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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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Full UK University Masters Degree awarded by University of South Wales. Exclusively for CIPS and CILT members. Duration 12-18 months. Read more
Full UK University Masters Degree awarded by University of South Wales

Exclusively for CIPS and CILT members

Duration 12-18 months

2 intensive residential weekends at a conference centre near Heathrow, followed by home study to compelte 2 assignments and a dissertation with the support or tutors and peers (via an online group)

Over 1200 students have completed their masters this way already

Truly international - many fly in from overseas for the taught sessions

Intakes twice yearly - April and October

Please contact us for brochure or for more information on or 01429 839254

http://www.procurementmasters.co.uk

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Are you looking to work in a dynamic sector where talented individuals are in high demand? This course combines management studies with a strong specialist focus on operations, logistics and supply chain management (LCSM). Read more
Are you looking to work in a dynamic sector where talented individuals are in high demand? This course combines management studies with a strong specialist focus on operations, logistics and supply chain management (LCSM). LCSM has been voted by the UK’s top 10 food retailers as their most vital management area.

The specialist LCSM modules cover strategic procurement, sustainable supply chains, improving the supply chain, and strategic partnerships. The course culminates in either a master’s dissertation or, if you prefer, a consultancy project where you’ll tackle an issue faced by a real client.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) which will give you extra credibility in the eyes of potential employers.

Additionally the course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at The Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Learn From The Best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Teaching And Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops. As this is a master’s course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment methods include assignments, presentations, exams, and the master’s dissertation or consultancy project.

Module Overview
MO0487 - Strategic Procurement and Logistics (Core, 20 Credits)
MO0493 - Strategic Partnerships and Value Creation (Core, 20 Credits)
MO0494 - Operations and Supply Chain Improvement (Core, 20 Credits)
MO0495 - Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0422 - Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0472 - Developing Global Management Competencies I (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0473 - Developing Global Management Competencies II (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0475 - Academic and Professional Development (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0477 - NBS Masters Consultancy Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX0480 - The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University’s library was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. Business software includes ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

There will be plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice. The Student Engagement Centre promotes all types of experiential learning including volunteering, internships and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation or consultancy project and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

If you decide on a master’s consultancy project, rather than a dissertation, you’ll still undertake primary and desk research. Through your reading, reflection and research, you’ll be expected to show a deep understanding of the issues that are involved in the client brief.

Throughout your course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Your Future

Our graduates typically go into graduate positions in areas such as operations management, materials management, purchasing and quality management. Roles of recent graduates include supplier quality manager, transport consultant, distribution services manager, e-commerce operations manager, freight account manager and logistics project manager.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused master’s degree that will enhance your employability?. Read more
Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused master’s degree that will enhance your employability?

This one or two-year course with advanced practice develops broad business skills while also offering a specialist pathway in logistics and supply chain management (LSCM). This has been voted by the UK’s top 10 food retailers as their most vital management area.

Specialist modules cover strategic procurement and how to manage the sustainability, quality and risks of supply chains.

During part of the second year you’ll undertake an internship or work in a group consultancy project which will be positioned in an area of relevance to the programme. This advanced practice will enhance your skills and employability.

There is no requirement to have studied business or LCSM at undergraduate level.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at The Times Higher Education Awards 2015 and is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Learn From The Best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Teaching And Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops. As this is a master’s course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

During the second year you’ll undertake an internship or consultancy project for a whole semester. These can be related to any business and management discipline, given the generic content of this Masters programme . You’ll follow this up with an Applied Management Work Investigation Report that will critically analyse an issue related to your practical experience.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment is based on course work and our methods will include essays, reports, group work, presentations, and the master’s dissertation or consultancy project.

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University’s library was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. You’ll use software such as ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

At Northumbria it’s easy to put your learning into practice. In addition to the Advanced Practice element of the course, further opportunities for experiential learning are available through our Student Engagement Centre which promotes volunteering and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation or consultancy project and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

If you decide on a master’s consultancy project, rather than a dissertation, you’ll still undertake primary and desk research. Through your reading, reflection and research, you’ll be expected to show a deep understanding of the issues that are involved in the client brief.

Throughout your course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course includes two modules that are focused on developing global management competencies. Topics during these modules include emotional intelligence, cultural awareness and the ability to work in diverse groups and teams, as well as project management and decision making.

A further module, ‘Academic and Professional Development’, has a specific focus on self-development. It includes formal sessions with our Careers and Employment Service which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

In the second year of the course you’ll be gaining workplace experience and putting your new learning into practice. You’ll develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants. We’ll help you find an internship / project that matches your interests and career aspirations, building on Newcastle Business School’s very successful background in placing students.

A master’s course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience.

Your Future

Our graduates typically go into professional and graduate management positions and, by the end of the course, you’ll be well-equipped to follow them. Thanks to the specialist modules – Strategic Procurement and Logistics, Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk, and the dissertation/consultancy project – you’ll have a particular edge in roles related to purchasing, logistics, planning, international trade and imports/exports.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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This course is aimed primarily at middle and senior managers looking to improve their standing in industry. It combines current business theory and local and international perspectives with hands-on project work. Read more
This course is aimed primarily at middle and senior managers looking to improve their standing in industry. It combines current business theory and local and international perspectives with hands-on project work. The program is interwoven with a core set of values reflecting our commitment to ethical and sustainable corporate governance practices. Through constant exposure to the culture of excellence at our Graduate School of Business, you can be assured that your MBA will prepare you for the challenges of an ever-changing business environment. The Curtin MBA is offered as a generalist MBA or as one of the following majors.

Available majors:

Leadership
Strategic procurement
Oil and gas
This course will provide you with a thorough foundation in contemporary business theories. Your studies will emphasise the creation and critical evaluation of innovative ideas and strategies within ambiguous and uncertain business environments. Throughout the course you will either specialise in leadership, strategic procurement or oil and gas, or major in business administration to complete a broad range of high level, general business units.

Available double majors:

MSc (Mineral and Energy Economics), MBA

CGSB Professional Portfolio: 40 Hours

In addition to completing the MBA components, students are also required to complete a Professional Portfolio (minimum of 40 hours of professional development).

*All students without a first degree in business/commerce are required to complete the four foundation MBA units. Students with a first degree in business/commerce may be eligible for a unit substitution for the foundation units with four additional optional MBA units.

Please take note of the prerequisites [PR] required for some units as listed.

Entry to all CGSB courses is via competitive entry. For details about applying to these courses, please visit our How to Apply pages.

Please note that International student are still subject to the competitive entry requirements however must apply through the Curtin International Office.

When

January, May or August

Professional recognition

Our MBA program is internationally accredited (EPAS) by the European Foundation for Management Development.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

Additional requirements

Students with more than two failures or more than four units with grades below 60% will be excluded from the course so as to maintain the high standard expected of the MBA qualification.

You will be required to submit supplementary information with your application, including your curriculum vitae (CV) and referee reports.

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

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Bangor University is a major international research centre in relation to the operation of national and European law and policies on public procurement law. Read more
Bangor University is a major international research centre in relation to the operation of national and European law and policies on public procurement law.

1 year LLM option (Full time programme)
2 years (Executive intensive block release programme for professionals)
The main educational aims of the programme include:

To provide candidates with postgraduate level knowledge and skills in the area of national (UK and Irish), European and International (WTO, World Bank and UNCITRAL) Public Procurement Law and Strategy.
To build up specialist legal skills and knowledge to equip candidates to operate in the interface between legal principles that apply in the Public Procurement environment and the strategic objectives of interests to organisations in the public and private sectors.
To provide a flexible programme enabling candidates to develop national, european and international perspectives on Public Procurement law issues and practice, which will open up a whole new area of opportunity for graduates.
A strategic element of the programmes is the presentation of learning from the perspectives of both the public procurement function and private sector supplier organisations, to help advance understanding of the complex issues organisations involved in public sector tendering face, and to develop more creative legally compliant public procurement solutions.

This is achieved through carefully designed module options and collaborative teaching involving the use of academic and expert procurement law and strategy specialists.

Employment Opportunities
Employment opportunities for graduates of the programmes include opportunities with public and private sector organisations (all of which have a procurement function), law firms, research centres and international organisations such as the United Nations, World Bank, World Trade Organisation and European Union. Having taken one of our programmes, there will, also be possibilities for academically inclined candidates to pursue careers in teaching and research. Candidates may also find employment opportunities with Social and Environment Rights Groups, many of which see procurement as a way of advancing social and environmental agendas. Candidates who are already working will develop expertise on procurement law issues which would advance their career prospects and upgrade their skills in this extremely complex and rapidly changing area of law.

Programme Content
LLM in Public Procurement Law and Strategy (1 Year programme)

Compulsory modules:

Public Procurement Research and Writing Skills
National and European Public Procurement Law
Applied Procurement Research Projects – work placement and research project (s) on any topic within the programme
Optional modules: (choose 5)

Risk Management in Public Procurement
Sustainable and Social Procurement
Contract Design and Management
Innovation in Public Procurement
Litigation Strategies and the Remedies Regime
International Procurement Regimes
Procurement Relationships and Ethics
Strategic Procurement and Leadership
European Internal Market Law
Executive LLM in Public Procurement Law and Strategy (2 Year programme)

Compulsory modules:

Public Procurement Research and Writing Skills
National and European Public Procurement Law
Risk Management in Public Procurement
Sustainable and Social Procurement
Contract Design and Management
Innovation in Public Procurement
Applied Procurement Research Projects – work placement and research project (s) on any topic within the programme
Optional modules: (choose 1)

Strategic Procurement and Leadership
International Procurement Regimes
Structure
Part 1

LLM in Public Procurement Law and Strategy (1 Year programme)

Part 1 will involve the study of 120 credits.

September intake: Part 1 will be undertaken in the period of September to June.

Teaching will mostly be seminar based which will promote group and individual interaction, which also ensures that every individual candidate is encouraged to contribute to discussions.


Executive LLM in Public Procurement Law and Strategy (2 Year programme)

Taught modules are undertaken over two academic sessions and will involve the study of 120 credits.

Teaching on the Executive stream will be in the form of structured lectures facilitated by the Lecturer and driven by class discussions and case study analysis.

Delivery will be on a block release basis with classes delivered over weekends – on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday – during two academic sessions. Accommodation for participants on the Executive stream is included in the programme fee. Participants will be accommodated at the Management Centre at Bangor University.
Collaborative learning will be an important part of the learning process for the stream.
The module will be taught using a combination of expert Procurement Law academic staff and legal practitioners from leading law firms and in-house legal departments.
Case studies will be used to help the candidates to contextualise active procurement legal problems against a background of realistic scenarios where they get the opportunity to apply the relevant rules of law that they will have been lectured on.
Candidates will be expected to have prepared essential reading on case law, legislation, and other procurement rules prior to the seminar, and will discuss the legal issues raised by the reading in an interactive fashion in order that the class can engage in problem solving facilitated by the lecturer.
Part 2

The Applied Procurement Research Projects (APRP) which is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken on successful completion of Part 1.

Candidates on the one year full-time programme undertake their project during the period of June to September (September intake).

Candidates on the two year programme will undertake their project in the final year of their programme).

The research project comprises a two week work placement in a procurement function and the submission by candidates of either:

One essay with a maximum length of between 18,000 and 20,000 words OR
Two essays not exceeding 10,000-words per essay OR
Four essays not exceeding 5,000-words per essay.
The APRP will be used to familiarise candidates with a broad range of current themes in Public Procurement Law and Strategy. Indicative areas where candidates may undertake applied research projects include national and European Procurement Law, Litigation Strategies, relationship between European Internal Market Law and Public Procurement Law, International Procurement Regimes, Sustainable Procurement, Public Procurement and Innovation, Procurement Relations, Procurement Ethics, Risk Management in Public Procurement, and Contract Design and Management. Other topics proposed by candidates may be acceptable subject to ratification by the Course Leader.

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Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused master’s degree that will enhance your employability? This two-year course with study abroad develops broad business skills while also offering a specialist pathway in logistics and supply chain management (LSCM). Read more
Are you looking to complement your undergraduate studies with a business-focused master’s degree that will enhance your employability? This two-year course with study abroad develops broad business skills while also offering a specialist pathway in logistics and supply chain management (LSCM). This has been voted by the UK’s top 10 food retailers as their most vital management area.

Specialist modules cover strategic procurement and how to manage the sustainability, quality and risks of supply chains. You’ll develop your research skills through a master’s dissertation or an investigative consultancy project.

In the second year of this course you’ll undertake study in another country for one semester. Employers often prefer applicants who have a strong international awareness and studying abroad will help you stand out from others. Our partner institutions offer study related to the areas of operations, logistics and supply chain management and will increase your experience.

The course culminates in either a master’s dissertation or, if you prefer, a consultancy project. The dissertation is discipline specific, whilst the group consultancy project - where you’ll tackle an issue faced by a real client - is positioned in an area of relevance to the programme.

There is no requirement to have studied business or LCSM at undergraduate level.

The course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at The Times Higher Education Awards 2015 and is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Learn From The Best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Teaching And Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops. As this is a master’s course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

During the second year you’ll spend a whole semester studying in another country which will take your international experience to another level. We organise exchanges at one of our partner Universities which will most likely be in Europe, but opportunities do exist further afield. You’ll study general business topics such as finance, human resources or marketing, with English as the language of teaching. There may also be studies related to the language and culture of the host region. On your return you’ll complete your dissertation or consultancy project.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment is based on course work and our methods will include essays, reports, group work, presentations, and the master’s dissertation or consultancy project.

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University’s library was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. You’ll use software such as ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

There will be plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice. The Student Engagement Centre promotes all types of experiential learning including volunteering, internships and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation or consultancy project and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

If you decide on a master’s consultancy project, rather than a dissertation, you’ll still undertake primary and desk research. Through your reading, reflection and research, you’ll be expected to show a deep understanding of the issues that are involved in the client brief.

Throughout your course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course includes two modules that are focused on developing global management competencies. Topics during these modules include emotional intelligence, cultural awareness and the ability to work in diverse groups and teams, as well as project management and decision making.

A further module, ‘Academic and Professional Development’, has a specific focus on self-development. It includes formal sessions with our Careers and Employment Service which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

In the second year of the course you’ll be extending your international experience and widening your knowledge of business topics. You’ll develop an inter-cultural awareness that will help you stand out from other job applicants. Our network of partners and academic links will make it easier for you to find the right university in the right country to suit your interests and aspirations.

A master’s course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more experience.

Your Future

Our graduates typically go into professional and graduate management positions and, by the end of the course, you’ll be well-equipped to follow them. Thanks to the specialist modules – Strategic Procurement and Logistics, Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk, and the dissertation/consultancy project – you’ll have a particular edge in roles related to purchasing, logistics, planning, international trade and imports/exports.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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Are you looking to work in a dynamic sector where talented individuals are in high demand? This two-year course with advanced practice combines management studies with a strong specialist focus on operations, logistics and supply chain management (LCSM). Read more
Are you looking to work in a dynamic sector where talented individuals are in high demand? This two-year course with advanced practice combines management studies with a strong specialist focus on operations, logistics and supply chain management (LCSM). LCSM has been voted by the UK’s top 10 food retailers as their most vital management area.

The specialist LCSM modules cover strategic procurement, sustainable supply chains, improving the supply chain, and strategic partnerships. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) which will give you extra credibility in the eyes of potential employers.

Additionally the course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at The Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

During part of the second year you’ll undertake an internship or work in a group consultancy project which will be positioned in an area of relevance to the programme. This advanced practice will enhance your skills and employability.

Learn From The Best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Teaching And Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops. As this is a master’s course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

During the second year you’ll undertake an internship or consultancy project for a whole semester. You’ll follow this up with an Applied Management Work Investigation Report that will critically analyse an issue related to your practical experience.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment methods include assignments, presentations, exams, and the master’s dissertation or consultancy project.

Module Overview
Year One
MO0487 - Strategic Procurement and Logistics (Core, 20 Credits)
MO0493 - Strategic Partnerships and Value Creation (Core, 20 Credits)
MO0494 - Operations and Supply Chain Improvement (Core, 20 Credits)
MO0495 - Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0422 - Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0472 - Developing Global Management Competencies I (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0473 - Developing Global Management Competencies II (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0475 - Academic and Professional Development (Core, 0 Credits)

Year Two
NX0470 - Applied Management Work Investigation (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX0477 - NBS Masters Consultancy Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX0479 - Business Clinic PG Group Consultancy Project (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX0480 - The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)
NX9740 - Masters’ Internship (Optional, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University’s library was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. Business software includes ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

At Northumbria it’s easy to put your learning into practice. In addition to the Advanced Practice element of the course, further opportunities for experiential learning are available through our Student Engagement Centre which promotes volunteering and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses on issues that include operations, logistics and supply chain management.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation or consultancy project which will be specific to the disciplines of logistics and supply chain management. You will then discuss its development with your supervisor through to completion in the final semester.

If you decide on a master’s consultancy project, rather than a dissertation, you’ll still undertake primary and desk research. Through your reading, reflection and research, you’ll be expected to show a deep understanding of the issues that are involved in the client brief.

Throughout your course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course has the credibility of being accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Such accreditation facilitates the process of gaining chartered status, which is associated with higher salaries and promotions.

The course includes two modules that are focused on developing global management competencies. Topics during these modules include emotional intelligence, cultural awareness and the ability to work in diverse groups and teams, as well as project management and decision making.

A further module, ‘Academic and Professional Development’, has a specific focus on self-development. It includes formal sessions with our Careers and Employment Service which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

In the second year of the course you’ll be gaining workplace experience and putting your new learning into practice. You’ll develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants. We’ll help you find an internship / project that matches your interests and career aspirations, building on Newcastle Business School’s very successful background in placing students.

A master’s course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience.

Your Future

Our graduates typically go into graduate positions in areas such as operations management, materials management, purchasing and quality management. Roles of recent graduates include supplier quality manager, transport consultant, distribution services manager, e-commerce operations manager, freight account manager and logistics project manager.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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Are you looking to work in a dynamic sector where talented individuals are in high demand? This two-year course with study abroad combines management studies with a strong specialist focus on operations, logistics and supply chain management (LCSM). Read more
Are you looking to work in a dynamic sector where talented individuals are in high demand? This two-year course with study abroad combines management studies with a strong specialist focus on operations, logistics and supply chain management (LCSM). LCSM has been voted by the UK’s top 10 food retailers as their most vital management area.

The specialist LCSM modules cover strategic procurement, sustainable supply chains, improving the supply chain, and strategic partnerships. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) which will give you extra credibility in the eyes of potential employers.

Additionally the course is covered by the prestigious AACSB accreditation for Newcastle Business School, which was ‘Business School of the Year’ at The Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

In the second year of this course you’ll undertake study in another country for one semester. Employers often prefer applicants who have a strong international awareness and studying abroad will help you stand out from others. Our partner institutions offer study related to the areas of operations, logistics and supply chain management and will increase your experience.

Learn From The Best

Newcastle Business School has a global reputation for delivering some of the best business management education in the UK. We are part of an elite group of less than 1% of business schools worldwide with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting.

Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

Teaching And Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and workshops. As this is a master’s course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

During the second year you’ll spend a whole semester studying in another country. We organise exchanges with universities in Europe, Asia and the Americas, allowing you to take your international experience to another level. You’ll deepen your understanding of relevant topics and there may also be studies related to the language and culture of the host region. On your return you’ll complete your dissertation or consultancy project, which will be specific to operations, logistics and supply chain management.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment methods include assignments, presentations, exams, and the master’s dissertation or consultancy project.

Module Overview
Year One
MO0487 - Strategic Procurement and Logistics (Core, 20 Credits)
MO0493 - Strategic Partnerships and Value Creation (Core, 20 Credits)
MO0494 - Operations and Supply Chain Improvement (Core, 20 Credits)
MO0495 - Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0422 - Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core, 0 Credits)
NX0472 - Developing Global Management Competencies I (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0473 - Developing Global Management Competencies II (Core, 20 Credits)
NX0475 - Academic and Professional Development (Core, 0 Credits)

Year Two
NX0478 - Masters' Study Abroad (Core, 60 Credits)
NX0480 - The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Optional, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The University’s library was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. Business software includes ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

There will be plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice. The Student Engagement Centre promotes all types of experiential learning including volunteering, internships and placements. The Business Clinic enables our students to participate in a ‘consultancy firm’ to provide advice for our region’s businesses.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation or consultancy project and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

If you decide on a master’s consultancy project, rather than a dissertation, you’ll still undertake primary and desk research. Through your reading, reflection and research, you’ll be expected to show a deep understanding of the issues that are involved in the client brief.

Throughout your course you’ll be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that’s at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course has the credibility of being accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Such accreditation facilitates the process of gaining chartered status, which is associated with higher salaries and promotions.

The course includes two modules that are focused on developing global management competencies. Topics during these modules include emotional intelligence, cultural awareness and the ability to work in diverse groups and teams, as well as project management and decision making.

A further module, ‘Academic and Professional Development’, has a specific focus on self-development. It includes formal sessions with our Careers and Employment Service which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

In the second year of the course you’ll be extending your international experience and widening your knowledge of business topics. You’ll develop an inter-cultural awareness that will help you stand out from other job applicants. Our network of partners and academic links will make it easier for you to find the right university in the right country to suit your interests and aspirations.

A master’s course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more experience.

Your Future

Our graduates typically go into graduate positions in areas such as operations management, materials management, purchasing and quality management. Roles of recent graduates include supplier quality manager, transport consultant, distribution services manager, e-commerce operations manager, freight account manager and logistics project manager.

If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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This programme was developed in response to strong and consistent growth in demand for business and management skills that can help deliver core business activities in a variety of organisations. Read more
This programme was developed in response to strong and consistent growth in demand for business and management skills that can help deliver core business activities in a variety of organisations. In the wake of globalisation, companies need to respond rapidly to change at all levels in order to maintain their competitive position and sustain growth.

The use of project management to do this, by implementing strategic objectives and managing overall operations – a practice now known as management-by-projects – has seen a commensurate growth in demand for qualifications which can deliver these skills and abilities. Strategic Project Management (SPM) differentiates itself from other project management offerings by providing greater emphasis on the strategic requirement in managing a portfolio of projects to deliver organisational goals.


PROGRAMME CONTENT
This programme places emphasis on the strategic requirement of managing a portfolio of projects to deliver organisational goals.

SEMESTER 1
Business Models: Themes & Issues
Competitive Strategy
Strategic Change
Strategic Project Management

SEMESTER 2
Business Research Methods
Project Finance, Accounting and Control
Project Management
Project Procurement and Contract Management


Students successfully completing the taught part of the programme then undertake a 12,000 - 15,000 word dissertation over the summer months on a strategic project management topic.



CAREER PROSPECTS
A postgraduate degree in Strategic Project Planning would suit any individual whose job involves managing work that has a strategic focus and a defined end goal, for example:

• Strategy implementation
• Event management (sporting, festival, political, etc)
• Mergers and acquisitions
• IT Governance and related projects
• Developing new products and services
• Performance improvement
• Business Restructuring

Some students may also go on to pursue PhD research.

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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. Read more
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 is available to you on graduation.

Key benefits:

• Study a programme accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)
• Enhance your employability and prepare for a managerial, consulting or operational role
• Put logistics theory into real practice with an exciting Business Innovation Project

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/procurement,-logistics-and-supply-chain-management

Suitable for

This course is ideal for graduates who want to establish a career in procurement, logistics and supply chain management, or for existing managers who wish to develop their skills and enhance their future career prospects.

Programme details

The programme is block delivered and there are six entry points per year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

There is a blended/ Distance learning opportunity available via our official partner Robert Kennedy College, in Zurich, Switzerland: http://www.salford.rkc.edu/

Format

The course is delivered in four blocks of three day intensive study periods, followed by independent study and online support through the University's virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is taken and assessed over a six week block.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

Semester 1

• Strategic International Business Management
• Operations and Information Management

Semester 2

• Project Risk and Procurement
• Global Supply Chain Management

Semester 3

- Business Innovation Project

For the final third of your studies you can choose from 4 differing pathways, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional practice:

• Dissertation
• Live Project
• Internship
• Placement

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work.

Career potential

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.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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INTRODUCTION. Good things come in 3s. This 16-month course offers three periods of study in three countries; three degrees from three universities; three interconnected themes combining three cultures and core strengths in three areas. Read more
INTRODUCTION
Good things come in 3s. This 16-month course offers three periods of study in three countries; three degrees from three universities; three interconnected themes combining three cultures and core strengths in three areas:

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
September to mid-February
High-level strategic underpinning to project planning, strategy formulation and implementation in organisations.
 Strategic Project Management
 Competitve Strategy
 Business Models: Themes & Issues
 Strategic Change

Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
March to July
The creation and management of appropriate control mechanisms in strategic projects. Modules include:
 Business Statistics
 Finance
 Management Accounting and Control
 Project Management I & II
 Project Procurement
 Project Risk Analysis and Management



Umeå School of Business and Economics, Umeå, Sweden
September to January
Integrated and research-based approach to strategic thinking and project management and project management. Modules include:
 Research Methods
 Strategic Project Management Decision Making
 Masters Level Thesis


The course is taught in English. However, students also have access (without any added fee) to:
• 12 week pre-sessional English language training (HW)
• Beginners Italian and Italian language courses (Polimi, Italy)
• Introduction to Swedish I and II (Umea, Sweden)



ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
For full details of the admission requirements and criteria, please visit the MSPME website at http://www.mspme.org

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Supply chain management is widely accepted as a critical business competency. It includes. - initial design. - procurement of materials and services. Read more

Why this course?

Supply chain management is widely accepted as a critical business competency. It includes:
- initial design
- procurement of materials and services
- processing and distribution to the customer either directly or through a network of distributors

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 work or are planning to work within supply chain management. It’s also suitable for those with a background in support functions such as:
- sales
- maintenance
- finance
- marketing

You’ll gain an understanding of the issues, concepts, models, tools and techniques associated with supply chain management.

Study mode and duration:
- MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
- PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/supplychainprocurementmanagement/

What you’ll study

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues relating to the management of supply chains.

You'll be equipped with state-of-the-art concepts, methods, techniques and tools 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 will choose this at registration.

Major projects

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.

Accreditation

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

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

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

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.

Careers

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:
- operations
- process management
- operations planning and control
- purchasing and procurement
- logistics and distribution amongst others.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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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 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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