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Online Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Risk and System Change

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.

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  • Course Director:
    • Prof. Siobhán Corrigan
  • Course Queries:
  • Course Duration
    • Postgraduate Certificate (1 year part time)
  • Closing date for Applications:
    • 31st July 2021
  • Next Intake:
    • September 2021
  • ECTS Credits:
    • P.Grad. Certificate (30)
  • Course Code:
    • DPCPS-MRSC-1O

***Applications Now Open For September 2021 ***

Overview of the Course

This one year course includes four modules from our established M.Sc. in Managing Risk and System Change. Spread over one academic year it allows students to supplement their further education and career development without the need to commit to an M.Sc. On successful completion graduates of this course may progress to Postgraduate Diploma level.

It 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 Postgraduate Certificate programme is to provide a rigorous but practical focus on managing risk, change and strategic HR 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.

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.

Download our Course Brochure

Course Delivery

The Postgraduate Certificate consists of four of the seven modules and runs over one academic year. The modules will be shared with those students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma.

Students who successfully complete all modules in the Postgraduate Certificate may take an additional year of study and complete a further three modules for the award of Postgraduate Diploma.

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.

Semester 1 - Michaelmas Term Semester 2 - Hilary Term Semester 2 - Trinity Term
The Role of People & Processes in Organisations Managing Performance and Risk Leading Change
    Strategic Human Resource Development

Download a Sample Year 1 Timetable

Course Progression Routes

The below chart lays out the progression routes open to students.

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

Assessment

The course consists of four core taught modules. Students who pass all four taught modules may be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate.

A range of continuous assessment methods (no examinations) 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.

Student Handbooks

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 handbooks for year one and year two students are subject to review each year in line with college policy.

Admissions Requirements

  • 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 i.e. based on their work experience. 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 are reviewed on an ongoing basis. We encourage early application as offers will be made to suitably qualified applicants as they are assessed. Please note that all documents must be supplied and conditions of offer met by July 31st or any offer made will expire.

To apply for course please click on the link below.

Applications are completed electronically. Required Documentation:

  • Online Application Form (€55)
  • 2 Reference Letters (It is preferable that references are either academic or professional. Where an applicant has not been in recent education professional references will suffice)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of transcripts (results breakdown) where applicable.
  • Deadline for applications: 31st July 2021 (**please note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the course may be filled prior to the closing date**)

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Course Fees (2020/2021)*

EU students: €3,425 for the academic year 2020/21
Non-EU students: €4,970 for the academic year 2020/21

Student levies & charges: €227.50 annually
Application Fee: €55 (to be paid online)

*All fees are subject to review each year. The fees for the academic year 2021/22 will be updated shortly.

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.

Open Evenings 2021

Details of our fully online open evenings will be updated here shortly.

Typical Open Evening Structure

On the night learn more about:

  • Course Structure
  • Student Learning Software Demonstration (Backboard)
  • Is This Course For You
  • Timetable
  • Assessments
  • Entry Requirements
  • Tuition Costs
  • Hear from current students about their experience.

Downlaod a copy of the slides from our most recent open evening.

Further Information

For further information on the course please contact:

Mr. Rory Carrick
Course Administrator
managingrisk@tcd.ie
+353-1-896-4818

Professor. Siobhán Corrigan
Course Director
siobhan.corrigan@tcd.ie
+353-1-896-2605

Professor Nick Mc Donald
Academic Programme Development
nmcdonald@tcd.ie
+353-1-896-1471