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Postgraduate Study Programme – 2nd Cycle Quality Management

Fundamental Objectives of the Second Cycle Master's Degree in Quality Management

The aim of the second cycle Master’s Degree programme in Quality Management is providing students with the internalisation of fundamental building blocks of contemporary quality and excellence paradigms as well as providing the knowledge and skills that will ensure them with a wide range of competences required for managing quality and excellence.

After completion of the second cycle postgraduate study programme (Master’s degree), students are trained for independent management of organizational units, entrusted with the responsibility for development, deployment, and continuous improvement of quality systems and with that animating organizational development to superior quality and excellence.

It will also mean the need to internalise the concept of autopoiesis in reference to quality management and excellence based on the spiralling order of planning, doing, checking, and acting (Deming’s PDCA cycle).

A crucially important emphasis will be given on understanding contemporary approaches, models, and tools used by exemplary organizations in their daily practices. Students will be able to deepen knowledge with a critical assessment of given content, identification of the fundamental building blocks and concepts with the aim of finding synergistic effects, integration and improvement in an overall business model.

 Curriculum

The programme lasts two years and is divided into four semesters. It is awarded with 120 ECTS. The first three semesters are designed for course workload, that is, each semester consists of five course subjects. The fourth semester is intended for students to write their Master’s thesis. The total study workload includes fifteen courses, consisting of ten compulsory courses, two elective, and three content module course subjects. The study concludes with a Master’s thesis.

Year One
No. Type Learning units
 Organized study workload
L T LW ECTS
1st Semester
1 A Universal Excellence 30 30   6
2 A Research in Organizational Sciences 30 30   6
3 A Methods of Quantitative Analysis 30 30   7
4 A Global Marketing, Consumers and Partnerships 30 30   6
5 A Leadership, Ethics and Social Responsibility 30 20   5
2nd Semester
6 A Strategies and Processes 30 30   6
7 A Employees and Creativity 30 30   6
8 A Contemporary Organization Theory 30 30   6
9 A Contemporary Approaches to Quality and Excellence 30 30   7
10 C Elective Course 1* 30 20   5
Year Two
No. Type Learning units
Organized study workload
L
T
LW ECTS
3rd Semester
1 A Master Research Seminar –preparing a professional article 15 30   8
2 B Elective Course 2
30 30   6
3 B Elective Course 3
30 30   6
4th Semester
4 B Elective Course 4
30 20   5
5 C Elective Course 5*
30 20   5
6   Master's Thesis **       30

* Choice based on personal preference.
** In the third semester, the student chooses a thesis mentor and prepares a proposal for a thesis topic. This requirement is evaluated with 10 ECTS that the student is awarded after the proposal has been assessed by the chosen mentor with a positive score. The student continues to write the Master’s thesis under the supervision of the chosen mentor in the fourth semester. As such, the Master's thesis is worth a total of 30 ECTS.

Electives
No. Type Learning units
Organized study workload
L T LW ECTS
1 C Management Excellence 30 30   6
2 C Organizational Behaviour 30 30   6
3 C Leadership Excellence 30 20   5
4 C Business Excellence 30 30   6
5 C Management Information Systems 30 30   6
6 C Learning Organizations and Knowledge Management 30 20   5
7 C New Tourism Paradigms 30 30   6
8 C Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism 30 30   6
9 C Tourism Destination Management 30 20   5
10 C Specialized and Adapted Kinesiology 30 30   6
11 C Management of Work and Leisure Time 30 30   6
12 C Sports Activities for Health 30 20   5
13 C Management in Sports 30 20   5
14 C Quality of Life 30 20   5
15 C Quality in Governance 30 20   5
16 C Quality and Excellence in Tourism 30 20   5
17 C Quality and Excellence in Healthcare 30 20   5
18 C Quality and Excellence in Public Administration 30 20   5
19 C Quality and Excellence in Education 30 20   5
20 C Environmental Management and Sustainable Development 30 20   5
21 C Business Globalization 30 20   5
22 C Excellence in the Lifestyle of Managers 30 20   5
23 C Personal excellence 30 20   5
24 C Project Management Excellence 30 30   6
25 C EU institutions and processes 30 20   5
26 C Public policies 30 20   5
27 C Regional development 30 20   5
28 C European policies 30 30   6
29 C European administrative and legal framework 20     5
30 C European business environment and management practices 20     5

* Recommended sequence of elective courses: MANAGEMENT (20*, 1, 2, 3, 22*), EXCELLENCE (14*, 4, 5, 6, 23*), TOURISM (12*, 7, 8, 9, 16*), and REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT (18*, 25, 26, 27,  15*).

General Competences

Students in the second cycle Master’s Degree programme in Quality Management will acquire the following general competencies:

 

Subject-Specific Competencies

Students in the second cycle Master’s Degree programme in Quality Management will acquire the following subject-specific competencies: