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The MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management (MSCPM) at Audencia Business School prepares you for an exciting career in a field that is strategic to any company today. Read more

About the Course

The MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management (MSCPM) at Audencia Business School prepares you for an exciting career in a field that is strategic to any company today. We offer a truly international experience and global view – with a unique approach that brings together global sourcing and supply chain as well as logistics operations, warehousing and transport management.

- Build your reputation at a top-ranked institution and one of the select few business schools accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA
- Live in the heart of beautiful Nantes, France, one of Europe’s most liveable cities and a hub of business and innovation – the ideal place to develop your skills
- Learn in a truly international environment with a global faculty, study abroad option and 69% international student body representing 19 nationalities
- Attract top employers, enjoy personalised career services and complete an internship anywhere in the world

Influential industry leaders from across the globe design and partner with Audencia’s MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management (MSCPM) to give you the expertise and skills you need to thrive. Audencia is triple-accredited, highly ranked and internationally oriented. We are known for global responsibility research and teaching – and great career results.

Our main campus is in Nantes, France – widely recognised for quality of life and affordability, and an ideal location for continuous language practice and growing your international professional network. Located at the mouth of the Loire river, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and just two hours from Paris, Nantes is the perfect place to study supply chain and purchasing management. Learn more about life in Nantes.

Course structure

Core Track: The Core Track is for candidates with a four-year degree in business or engineering. This rigorous programme lets you run at full throttle to complete the MSCPM in as little as one academic year, plus a four- to six-month internship.

Extended Track: The Extended Track is for candidates with a three-year degree in any field, or a four-year degree in a field other than management or engineering. This option provides you with the knowledge necessary to follow advanced courses in supply chain and purchasing management during the MSCPM programme.

Fundamentals of Management (Extended Track only)

You’ll gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of management. Topics include:

Team Building and Leadership Development
Conflict Management
Data Mining and Knowledge Management
Corporate Strategy Analysis
EU Commercial Relation and Incentive
Cross-cultural and Comparative Management: EU vs US vs Asia
French as a Foreign Language (for international students)
Multilingual project and public speaking for French speakers

Strategic value of supply chain and purchasing management

You will begin with a focused study of supply chain and purchasing management.

Courses may include:

Introduction to Supply Chain and Purchasing Management
Purchasing Management
International Business Management
Financial Management for Supply Chain and Purchasing
Logistics Management
Sectoral Approaches
Research Methodology

Project management of sustainable digital sourcing & distribution networks

At this point in the programme, it’s time to deepen your understanding.

Courses in Nantes may include:

Fundamentals in Project Management
Supply Chain Projects Management
Enterprise Systems and its Application to Enterprise Business
Digital Business and Big Data in SCM
CSR On-line Course (on-line material, live sessions, personal individual work)
Sustainable Supply Chain Management
Sectoral Approaches II

Courses if studying abroad in Milan may include:

ICT for Supply Chain and Purchasing Management
Manufacturing and Quality Management
Strategic Supply Chain and Purchasing Management
Demand Management and Forecasting
Skills for Supply Chain and Purchasing Management
Sectoral Approaches II

Internship (Worldwide)

We build a required internship into the curriculum, allowing you to develop connections with our vast network of corporate partners in France and abroad, as well as apply your knowledge and skills within your sector and further strengthen your international portfolio.

Examples of companies MSCPM students have interned with include:

Airbus
Chanel
Coca-Cola
Energizer
IKEA
L’Oréal
Samsung
Valeo

Dissertation (Worldwide)

Delve into your real-world international study of a supply chain and purchasing management area that will influence the trajectory of your career. This master’s dissertation (also known as a “thesis” in the US) is both academic and practical, allowing you to showcase what you have learned and how you plan to apply it.

Optional French language courses

While the MSCPM programme is 100% English-taught, you have the option of adding French to your steadily increasing list of qualifications – for work or for fun!

Intensive week for beginners: total duration of 30 hours; total cost of €140 (only available for the September intake; starts about one week before your programme)

Evening classes for beginners: total duration of 15 hours; total cost of €70 (September-December or February-May)

Evening classes for all levels: Audencia’s main campus is situated just across the road from the University of Nantes’ language department. You may choose to attend French as a Foreign Language (FLE) evening classes there. There are a wide range of levels available. Contact the University of Nantes directly to register. Register early to secure your place.

Teaching Methods

Our teaching methods emphasise the international aspect of each class and give you the technical, analytical and communication skills required – with 26% of the programme delivered by industry professionals.

International Partner

You may choose to spend your second term at MIP Politecnico di Milano – Graduate School of Business in Milan, Italy, and earn a double degree.

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The MSc in Economics and Business Administration - Business-to-Business Marketing and Purchasing. focuses on the managerial challenges related to operating in industrial markets. Read more

The MSc in Economics and Business Administration - Business-to-Business Marketing and Purchasing focuses on the managerial challenges related to operating in industrial markets. The programme prepares students for a wide range of careers, mainly in the private sector. Students following the programme gain skills in areas such as business-to-business marketing and strategy, purchasing management, relationship management, innovation, pricing, and the regulation of cooperation in business markets. 

Deep understanding of business markets

Firms operating in business markets cater to the needs of other firms rather than private households, and in so doing they face specific challenges and opportunities. Business-to-business activities constitute the main part of any developed economy, and managers who are able to understand, develop and manage such activities – upstream as well as downstream – are an important asset to firms.

Students will master their knowledge of how business markets work through courses in buyer-supplier relationships and networks as well as the innovation and development of these relationships. Focus will also be put on areas of business-to-business purchasing management, business-to-business sales and marketing management, pricing, and the regulation of marketing and purchasing cooperation.

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Programme structure

The programme has a duration of 2 years and consists of 4 semesters.

1st semester: Prerequisite courses

The first semester consists of 4 courses. The students will be provided with knowledge regarding the social characteristics of buyer-supplier relationships in a course called Buyer-Supplier Relationships and Networks. This will allow them to manage these types of relationships for improved value creation.

The course in Marketing Theory enables students to udnerstand developments and perspectives within the marketing discipline, and to identify marketing concepts and theories releavnt for the nalysis and solution of marketing problems at hand.

The role of suppliers and customers in the innovation and product development activities of firms will be addressed in Innovation in Buyer-Supplier Relationships course.

Finally, the semester covers knowledge of research methods, both qualitative and quantitative. This will be introduced in a Business-to-Business Research Methods course. The students will gain knowledge about choices of research questions, selection of data, analysis of data and reporting data.

2nd semester: Specialisation courses

In the second semester students will follow 4 specialisation courses.

The first course in Business-to-Business Purchasing Management will take the students through how tasks such as: buying goods/services and knowledge from a global portfolio of suppliers are managed. The course includes developing a purchasing strategy, selecting the right suppliers, evaluating and developing suppliers performance and value creation, and coordinating and organizing the purchasing task internally in the buying company.

The course in Business-to-Business Sales and Marketing Strategy is focusing on classic and modern literature on customer value generation in a strategic, tactical and operational sales/marketing perspective

Students will be introduced to the firm's pricing problems in Pricing Strategy course, which will also provide them with practical techniques to understanding price setting in context of the firm's customers, costs and competition.

Lastly, the semester finishes with Regulating Marketing and Purchasing Cooperation course, which focuses on the most important regulatory areas covering the cooperation between private enterprises on marketing and purchasing. The main focus will be on agreements restricting competition (competition law), including rules on agreements between competitors as well as non-competitors.

3rd semester: Electives or study abroad

In the third semester, you can choose elective courses within your areas of interest. The courses can be taken either at Aarhus BSS during the semester, at the AU Summer University or at one of our more than 300 partner universities abroad. You can also participate in internship programmes either in Denmark or abroad.

4th semester: Final thesis

The fourth semester is devoted to the Master's thesis. You may freely choose the topic of the thesis and thereby get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest. The thesis may be written in collaboration with another student or it may be the result of your individual effort. When the thesis has been submitted, it is defended before the academic advisor as well as an external examiner.

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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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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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Contemporary and sustainable strategies for purchasing, 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 and sustainable strategies for purchasing, 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 purchasing, supply chain and logistics management decisions at operational, tactical and strategic levels.

Your management skills are enhanced through gaining critical insights into the best practices of dynamic modern businesses, both nationally and across international boundaries.

There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable. The entry points are:

• September
• November
• January
• March
• June
• July

Accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Why choose this course?

• Evaluate and review this subject area through the lens of risk and procurement management, compared against issues of sustainable business management.
• Develop your understanding of financial analysis, contract and procurement management, digital business management and research methods through our employability practice-based approach to learning.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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/purchasing,-logistics-and-supply-chain-management#about

Course detail

On this Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management course, you will undertake four 30 credit units and one 60 credit project unit. Our courses are designed to be engaging, attractive and flexible in the current global marketplace.

Your course takes place over three semesters. Depending upon when you join the course, this will determine the order of units which you will study. You will benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at one of the earlier points of entry.

• Induction Week
• Unit 1 (30 credits)
• Unit 2 (30 credits)
• Unit 3 (30 credits)
• Unit 4 (30 credits)
• Business/Law project (BLP) 60 credits

The structure provides an intense and highly rewarding learning experience. The induction week will prepare you well for study on your course. You will then study only one unit at a time, which will enable you to focus upon the subject. Our evidence-based approach is designed to enhance engagement and success by applied practice, working with others and network development. The learning delivery takes place through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions, along with guided learning, independent and autonomous learning. This emphasis on active learning uses the latest in teaching and learning approaches, integrated with our employability practice-based method with real businesses to enable you to gain real experience as part of your course.

Modules

• Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management
• Project and Operations Management
• Risk and Procurement Management
• Sustainable Business Management

Capstone project

Master's course provides the opportunity to undertake different types of project, a "Capstone" experience which completes the integration of your studies applied in one of the following:

• Professional Practice - the central aim of this unit is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the commercial context in which organisations operate. By reflecting upon your existing knowledge and experience you will be required to respond to a number of work-based scenarios through critical evaluation to determine an appropriate course of action.

• The Live Project - this will enable you to work as part of a team on a project provided by a business organisation. The exact nature of the level of work, and nature of responsibility will depend upon the chosen organisation. However, there will be close negotiation between the company and the Business School.

• The dissertation - this is a conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, enabling you to undertake in-depth research of a topic relating to your course. It will consist of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Assessment

In line with the Business School’s commitment to practice-based education, a large part of the assessment will relate to the demonstration of your ability to understand Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management in practice.

It is the expectation of the course that you understand the theory and develop critical thinking skills, which will help you to evaluate the relevance of what you have learnt. All of this comes together by being able to demonstrate rigorous expertise for a business or related organisation.

Careers

By completing the course you will have the skills and find career opportunities in the following industries/areas:
• Logistics and Distribution
• Supply Chain Management
• Purchasing
• Logistics
• Forecasting Planning
• Warehousing
• Distribution
You will also be well prepared for further research study in either the MPhil, or PhD.

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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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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Paris School of Business’ MSc in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management is defined by its hands-on approach. This Msc program will teach you the skills and knowledge to start your career on the right tracks. Read more
Paris School of Business’ MSc in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management is defined by its hands-on approach. This Msc program will teach you the skills and knowledge to start your career on the right tracks.
Our students can take advantage of their stay in France to acquire international professional experience thanks to a six-months internship. Many institutions have headquarters or subsidiaries in Paris and provide this Master with a direct link to professionals in the sector.


Business Core:
• Marketing Management
• Strategic Management
• International Business
• Financial Management
• Managerial Accounting
• Digital Business

Leadership & Professional Skills Modules:
• Leadership & Management: Cours Florent Seminar
• Career Management
• Business Game
• Research Methodology
• Advanced Productivity Digital Tools
• Business Tours to Top European institutions

Advanced Core course:
• Lean Manufacturing
• Supply Chain & Management
• Purchasing Risk Management
• Information System
• Supply Chain Management: Serious Game
• Purchasing Strategy
• Operation Management
• Project Management

Job opportunities

• Materials Manager
• Supply chain Consultant
• Procurement Manager
• Logistics Expert
• Supply Chain Manager

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The MSc Purchasing and Supply Chain Management provides specialised focus on strategically important aspects of business. This course is suitable for professionals who wish to develop knowledge, understanding and business management skills in the fields of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. Read more

The MSc Purchasing and Supply Chain Management provides specialised focus on strategically important aspects of business.

This course is suitable for professionals who wish to develop knowledge, understanding and business management skills in the fields of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. It is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and provides a more specialist focus in line with CIPS.

The core subject areas develop transferable management skills enabling organisational and contextual linkage with the specialist areas of Procurement and The Supply Chain. The specialist subject areas aim to develop an understanding and application of the concepts and frameworks which could be taken back into the workplace. The Capstone stage enables in-depth research to be undertaken investigating organisations' challenges in this field.

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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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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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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If you want to develop a specialist career in multinational enterprises, this course offers high-level strategic learning in a range of areas. Read more
If you want to develop a specialist career in multinational enterprises, this course offers high-level strategic learning in a range of areas.

This course will provide you with the specialist knowledge to manage and adapt supply chains, and pioneer logistics in a growing field of industry. If you are looking to refine your skills or further progress within the profession, this course will enable you to gain a better understanding of how to apply strategic thinking in senior decision-making roles.

The University of South Wales is a preferred provider of professional and Masters level qualifications for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). The course is also accredited by the Institute of Operations Management (IOM). These accreditations highlight the industry-level standards embedded within the course and ensure your learning can be applied and inform best practice in the modern workplace.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will gain MCIPS (in addition to three years’ work experience) and MCILT (with an average mark of 50% across the course with work experience, which will be assessed by the professional body). You are also set to gain from further exemptions from the Institute of Operations Management.

This course includes field trips that enable you to understand the practical implications of logistics and supply chain management in a variety of industrial settings (additional costs may apply).

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/492-msc-international-logistics-and-supply-chain-management

What you will study

There are two pathways available to students studying the MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management course. Modules of study for each pathway depend upon whether students complete a 60 Credit Dissertation or a 20 Credit management project. The normal mode of study will be to undertake the 20 credit management project route.

Route One

- Sustainable Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
The module will 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. Examining the major changes that are currently affecting logistics and supply chain strategies and how management in the future will be influenced by new structures, reconfiguration of material and information flows, the role of technology in evolving supply chains and the key issues in managing this transition process. This module aims to provide an integrative view of the complex inter- and intra-organisational dynamics which contribute to sustained organisational success and maximisation of competitive advantage. Exploring the sustainable supply chain from a global and local perspective.

- Commercial Relationships (20 credits)
This module explores the
 theory and practical application that underpins the processes involved in
formation of commercial agreements and relationships with external organizations.The module will examine the
current and relevant approaches to achieve an effective commercial agreements
by identifying with and critically evaluating the activities and documentation involved; the legal processes and terms and the main contractual arrangements required for a commercial agreements and relationship with customers and / or suppliers.

- Strategic Operations Management (20 credits)
This module aims to provide an appreciation of operational processes, techniques, planning and control systems with reference to both manufacturing and service industries from a qualitative and quantitative perspective.

- Globalisation of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
This module aims to identify the key drivers and trends that are increasing the globalisation of industries, markets and sectors, including the role of the SME. Also explore the structure and management and main activities of a global and international logistics and supply networks.

- Strategic Systems Thinking (20 credits)
This module aims to develop and enhance the skills and knowledge explored to enable participants to actively consider how they may personally make a difference in the different strategic contexts which may confront them. In particular, students will focus on innovative practices and an inclusive social approach to business and organisational development.

- Economies, Markets and Decision Making in International Contexts (20 credits)
The module aims to develop the ability to analyse the macroeconomic and micro frameworks within which strategic decisions are made. To develop the ability to solve problems which relate to management decision-making in the context of changing economic and market conditions.

- Project Management and Consultancy Skills (20 credits)
This module aims to critically explore and examine project management and consultancy skills in a business and supply chain context. Enabling students to understand and explore relevant and key project management techniques and principles and the impact that they have on operations, supply chain and business processes. Students will be able to use consultancy skills to reflect, monitor and evidence the ‘management of self’ in a marketing and business context.

- Research Methods (20 credits)
The module aims to 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.

- Management Project (20 credits)
The module explores the concept, theories and practice of project management and consultancy skills. This module builds on the research methodology skills and requirements of critical debate established throughout the program and shows how these key skills are vital within a business context to ensure rigorous decision making. It examines combining the traditional research skills with project management and consultancy skills to enable an evidenced based approach to problem solving within an organisation.

Route Two

- Sustainable Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
The module will 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. Examining the major changes that are currently affecting logistics and supply chain strategies and how management in the future will be influenced by new structures, reconfiguration of material and information flows, the role of technology in evolving supply chains and the key issues in managing this transition process. This module aims to provide an integrative view of the complex inter- and intra-organisational dynamics which contribute to sustained organisational success and maximisation of competitive advantage. Exploring the sustainable supply chain from a global and local perspective.

- Strategic Operations Management (20 credits)
This module aims to provide an appreciation of operational processes, techniques, planning and control systems with reference to both manufacturing and service industries from a qualitative and quantitative perspective.

- Globalisation of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (20 credits)
This module aims to identify the key drivers and trends that are increasing the globalisation of industries, markets and sectors, including the role of the SME. Also explore the structure and management and main activities of a global and international logistics and supply networks.

- Strategic Systems Thinking (20 credits).
This module aims to develop and enhance the skills and knowledge explored to enable participants to actively consider how they may personally make a difference in the different strategic contexts which may confront them. In particular, students will focus on innovative practices and an inclusive social approach to business and organisational development.

- Economies, Markets and Decision Making in International Contexts (20 credits)
The module aims to develop the ability to analyse the macroeconomic and micro frameworks within which strategic decisions are made. To develop the ability to solve problems which relate to management decision-making in the context of changing economic and market conditions.

- Research Methods (20 credits)
The module aims to 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.

- 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.

Learning and teaching methods

You can study the MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management full-time, part-time or online. The full-time programme starts in September and February.

Full-time: Full-time students study Stages One and Two in an academic year, followed directly by the dissertation. Part-time students usually complete one stage each academic year followed by the dissertation.

Part-time: We offer part-time weekend delivery, where you come to the University for one weekend every six weeks. For those who want to tailor a programme that suits their needs, we can be flexible in terms of when, where and how often lectures take place. This is useful for organisations and associations.

Online: The University of South Wales also offers online delivery through our partners the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Please note that CIPS accreditation is not available through our online course.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Graduates are able to demonstrate specialist knowledge to help them manage and adapt their global supply chains to respond to the dynamic needs of 21st century business. You will also be able to lead logistics and supply chain management in a growing field, and develop a specialist role in multinational enterprises. The additional professional accreditations associated with this Masters course will enable you to make a significant step in developing your professional career moving forward.

Assessment methods

Part-time students usually complete one stage each academic year followed by the dissertation, which can be completed in nine months.

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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.

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). 

Course structure

This 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. 

At the end of the course, you have a choice between a final year project or a work experience-based report. These are completed after teaching finishes in the summer. 

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.

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

You could work for a wide variety of organisations, such as:

  • procurement divisions of companies
  • third-party distribution companies
  • the retail industry
  • logistics and distribution divisions of manufacturers
  • manufacturing logistics
  • freight forwarders
  • parcel delivery services
  • local and central government consultants
  • road freight hauliers
  • supply chain consultancies
  • the Armed Forces
  • the health services
  • charities

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).

Today's jobs market is highly competitive and a postgraduate degree can command a premium with employers. A survey of destinations six months after graduation – carried out by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (Hecsu) – found that postgraduates were more likely to have found employment and be working in a professional role than those with only a first degree.

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



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With the need for manufacturing organisations to remain highly competitive lean and agile manufacturing strategies play a pivotal role in ensuring organisations manage the extended enterprises in which they operate to maximum effectiveness and efficiency. Read more
With the need for manufacturing organisations to remain highly competitive lean and agile manufacturing strategies play a pivotal role in ensuring organisations manage the extended enterprises in which they operate to maximum effectiveness and efficiency. This course aims to develop and equip individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds with the necessary skills to perform as a competent manager in a production and -manufacturing organisation.

Course Overview

This programme reflects the current industrial demand for expertise in lean and agile manufacturing techniques. This programme involves activities that play a key role in managing the extended enterprise. This programme involves activities that focus on designing products and processes for manufacturing, while managing risk at the design stage of product development and process planning.

The discipline embraces areas such as supply chain management and logistics which are key to competing in global markets and providing world class service. The programme aims to provide students with the knowledge of key procedures in international trade and how organisations can reduce their environmental impact throughout the supply chain and manufacturing operations. Key areas of quality and purchasing form an integral part of the course where a range of tools and techniques are developed that can be used to improve performance and competitive advantage.

Modules

Part 1
-Lean and Agile Manufacturing
-Logistics and Supply Chain Management
-Quality Engineering
-Advanced CAD/CAM
-Design for Manufacture
-Purchasing and Inventory Management
-Leadership, Product Development and Innovation
-Research Methods

Part 2
-Major Project

Key Features

The School of Logistics and Manufacturing Engineering prides itself on providing a supportive and friendly learning environment enhanced by the excellent industrial experience of the programme team, many of whom have many years experience in industry at a senior level. This knowledge and experience has enabled all of our graduates to further their careers which they have attributed to a caring and dedicated programme team that can relate to the issues in the workplace.

Class sizes are generally around 25 students which creates an environment where students can foster ideas and discuss issues that they have in common with their fellow students. Our extensive engagement with employers and professional institutions means we are able to enhance our graduate’s employment and career prospects. Many of our students have received promotions while undertaking their studies and every graduate has gone on to further their careers. Our vision for students, is to create an environment that will enable them to achieve their goals and enhance their careers and earning potential.

Assessment

Assessment used within this programme is usually formative or summative. Assessments are designed to develop students’ ability to practice a wide range of tools and techniques and to see the strategic implications of decisions and problems. These typically take the form of case studies, research and critical evaluation exercises and practical work based reports to resolve problems, develop a purchasing or quality strategy, for example. In some modules students are required to present their research/findings to their lecturer’s and peers followed by a question and answer session. Such assessment strategies are utilised by the course team to generate student driven work.

Career Opportunities

This programme provides graduates with a wide range of professional skills and competencies that are transferable within business sectors and from sector to sector. Oral and written skills are developed enabling individuals to grow in confidence through the programme of study.

Typical career opportunities are shift manager, production supervisor, engineering manager, quality manager, planning and scheduling manager, operations manager/director. All of our graduates who have studied part-time have received promotion while studying or after completing their studies, which they have attributed to their qualification. Younger graduates have found that their employment prospects where enhanced and they were able to gain employment as a line engineer, quality engineer and supply chain specialist. A number of major companies have now recognised this course as a key requisite in order to gain promotion or hold a particular role.

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The MSc Global Supply Chain Management is an exciting and focussed programme for those considering a career in supply chain or logistics. Read more

About the course

The MSc Global Supply Chain Management is an exciting and focussed programme for those considering a career in supply chain or logistics.

You will study issues relating to the development of supplier relationships, operations improvement, procurement strategies, inventory control, logistics operations, sustainability, as well as contemporary issues affecting these areas.

Our students come from a number of countries, including Brazil, Mexico, USA, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Germany, France, Greece, Turkey, China and South Korea. Typically Brunel students have work experience in the supply chain or logistics areas or are those seeking employment in these areas.

Aims

This programme will equip students with the tools, techniques and skills necessary to secure employment in this exciting and increasingly important area. Specifically, you will be able to:

Explain and critically apply theories on logistics and supply chain management, operations and project management, business modelling and simulation.
Integrate theories and appraise strategies on managing supply chain operations (stemming from logistics and operations management frameworks) within the context of global business management.
Understand the inter-relationship between logistics and supply chain management and contemporary social issues.
Gain insightful knowledge into the development of outsourcing and the role played by outsourcing organisations.

Course Content

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory Modules:

Business intelligence
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Procurement Fundamentals
Business Modelling and Simulation in Supply Chains
Operations and Project Management
Global Outsourcing
International Marketing
Understanding Business and Management Research
Dissertation

Optional Modules:

Strategic Management
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
International Business Strategy
Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

The programme includes a series of guest lectures, supply chain and procurement conferences, company visits and employability workshops.Past visits have included site tours of Mini and Jaguar car plants, as well as visits from LEAN specialists at Rolls Royce and Wiles Greenworld.

In addition, on completion of the MSc GSCM programme, successful graduates can apply to become full members of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, subject to having satisfied the three year relevant work experience requirement.

Also, graduates successfully completing this degree will have met the educational requirements for Chartered Membership (CMILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. When applying for Chartered Membership, applicants will be required to demonstrate that they meet the experience requirements of four years relevant experience including two years at senior level.

This is one of the few supply chain master's programmes in the United Kingdom to have received accreditation from the top Supply Chain and Logistics bodies.

The course is taught by internationally recognised academics and industry practitioners who are active members of world-class Operation and Information Systems Management Research Group (OISM).

Students will acquire a wealth of networking and knowledge opportunities to bring them close to a growing supply chain community.

They will also get the opportunity to present research to industry specialists.

Accreditation

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport – Academic Partner
The Brunel MSc Global Supply Chain Management is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and for the past two years it is an academic partner to the Institute. This academic partnership allows student membership and participation in industry events. Students have access to the knowledge centre of the CILT that has a large collection of industry-specific resources for logistics and transport.

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)
The Brunel MSc Global Supply Chain Management is one of a small number of programmes in the United Kingdom to receive accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Students on this programme will have the opportunity to become members of these organisations and receive invites to procurement and supply chain activities in and around London.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
A number of Associate memberships to the CMI are open to graduates of Brunel Business School postgraduate programmes, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters as appropriate:'ACMI', Members 'MCMI' and Fellows 'FCMI'.

Operations and Information Systems Management Research Group (OISM)
Based on accumulated knowledge and resources in two previously successful research centres of the Business School (ISEing led by Habin Lee and Ray Hackney; and OASIS previously led by Amir Sharif and David Gallear), OISM has the ambition to be a leading research group specialised in responsible and sustainable operation management - exploring information systems, operations research, management science, and general and strategic management knowledge, using approaches across public and private industry sectors.

Modes of Study

1-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.

Assessment

Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination in May.

Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups.

Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively.

The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project.

Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors.

UK Industrial and Commercial Visits

Where possible, events and external visits are arranged with UK organisations to help demonstrate theory in practice.

Graduate School Workshops

In addition to the events and training sessions organised within the Business School, master's students have exclusive access to the workshops and skills training provided by Brunel University London’s Graduate School.

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MSC IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT. Thanks to a solid and intellectually challenging programme, you will gain deep insights into technical, managerial and strategic skills, helping you to obtain positions as managers or consultants in the Supply Chain and Procurement sector. Read more

MSC IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Thanks to a solid and intellectually challenging programme, you will gain deep insights into technical, managerial and strategic skills, helping you to obtain positions as managers or consultants in the Supply Chain and Procurement sector.

In a context of globalization, supply chain management increasingly requires vertical integration to optimize and coordinate industrial and logistics flows. This challenge is not only strategic but also managerial, leading to corporate alliances. 

Key networks are emerging from this new model to improve relationships between the different company departments and customers (accounting, production, human resources, quality control, SAP system.).

WHY JOIN THIS PROGRAMME

The MSc in Supply Chain Management prepares future leaders in international supply chain management and procurement.

Graduates will be able to use new technologies and methods to address ambitious issues in cross-cultural situations:

  • Become an SCM expert thanks to an innovative, intensive programme.
  • Discover SCM mechanisms during a 5-day intensive seminar (SNCF simulator, Le Havre Port visit, Rungis market visit, SAP training etc.)
  • Prepare for PMI (Project Management Institute) and Six Sigma qualifications through extensive use of information technology tools including SAP, Visual Basic training for SCM applications and professional courses.
  • Apply for membership of the Association for Operations Management (APICS) and of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management (CIPS).
  • Develop leadership and project management skills in a varied multi-cultural environment.

CURRICULUM

The MSc in Supply Chain Management focuses on logistics, industrial marketing, purchasing and operations management (OM).

The curriculum is structured in three main phases organised in intensive weekly modules. Mornings are spent on theory, while afternoons are devoted to workshops and practice.

This progressive structure is essential to the course and to student learning. The programme culminates with a 4 to 6 month internship (either in France or abroad) and the professional thesis (oral defence).

PHASE 1 - Introduction to the Programme

  • Introduction to Management Sciences
  • Strategic Purchasing
  • Industrial Organisation and Technology Innovation
  • Talent and leadership management

PHASE 2 – Core Courses

  • Operations and Process Management
  • Introduction to Strategic Supply Chain Management
  • Information Systems for Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Revenue Management
  • Research Methodology

PHASE 3 – Professional Courses

  • Risk and project Management
  • Managing Quality for Supply Chain Management
  • International Procurement

Training and Seminars

  • SAP Training
  • VBA Training
  • Maritime transport seminar (including le Havre visit)
  • Sales seminar (including Rungis visit)
  • Pharmacy Logistics with a visit to a pharmaceutical Company
  • Railway Transportation Seminar
  • How to write a paper Seminars

Internship

4 to 6 months, France or abroad. 

Company visits and conferences.

CAREERS

The programme trains future specialists in international supply chain management and procurement.

A few of the possible jobs to which you can aspire:

  • Procurement Manager
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Forecast Coordinator
  • Information Systems Manager


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