Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Leadership for Industry 4.0

Salford Business School




Two year

Next enrolment

September 2021

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In a nutshell

Industry 4.0 is where new technologies support industry to increase productivity. This emerging relationship has created interconnected manufacturing systems that can communicate, analyse data and make decisions without the need for human involvement.  

MSc Leadership for Industry 4.0 is designed to help build a new generation of leaders who can take the opportunities and mitigate the challenges that come with the fourth industrial revolution. If you have a background in computing, business or manufacturing, this part-time master’s degree gives you the opportunity to explore the latest technological advancements and learn the strategic skills to lead in a changing environment.

You will:
  • Develop the skills to lead in a fast-paced and evolving environment
  • Explore the latest technological advancements in manufacturing
  • Learn to apply digitally-fluent solutions to real-world situations

options available

This is for you if


You have a background in manufacturing, computing or business


You have an interest in technology


You want to facilitate career progression


You are interested in exploring cutting-edge research


You are a critical thinker


You want to explore theory and concepts from a range of academic areas

Course details

All about the course

MSc Leadership for Industry 4.0 is specifically designed for practitioners aspiring to work within the new concept of Industry 4.0. The programme exposes students to a variety of technical, operational and functional management concepts and practices. The course is a cross-department programme, enabling students to gain a greater appreciation of the technical, operational, functional and global aspects of Industry 4.0.

The programme is delivered part-time over two years, with students required to attend lectures, seminars or workshops one day or two days per week. During periods of independent study, students will receive online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. 

Year one

Paradigms of Accelerating Technological Change in Industry 4.0

Paradigms of Accelerating Technological Change in Industry 4.0 is designed to help you develop a conceptual understanding of Industry 4.0 technologies, systems and processes. You will explore the philosophical and sociocultural implications of emerging technologies and speculate on possible futures after Industry 4.0.

Communications Futures

In Communications Futures you will gain an understanding of what successful communication could look like in a ‘trans-human’ and ‘post-human’ working environment. You will explore the developments in the intersection of communitive behaviours and technology in linguistics to evaluate the potential impacts on the role of the senior leader.

Business Innovation and Industry 4.0

In this module you will critically evaluate the contribution of digital transformation, big data and Industry 4.0 to an organisation’s competitive advantage. Business Innovation and Industry 4.0 develops your understanding of the key concepts and theory of Industry 4.0 and enables you to interpret and understand complex risks within organisations.

Year two

Organisational Analytics in the Industry 4.0 Ecosystem

In this module you will produce a justified research proposal for a real-world Industry 4.0 challenge. You will critically evaluate key issues in Industry 4.0 and gain a conceptual understanding of organisational analytics in Industry 4.0.

Interdisciplinary Challenge Project

The Interdisciplinary Challenge Project gives you the opportunity to study a specific challenge in relation to Industry 4.0. You will improve your research skills, gain in depth knowledge in an area of interest and enhance your capacity for thought leadership in an Industry 4.0 context.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for three hours per week, increasing to six hours per week in semester three.  Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.


Each taught module incorporates 300 student learning hours of which 50 will be direct contact hours. During independent study, you will have the support of the University’s virtual learning environment and access to on campus facilities.

Salford Business School

Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.

We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.


Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills.

Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.

Programme leader

Dr Christos Papanagnou

Dr Christos Papanagnou obtained a PhD in Modelling and Control of Supply Chain and Production Processes in 2007 and has since have worked in academia, research organisations and industry.

Christos has held positions as Adjunct Lecturer at University of Macedonia, Aristotle University and Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki teaching the following modules: Value Chain Management, Supply Chain Management, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, Innovative Technologies and Control Theory.

He served in the past as a Researcher and Consultant in several steel manufacturing companies investigating efficient modelling and simulation methods of shop floor and supply chain processes. His contribution focused on minimising the effects of physical and capacity constraints and the bullwhip effect (demand amplification phenomenon to upstream levels of supply chains).  

Currently, he investigates the ability of manufacturing companies to build innovative data products and services, in order to turn large data volumes (Big Data Exploration) into semantically interoperable data assets leading to considerable gains. Applying smart tracking and tracing techniques and exploring the opportunities of Industry Revolution 4.0 and Internet of Things in manufacturing environments.

Getting Here

If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond. 

Get more information about your options for commuting, or hear about the experience from current students

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Leadership for Industry 4.0 is designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge to lead in the manufacturing sector. As such, the programme could facilitate career progression for those already working in the sector and open opportunities globally for those looking to join it.

A taste of what you could become

A management consultant

An operations manager

A supply chain manager

A project manager

A technologist

And more...

Career Links

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience. Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want.


What you need to know


This programme is best suited to individuals with a background in manufacturing and an interest in technology. Unlike similar programmes offered at other institutions, a technical background is not essential.


International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University.

Standard Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

Where a student has gained a recognised honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

Alternative Entry Requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021


This new programme is very relevant for the business leaders of the future, looking at the management and integration of technology and innovation in manufacturing.