Job prospects

You will be prepared for a career as an operations manager or data analyst in a production, distribution or service environment. You may also pursue a career as a consultant or project manager in the field of process improvement, innovation and technology of products and processes.

It is possible to work in the industry, the public sector, or in the health sector. Alternatively, you may opt for an academic career and start a career in research at a university (see also the Research Master programme). Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

FEB Careers Services
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. In order to give you a better idea of your prospects after graduating, we have gathered some facts and figures from our alumni.

Job examples

  • Supply Chain analyst
  • Logistics engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Project manager
  • Maintenance manager
  • Quality engineer
  • Production planner
  • Technology manager
  • Consultant in the field of innovation or technology
  • Research-oriented positions
Research

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and pre-professional development. This dual approach - research orientation and professional skills - is not contradictory; any career that a student may aspire requires an analytical mind and a scientifically critical attitude, along with the problem-solving capabilities necessary in business.

In collaboration with external partners, we conduct research projects on, for instance, asset management, the energy transition, health care management, smart industry and e-logistics.

Research institutes related to the MSc programme: Operations Management & Operations Research.


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Study associations

EBF

The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/

TeMa

TeMa is the study association specialised in the masters Supply Chain Management and Technology and Operations Management. TeMa organizes social, study and career activities, like monthly socials, the TeMa Conference and the Inhousetour.
https://www.temagroningen.nl
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Study support

Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself. But successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert to discuss your study progress and personal circumstances that influence your studies. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.