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The Diploma in Procurement and Supply is for students moving into a junior or middle management procurement role, or supervising the procurement function. Read more
The Diploma in Procurement and Supply is for students moving into a junior or middle management procurement role, or supervising the procurement function. It is a valuable management tool which focuses on how organisational procedures and processes perform in purchasing and supply, including negotiating, planning, risk management and data analysis.

Modules:
- Negotiating and Contracting in Procurement and Supply
- Sourcing in Procurement and Supply
- Contexts of Procurement and Supply
- Business Needs in Procurement and Supply
- Managing Contracts and Relationships in Procurement and Supply

The Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply is for senior buyers, contract managers or supply chain managers
It is designed to give you the expertise to improve organisational procurement and to fulfil organisational objectives. It helps you develop the knowledge base to reduce cost, improve quality and timescales, manage the supply chain and deal with legal issues.

Modules:

- Category Management in Procurement and Supply
- Management in Procurement and Supply
- Managing Risks in Procurement and Supply
- Sustainability in Supply Chains
- Improving the Competitiveness of Supply Chains

The Professional Diploma in Procurement in Supply is for senior procurement professionals or heads of department
It is targeted at building strategic procurement competence, giving managers the ability to formulate strategic direction and advice, in terms of change management, stakeholder management and team leadership.

Modules:

- Leadership in Procurement and Supply
- Legal Aspects in Procurement and Supply
- Programme and Project Management
- Corporate and Business Strategy
- Strategic Supply Chain Management

Learning and teaching methods:

This qualification is in line with the government’s National Qualification Framework and contains modules on contemporary topics that are essential in procurement and supply chain management.

You may also complete a work-based project for the Strategic Supply Chain Management module, which could involve identifying a problem in your/an organisation, completing research and making recommendations for a solution.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects:

This professional stage qualification leads to corporate membership of CIPS. This award is particularly suitable if you are employed or have experience in purchasing, logistics, stores, inventory, contracts and other areas of supply chain management in the public or private sector.

Assessment methods:

You will be assessed through a final CIPS examination for each module.

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Cranfield School of Management was ranked 1st outside US and 12th globally in the Supply Chain Management World ‘University 100’ annual survey 2016, and 2nd in the Top 20 for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, for providing young people in this field with the skills and mix of expertise required to develop as supply chain leaders of the future. Read more
Cranfield School of Management was ranked 1st outside US and 12th globally in the Supply Chain Management World ‘University 100’ annual survey 2016, and 2nd in the Top 20 for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, for providing young people in this field with the skills and mix of expertise required to develop as supply chain leaders of the future.

Our Procurement and Supply Chain Management MSc builds upon the world-renowned Cranfield Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The course will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills that you need to further your career as a procurement and supply chain professional.

It has been co-designed with senior procurement and supply chain professionals and is delivered by Europe's largest specialist logistics and supply chain management faculty. The programme is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible for full membership of both institutes. Cranfield School of Management is also the first UK-based University to gain the European Logistics Association accreditation. Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for the designation cESLOG (European logistician), which is valid for five years.

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Prepare yourself for a management role within the international procurement and supply chain sectors with this flexible qualification. Read more
Prepare yourself for a management role within the international procurement and supply chain sectors with this flexible qualification. Take advantage of opportunities to study abroad and stand out to employers with a qualification accredited by the accredited by the Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport and recognised by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and The Nautical Institute. You’ll also benefit from a high profile visiting speakers programme.

Key features

-Stand out to employers with a postgraduate qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and recognised by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and The Nautical Institute.
-Expand your employment opportunities with a dual award title of international procurement and supply chain management, displaying expertise in a range of fields.
-Gain the specialist skills you need to enter senior management positions in the maritime industry and related fields.
-Take the opportunity to experience the martime industries abroad with the option of choosing a joint programme with Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of Business Engineering and Logistics (FHBL), at Venlo, the Netherlands.
-Designed to appeal to those already in the workplace, our programme allows you to take the opportunity to enhance your professional competence by building on your existing experiences through a structured programme of study.
-Graduate and join our fleet of successful alumni, highly regarded in their industry for possessing the critical skills required to discuss a range of solutions for serious management problems in international shipping and port management.
-Broaden your horizons by joining a programme with a truly international focus. In any given year our students might hail from over 20 different countries, enhancing one another’s academic experiences and providing excellent opportunities for international networking.
-Benefit from the breadth of knowledge of our multicultural and international staff with expertise in their respective areas and a wealth of industry liaison experience.
-Position yourself at the leading-edge of the industry thanks to our research-informed programme of study – our staff undertake substantial research in the areas of international shipping, international logistics and supply chain management.
-Harness the latest technologies to enhance your learning experience – our expertise in simulation-based technology will allow you to enter the work place up to speed with the most contemporary techniques.
-Build the industry knowledge to transition smoothly into the workplace thanks to regular visits to companies, trade exhibitions, seminars, workshops and industry conferences.
-Plot your own course through your studies - our programme offers a learner-centred approach that is responsive to your needs. If you wish, you can choose to complete your studies in three consecutive years.
-Develop a wide-reaching network of industry contacts thanks to our programme of visiting expert industry speakers providing specialist knowledge and insights as well as opportunities to seek internship, consultancy, or research experience.
-Access the benefits offered by our extensive alumni association – PYNDA. PYNDA members now occupy all levels within the maritime industries and joining the association will allow you to develop contacts and source opportunities via your fellow alums.

Course details

Core modules
-MAR703 International Trade, Procurement, Logistics and Shipping
-MAR702 Maritime Finance and Business Modelling
-MAR704 Logistics, Supply Chains, Systems and Methods
-MAR710 Research Project
-MAR707 International Supply Chain Systems
-MAR708 International Procurement Management
-MAR701 Research Skills and Economics for International Supply Chains

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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The MBA programmes at Northampton Business School are carefully designed to offer in depth knowledge of all critical business areas and functions. Read more
The MBA programmes at Northampton Business School are carefully designed to offer in depth knowledge of all critical business areas and functions. To succeed in business, you require more than just business skills. The Master of Business Administration (with CIPS accreditation) is a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for ambitious, motivated CIPS members seeking Chartered Status, through an accredited MBA.

The MBA (with CIPS accreditation) is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) permitting students upon successful completion to apply for Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional Status which is internationally recognised as the Advanced Professional level for procurement and supply chain. Those with Chartered Status will be recognised as leaders in the profession and will be much sought after individuals as it becomes more commonly required as a prerequisite to progression within the Logistics, Procurement and Supply chain sectors.

The MBA (with CIPS accreditation) is available to study by distance learning. This mode of study has been selected and tailored to meet the needs of practising senior or potential senior managers in the logistics, procurement or supply chain sectors.

Obtaining an MBA at the University of Northampton will support your career progression by developing your critical thinking and research skills which will enhance your business knowledge and understanding. The MBA (with CIPS accreditation) will improve management practice and equip you with essential leadership skills, confidence and competence to assist your industry and achieving your organisation’s objectives. You will think laterally, challenge convention and offer knowledge based solutions to business issues. You will learn to think and operate differently which is essential in today’s global business arena.

The MBA (with CIPS accreditation) is great for networking. Throughout the programme, you will study alongside professionals from a range of organisations, industries and countries exchanging experiences, insights and best practice. You will join a community of influential tutors, business professionals and MBA alumni. Current staff and past MBA students from this university span the globe and offer extensive, diverse, cross cultural business experiences.

Course content

The programme has been designed to give you a thorough understanding of business and management processes, enabling you to develop your effectiveness as a practising manager and create opportunities for your organisation to improve on their performance.

The MBA (with CIPS accreditation) method of teaching is participative, enabling participants to consider issues in an organisation wide or total business context. Skills in analysing business and organisational problems are emphasised, as is the ability to recognise and exploit opportunities. The development of strategies and plans for business or departmental improvement is a major theme.

As you would expect from a postgraduate degree, this programme is demanding in terms of entry, rigour and workload and will require commitment and dedication from participants.

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate

The CIM Introductory Certificate provides an internationally recognised qualification in marketing. We provide all the materials necessary to prepare you for this award as part of your course fees. In order to achieve this award, two CIM assessments must be successfully completed in addition to your MBA study.

PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Award

PRINCE2® (Projects in Controlled Environments) is the internationally recognised project management programme. Online learning materials are provided as part of your course fees. Additional PRINCE2 assessment must be successfully completed in addition to your MBA study.

MBA Business Event

Students will have the opportunity to participate in the MBA business event (Brussels in 2014/15) in their first year. The MBA business event is optional and the cost should not exceed £250 for flights and accommodation (If travelling from the UK). Students normally allow an additional £250 for their expenses.

Please Note: Additional fees, over and above your course fees, will be payable for the optional elements, for example for travel and accommodation for the Business Event or by the examination or membership bodies for membership and assessments associated with the qualifications.

Course modules (16/17)

-Critical Issues in Business
-Management and Organisational Behaviour
-Leadership in a Changing Context
-Strategic Marketing
-Competitive Strategy and Innovation
-Financial Decision Making
-Applied Logistics, Procurement and Supply
-Business Research Project Procurement

Methods of Learning

The programme can be undertaken anywhere in the world, as we use facilitative technologies to enable your engagement with the course team, fellow students and course materials. Normally, you will complete three blocks of 14 weeks study. You will be expected to interact with the course team in online activities and in significant additional study, learning and networking and to engage online in development activities associated with your achievement of the professional body memberships and awards. After the completion of the taught modules you will have a further nine months to complete your Business Research Project. The distance learning programme normally runs twice a year with September and February starts.

Per module you should expect to spend between 10/20 hours per week engaging with online activities and study through NILE as well as self-directed study time.

Assessments

The programme has a combination of assessment involving practical work, essays, reports, case studies and examinations. The Business Research Project Procurement is a 15,000 word independent research project.

[[Facilities and Special Features
Our programmes combine all of the study of critical business areas and leadership skills with the extra value of additional recognition, qualifications and activities. We offer a unique combination of opportunities including:
-Extensive online materials to support your studies.
-Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma and affiliate membership throughout the programme of study and 12 months after graduation.
-MBA business event *(in 2015 a three day business networking trip to Brussels).
-Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Introductory Certificate**.
-PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Award**.

*Optional – not included in course fees.
**Optional – membership and/or examination fees not included as part of course fees.

Careers

These can be varied by type and title, dependant on the organisation and region. However, typically career opportunities will range from supervisory through middle management and up to board level appointments, of which a sample are contained below:

Middle Management
-Country Manager
-Logistics Manager
-Materials Manager
-Operations Manager
-Procurement Manager
-Purchasing Manager
-Supply Chain Manager
-Transport Manager
-Warehouse Operations Manager
-Transport Manager

Board level
-Logistics Director
-Procurement Director
-Supply Chain Director

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The full-time Master in Supply Chain Management is unique in Europe. It combines a thorough education in relevant theories and state-of-the-art methods and techniques with a transdisciplinary and integrated view to gain a deeper understanding of supply chain related decision problems from a performance perspective. Read more
The full-time Master in Supply Chain Management is unique in Europe. It combines a thorough education in relevant theories and state-of-the-art methods and techniques with a transdisciplinary and integrated view to gain a deeper understanding of supply chain related decision problems from a performance perspective.

Visit the website: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/programs/masters-programs/supply-chain-management/overview/

Course detail

Supply chain networks are the skeletons that underpin the business world. These networks are increasingly global in nature, with products consisting of parts manufactured in different regions of the world, assembled in other locations, and then shipped across continents to retailers and consumers. Such complex networks consist of manufacturers and their suppliers, shippers and carriers using various modes of transportation, distribution centers where the products are stored and sent to retailers which ultimately supply the customers. Supply chains involve many decision-makers interacting with one another, sometimes competing, and at other times cooperating out of necessity.

The Master in Supply Chain Management focuses on the analysis, design, management, and operation of supply chains in manufacturing and professional service industries. Using a broad definition of supply chain management (SCM), supply chain problems are being tackled in profit and non-profit environments. The former includes retailers, wholesalers, logistics service providers, manufacturers, and suppliers, while the latter includes the public sector and non-governmental organizations, for example in disaster relief logistics.

Format

You can choose two out of six specialization areas following your interests:

- Business Analytics in Supply Chains
- Location Analytics and Geospatial Data
- Retail Marketing
- Supply Chain Finance and Risks
- Sustainable and Humanitarian Supply Chains
- Transport and Logistics.

A thorough international experience

The Master's program in Supply Chain Management focuses not only on global issues connected to supply chains but also attracts many international students. The student body is made up of a broad variety of nationalities. The students who enrolled in the fall of 2014 come from 18 different countries, located on four continents. Hence, the program offers a truly international experience through an international education, an internationally renowned faculty as well as an international culture among the students throughout the two years.

Career Prospects

Exceptional management of the procurement, production and delivery of a firm's products and services - its supply chain - is an essential part of modern business life. The Master's program in Supply Chain Management at WU Vienna prepares graduates to stand out in this challenging and critically important career field.

Graduates of the Master's program are qualified to be tomorrow's experts in the increasingly complex world of supply chains, including:

- supply chain strategy/controlling/planning,
- business process excellence,
- inventory management,
- lean/green supply chain management,
- manufacturing and logistics,
- sourcing and purchasing,
- sales and after sales services, or
- advanced planning systems.

If your ambition is an academic and/or a research career you will achieve the necessary qualifications to succeed in this dynamic and challenging field.

How to apply: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/programs/masters-programs/supply-chain-management/application-admission/

Funding

Information on funding and scholarships can be found at the following webpage: https://www.wu.ac.at/en/students/my-degree-program/masters-student-guide/grants-and-scholarships/

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Every product and service is supported by a global web of organisations and processes. In this context, companies increasingly look for graduates with an understanding of the multifaceted aspects of international supply chains. Read more
Every product and service is supported by a global web of organisations and processes. In this context, companies increasingly look for graduates with an understanding of the multifaceted aspects of international supply chains.
The MSc in Global Supply Chain Management is designed to provide 360º perspective of global supply chains, help assess various potential supply chain risks and provide both strategic and analytical tools to mitigate these risks, based on the most recent academic research and innovative current business practices.

In addition, the course helps to develop cultural sensitivity, effective business communication, networking and time management skills.
The MSc in Global Supply Chain Management explores topics at all levels of decision making, including:

• Procurement
• Operations
• Logistics
• Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
• Finance, Accounting and Supply Chain Finance
• Supply Chain Analytics
• Consulting Skills for SCM

In term three, participants you will have the opportunity to either specialise further through a range of elective modules or develop their analytical skills through a research project.

Visit the website: http://www.cass.city.ac.uk/courses/masters/courses/supplychain/2017

Course detail

The course commences in September with a Foundations of Management workshop which prepares students with some of the concepts necessary to complete the course, and includes careers and professional skills development workshops.

Format

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

• twelve core courses (10 - 15 credits each)
and
• a Business Research Project (30 credits) and one elective (10 credits)
or
• four electives (10 credits each)

Assessment

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Global Supply Chain Management, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Career opportunities

The aim of the MSc in Global Supply Chain Management is to develop graduates with strong strategic supply chain knowledge and advanced analytical and consulting skills.

These characteristics are highly valued value across industry sectors. We expect our students to engage with a variety of roles in business, for example:

• Procurement management in retail or manufacturing
• Supply chain consultancy
• specialist finance positions in the banking and insurance sectors.

This postgraduate course is ideal for anyone looking to enhance their career prospects within the supply chain industry or looking for a role as a logistics or supply chain manager.

Some examples of where graduates from the MSc in Global Supply Chain Management class of 2015 are working are:

• John Lewis Partnerships – Buyers Assistant
• EDF Energy – Business Analyst
• Novo Nordisk – Global Procurement Graduate

How to apply

Apply here: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying-to-city

Funding

For information on funding, please follow this link: http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support

Cass Supply Chain Management Society

The Cass Supply Chain Management Society exists to create a strong community of future professionals in the Supply Chain Management field, or any other relative business fields, in an environment of cooperation, interaction and ideas sharing.

The society expands students' learning experience, by providing industry insights, through field trips to related organisations, as well as informative visits and presentations from practitioners, partly enabled by the society's close relationship with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT).

Joining the Supply Chain Management Society is not mandatory but it’s a fantastic way to get even more out of your degree.

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Contemporary logistics and supply chains are critical to the success of any global commercial organisation, and this course will help you to develop your knowledge of their application in various industry sectors. Read more
Contemporary logistics and supply chains are critical to the success of any global commercial organisation, and this course will help you to develop your knowledge of their application in various industry sectors.

You will study the legal, social and environmental issues faced by modern businesses, and learn how to optimise supply chain and logistics management decisions at operational, tactical and strategic levels.

You will also gain critical insights into the best practices of dynamic modern businesses, both nationally and across international boundaries.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Why choose this course?

• Study with staff from our Operations and Knowledge Management Research Group, and enjoy collaborative learning opportunities with students from around the world in a conference-style study environment

• Explore how the latest concepts, theories and practices relating to logistics and supply chain management can increase operational effectiveness, and learn how to analyse problems and reach feasible, workable solutions

• Develop your understanding of financial analysis, contract and procurement management, digital business management and research methods

• Gain knowledge of important methodologies, tools and techniques such as JIT, TQM, Six-Sigma and Lean

• Benefit from opportunities to interact with guest speakers from major multi-national organisations, make site visits to key logistics centres, and take advantage of the opportunity to take PRINCE2 professional exams.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/logistics-and-supply-chain-management2#about

Course detail

The course prepares you for a range of careers in management, specifically, logistics management, procurement management, supply chain management, inventory management, and transportation management. To achieve this the course;

• Is vocational in nature, with a focus on current practice in logistics and supply chain management;

• Highlights the contemporary concepts, theories, and practices in logistics and supply chain strategies and operations;

• Provides Opportunities for you to take PRINCE2 professional exams (Foundation and Practitioner) to gain an additional professional certificate.

• Provides opportunities for you to visit local companies to see live logistics and supply chain management activities inside the organisations.

• Includes presentations from external guest speakers from industry to keep you informed of current company practices.

Modules

• Business Research Methods (BSS017-6) Compulsory
• Contract And Procurement Management (BSS014-6) Compulsory
• Digital Business Management (BSS013-6) Compulsory
• Financial Analysis (AAF001-6) Compulsory
• Logistics And Supply Chain Management Project (BSS045-6) Compulsory
• Logistics Management (BSS004-6) Compulsory
• Operations Management (BSS007-6) Compulsory
• Project Management (BSS024-6) Compulsory
• Supply Chain Management (BSS006-6) Compulsory
• Sustainable Logistics And Supply Chain Management (BSS026-6) Compulsory

Assessment

Multiple strategies of assessment will be used. Students will get detailed briefings of the assessment and the marking criteria for each unit. Apart from summative feedback, formative feedback will be provided in units to support your learning and to give you the opportunity to enhance your performance.

You are expected to make use of the journals, professional bodies and the media in order to keep up-to-date with information, examples, debates, discussions and events in logistics and supply chain management practice. You are also encouraged to attend relevant networking groups and more formal lecture/seminar sessions organised by the department, the faculty and the university. Updated information will be announced before the events.

Your research skills will be developed through lectures and workshops in the unit Business Research Methods. Here you will be introduced to various research methods, such as survey, interview, focus group, action research, and various quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques. Through the final Logistics and Supply Chain Management Project, you will be able to apply some of these methods and techniques to carry out independent research.

Careers

On completing this course you are likely to progress within one of the following areas:

Career: Logistics Management, supply chain management, procurement management, inventory management, project management, quality management, and consultancy.

Further study: Graduates could pursue a PhD in an area related to the course taken, or seek further professional qualifications through, for example, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), and so on.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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In an increasingly interconnected global economy, businesses in all markets must compete in complex supply networks in order to survive and prosper. Read more
In an increasingly interconnected global economy, businesses in all markets must compete in complex supply networks in order to survive and prosper. The effective management of supply chains and logistics are recognised as key factors in sustaining a company's competitive advantage.

You will combine your knowledge with practical tools and techniques of supply chain management and logistics and apply this to complex regional, national and international settings. You will engage in a range of specialist learning which is integrated with core business topics, such as strategy and the improvement of business processes.

Suitable for people from a range of business backgrounds, we have designed this course for both procurement professionals and those wishing to develop a career in supplier management and logistics. It is also suitable if you are from a marketing background or want to widen your business knowledge and profile.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/supplychainmgt_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will be well placed to pursue the increasing supply chain and logistics employment opportunities that exist around the world. You could develop or enhance your career in supply chain management, purchasing management or logistics, or gain greater expertise if you are from a different business background. If you are already a Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply or Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport member, you can apply for standard accreditation of prior learning, be exempt from some core modules and pay a reduced fee.

- Supply Chain Analyst
- Supply Chain Manager
- Transport Planner
- Purchasing Manager

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

A major strength of our course is professional accreditation and the access and opportunity to develop career networks and contacts within these institutions. The additional work experience will contribute to your employability on completion of the course. As the course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), this will enable you to gain the academic element needed to achieve Professional Membership status of CIPS/CILT, and also offers free student membership of CIPS. If you are already a CIPS or CILTS member, you can apply for standard accreditation of prior learning, be exempt from some core modules and pay a reduced fee.

You will also have the opportunity to attend and engage in professional networks and regional events as part of the accreditation. You will learn with and from supply chain professionals providing you with valuable opportunities to develop your expertise and career networks.

At Leeds Business School we're dedicated to supporting your professional development - that's why we offer a guest lecture programme. Past speakers include the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, past Chair and President of the Academy of Marketing, Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association, the Chief Economist of Yorkshire Bank and the Editor of Cosmopolitan. To see our full programme and to register for a lecture click here (http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/guestspeakers).

Core Modules

Applied Logistics & Inventory Management
You will carry out a project reflecting your own interests in supply chain, logistics and purchasing, demonstrating originality in the application of theory and techniques.

Business Process & Operations Management
Enhance your understanding of how evaluating, managing and improving business processes in a range of settings drives the performance of an organisation.

Corporate Strategy
Develop a strategic organisational perspective as well as a basis for progression and application of strategic level skills, competencies, and decision-making capability.

Global Supply Chain Management
You'll be introduced to the supply chain concept by observing a variety of companies and how they are changing their business practices to achieve corporate objectives in the current economic climate.

Procurement, Contracts & Strategic Sourcing
Develop the skills to effectively manage purchasing and supply within a business enterprise in order to sustain competitive advantage in a modern environment.

Dissertation
You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject area that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc addresses the strategic role of purchasing and supply chain management. It also examines the impact of changes in the regulatory and policy environment, and the effect of new technologies and techniques on current and future problems within the supply chain. Read more
Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc addresses the strategic role of purchasing and supply chain management. It also examines the impact of changes in the regulatory and policy environment, and the effect of new technologies and techniques on current and future problems within the supply chain.

During the course, you will develop your knowledge of best practice purchasing and supply chain management, and enhance your understanding of the importance of business process and activity integration through our range of modules.

The sectors of purchasing and supply chain are expanding, leaving our Master’s graduates attractive on the job market. Depending on your interests and desired career path, you will have the opportunity to specialise in international law or project management as part of this course.

Course content

Our range of core and option modules on this course equips you with the specialist knowledge to identify problems and develop solutions within both purchasing and the wider supply chain. Our lecturers combine traditional lectures with games to illustrate logistics and supply chain and talks by external speakers from the industry.

A highlight for many students are the field trips and social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking and extending your learning in new environments. Read about a recent field trip to the Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre on our blog.

As part of this course, you have the opportunity to obtain a PRINCE2 Foundation certification in project management. You will also be eligible for a Professional SAP Certification discount and benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-Purchasing Management
-Logistics and the External Environment
-Sustainable Supply and Procurement
-Research Methods and Project Preparation
-Financial Analysis for Managers
-Business Process Integration with SAP
-Retail Supply Chain Management
-Supply Chain Management Project

Option modules
-Project Management
-International Aspects of Business Law

Accredited internship

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Associated careers

Past students of the course have developed successful careers in both supply chain management and procurement. Course graduates work in both large and small to medium companies all over the world. Examples include Unilever, Puma, and Sony. In today's complex and demanding environment where sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative are sought, this course will help you acquire the qualities to either advance in your current role, or gain new employment. Areas of work you could consider include purchasing and contract management, supply chain management, operations/logistics management and supply chain planning and development. Alternatively, you might want to continue onto research or further study. On successful completion of the course, if you have three years' relevant work experience you may be awarded Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) status. Alternatively, you can apply to CIPS for MCIPS status at a later date, once you have acquired the necessary work experience.

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Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc addresses the strategic role of purchasing and supply chain management. It also examines the impact of changes in the regulatory and policy environment, and the effect of new technologies and techniques on current and future problems within the supply chain. Read more
Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc addresses the strategic role of purchasing and supply chain management. It also examines the impact of changes in the regulatory and policy environment, and the effect of new technologies and techniques on current and future problems within the supply chain.

During the course, you will develop your knowledge of best practice purchasing and supply chain management, and enhance your understanding of the importance of business process and activity integration through our range of modules.

The sectors of purchasing and supply chain are expanding, leaving our Master’s graduates attractive on the job market. Depending on your interests and desired career path, you will have the opportunity to specialise in international law or project management as part of this course.

Course content

Our range of core and option modules on this course equips you with the specialist knowledge to identify problems and develop solutions within both purchasing and the wider supply chain. Our lecturers combine traditional lectures with games to illustrate logistics and supply chain and talks by external speakers from the industry.

A highlight for many students are the field trips and social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking and extending your learning in new environments. Read about a recent field trip to the Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre on our blog.

As part of this course, you have the opportunity to obtain a PRINCE2 Foundation certification in project management. You will also be eligible for a Professional SAP Certification discount and benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-Business Process Integration with SAP
-Financial Analysis for Managers
-Logistics and the External Environment
-Purchasing Management
-Research Methods and Project Preparation
-Retail Supply Chain Management
-Sustainable Supply and Procurement

Option modules
-International Aspects of Business Law
-Project Management

Accredited internship

All students on our full-time business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme Reflective Practitioner Module. This is an 8 week unpaid accredited internship, which can be taken in addition to option modules and will help students to gain invaluable work experience. The internships, which are with London-based organisations, take place during the summer period. To apply, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV to the Business Experience Team; the team then shortlist from the applications and conduct group meetings with the applicants.

Ultimately it is up to our internship employers to decide whether they would like to interview the candidate(s) and offer him/her an internship. We have received very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Associated careers

Past students of the course have developed successful careers in both supply chain management and procurement. Course graduates work in both large and small to medium companies all over the world. Examples include Unilever, Puma, and Sony. In today's complex and demanding environment where sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative are sought, this course will help you acquire the qualities to either advance in your current role, or gain new employment. Areas of work you could consider include purchasing and contract management, supply chain management, operations/logistics management and supply chain planning and development. Alternatively, you might want to continue onto research or further study. On successful completion of the course, if you have three years' relevant work experience you may be awarded Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) status. Alternatively, you can apply to CIPS for MCIPS status at a later date, once you have acquired the necessary work experience.

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The MBA in Supply Chain Management is designed to help you prepare for senior supply chain management roles that could lead to job opportunities in strategic procurement, supply chain management, logistics, commercial management, consultancy and associated areas. Read more

The MBA in Supply Chain Management is designed to help you prepare for senior supply chain management roles that could lead to job opportunities in strategic procurement, supply chain management, logistics, commercial management, consultancy and associated areas. These can be in manufacturing, service, retail, government, non-government or other similar organisations.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The MBA is seen by many as an essential passport to success in senior management.

In a world where commercial success relies on informed strategic decision making and the best use of outsourced supplier assets, supply chain managers need to maximise value and deliver competitive products and services to customers.

Companies therefore need supply chain professionals capable of developing diverse, bespoke and often novel supply chain solutions to help them identify and maintain competitive advantage.

The MBA in Supply Chain Management is an exciting course which explores the different ways that SCM can significantly contribute to wealth creation, competitiveness, and to the advancement of society in the 21st century.

Aimed at graduates and those with work experience, the course provides you the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed and develop in senior management roles whether you have been employed or studying in preparation for employment.

Benefits:

  • An internationally recognised MBA degree
  • High quality learning environment, including a new state-of-the-art £55m Faculty Building, a world class University library and advanced e-learning digital infrastructure.
  • A large team of expert and industry experienced teaching staff.
  • Course developed with industry to tailor the course to the skills that employers demand e.g. communication, team working, cultural awareness and digital literacy.
  • Solve real-life management problems both individually and as part of a team.
  • Industry visits which in the past, have included Aston Martin, Brose, Contechs, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Ricoh Arena, Terex.
  • High levels of student satisfaction for our postgraduate supply chain courses of 94%, above the sector average of 80% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).

The course is currently being assessed for accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT), with a view to becoming fully accredited in 2017. Please enquire before applying for further information.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will study:

  • Global Professional Development
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Purchasing Management
  • Financial Analysis & Decision Making
  • Human Resource Management
  • Lean Supply & Quality Management
  • Engineering Strategic Management
  • Research Methods and Project Introduction
  • Individual Project

The individual project gives you the opportunity to do in depth research in your preferred area of supply chain management alongside an experienced academic supervisor who will guide and advise you.

You will study Global Professional Development - Consultancy, an important new 10-credit module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Upon successful completion of this module you will also gain:

  • an L7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management
  • an L7 Award in Professional Consulting.
  • Affiliate Membership of CMI during your period of study. This will give you access to a whole host of benefits including access to:
  • online and offline networking events;
  • CMI’s online resource portal LeadershipDirect which contains thousands of resources including videos, checklists, e-learning modules, full text journals and e-books to support you in your studies;
  • CMI’s online job finder service;
  • an online mentoring service where you can connect and learn from other leaders.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Job satisfaction and remuneration prospects can be excellent, with high employer demand for MBA Supply Chain Management graduates outstripping the supply of suitably qualified applicants in many parts of the world.

In a competitive marketplace, an MBA demonstrates advanced level knowledge and skills, which can enhance your employment prospects. Our strong focus on evolving industry trends and the practical experience of activity led learning is intended to enable you to make a positive contribution to your future employer right away.

We enjoy close links with employers, so we are in a good position to advise you of employment opportunities as they arise. As a postgraduate student, you also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Previous graduates have secured exciting, rewarding jobs across a variety of industries working for companies such as Airbus, Aston Martin Lagonda, BAE Systems, Bentley Motors, Bombardier Aerospace, Brose, Contechs, Jaguar Land Rover, Infosys, Lear, Nandos, O2, Unipart, Vinci, Westinghouse Brakes and TATA Consulting.

We have a large alumni network some of whom are now directors, senior managers, consultants and business owners. Many support current CU students by hosting visits to their companies and provide prestigious lectures through our Global Leaders Programme.

Others support training, internships, work experience placements, graduation prizes and provide job opportunities to graduates through our CU network of corporate partners, employers and UK leaders.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Through our Global Leaders Programme, you will have the opportunity to participate in international field trips to enhance your learning and development. Past field trips have visited companies, institutions and universities in Germany, France, China, India, Tanzania, UAE and USA.

We also collaborate with other universities across the globe for online visiting guest speakers and online international learning (OIL) projects.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.



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Our accredited Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc provides you with the specialist knowledge and skills that you need for a career in logistics and supply chain management. Read more
Our accredited Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc provides you with the specialist knowledge and skills that you need for a career in logistics and supply chain management.

Alongside traditional lectures you will gain practical experience from projects, case studies and talks from industry experts. You will learn about international logistics, operations management, analytics for logistics, enterprise systems, e-procurement and strategic purchasing. You will also learn practical business skills in financial analysis, problem solving, cross-cultural teamwork and consultancy.

With our emphasis on practical learning, in your third term you will have opportunities to either visit our industry partners to learn about their activities and challenges, or to apply your new knowledge acting as a consultant. As part of this programme you also have the opportunity to complete a six-month paid work placement.

The University of Brighton is also a member of the SAP University Alliances Programme – you will gain experience of using SAP software, one of the world's most widely used enterprise planning systems.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for this course. Please click the link below for more information.
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/studying-here/fees-and-finance/postgraduate/index.aspx

Course structure

This one-year, full-time course is designed for graduates of any subject with or without work experience. Case studies, live client projects, company visits and the option of paid work experience help prepare you for a career in the supply chain.

Core modules will give you practical knowledge in a variety of logistics and supply areas as well as key business skills such as financial analysis. In term 3 you will be able to tailor your course through a choice of two option modules and a final project or work placement.

Teaching takes place over three terms, from late September to early June, with breaks after assessments in mid-December to early January and late March to mid-April.

Your final project will take place over the summer after teaching finishes. Your optional work-experience based final project may continue for up to one-year past the end of teaching.

Accreditations

CIPS accreditation:

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). Throughout the world, CIPS qualifications are recognised as driving leading-edge thinking and professionalism in procurement. Graduates with sufficient work experience may apply for the internationally recognised MCIPS status. This signals your professional credibility to employers, clients and peers.

CILT accreditation:

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), an active and exciting professional organisation that focuses on transportation and warehousing within the supply chain. CILT run an annual student conference, giving students an opportunity to network with professionals. Graduates with sufficient work experience may apply for MILT status, which – following managerial experience – can be upgraded to chartered membership and prestigious CMILT designation.

Practical learning

You will have the opportunity to visit industry partners, learning directly from them about their manufacturing, logistics and distribution activities and challenges. Previous visits have included the Port of Southampton, Liz Earle (natural beauty products), the Shepherd Neame brewery and the Jaguar automobile assembly plant.

In term three you also have the option of taking the Supply Chain Consulting elective, which involves applying your knowledge to solve a client's supply chain problem via a live consulting project.

Practical experience is essential in acquiring your Chartered membership through CIPS and CILT. As part of your programme you have the opportunity to complete a six-month paid work placement, contributing to your progression towards CMILT and MCIPS status.

Syllabus

Term 1

Moving to a Masters
Accounting for Managers
International Logistics
Operations Management for Logistics

Term 2

Analytics for Logistics
Enterprise Systems and E-procurement
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Business Research Methods

Term 3

Strategic Purchasing
Option 1: Supply Chain Consulting
Option 2: Supply Chain Analytics

Learning support

Our supportive learning environment includes an induction programme and specialist diagnostic tools to assess your learning strengths and needs. You will also be assigned an academic supervisor to support you in your project work. We also provide free language and support services throughout for international students.

Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to your 24/7, both for use at the university and at home.

You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

Core modules will give you practical knowledge in a variety of logistics and supply areas as well as key business skills such as financial analysis. In term 3 you will be able to tailor your course through a choice of two option modules and a final project or work placement.

SAP University Alliances

The University of Brighton is a member of SAP’s globally acclaimed University Alliances program. The programme provides hands-on experience of key SAP technologies.

Through demonstrations, exercises, case studies and research projects, students are able to put theory into practice. Being acquainted with the world’s leading enterprise performance management software brings with it greater employability potential and higher starting salaries.

Careers and employability

There is a significant demand for logistics and supply chain analysts with good modelling and forecasting skills.

This course has been designed for people wanting to start careers in:

• supply chain management
• consulting and e-business
• logistics
• manufacturing management
• purchasing
• sales and operations planning

Many job advertisements state that it is highly desirable to have SAP enterprise planning experience and/or a professional qualification. This course fulfils both requirements as it is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

This course has strong links to a number of local companies with significant supply chain operations. Industry-based projects provide valuable experience.

• Careers Service

As a student you will have access to our Careers Service, including careers counselling sessions, CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

• Careers counsellor

As the Business School's career development advisor, Christina Keiller helps you to write your CV, prepare for interviews and plan your career. She also works closely with tutors to ensure that your courses teach vocational skills as well as academic ones.

• Entrepreneurship network

Beepurple is the university’s entrepreneurship support network. They offer free support for any student or graduate with their business ideas, freelance plan or social enterprise project. Beepurple run events throughout the academic year, designed to equip you with skills that will improve your employability and help you grow a successful business. By taking part in beepurple activities, you will meet like-minded people, hear how other recent graduates have set up their own businesses and gain key enterprise skills that will help you stand out from the crowd.

• Mentoring scheme

Momentum is our award-winning mentoring scheme. It pairs students with professionals who wish to share their experience. Students and their mentors meet regularly to exchange ideas. The scheme helps students to develop new skills and enhance their career prospects.

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IN BRIEF. This programme is one of very few in the UK that it is now double accredited by both CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Chain Management) and CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport). Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • This programme is one of very few in the UK that it is now double accredited by both CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Chain Management) and CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport)
  • Enhance your employability and prepare for a managerial, consulting or operational role
  • Put logistics theory into real practice with an exciting Business Innovation Project
  • Part-time study option
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This course is informed by the very latest academic research and provides you with an in-depth understanding of procurement, warehousing, stores management, transportation and shipping, inventory planning and contract management.  

You will review these topics in a supply chain context and benefit from a programme fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Full membership of CIPS is available to successful graduates of this programme who fulfill the institute's conditions on post-graduate experience, achieve success in all modules, and the dissertation in the field. 

There is a blended/ Distance learning opportunity available via our official partner Robert Kennedy College, in Zurich, Switzerland.

EMPLOYABILITY

Our graduates are highly sought after in many countries for their knowledge and passion for the procurement and supply business.

Recent graduate destinations have included positions with:

  • Rolls-Royce plc
  • Toyota
  • BASF
  • Ernst & Young
  • CitiBank  

Job roles have included inventory analysts, procurement officers and managers, shipping managers, warehouse controllers, transport, logistics and supply chain managers.

FACILITIES

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.



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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. This course covers operations management, supply chain management, project management and process improvement in one challenging and rewarding degree.

Operations management is all about how to organise the production and delivery of products and services. From banks to factories, 90% of people are involved in operations. This course gives you the skills to ensure that process runs smoothly, particularly in the face of challenges and opportunities arising from the increasingly global reach of business.

The course covers the service, manufacturing, public and private sectors, showing how operations management works, whether the customer is a patient in hospital, a traveller on a transport system or a consumer buying a new iPod.

You have the 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.

The course provides you with the knowledge and practical skills vital for the professional operations, project or supply chain manager in a globalised environment. It also gives you a strong foundation for any subsequent doctoral work or an academic career within the field.

Aims

The course consists of both compulsory and optional taught units. Compulsory course units include:
-Global Operations Management
-Managing Projects
-Strategic Supply Chain Management
-Research Methods and Practice

Students can choose at least two and not more than three electives from:
-Commercial Management of Projects
-Business Improvement Tools, Techniques and Systems
-Digital Technologies for Marketing
-Games Business Play
-Operational Excellence: The Toyota Production System
-Supply Chain Logistics Management
-Modelling Operations Processes
-Sustainable Supply Chain Management
-*Global Supply Chain Management
-*Megaproject Leadership and Strategy

*These two units must be chosen in order to become a member of CIPS. The Dissertation must be on a procurement and supply-related theme.

No more than one elective can be chosen from another MSc programme provided by Alliance Manchester Business School or the School of Environment and Development. This is by arrangement, and subject to timetabling and student's background and the approval of the Programme Director.

Special features

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.

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.

Accrediting organisations

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 ), project management and process improvement.

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If you want a career in procurement management, this specialist masters programme offers high-level strategic teaching in all areas of this growing field. Read more
If you want a career in procurement management, this specialist masters programme offers high-level strategic teaching in all areas of this growing field.

In an increasingly competitive environment, purchasing and supply chain managers need to develop and demonstrate a variety of key competencies.

Graduates from this Masters course have the specialist knowledge to co-ordinate and adapt their purchasing and supply chain activities, and respond to the dynamic needs of a modern business. This course is accredited by the sector’s professional body – the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Upon successful completion, you will gain the MCIPS (with three years’ work experience)*.

The University has a long and distinguished history of research, training and education in procurement and supply chain management and is one of the largest CIPS Centres of Excellence in the UK.

Working in partnership with procurement professionals, the University has established its very own Procurement Best Practice Academy to identify, develop and disseminate best practice in procurement and supply chain management. This informs our teaching, so you will benefit from a course that embodies the latest industry thinking.

*Subject to approval

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/470-msc-strategic-procurement-management

What you will study

This Masters course is delivered in three distinct stages which comprises of 180 academic credits. During your first stage you will be introduced to key management principles and theories, followed by a secondary stage that is designed to continue to build and develop your existing knowledge. The final stage of the course will focus research and application to live projects, alongside a critical understanding of concepts covered throughout.

Stage One

- Purchasing Principles and Management (20 credits)*
Compare and contrast the strategic links between procurement, purchasing and the notion of supply chain management, this module is aimed at developing your ability to effectively and ethically manage supply as a holistic process.

- Strategic Operations Management and Operational Research (20 credits)*
Develop your ability and skills in strategic operational management tools and techniques with an appreciation of operational processes, planning and control systems.

- Sustainable Supply Chain Management (20 credits)*
Explore the strategic need, role and value for logistics, purchasing and supply chain research within organisations in order to achieve sustainable supply chain networks in the future.

Stage 2

- Commercial Relationships (20 credits)*
Gain a critical understanding of the contribution of strategic accounting information to decision making in business. You’ll be introduced to major-themes underlying trading law with commercial and consumer contracts.

- Advanced Procurement (20 credits)
Examine the strategic internal and external relationships required to manage procurement and purchasing and supply, and the new and innovative cutting-edge procurement and purchasing principles and philosophies.

- Research Methods (20 credits)
Develop your understanding and research skills in a management and/or professional development context; critically reviewing a range of research methodologies and methods of providing management information for decision making.

Stage 3

- Dissertation in Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain (60 credits)
You’ll be required to produce an extended piece of written postgraduate research, involving a significant piece of student-directed learning, based on a detailed investigation into a key area.

Footnote: *Exemptions are available on the above modules to holders of MCIPS and the CIPS Graduate Diploma with the option of entry onto a 18 months Fast Track programme block delivered on weekends.

Learning and teaching method

The teaching approach involves a blend of styles with an emphasis on an interactive environment. You will learn through lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, and analyses of contemporary issues in strategic procurement management. Part-time delivery is designed around the needs of practising industry professionals and takes place at weekends, where you come to the University’s Treforest Campus for one weekend every six weeks.

Students who already hold the CIPS Graduate Diploma, or equivalent, will be eligible for exemptions and entry to an 18-month fast-track programme (weekends) which starts in April.

The University also has the The Procurement Best Practice Academy which carries out research and consultancy. This means that the latest research and industry best practice are used to teach students.

All full-time members of staff in the purchasing and supply team are fellows or senior fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Providing you with the transferable skills to develop in a strategic role in a growing field of business, this qualification will enable you to build a sustainable and rewarding career in private and/or public sector organisations.

Graduates from this programme are able to demonstrate as managers, specialist knowledge to help them co-ordinate and adapt their purchasing and supply chain activities, responding to the dynamic needs of the 21st Century business environment.

Graduates also pioneer purchasing and supply chain management in this growing field, transferring their specialist knowledge in a sustainable and rewarding career.

Many of our graduates have become senior managers in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

Assessment method

The assessments are currently assignment based with no written exams. Assignment word count may vary but tends to be two 3,000 word assignments per 20 credit module.

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