In today’s global marketplace organisations increasingly depend on effective supply chains to remain competitive. Managing global operations, logistics and supply chains is a crucial business function to ensure the timely movement of inventory around the globe.
This Masters degree, designed for recent graduates and early career supply chain professionals, combines the latest thinking and developments in management, international business and supply chain management allowing you to develop a critical insight into how organisations operate in the global environment.
Your modules will equip you with an understanding of advanced theories and the practical methods needed to analyse emerging issues in global supply chains, alongside developing your professional skills. You’ll be taught by internationally recognised academics and business practitioners, providing hands-on, analytics and problem-solving skills.
The Centre for Operations and Supply Chain Research (COSCR) is one of several leading research centres at Leeds University Business School. The centre focuses on developing and disseminating knowledge in operations and supply chain management, as well as advancing managerial practices. Research aims to benefit students, academic researchers, policy/decision makers, management consultants, public and business managers, and wider society.
We also have partnerships with over 200 academic and business institutions worldwide. Senior figures with expertise in a range of management disciplines are regularly invited to deliver guest lectures to our students, academics and local business leaders.
This course will introduce you to the key aspects of supply chain management and place them in a wider business context. The modules lay the foundations that will allow you to expand your knowledge in supply chain management, international business and management studies.
You'll focus on the problem-solving element of operations and supply chain management, and at the same time gain an awareness of key theories in international business, supply chain management and management studies. You’ll focus on managing and designing value chain networks and global logistics. You'll also develop practical techniques and a critical awareness of international strategic management, as well as an understanding of organisational behaviour. You’ll explore systems thinking to understand how individual elements contribute to a bigger problem and take further modules designed to build your professional skills.
All of these aspects of your studies come together in your dissertation, in which you’ll conduct research on a topic of your choice in depth to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.
You’ll take 11 compulsory modules including your dissertation.
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods tohelp you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.
Independent study is also vital for this courseallowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research andcritical skills.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.
The pace of globalisation means there is increasing need for graduates with knowledge and capability in managing international business and global supply chains.
As a graduate of this course, you will have the skills to pursue any role involving import/export or negotiations with international suppliers. You will be equipped to pursue opportunities within multinational organisations, companies involved in sourcing and delivering products globally, management consultancies connecting global firms, or as an entrepreneur looking to develop a global business. Our recent graduates work for a range of organisations including Tesco, Ikea, DP World, Deloitte and IBM.
Links with industry
Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.
We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our professional development tutor, who will help you to develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.
Read more about our careers and professional development support.
The Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.
This Master's degree will provide you with knowledge of supply chain networks which may be designed for services or manufacturing and be global or domestic in scale. This includes the functions of procurement, production, distribution and customer service, and a diverse range of designs and structures.
The demand for postgraduate qualifications in logistics and supply chain management (SCM) has been growing rapidly. Companies require senior managers who are better qualified and better prepared to address the deeper issues involved in the twin goals of cost reduction and service enhancement.
This degree is one of very few degrees in the UK which has been accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), increasing your career potential. You will have full professional status (to Level 6) upon completion of this Master's programme.
You will have the opportunity to visit industrial locations, have seminars given by guest speakers from the industry and collaborate with business partners for dissertation projects. We offer a unique curriculum that includes many practical examples of logistics and SCM in action.
In the final stage of this Master's degree, you will undertake a two-week consultancy project with selected companies, which has been highly valued by previous students. Our students' consultancy project reports have been highly complimented by those companies.
Greenwich is one of the top two most globally diverse universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, by Hotcourses Diversity Index.
We have also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet by Times Higher Education magazine.
The degree aims to:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
The courses listed above will be split across two years.
Students will be assessed through coursework, presentations, in-class tests, consultancy project report and presentation, and a final dissertation.
Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in service and manufacturing sectors, purchasing, logistics and supply chain management for services and manufacturing in the private, public and voluntary sectors, and consultancy.
You can reach out to top employers through our dedicated Business School Employability Office (BSEO). The BSEO team develops your employment skills through CV support, interview skills workshops and guidance through mentors to progress in the industry. This includes the opportunity to network with employers and recruiters at career fairs.
The BSEO team was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards which shows its dedication to actively support your career development.
You will have the opportunity to participate in CILT and CIPS activities including the CILT student conference. The latest event featured an address by The Princess Royal in her capacity as the patron of CILT, in which she highlighted the importance of efficient and effective logistics. Our students shared their research findings with The Princess Royal on topics including 'smart cities' and transportation strategies, and on various aspects of supply chain management.