About the course
The MSc Global Supply Chain Management is an exciting and focussed programme for those considering a career in supply chain or logistics.
You will study issues relating to the development of supplier relationships, operations improvement, procurement strategies, inventory control, logistics operations, sustainability, as well as contemporary issues affecting these areas.
Our students come from a number of countries, including Brazil, Mexico, USA, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Germany, France, Greece, Turkey, China and South Korea. Typically Brunel students have work experience in the supply chain or logistics areas or are those seeking employment in these areas.
This programme will equip students with the tools, techniques and skills necessary to secure employment in this exciting and increasingly important area. Specifically, you will be able to:
Explain and critically apply theories on logistics and supply chain management, operations and project management, business modelling and simulation.
Integrate theories and appraise strategies on managing supply chain operations (stemming from logistics and operations management frameworks) within the context of global business management.
Understand the inter-relationship between logistics and supply chain management and contemporary social issues.
Gain insightful knowledge into the development of outsourcing and the role played by outsourcing organisations.
The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Business Modelling and Simulation in Supply Chains
Operations and Project Management
Understanding Business and Management Research
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
International Business Strategy
Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation
Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013
The programme includes a series of guest lectures, supply chain and procurement conferences, company visits and employability workshops.Past visits have included site tours of Mini and Jaguar car plants, as well as visits from LEAN specialists at Rolls Royce and Wiles Greenworld.
In addition, on completion of the MSc GSCM programme, successful graduates can apply to become full members of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, subject to having satisfied the three year relevant work experience requirement.
Also, graduates successfully completing this degree will have met the educational requirements for Chartered Membership (CMILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. When applying for Chartered Membership, applicants will be required to demonstrate that they meet the experience requirements of four years relevant experience including two years at senior level.
This is one of the few supply chain master's programmes in the United Kingdom to have received accreditation from the top Supply Chain and Logistics bodies.
The course is taught by internationally recognised academics and industry practitioners who are active members of world-class Operation and Information Systems Management Research Group (OISM).
Students will acquire a wealth of networking and knowledge opportunities to bring them close to a growing supply chain community.
They will also get the opportunity to present research to industry specialists.
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport – Academic Partner
The Brunel MSc Global Supply Chain Management is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and for the past two years it is an academic partner to the Institute. This academic partnership allows student membership and participation in industry events. Students have access to the knowledge centre of the CILT that has a large collection of industry-specific resources for logistics and transport.
Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)
The Brunel MSc Global Supply Chain Management is one of a small number of programmes in the United Kingdom to receive accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Students on this programme will have the opportunity to become members of these organisations and receive invites to procurement and supply chain activities in and around London.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
A number of Associate memberships to the CMI are open to graduates of Brunel Business School postgraduate programmes, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters as appropriate:'ACMI', Members 'MCMI' and Fellows 'FCMI'.
Operations and Information Systems Management Research Group (OISM)
Based on accumulated knowledge and resources in two previously successful research centres of the Business School (ISEing led by Habin Lee and Ray Hackney; and OASIS previously led by Amir Sharif and David Gallear), OISM has the ambition to be a leading research group specialised in responsible and sustainable operation management - exploring information systems, operations research, management science, and general and strategic management knowledge, using approaches across public and private industry sectors.
Modes of Study
1-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.
Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination in May.
Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups.
Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively.
The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project.
Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors.
UK Industrial and Commercial Visits
Where possible, events and external visits are arranged with UK organisations to help demonstrate theory in practice.
Graduate School Workshops
In addition to the events and training sessions organised within the Business School, master's students have exclusive access to the workshops and skills training provided by Brunel University London’s Graduate School.