Business School

MSc in Management of Operations (MOPS)

Course Code:
DC910 (September Intake)
Course Type:
NFQ Level:
Delivery Modes
2 yr
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Contemporary Operations Management demands flexibility, creativity and pragmatism. This online programme enables students to grow into senior operations management roles in technology-intensive organisations, in the financial sector, in supply chain management, manufacturing or services organisations, in both the public and private sectors. 

Learners will gain a critical awareness of current opportunities and new insights into operations management in varied environments. They will also develop new flexible, transversal skills in business management and be able to apply these to a wide range of business challenges. The programme is designed to provide graduates of different disciplines with a unique opportunity to develop the hybrid, interdisciplinary knowledge and skills considered essential for modern business development and management.

Learners will also develop the range of investigative and analytic skills and techniques required to equip them to assume senior roles within organisations in the public and private sectors.

How the programme is delivered:

This postgraduate programme is provided through online distance learning, which means that a working professional can achieve a deeper understanding in a specialist area and provide a sound basis for their long-term career, without disruption to their career or other commitments. For each module you undertake, you are given access to a specially written module text. Most modules require that you acquire additional textbooks. You also get access to the vast range of academic journals and other resources provided by DCU Library and increasing use is being made of these resources on the programme.

Tutorial support on this programme is provided online through the use of discussion forums in a virtual learning environment called Loop. In addition, tutorials will be provided using a web-based tutorial system. Students can partake in web based tutorials at home, work or anywhere with a reasonable internet connection. Additionally, because the tutorial sessions are recorded, for those who are unable to attend the live tutorial session, they can be viewed later, at a more convenient time for you, the student.

How the programme is assessed:

All modules are assessed via continuous assessment. There are no end of year examinations. For the taught modules, the continuous assessment normally takes the form of three assignments per module which have to be submitted at predefined points during the academic year. For the dissertation element, you are required to submit a 15,000 word document which is largely self-directed, but with the guidance of a research supervisor.

Programme Structure:

Project and Change Management - MT5228

This module consists of three elements with one assignment per element. In Project Management and Risk Assessment you are introduced to how key project management principles are applied to project planning, project scheduling, project generation, project feasibility selection and initiation and project scheduling techniques. In the second element, Managing Change, the different models of change are described and how these assist in understanding and managing resistance to change, building readiness for change and sustaining change. Finally, an elective where you can choose from Supply Chain Management or Sustainable Logistics.

Sustainable Business - OSC2

This module consists of three elements with one assignment per element. In Research Methods 1 you are introduced to Qualitative and Quantitative research methods, while in Business and the Environment you are provided with an understanding of the essential elements of environmental management, including environmental management systems within an organisation and its link to business management.  The final element of this module Strategic Management, provides an overview of the development of strategy and strategy making processes and sets it in context.

Management of Operations - MT5229

This module is the core module of the MSc in Management of Operations programme. The aims of this module are to provide an in-depth understanding of the role of services in meeting customer needs, providing customer satisfaction and to develop a firm foundation in the concepts and principles of modern operations management. This module consists of three elements (Management of Operations, Operations Strategy and Service Management) with one assignment per element.

Evidence based Evaluation and Entrepreneurship - OSC3

This module consists of three elements with one assignment per element. Research Methods II develops the concepts covered in Research Methods 1 by describing the specific research methods in more detail. This element is followed with a programme specific case study which requires assessment of all aspects of a particular situation relevant to the core programme.  The final element offers an elective between Legal Frameworks and Entrepreneurship.  In Legal Frameworks, you are introduced to Irish Law, court procedure and litigation, remedies and enforcement and will be equipped to understand European Environmental legislation and how this relates to Irish law.  In Entrepreneurship you will explore the skill set required to set up your own business or exploit new opportunities in an existing business environment.

Dissertation - OSC20

The Dissertation is a major piece of independent work of 15,000 words in length and gives you the opportunity to bring to bear the techniques and perspectives covered in the taught modules on a specific issue of interest. An independent and critical appraisal of an issue is essential in order to successfully complete the dissertation.

Module Syllabi - Subject Outlines:

Project and Change Management (15 credits) MT5228

Project Management and Risk Assessment

Managing Change

Electives: Enterprise Systems/Supply Chain Management/Business Analysis and Informatics/Social Context of Information and Internet Systems/Transport and Logistics

Sustainable Business (15 credits) OSC2

Research Methods 1

Business and the Environment

Strategic Management

Management of Operations(15 credits) MT5229

Management of Operations

Service Operations Management

Operations Strategy

Evidence Based Evaluation and Entrepreneurship (15 credits) OSC3

Research Methods II

Case Study

Electives: Legal Frameworks/Entrepreneurship

DISSERTATION (30 credits) OSC20


If you are a September intake student, you should follow the table on the left and register for MT5228 and OSC2 in your first year, followed by MT5229, OSC3 and OSC20 in your second year (OSC20 is optional, this can be taken in the third year if required).

Should you successfully complete MT5228 and OSC2 modules it is possible to request to exit the programme with a Graduate Certificate. Students studying under Springboard have different timeframes for completion of a Certificate or Diploma and for more details of this please see the Springboard+ website.  


Year One

MT5228 (Modules commence in September)

OSC2(Module commences in January)

Year Two

MT5229 &OSC20   

(Modules commence in September)                

OSC3 (Module commence in January)

Year Three



* Student can opt to take OSC20 in either year two or three.

Should you successfully complete MT5228, OSC2, MT5229 and OSC3 it is possible to request to exit the programme with a Graduate Diploma.


Dublin City University has been offering postgraduate level education at a distance since 1990. Our programmes are targeted at working professionals, who wish to achieve a deeper understanding in a specialist area and to provide a sound basis for their long-term career, without disruption to their career or other commitments. As a graduate from our programmes, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and flexibility for suitable senior managerial positions in your chosen specialist area.

The Masters of Science programme, awarded by DCU, is at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.  All modules are taught on line in a virtual classroom, Loop, where you can interact with your fellow students and tutors through email, chat, skype, at whatever time suits you. Assessment is continuous with no examinations.

IT Equipment and Skills required:

You should have regular access to a computer (with Microsoft Office), a broadband Internet connection, a printer and a basic headset and a webcam. Specifically, you will need access to Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.You can find detailed information on the IT skills and equipment required for this programme under the section 'Technology Requirements'

Accreditation information

This Postgraduate Programme participated successfully in the accreditation process conducted with DCU Business School by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world's oldest and most prestigious global accrediting body for business schools. AACSB accreditation is widely recognised as the hallmark of excellence in business education, and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools.  



Graduates of this programme tell us how they have grown in confidence as a result of coming to understand the theory underpinning professional practice brought about by their studies. This confidence, together with their increased understanding and knowledge, has helped them to become more strategic and meaningful contributors in the workplace, with the ability to engage at a more senior level.

As high level academic qualifications are becoming increasingly important to organisations' recruitment and promotion policies, this degree will add long term value to your career.

Graduates of this programme are currently employed in manufacturing and service organisations across a wide range of sectors including the financial services, supply chain, pharmaceutical and electronics industries. Many Graduates are also self-employed.


General Entry Requirements

For admission to the M.Sc. Management Operations candidates must hold –

  • A 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant discipline eg. Engineering, Science, Business or Information Technology, or equivalent international qualification.


  • A 2:1 Honours degree in a non-relevant discipline, along with at least 3 years relevant managerial work experience.
  • Applicants who have achieved a 2.2 Honours degree may still obtain a place. This will depend on availability of places and on obtaining high grades in relevant modules on their undergraduate programme. 


  • A Level 7 qualification in a relevant discipline or non-chartered membership of a professional body, along with at least 3 years relevant managerial work experience.


  • Chartered membership of an institution such as the Institute of Engineers of Ireland or a professional body such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants.


  • Evidence of substantial relevant managerial work experience. Such applicants will be required to submit a CV and Personal Statement in support of their application and may be required to attend for interview.


  • International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language. More information about English language requirements for DCU Business School can be found here.


Graduate Diploma/MSc in Management of Operations


Part time

EU Status Fee Part-time
€4,715 per annum
Non EU Fee Part time
€7,063 per annum


EU Status Fee
Non EU Fee

Next Steps

Make an Application

To apply for this programme:

  • All applicants should apply through  Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.
  • Provide Level 8 Academic Transcripts in a relevant discipline (Engineering, Science, Business or Information Technology) from a recognised higher education institution for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable. OR
  • Provide Chartered membership of an institution such as the Institute of Engineers of Ireland or a professional body such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants.  OR
  • Provide Level 8 qualification in a non-relevant discipline along with a detailed CV detailing at least three years relevant managerial work experience.  OR
  • Provide Level 7 qualification in a subject in a relevant discipline or non-chartered membership of a professional body, along with a detailed CV detailing at least three years relevant managerial work experience. OR
  • Please upload a CV,  demonstrating evidence of substantial relevant managerial work experience, under the "Supplemental Items & Documents" section.
  • Personal Statement in support of the application (please note an interview may be required).
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the programme is full or until:

For September 2022 intake:

  • Closing date for EU applicants is 7th September 2022.

  • Closing date for non EU applicants was 1st July 2022.

Please note if you are a non EU student and require a study visa, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.


Queries from EU applicants should be directed to

Queries from non EU applicants should be directed to