Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems)


Programme Description

Course Overview

This award-winning programme was designed in partnership with academics and employers to meet the specific requirements of the industry. It equips graduates with essential knowledge and skills in the fields of operations, quality, and innovation management.

The programme aims to enhance graduates’ technical and management contribution in various enterprises including manufacturing, financial services, health services, government, and many more. It invites participants from many disciplines: it is suitable for Engineering, Science, Commerce, and Arts graduates who wish to pursue a career in a high-tech environment. This conversion aspect is of significant interest to students who may wish to change direction from their course of undergraduate study and pursue a new career path that offers them sound employment prospects in a growth area.

The Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) programme is highly regarded by employers and there has always been a strong demand for our graduates. Graduates of this programme have secured roles in engineering, management and IT in companies such as Accenture, Apple, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Valeo, Ingersoll Rand, Pepsi, Kerry Group, IBM, Ericsson, Elan and Hewlett Packard.

Key features of the programme include:

  • Infusing a strong ethos of innovation in students
  • Engaging teaching methods (e.g. Lego serious play; company visits; guest lectures)
  • A customised learning programme to suit the needs of individual students
  • Multidisciplinary approach (e.g. Engineering, Technology, Business)
  • Extensive career opportunities

Enterprise Systems focus on people, process and technology related issues in an organisation. Our flexible course structure allows you to build your own curriculum by choosing from a number of available modules to make up 50 ECTS (credits) or equivalent over the duration of the programme. A research thesis (30 ECTS) and Research Methods (10 ECTS) are core subjects and ensure students develop their critical thinking, analytical and writing skills. Learning outcomes are achieved by problem-based learning techniques and completion of a number of real-world assignments. Written examinations are held each semester.

Requirements and Assessment

Problem-based learning techniques are used in most of our modules. You must also complete a number of real-world assignments. Written examinations take place at the end of each semester.

Course Outline

The flexible structure allows you to tailor the programme to your specific needs. You can choose from those listed below. Modules are subject to availability and other modules may be made available.

  • Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management
  • Applied Innovation
  • Decision Systems and Business Analytics
  • Information Systems Strategy and Planning
  • Operations Management
  • Operations Strategy
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Lean Systems
  • Operations Research
  • Quality Management
  • Human and Systems Reliability
  • Ergonomics
  • Safety and Risk Management
  • Regulatory Affairs.
  • Research Methods

You must also prepare a research thesis on a topic to be agreed with an academic leader. We will equip you with all scientific skills you need to do this in our module on Research Methods.

Further Education

Many of our graduates have been successful in securing scholarships to conduct research at PhD level.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This programme has propelled our graduates to successful careers in some of the most high profile organisations across the globe. They range from careers in research institutes, consulting, multi-national organisations and entrepreneurial ventures throughout the world.

What some of our employers say:

Alan Phelan | CEO Nucleus VP Group

We have engaged and recruited graduates and found them to be great problem solvers and critical thinkers. Their background in lean systems has been very applicable to a number of our companies where they have helped to implement sound systems and processes which have allowed our subsidiaries to scale rapidly.

Martin Conroy | Senior Director Medtronic

The Enterprise systems programme at NUI Galway focuses on providing the necessary knowledge to be excellent systems thinkers. Graduates have the ability to understand people; process as well as technology-related issues in an organisation. The programme encourages candidates to analyse problems using scientific methods and to generate innovative and effective solutions to these problems. Furthermore, graduates are given real skills such as the ability to work in a team and communicate well. Such skills are essential to fast moving high tech companies like ours.

What some of our graduates say:

Paul Gleeson | Accenture

The programme is well delivered as there is a nice balance between practical and classroom-based learning. I found the lecturers to be some of the most helpful and engaging people I have come across during my studies as they take a hand on approach to getting students involved in class discussions and debates. All in all, the programme is an excellent foundation for finding future employment opportunities due to the high level of personal and professional development you will obtain. It helped open up numerous career opportunities for me so it is a programme that I would highly recommend.

Paul McCormack| Allergan

I undertook the Masters of Applied Science in NUI Galway with the aim of acquiring new skills and knowledge to aid in my future career progression. The course was challenging and required high standards throughout. While striving to meet these standards I believe I have greatly improved my knowledge of business systems and gained valuable new skills. I believe the lessons learnt during the course will facilitate my personal and professional development into the future.

Damien Coleman | Baxter Healthcare

I would highly recommend doing the Masters of Applied Science (Enterprise Systems) at NUI, Galway. The wide variety of subjects offered allowed me to tailor the course to suit my needs and help me progress in Baxter Healthcare. I found the course to be challenging but extremely enjoyable and it helped me to gain a deeper understanding of subjects such as Operations, Quality, Lean Manufacturing and Logistics. The standard of the lectures and guest speakers were second to none. This coupled with the energizing discussions and refreshing workshops has resulted in ensuring my future will be all the better for completing this master.

Last updated Jan 2018

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