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Global business operations are more complex than ever, drawing on intricate networks of providers and carefully orchestrated systems of delivery. Read more

Global business operations are more complex than ever, drawing on intricate networks of providers and carefully orchestrated systems of delivery. GCU's MSc International Operations and Supply Chain Management will help you develop the skills for success in this field.

Your programme is double-accredited, designed in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). Created with leading-edge professional insight and the needs of employers in mind, the programme offers a highly respected credential and industry-leading certification.

In fact, our programme is the only MSc that offers students the opportunity to gain Yellow Belt recognition. This recognition certifies that students are qualified to contribute to a Lean Kaizen improvement team, using data-driven methods to build better systems and processes in the workplace.

The curriculum covers the essentials of management theory and up-to-date best practices in the industry.

  • Understand the principles and processes of managing operations and supply chains in an international environment
  • Learn how to build sustainable business operations
  • Study quality management and performance improvement
  • Know how to manage logistical challenges
  • Explore supply chain networks and partnerships for enhanced strategic positioning

When you graduate, you will be well-prepared to make meaningful contributions in your workplace by improving efficiency and enhancing day-to-day systems. You can help create a better workplace for your colleagues, deliver a better experience for your customers and contribute to sustainability - practical, real-world ways of bringing people together and contributing to the common good.

What you will study

Operations and Quality Management

Develops your knowledge and critical understanding of the strategic importance of managing sustainable operations on a global scale.

Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Covers the concepts and principles of supply chain management, including supply chain strategies, processes,supply chain integration, the application of innovative technologies and building strategic partnerships.

Project Management and Risk

Introduces you to the key aspects and fundamental activities that take place within project management, including how to analyse and manage risk within business operations and supply chain projects.

Global Strategy Challenges and Choices

Develops your critical understanding of challenges and choices in the global business environment and implications for management.

Personal and Professional Development

Enables you to identify, understand,develop and articulate your personal abilities in the context of your future career aspirations.

Contemporary Issues for Business and Society

Explores the geopolitical, economic,social and technological environments in which businesses operate and encourages you to critically reflect upon these issues.

Research Methods

Develops your advanced skills related to a range of research methods needed for academic and practical research at Masters level.


The final element of the programme is the dissertation, which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research in a selective area of business operations and supply chain.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used which are designed to develop your intellectual, professional and transferable skills in relation to the programme. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include: unseen examination, class tests, written coursework, presentations and both individual and group work.

Professional Accreditation

Providing you with the essential management theory and practice, our programme is double-accredited by leading professional bodies:

  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

Working in partnership with these professional bodies, we've built industry leading certification into our programme. Our programme is the only MSc which will provide you with 'Yellow Belt Recognition' on graduation.

'Yellow Belt Recognition' certifies students as being qualified to participate and contribute as full members of a Lean Kaizen improvement team, and promote a lean work environment.

Student membership of both bodies is free and once graduated you will be exempt from the academic element for becoming a chartered member with 3 years experience.

Your career

Graduates bring the knowledge and best practices of two professional organisations to their workplaces. With Yellow Belt recognition, you'll have an acknowledged professional credential - and the skills to make a positive impact in any operations role. You'll be a competitive candidate for jobs in international operations and supply chain management.

HM Forces

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

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