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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Providing you with the essential management theory and practice, our programme is double-accredited by leading professional bodies:
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.
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.
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.
This course is one of a very few aimed at mid-career professionals wishing to make the move to senior management within industrial and manufacturing organisations.
We designed it to provide the business expertise essential for senior managers by combining specific engineering subjects with managing technology and manufacturing systems.
You examine the latest business thinking and gain expert knowledge of engineering and technology issues and theories.
We combine topics such as
with modern industrial issues such as
This mix of subjects reflects the challenges faced by today’s traditional manufacturing organisations.
The course includes the SAP Production Planning e-academy (USCM4e). You also have the opportunity to sit the SAP certification at extra cost.
Sheffield Hallam University is a SAP Student Academy and a founding member of the SAP University Alliance.
Why study for an MBA?
The role of the engineer is changing and in an industrial company the engineer is likely to be the manager who has to implement new practices and technologies.
In this role you are likely to be the primary instigator of change in the organisation and for this you need specific skills and knowledge. It is important that you widen your knowledge and skills in management areas if you are to be and effective senior manager in a manufacturing industry.
This course complements your technical degree by completing your education in the wider areas of management that usually include subjects such as • finance • marketing • human resource management • lean operations • management strategy. It also enables you to progress quickly in your career – usually through fast track promotion into very senior management posts.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council and will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng, will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration. It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MSc programme, who do not also have an appropriately accredited Honours degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualifications for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their first qualification individually assessed through the Individual Case Procedure if they wish to progress to CEng.
Full time - September start - typically 12 or 18 months
Full time - January start - typically 12 or 18 months
Part time - September start - typically 36 months
Part time - January start - typically 36 months
By final examination, coursework and project reports
As an MBA graduate you will be well-versed in management knowledge, skills and techniques, as well as technical engineering abilities. Both your sponsoring company and you benefit from the knowledge you gain, both during and after the course.
An MBA gives you the confidence to apply your skills to develop strategies for growth for your employer, giving you a much sought after edge in your career progression.
This course is for engineers or graduates who want to become technical specialists or managers in industrial and manufacturing companies.
It increases your career potential by improving your
This course helps you understand concepts and theories behind developing, manufacturing and managing engineering products and systems. You learn to explore and apply developments in engineering and management academic thinking and industrial practice.
There is a wide range of optional modules including • lean operations and six sigma • advanced manufacturing technology • applicable artificial intelligence • computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture • advanced computer system architecture • network applications.
The international product development module involves working in multidisciplinary teams to develop a new product in a global market. This allows you to develop much sought after advanced technical and business skills and improves your career prospects in engineering industry, and public service. This project also develops your particular interest in a supported environment.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), on behalf of the Engineering Council, for the purposes of partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer; graduates who have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng will be able to show that they have satisfied the further learning requirement for CEng accreditation.
This course is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council and will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Accredited MSc graduates who also have a BEng (Hons) accredited for CEng, will be able to show that they have satisfied the educational base for CEng registration. It should be noted that graduates from an accredited MSc programme, who do not also have an appropriately accredited Honours degree, will not be regarded as having the exemplifying qualifications for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council; and will need to have their first qualification individually assessed through the Individual Case Procedure if they wish to progress to CEng.
This programme is CEng accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer when presented with an CEng accredited Bachelors programme.
Core management modules
Core technical modules
• lean operations and six sigma • management of strategy, change and innovation • manufacturing systems
plus two from
• advanced control methods • advanced investigatory techniques for materials engineers • advanced manufacturing technology • advanced metallic materials • advanced vibration and acoustics • applicable artificial intelligence • computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing • communication engineering • communication media • computer networks • competitive design for manufacture • competitive materials technology • control of linear systems • digital electronics system design • digital signal processing • embedded systems • equipment engineering and design • industrial applications of finite element methods • industrial automation • machine vision • microprocessor engineering • advanced computer system architecture • network applications • object-oriented methods • operating systems • robotics • software engineering • VSLI
If you are a new graduate, this course gives you the knowledge and skills to begin a career as a technical specialist or manager. If you are already employed in engineering, it improves you career potential and can lead to roles with greater responsibility.
It can also help towards a career teaching engineering.