Managing Risk and System Change (P.Grad.Dip)

1 year online
 10 Places


Postgraduate Diploma (60 ECTS)
This one-year** course includes seven 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 immediately to an M.Sc.  On successful completion graduates of this course may progress to M.Sc. 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 Diploma 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.  Additional subjects will focus on stability and change, socio-technical system design and statistics and action research methods.

World-class international teams who have collaborated through industrial research have been mobilised to provide the highest calibre research led teaching, supervision and professional expertise.

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 Role of People and Processes in Organisations (10 ECTS)
Stability and Change (10 ECTS)
Managing Performance & Risk (10 ECTS)
Socio-Technical System Design (10 ECTS)
Leading Change (5 ECTS)
Strategic Human Resource Development (5 ECTS)
Statistics and Action Research Methods (10 ECTS)

**Students who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate (consisting four modules) may return to study for an additional year (three further modules) to pursue the Postgraduate Diploma qualification.

Career Opportunities  

The course advances graduates' career prospects both in terms of promotion eligibility and post-graduate training, with graduates pursuing careers in risk, change; operations; quality; safety; human resources; planning; and system design.

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This short video introduces the Fully Online Postgraduate Certificate /Diploma. /M.Sc. in Managing Risk and System Change.

Course Details

Number of Places

 10 Places

Next Intake

September 2023

Course Director

Assistant Professor Siobhán Corrigan

Closing Date

31st July 2023

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Admission Requirements

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.
  • References: students are requested to submit the names of two referees on their application form. In the first instance our preference is for one academic and one professional reference. We do however have discretion to accept either two academic or two professional references. Note: the referees listed on the application are automatically emailed a secure link to complete and upload the reference. Any difficulties in relation to references should be brought to the attention of the course administrator.

Course Fees

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“The Masters in Managing Risk and Systems Change provides a excellent opportunity to learn from both a theoretical and practical stance, about the key ingredients for successful system change and risk mitigation. A particular highlight of this course involves the interaction with students from a variety of backgrounds, each with different industry experiences and knowledge. The lecturers facilitate an open and highly respectful atmosphere and encourage all students to work together and share their knowledge. The content covered is insightful and its delivery is highly professional an accessible. The flexibility of attending and completing this course online makes it a realistic achievement for those willing to take up the challenge.”

Gavin Curran


“I expected an amazing standard of education and I was not disappointed.  The factor, however, that motivated me to attain a level of conceptual change, that translated the acquisition of information into a new way of thinking and a new perspective on how I perceive the world, was the ethos of encouragement, genuine interest and belonging I experienced through every contact with the lecturers and the support team. My lecturers facilitated an expansive learning experience; my supervisors lifted spirits and curtailed effusive prose throughout a tumultuous period of thesis preparation and writing, the support team reassured with an enthusiasm that was infectious at crisis points. My M.Sc. in Risk Management and System Change course was delivered online, with regular onsite events occurring across two years.  The creativity with which the course team designed and delivered the course ensured that a diverse group of students, located world-wide, bonded in a manner that is a testament to the holistic quality of a Trinity education. I made life-long friends.  From the initial enquiry through to graduation and beyond, the level of support and care offered continues to inspire and surprise me.”

Colette Kelly