Supply chain management is a critical business competency. It encompasses procurement of materials, processing and distribution of products and services to customers.
In many companies, 80% or more of their turnover is spent outside the organisation. This course helps you become effective in managing this. It’s designed for those who will work within supply chain management. It’s also suitable for anyone with a background in support functions such as sales, maintenance, finance and marketing.
This course will cover the latest logistics requirements, for example:
This course is delivered in partnership by the Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management, and the Department of Management Science. This collaboration between engineering and business benefits from the combination of technical and organisational expertise.
Our alumni have worked for organisations such as:
Drawing on the expertise of two leading academic departments, this course combines skills in leadership, production planning and strategic business management in the context of supply chains.
You'll gain an in-depth understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues relating to the management of supply chains. You'll also focus on the improvement of process performance from a logistics perspective, taking into consideration new demands such as reverse logistics and green supply chain management. To do this, you'll be equipped with concepts and methods to contribute towards the competitiveness of industrial and commercial organisations worldwide.
The course comprises compulsory modules and specialist modules as well as a Masters dissertation. The specialisation allows you to choose an area of interest, Operations Management, Logistics Management or Procurement Management. You'll choose your area at registration.
You'll undertake a research dissertation related to supply chain management. This is an opportunity to showcase the skills acquired in classes during the year and to apply research practice. Supervised by a member of academic staff, you'll conduct a literature review and carry out an appropriate study.
This course is delivered through a balanced mix of lectures, tutorials and project works. Industrial contacts are regularly invited to present based on their experience.
Assessment is by assignments, individual and group projects, presentations and examinations.
For the Master project, you'll have the opportunity to select a thesis topic.
Demand for qualified supply chain management practitioners is increasing worldwide. This is a result of globalisation with the adoption of information and communication technology. It makes 24/7 business operations worldwide possible. Global supply chains are commonplace.
This course allows you to advance your career within the broader area of supply chain management, for example:
A strong focus on quantitative and analytical skills sets this course apart from most other UK masters degrees in supply chain management and logistics, giving you the skills recruiters are looking for.
Gain the specialist knowledge, management capabilities and analytical skills required to manage the movement of goods, people, data, and money across a supply chain. With a greater quantitative focus than many similar UK masters degrees, this course will develop your analytical and modelling capabilities to an advanced level, making you highly employable. You’ll have the opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience by working with an organisation to tackle a real business problem during a three-month project. And the course is taught by researchers from one of the country’s leading analytics research groups, who bring their extensive experience to the course.
Successfully negotiating the complexities of supply chain and logistics management requires thorough subject-specific knowledge, advanced management capabilities and the capacity to analyse and use information to good effect. The MSc in Supply Chain Management and Logistics covers all these areas, providing a foundation in core theories and technical skills, and enabling you to study relevant managerial topics in more depth.
What makes this MSc different from many other UK masters degrees in this field is its strong emphasis on the analytical and quantitative aspects of the subject. We aim to produce graduates with critical thinking and problem solving skills who can analyse data to make sound business decisions.
The course is taught in conjunction with the University’s Centre of Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems (CORMSIS). This cross-disciplinary group, which includes academics from Southampton Business School, Mathematics and other related subject areas, is one of the largest of its type in the UK. The link with CORMSIS gives you a wider choice of modules, while input from the CORMSIS business advisory board ensures we are teaching you the right skills for today’s job market.
We welcome applications from students from a range of backgrounds who have undertaken an element of quantitative study or have relevant professional experience.
The blend of knowledge and skills offered by this degree will be attractive to private or public sector employers looking for supply chain or logistics expertise. You will be prepared for a career in sectors such as manufacturing, retail, and national or international transportation across all modes – land, sea or air.
You could choose to join one of the specialist consultancy firms or software development companies that offer support to large companies in areas such as distribution network planning, vehicle route planning, public transport, warehouse management, location decision support, enterprise resource planning, production scheduling, healthcare logistics and workforce planning.
Typical entry roles include supply chain analyst, logistics planner, project manager, event planner, production planner, supplier relationship manager, inventory and warehouse manager, vehicle fleet manager, customer service support manager, and reverse logistics manager.
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
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:
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).
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.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
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.
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.