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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.

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?

Unique combination of two degrees, in Groningen and Newcastle, in which you will get advanced knowledge of operations management in different business environment 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 1% 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, Technology Change and Innovation Management, Advanced Management Accounting, Operations Management. In Semester 2 you will study in Groningen (30 EC). You will follow courses like Asset Management, Process Improvement and Change, Data-driven Business Innovation, Behavioural Operations Management, Inventory Management, and Research Methods.

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 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)
Behavioural Operations Management (5 EC)
Data-driven Business Innovation (5 EC)
Inventory Management (5 EC)
Process Improvement and Change (5 EC)
Research Methods for TOM (5 EC)
Study at NUBS, Newcastle (30 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)

Curriculum

Check for in-depth info on all courses:

https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=5412

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required

Our double degree partner is Newcastle University Business School, UK

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/nubs/

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

There are average grade requirements.

grade listNo further 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: n.b.szirbik@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 199, 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 the 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 6.5 or higher. Applications of students with a final GPA lower than 6.5 will be discussed and may be rejected.

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 our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

There are average grade requirements.

grade listNo further 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: n.b.szirbik@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 189, 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 the 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 6.5 or higher. Applications of students with a final GPA lower than 6.5 will be discussed and may be rejected.

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 our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing6.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 June 201901 September 2019
01 June 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-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: https://www.rug.nl/feb/education/doubledegrees/tuition

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After your studies

Job prospects

Graduates are able to address the need for continuous performance improvement and the quest for efficient resource use in any organization. You are qualified for a wide range of positions, including:

  • Operations Manager
  • Technology manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Consultant in the field of innovation or technology
  • Project manager for product/process innovations
  • Positions in industrial and service organisations
  • Research-oriented positions

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 Career 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. Check: FEB Career Services.

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 preprofessional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

In collaboration with external partners we conduct research projects on e.g banking, local government, customer insights, leadership, energy, healthy aging and inventory management.

Research institutes related to the MSc programme:

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme DDM Operations Management, please contact:

  • Nick Szirbik (Academic Coordinator: n.b.szirbik@rug.nl)
    Email: n.b.szirbik@rug.nl
  • Renny Kooi (Administrative coordinator: r.kooi@rug.nl)
    Email: r.kooi@rug.nl

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

The Study Association for Technology Management, better known as TeMa, organizes activities especially for students of management studies with a technical approach.
Besides social activities, TeMa also organizes Inhousedays, an Inhousetour and an International Study Project.
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.