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Our Operations Management Dual Award engages you with the study of operations management. You will explore different business environments and cultural contexts. Read more
Our Operations Management Dual Award engages you with the study of operations management. You will explore different business environments and cultural contexts.

On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded:
-Operations and Supply Chain Management MSc from Newcastle University
-Technology Operations Management MSc from the University of Groningen

The course will suit those looking to develop the necessary specialist knowledge and skills to pursue careers in:
-Operations management
-Technology management
-Supply chain management
-General management
-Consulting

What you'll learn

You will learn how to:
-Analyse operations functions in different countries
-Understand various institutional environments
-Develop a sharp eye for operations management within multinational enterprises

You will apply the knowledge and understanding that you develop to:
-Improve business performance
-Develop operations strategies
-Organise competitive advantages in technology-intensive industries

This will enhance your employability for operations management roles within international, multinational or transnational companies.

Your development

On completion of this course, you will be able to:
-Conceptualise real world problems using analytical frameworks drawn from operations theory
-Identify key factors and theories, critically analyse and evaluate the concepts and practices of operations strategy in different contexts
-Solve operations problems within different business environments, with particular emphasis on operations strategy
-Integrate evidence from a variety of sources to effect improvement in the operations performance
-Advise within the workplace on operation functions and strategy in both national and international contexts

Career focus

Graduates from this course have undertaken various roles including:
-Business Analyst
-Offshore Bid Manager
-Senior Consultant
-Management Trainee Supply Chain

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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Management (Operations and Supply Management) at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Management (Operations and Supply Management) at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

We offer a Master's in Management (Operations and Supply Management) for students from any background who would like to work in business or management. The Management (Operations and Supply Management) programme has been specifically designed with a clear focus on management in an interconnected global community. This programme in Management (Operations and Supply Management) covers core management concepts such as international marketing, operations management, global strategy, finance and international human resource management. To help you get the best from your studies, the programme also includes an academic skills module that covers issues such as research methods, presentation skills, group dynamics and employability support.

MSc Management Pathways

- Generalist MSc Management - for you to create your own mix of specialist modules

- Marketing - focused on the challenges of global marketing activities

- Finance – for students interested in financial aspects of management

- Human Resource Management – focused on the challenges of leadership and managing a global work force

- Entrepreneurship – for students interested in the dynamics of starting their own business

- Operations and Supply Management – focused on the management of global operations and supply networks

- International Management – considers contemporary management practice in a global setting

- International Standards – focused on the role of internationals standards (such as ISO) in quality improvement

- Business Analytics – to equip students to work in the era of ‘big data’

- E-Business - investigates the challenges and opportunities of global information systems networks and e-commerce

Key Features of the Management (Operations and Supply Management) Programme

- All modules on the Management (Operations and Supply Management) programme are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge

- Swansea is joint 1st in Wales for international ranked research (REF 2014)

- 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating

- High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week

- Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities

- Scholarships available for outstanding students

- Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)

The MSc Management (Operations and Supply Management) is for students with a clear interest in understanding how things (be it products or services) are made and in improving this transformation process. The pathway offers students the opportunity to focus on modules relating to operations management, supply chain management and project management.

Modules

Modules on the Management (Operations and Supply Management) programme may include:

Managing Financial Resources

Human Resource Management

Marketing Management

Operations Management

Strategy

Project Management

Global Supply Chain Management

Research Methods

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates including those from the Management programme with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management as a student on the Management programme we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

- Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative

- Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme

- In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting

- Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week

- Complete the Swansea Employability Award

- Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

School of Management

The School of Management's vision is to make a difference to society and the economy locally and globally through excellence in research-led teaching that has resulted in the School being ranked 17th in the UK for research impact* and 26th in the UK for research excellence, all working towards continuing our trend of becoming one of the top business schools in Wales and the UK.

Environment:

The School of Management comprises over 150 staff and more than 2000 students studying at the new £450million Bay Campus, with the School of Management building itself providing truly world-class facilities with an impressive communal Atrium, new teaching rooms, meeting room and IT equipment.

School of Management, alongside the Great Hall, also proudly offers high quality conferencing and event capacity all within half a mile of the M4 corridor, that has already attracted several high profile and key events during the short time that the Bay Campus has been open.

Ambition:

Through its enterprise and innovation activities of business engagement the School plans to focus on three global challenges: Health & Wellbeing, Digital Society and Sustainable Economies. The School of Management's aim is to deliver world-class education through collaboration, innovation and fresh thinking, and we pride ourselves on the outstanding student experience on offer here at the School of Management ensuring a rich learning environment, while also developing our staff in line with Swansea University's wider ambition to anchor and underpin everything we do with a core set of values.

Opportunity:

School of Management aspires to be known globally as a centre for educational excellence, working in partnership with other Swansea University departments and organisations to create joint programmes that reflect the skillsets required by an evolving workplace.

*THE Research Excellence Framework 2014: Institutions ranked by subject



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Put your organisational skills to the test and learn to help businesses manage the production and delivery of products and services in an increasingly globalised marketplace. Read more

Put your organisational skills to the test and learn to help businesses manage the production and delivery of products and services in an increasingly globalised marketplace. Operations management is all about how to organise the production and delivery of products and services. Gain the knowledge and skills to ensure that processes run smoothly, particularly in the face of opportunities and challenges arising from the increasingly global reach of business

  • Cover the service, manufacturing, public and private sectors, showing how operations management, project management and supply chain management work
  • Opportunity to concentrate on particular aspects of operations management, supply chain management, project management and process improvement
  • Prepare for a career as a professional operations, project or supply chain manager
  • Strong foundation for progression to a PhD or an academic career within the field
  • Opportunity to concentrate on particular aspects of operations management, supply chain management, project management and process improvement, helping towards membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply .

Aims

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  

By agreement with the Course Director, one elective unit may be taken from another Masters course - note that all elective units are subject to availability, timetabling constraints and what you have studied previously.

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. Certain units must be chosen in order to become a member of CIPS, and the dissertation must be on a procurement and supply-related theme. 

Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • The future green supply chain in the retail industry: a shared value strategic perspective
  • Evaluation of cost performance in inventory management in reverse logistics
  • Using e-procurement to improve supply chain management practices

Special features

CIPS accreditation

On completion of the MSc Operations, Project and Supply Chain Management course, students with three years' work experience in a relevant field of supply chain management can apply to become full members of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

  • As the course is accredited to CIPS, students with the required work experience will not need to take any further examinations to become full members of CIPS (as long as they have completed the required modules and the dissertation should focus on a procurement and supply related theme as part of the MSc).
  • Students without the required work experience (for example, recent graduates) can take the required modules and dissertation element of the MSc programme and on completion of three years relevant work experience can apply for full membership of CIPS. 
  • We are unable to answer individual enquiries about CIPS membership and you should apply directly to CIPS. Details of membership options can be obtained from the CIPS website .

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, course work and group project assessment and presentations, in-class tests and assignments. A dissertation is also undertaken and normally ranges between 12,000 and 25,000 words.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

The course provides general training for those who wish to take up specialist positions in operations management. For example, one graduate works in the quality team on a variety of projects in business operations around customer satisfaction, and another graduate set up a new company, Xpediency, based in Shanghai, working with UK companies helping them to develop and take advantage of Chinese manufacturing excellence. Graduates can also pursue a research and/or an academic career.

More details on our Careers Service.

Latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students .

Accrediting organisations

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply  

You have the opportunity to concentrate on particular aspects of operations management, supply chain management (helping towards membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply  (CIPS), project management and process improvement.



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Pursuing a career related to the fields of logistics and operations management is becoming an increasingly popular choice around the world. Read more

Pursuing a career related to the fields of logistics and operations management is becoming an increasingly popular choice around the world.

The MSc in Logistics and Operations Management aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of the disciplines of logistics and operations management and an insight into the latest developments through our world-leading research.

In the taught stage, you will study a range core and optional modules that equip you with key knowledge in logistics and operations management while enabling more focus in topics that are of particular interest and relevance to you. In doing so, both qualitative and quantitative skills can be developed. Through the dissertation, you can further develop an area of special interest in logistics and operations management, under the supervision of one of our experts, enabling you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have gained during the taught modules.

Distinctive features

  • The course draws on leading research and empirical best practice to equip you with the skills to manage in these critical business functions.
  • With a variety of options, there are opportunities to specialise in subject areas that are of particular relevance and interest to you.
  • You will be taught at one of the largest groupings of logistics and operations management experts in the UK, with an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.
  • You will have the chance to acquire high-quality practical skills and to develop innovative ideas.
  • You will be part of a community at Cardiff Business School which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.
  • You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014), and the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB International.

Learning and assessment

Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to up-to-date real-life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking. Reflecting the Business School’s wider strategy, Public Value is embedded within our teaching.

Many teaching and learning resources will be provided electronically through Learning Central. In order to successfully complete the course, you will need to work during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials). In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly give an overview of a particular aspect of the module content. You will have opportunities to ask questions and be reflective in lectures. Classes and workshops provide you with the opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate understanding of the topic.

In addition to timetabled classes, guest presentations by practitioners will also be available, enabling you to relate the knowledge provided by the lecturers to real-world examples.

Career prospects

Our MSc Logistics and Operations Management graduates go on to a vast range of careers in the logistics and/or operations management related industries. This can be with global multi-national companies such as Huawei, Panalpina, DHL, PDO or Amazon, or smaller SME enterprises. Graduates take up both leadership and operational level positions, as well as pursuing policy-making and academic career paths – a number of former students have subsequently completed their PhD in a subject related to logistics and/or operations management.



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Our Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc provides in-depth knowledge of the major areas that underpin operations and supply chain. Read more
Our Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc provides in-depth knowledge of the major areas that underpin operations and supply chain.

Organisations are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs, shorten production and distribution times and better manage risk. This allows them to develop and maintain a competitive advantage.

The course will suit those who wish to pursue a career in either operations or general management including:
-Operations, distribution and supply chain management
-Consultancy
-Logistics and transport management
-Engineering, purchasing or quality management
-Manufacturing management
-Management accounting

What you'll learn

You will improve your knowledge and understanding of how an integrated approach to operations management can impact on business performance.

You will learn how to advance the effectiveness and competitiveness of organisations. You will do this by applying the knowledge you develop in a thorough, systematic, informed and creative way.

This course will shape your understanding of:
-Quantitative analysis approaches in logistics and supply chain management
-How the mainstream supply chain information systems work
-How information technology can improve the efficiency of supply chain management
-How an integrated approach to operations and supply chain management can impact on businesses

Your development

On completion of this course, you will be able to:
-Critically evaluate, synthesise and apply theories and concepts in operations and supply chain in a national and international context
-Demonstrate analytical and evaluative skills in the application of operations and supply chain
-Use reflective skills to enable you to become a lifelong learner and problem solver
-Critically apply relevant theory and concepts to a range to complex, open-ended problems
-Provide technical, commercial and managerial leadership
-Communicate effectively and possess good interpersonal skills

Course accreditation

This course has been fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Successful completion of the course leads to associate membership of this premier global organisation.

Career focus

Graduates from this course have undertaken various roles including:
-Head of Operations
-Enterprise Risk Manager
-Resource Delivery Manager

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This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Voluntary sector and NGO operations is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in London via block release and supported by distance learning. Read more
This Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in Voluntary sector and NGO operations is an executive-level course that provides a University Diploma, delivered in London via block release and supported by distance learning. It is specifically designed for those atmiddle management in the voluntary and NGO sector who involved in working for organisations in the UK and/or international markets who wish to develop their understanding of voluntary and NGO sector operations as they engage with not-for-profit projects.

More about this course

This course addresses key issues in the field of Voluntary sector and NGO sector operations, including the rationale for not for profit operations, the role of government, the economy, culture and environment where voluntary sector and NGO operations take place.As such it provides a comprehensive grounding in international best practice in both developing and delivering successful voluntary sector and NGO operations.

The course is delivered by experts in the field of voluntary sector and NGO operations.

This course enhances participants’ practical work experience and their career prospects through the requirement to engage in the production of a voluntary sector and NGO operationswork-based project proposal. This presents an extremely valuable opportunity to engage in real-world practical research, framed by academic thinking, thus developing participants’ competencies in a business environment.

This course also offers the opportunity to engage with site visits to voluntary sector and NGO projects and experts from this field will be involved in class-based delivery of teaching and learning.

The first module entitled Voluntary sector and NGO operations: Theory and practice will be assessed by a piece of coursework that integrates and ensures coverage of the module’s learning outcomes (approximately 5,000 words). This will be submitted online in week 15.

The second module entitled Developing a Project Proposal for the voluntary sector and NGO sector will be assessed by two pieces of coursework. The first will comprise a research proposal (approx. 1,000 words) to be submitted online in week 5. The second assessment will comprise a voluntary sector and NGO sector project proposal and reflection (approx. 4,000 words). This will be submitted on-line in week 15.

Modular structure

The course comprises two 20 credit modules set at level 7. In summary: Module 1 is delivered as a face-to-face delivery block of 5 full days (6 hours per day); module 2 is delivered as 2 full days face-to-face tuition + 2 days of project site visits + 1 day of cohort project tutoring by distance learning (total 10 days delivery = 30 hours + 15 hours for scheduled assessment periods per module) = 45 hours per module.

The first module entitled Voluntary sector and NGO Operations: Theory and Practice examines political, economic and cultural and environmental impact of working with voluntary and NGO organisationsthrough face-to-face teaching delivery in London. This is delivered across five days as a block at the beginning of the first semester of entry to the course. Students then have the remainder of the 15 week semester to complete the integrative coursework assessment remotely.

The second module is entitled Developing a Project Proposal for the voluntary sector and NGO sector. Its face-to-face content and site visits are also delivered at the beginning of the course (in the first semester of study) as part of the block delivery in London with two days devoted to tuition and two days to voluntary sector and NGOproject visits. Students then continue their tuition remotely via distance-learning cohort tutorials during their second semester of study with one day’s remote cohort tutoring provided to support their project proposal development.

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The Research Master’s specialization in Operations Research prepares students for the PhD programs in fields such as operations management or optimization techniques. Read more

Operations Research

The Research Master’s specialization in Operations Research prepares students for the PhD programs in fields such as operations management or optimization techniques. This Research Master’s specialization in Operations Research is an in-depth study program focused on cutting edge research in Operations Research. A graduated student from this program gains knowledge of and insight in the tools and methodologies of operations research, including optimization, stochastic modeling, simulation, combinatorics, and game theory. Teaching is led by academics that are at the forefront of their fields.

A Research Master student is a part of a select group of finest students from all over the world. It is aimed at ambitious students that want to distinguish themselves. Students follow classes in small groups. This allows intensive interaction with professors who are top-notch researchers, both during as well as outside of classes. This program offers many different courses and students are free to choose most of the offered courses.

Students enrolled in the Research Master program qualify for research positions anywhere in the world.

Several of our Research Master students embark on a 3-year Ph.D. program and later become professors themselves. With their research, discoveries, and insights – expressed through writing, speaking, and teaching – they help shape academic world. Others opt for business practice with international companies and consulting firms.

Career Perspective MSc specialization in Operations Research

If you follow the Research Master's program in Business - be it accounting, finance, information management, marketing, operations research, or organization and strategy - you are prepared to continue in a PhD program. More than 75% of the graduates continue at a PhD position at either Tilburg University or another university. 25% of the graduates start a professional career, mostly in the consultancy or financial sector.

The Research Master's program in Business in combination with the subsequent PhD studies enable our students to find jobs at universities around the world, at research institutes or in the banking and consultancy sectors.

In the PhD phase, most accepted PhD students become university employees earning a gross salary over more than Euro 85000 over three years and are granted pension rights.

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Specialize in optimizing company decisions by using data and mathematical models and algorithms. Read more

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Specialize in optimizing company decisions by using data and mathematical models and algorithms
Do you like working with data and mathematics? Do you want to specialize in solving the most complex decision problems, from supply chain management to vehicle routing and from donor kidney allocation to train scheduling? Then Business Analytics and Operations Research is the right program for you.

Apply the theory in practice, and learn to communicate efficiently with decision makers
This program teaches generic Data Science and Optimization methods that allow you to solve decision problems in a wide variety of applications. Examples from logistics include vehicle routing, supply chain optimization, and inventory management. But there are many other applications, such as donor kidney allocation and optimizing tumor treatment plans in the medical field, or dike height optimization and train scheduling in the public sector.

Because Business Analytics and Operations Research are predominantly applied fields, you will also develop the skills to successfully apply the theory in practice, and to communicate efficiently with the decision makers.

The program offers you:

- a degree qualification held in high regard by international organizations that increasingly depend on quantitative methods to support their operations, logistics and supply chain management decision-making.

- a program that is comparable to top Business Analytics and Operations Research programs in the world, both in terms of the contents of the courses and the quality of the teachers and supervisors.

- excellent career perspectives: The Master's program in Business Analytics and Operations Research is one of the programs with the best career prospects. Business Analytics and Operations Research professionals are currently in very high demand, and the demand is predicted to increase even further.

- relevant, real-world learning where the emphasis is on solving actual business problems and turning data into managerial insights, whether it is during in-class exercises or while on an internship in a company.

- BAOR Mastermind, your ideal opportunity to explore the labor market and meet your future employer! We invite companies that give you insight in real business cases. You will also get the opportunity to discuss new trends in Business Analytics and Operations Research with academics and practitioners.

- lectures by teachers and supervisors that are leading experts in this field, with strong links with practice.

- small class-sizes giving you more quality time with approachable and supportive professors and closer interaction with your classmates

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***MLA is currently offering a number of fee bursaries to applicants for either BSc/BSc (Hons) or MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations. Read more

***MLA is currently offering a number of fee bursaries to applicants for either BSc/BSc (Hons) or MSc Sustainable Maritime Operations.

These bursaries could cover up to 30% of the course fees in some cases to successful applicants.

If you are still interested in joining a course in 2018 please do not hesitate to contact us to see if you might be eligible for one of these prestigious fee awards.***

By studying a distance e-learning Master’s degree in Sustainable Maritime Operations students will be equipped with the relevant management skills for working in the modern global maritime world. Our students are be taught the very latest methods, concepts, and theories to enable them to understand and analyse, in a multidisciplinary way, the complexities of the 21st century Maritime and shipping world. We aid individuals to progress rapidly through their study’s to give them the tools to become tomorrow’s leaders in the all areas of maritime operations.

By studying your distance e-learning degree with us, when you graduate you will receive a full degree or Master’s award from Plymouth University a world leader in Marine and Maritime related subjects. This is exactly the same as if you had attended a full time on-campus degree course.

Course content focuses on the interconnectedness of global maritime supply chains as well as placing strong emphasis on methodology and analytical skill development. The MSc course is designed to give Sustainable Maritime Operations graduates the tools, ability and confidence to make decisions with managerial style and determination, under complex and ever changing conditions, in the global marine and maritime economic environment.

An MSc in Sustainable Maritime Operations will not only give you a world class qualification but will provide you with a wide array of both maritime subject-specific and transferable business and managerial skills so that you can benefit from great prospects for your desired professional goals and enhance your career in the maritime and marine industry. With strong industry links, graduates are well equipped to enter or progress rapidly in a wide variety of careers. For example, the types of jobs and positions that graduates of Sustainable maritime operations would be typically suited for vary widely from Shipping and Port Management, Logistics manager Maritime Management Consultant, to Senior Port Operations.

We have a number of different start dates throughout the year to suit individual circumstances.



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Within the product life cycle, design is the first step. Then comes production and customer's supply. The final step includes warranty and product replacement. Read more
Within the product life cycle, design is the first step. Then comes production and customer's supply. The final step includes warranty and product replacement. The Master's programme in Technology and Operations Management teaches you how to organize all phases. You will learn to ensure high levels of customer satisfaction and cost efficiency. You will be trained to gain competitive advantage for companies.

In this one-year programme, you will focus on core aspects such as operations management concepts, facility design and planning. You will learn to define, diagnose and analyse problems and develop and evaluate solutions and technological innovations. In addition, you will be trained to design new planning and control concepts. You will also assess the impact of product and process innovations on the employers and organization of a business.

Newcastle University and the University of Groningen also offer a double degree programme in Operations Management. You will start the first semester in Newcastle. The entire programme is compulsory and takes 16 months. You will receive a Master's degree from both universities.

Why in Groningen?

The entire life cycle of products and services is the focus of the programme: you learn to plan and control operations during this life cycle and learn to introduce technological innovations for organisations. You learn to define, diagnose and analyse operations management problems in technology intensive industries. It's an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide.

Job perspectives

You will be prepared for a career as an operations manager in a production, distribution or service environment. You may also pursue a career as a consultant, project manager, or quality manager in the field of innovation and technology of products and processes. It is possible to work in the industry, or the government. Alternatively, you may opt for an academic career and start as a PhD student at a university.

Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and preprofessional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

In collaboration with external partners we conduct research projects on e.g banking, local government, customer insights, leadership, energy, healthy ageing and lean operations.

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This double degree (with Newcastle) provides advanced knowledge and understanding of how to improve business performance and organise competitive advantages in technology-intensive industries. Read more
This double degree (with Newcastle) provides advanced knowledge and understanding of how to improve business performance and organise competitive advantages in technology-intensive industries.

The 90 EC programme (in Groningen and at Newcastle University Business School, UK) enables you to deepen your knowledge and skills in the fields of Operations Management, Technology Management and Supply Chain Management. In addition, it enhances your general intellectual development, including the improved capacity for enquiry, problem solving, critical thinking and analysis.

You will get:
* advanced knowledge of operations management in different business environments and cultural contexts as a means of improving organisational performance.
* the necessary specialist knowledge and skills appropriate to pursue careers in operations management, technology management, supply chain management, general management or consulting.
* personal and interpersonal skills, such as report writing, presentation skills, group working skills, and an appreciation of working in a multicultural environment.
* advanced research skills, the ability to critically evaluate and utilise current research, and to make an immediate contribution to organisations and research community.

Degree: MSc in Technology and Operations Management

Why in Groningen?

Unique combination of two degrees, in Groningen and Newcastle, in which you will get advanced knowledge of operations management in different business environment and cultural contexts as a means of improving organisational performance. The programme is internationally accredited, ensuring a high quality education that according to the AACSB standard only 5% of universities worldwide meet.

Job perspectives

Graduates are qualified for a wide range of positions, including:
- Operations Manager
- Technology manager
- Supply Chain Manager
- Consultant in the field of innovation or technology
- Project manager for product/process innovations
- Positions in industrial and service organizations
- Research-oriented positions

Graduates are able to address the need for continuous performance improvement and the quest for efficient resource use in any organization.

Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and preprofessional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

In collaboration with external partners we conduct research projects on e.g banking, local government, customer insights, leadership, energy, healthy ageing and lean operations.

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A world-leading programme developed by Cranfield through a unique partnership with Rolls-Royce and the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge. Read more

A world-leading programme developed by Cranfield through a unique partnership with Rolls-Royce and the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge. Designed for industry professionals to fit around demanding careers, the course has been designed to develop the skills to lead change in business.

Who is it for?

For those who recognise the potential for a long and successful career in manufacturing, Cranfield offers the ideal balance of academic study and practical work experience. This course addresses the need for highly trained operations professionals required to transform operations into a world-class business in all sectors of manufacturing. The Operations Excellence course is structured to allow maximum benefit from learning with minimum time away from the working environment.

Why this course?

Companies seek out streamlined processes to enable them to be more efficient, improve quality and be more cost effective. The Operations Excellence course brings together expertise across several disciplines to inform industry and help companies stay ahead of their competitors.

Students learn from other cohort members, from industry practitioners and from developing solutions to individual issues through group and individual projects.These industry experts teach alongside academics from Cranfield and Cambridge who have a wealth of experience in operations excellence.

We have exceptional facilities many of which are unique in the university sector. Students on the Operations Excellence course benefit from this infrastructure which also supports our work with industrial partners. Students have access to computing facilities and laboratories suitable for general purpose and engineering applications. A vast range of specialist software applications are available including Witness, SAP and CAD IDEAS.

Informed by Industry

Our courses are designed to meet the training needs of industry and have a strong input from experts in their sector. Students who have excelled have their performances recognised through course awards. The awards are provided by high profile organisations and individuals, and are often sponsored by our industrial partners. Awards are presented on Graduation Day.

Accreditation

The MSc in Operations Excellence is accredited by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Please note accreditation applies to the MSc award. PgDip and PgCert do not meet in full the further learning requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Course details

Comprises an induction week, a series of taught modules, a manufacturing study tour, a group project and an individual thesis project. The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through written examinations and assignments. These provide key information for subsequent project work. The Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at University of Cambridge delivers two of the modules.

Industrially supported and relevant project work undertaken represents 60% of the total study time. It enables delegates to apply the knowledge and skills learnt from the taught element of the course and put them into practice. Projects are chosen to ensure delegates are able to relate the content directly to the performance of the business and its future success. The individual thesis work is particularly focused on the delegate’s company with critical thinking encouraged and supported by thought leaders from the University.

Students who have excelled in the course have their performance recognised through course awards, sponsored by Rolls-Royce, Arthur Corfe and Professor John Kay. These are presented to the winners when they Graduate.

Group project

The Group project gives a team of students the opportunity to take the responsibility for a consultancy type project working for an industrial sponsor. (Note: a dissertation can replace the group project.)

Recent projects include:

  • Rolls-Royce plc - Evaluation of engine assembly methods
  • Weetabix - Optimisation of combined heat and power plant
  • Linx - Development of a new manufacturing facility
  • NCT Leather - Maximising manufacturing capability.

Individual project

The individual project allows each student to demonstrate their independent learning ability and interest in advancing their knowledge through the pursuit of independent research and/or development work in an industrially relevant area and communicate their ideas, analysis and conclusions in written and oral formats. The subject of the thesis is agreed between the delegate and the supervisor and will normally be based around part of the taught material and/or a company problem. The project will be carried out at a company and/or at Cranfield University depending on the nature of the project.

Assessment

Taught modules 40%, Group project or dissertation 20%, Individual project 40%

Your career

Individuals selected to participate in this programme will be able to deliver significant business benefits to their employer/sponsoring company immediately. In addition, the greater depth and breadth of skills gained will enable graduates to progress to more senior roles in the future.



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This course explores the decisions made to tackle management problems in business, industry and the public sector, with a focus on supply chains and operations. Read more

This course explores the decisions made to tackle management problems in business, industry and the public sector, with a focus on supply chains and operations.

Any of our closely related operations management courses will suit you if you have qualitative and quantitative skills and want to pursue a career in operations management:

  • Industrial Engineering and Operations Management MSc
  • Information Systems and Operations Management MSc
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management MSc

They explore the decisions made to tackle management problems in business, industry and the public sector. They look at the methods, models and techniques that are used to resolve organisational difficulties.

Integrating management techniques and the technologies they control, they will equip you with the analytical skills to understand the complexity of operational management challenges in business as well as fostering your creative thinking to generate potential solutions.

Depending on your chosen course, you will undertake modules in management science for decision support; managing contemporary operations, and supply chain planning and management in semester one. During semester two, you will be able to develop in depth knowledge and skills in your chosen course and will be able to choose from a variety of options in order to focus on your career aspirations.



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This master’s programme was introduced in response to the growing importance of professionally-managed purchasing and supply chains, as well as recognising the strategic value of skilled operations managers. Read more
This master’s programme was introduced in response to the growing importance of professionally-managed purchasing and supply chains, as well as recognising the strategic value of skilled operations managers.

These topics have been high on the political agenda for several years and as companies have become more aware of the strategic value of supply chain management, salaries have risen rapidly.

Throughout the programme there also runs the thread of sustainability and social responsibility.

The programme is taught by staff from the School of Engineering and Technology which was recently awarded an excellent grading in the HEFCE auditors' report.

Why choose this course?

This MSc programme has been specifically designed to equip students for a career in Supply Chain Management and / or Operations Management. It offers a dual focus on these areas, incorporating subjects which employers seek in prospective graduates.

Supply Chain Management is a growing field as internationalisation and global outsourcing continues to gain momentum. Students will be given the tools to excel in this field, both through completing the coursework and practical assignments as well as through completing their own thesis project in this area.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply reports that “Global membership has continued to increase [in 2011/12] and the number of people taking CIPS qualifications is at an all-time high”.

Operations Management is central to the successful running of any organisation, regardless of its size. It enables organisations to provide products and services in every area. Good operations managers are an invaluable asset to any organisation.

Students are taken through the various key aspects of operations management and through a combination of theory and assignments are given the tools for success in this area, culminating in a thesis project.

Professional Accreditations

Accredited for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Careers

Graduates of this programme will be highly sought after given the demand for well known companies to find graduates with this training.

Teaching methods

The School of Engineering and Technology has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorial's using the University's StudyNet web based facility.

StudyNet allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussion's with staff and other students. A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and AADE has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The School of Engineering and Technology also operates an open access laboratory, and computer policy, that will help students complete coursework and assignments, at a scheduled pace and on time.

Structure

Modules
-Financial Control
-Human Resource Management
-Legal Aspects of Supply Chain
-MSc Project
-Manufacturing Information Systems
-Manufacturing Strategy
-Operations Management
-Operations Research
-Procurement & Supply Chain Management

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This programme covers all aspects of effective operations and supply chain management in a highly competitive global marketplace. Read more
This programme covers all aspects of effective operations and supply chain management in a highly competitive global marketplace. It looks at how successful operations and supply chain management can shape the sales and profit ambition of a business. Combining XJTLU’s growing reputation, IBSS’s dynamic innovative international expertise, intensive collaboration with the business community and our proximity to the Yangtze River Delta region, the programme is one of the few English-language masters programmes of its type in China.

Throughout the programme, opportunities are provided for you to analyse and examine the most up-to-date developments in operations and supply chain practice through a series of industrial lectures and best practice industry visits. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to reach senior managerial positions or become an operations, logistics and supply chain management strategist of the future.

Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) is currently being sought, while students will be exempted from a number of required modules by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL) to qualify for a chartered status.

During your studies, there is the opportunity to engage with and learn from leading organisations, thanks to our extensive links with businesses and public sector services, locally and across the world, providing you with exciting opportunities for placements, mentoring, involvement in live projects and networking.

Core Modules

• Supply Chain Operations Management
• Accounting and Financial Management
• Strategic Operations Management
• Logistics and Physical Distribution
• Theory and Practice of Lean Opeartions
• Strategic Purchasing Management
• Strategic Business Analysis
• Dissertation

Part-time study option also available.

What are my career prospects?

Graduates are now working for companies like Accenture, Caterpillar, Daimler Chrysler, Deloitte Consultants, Ford Motor Company, GE, Maersk, Unilever, Unipart, Westinghouse and Cargill.

Examples of a typical career paths can be found from our graduates of the MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Liverpool. They are now working for companies like Accenture, Airbus UK, Caterpillar, Daimler Chrysler, Deloitte Consultants, Diageo, Ford Motor Company, GE, Maersk, Unilever, Unipart, United Utilities, Westinghouse and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

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