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

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

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

MSc Management Pathways

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

- Marketing - focused on the challenges of global marketing activities

- Finance – for students interested in financial aspects of management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Scholarships available for outstanding students

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

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

Modules

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

Managing Financial Resources

Human Resource Management

Marketing Management

Operations Management

Strategy

Project Management

Global Supply Chain Management

Research Methods

Careers and Employability

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Complete the Swansea Employability Award

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

School of Management

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

Environment:

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

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

Ambition:

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

Opportunity:

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

*THE Research Excellence Framework 2014: Institutions ranked by subject



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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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In today's globalised marketplace it's more important than ever that managers have the knowledge and expertise to manage the production and delivery of products and services. Read more
In today's globalised marketplace it's more important than ever that managers have the knowledge and expertise to manage the production and delivery of products and services.

Our MSc in Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management provides advanced knowledge and skills to give you the confidence to embark on a career in this exciting field.

The Bath MSc in Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management is an intensive 12-month programme designed for those with little or no management education or experience, but with a keen desire to work in the managerial or consulting areas of operations, logistics or supply chain.

We believe in creating opportunities for students to put theory into practice. You will receive engaging research-led teaching alongside numerous engagements with industry. A unique aspect of the programme is our two semester practicum. The practicum is a live consulting project that places you in the position of a consultant working with a client to solve a live management challenge.

See the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/msc-operations-logistics-supply-chain/

Why the MSc in Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management?

The Bath MSc in Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management offers a number of unique features and key benefits:
- World-class faculty. You will study with leading faculty across all elements of the degree.

- Combining theory and practice. Our degree is designed to provide you with cutting edge theory and numerous opportunities for practical application.

- Two-semester practicum. A defining feature of the degree is that you will be immersed in a two-semester applied consulting project; you will work with a client to solve a real business challenge.

- Global context and experience. You are offered the opportunity to work on projects and case studies with multinational organisations. We also offer you the opportunity to take part in global residencies in the USA, China, Russia and France.

- Develop a broad base of business skills. Our degree offers extensive opportunities to learn and practice skills including project management, negotiation, team work and cross cultural awareness.

- Small class size. We are deliberately selective and keep our core class sizes small.

Structure and Content

Our curriculum is designed to prepare you for careers in operations, logistics, supply chain and consulting. The MSc in Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management is an intensive full-time programme lasting 12 months. It is divided into two semesters and the summer period.

During semester 1, all students study the same five core courses. Semester 2 is made up of 3 further core courses and then you may choose 2 further options.

Semester 1 core modules:
- Operations Management
- Supply Chain Management
- Business Logistics Management
- Fundamentals of Accounting and Financial Management
- Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Practicum (ongoing in semester 2)

Semester 2 core modules:
- Operations Strategy
- Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management
- Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Practicum (ongoing from semester 1)

Semester 2 options:
- Project Management
- Business Analytics
- Managing Strategic Partnerships
- Sustainable Operations Management

- Dissertation
During the final three months of the degree you will produce a dissertation. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to do a piece of substantial work on your own, demonstrating originality, innovation, drive, and determination. The dissertation also enables you to plan and execute your own project, giving you complete choice and flexibility.

- Teaching & Learning Methods
You will be exposed to a variety of teaching and learning methods that could include: interactive lectures, case studies, seminar presentations and group project work.

- Assessment
A variety of individual and group assessment methods are used throughout the degree including assignments, exams, presentations, reports and exercises.

Career Development and Support

We recognise that enhancing your employability is a primary goal for undertaking a Master's degree at Bath. We have a successful track record and extensive experience of working with a wide range of global organisations to develop the right skills and competencies that our students will need to achieve their career goals.

Destinations of our MSc in Management graduates (2014):

99% of our MSc in Management graduates from 2014 were employed within 6 months of graduation. Our outstanding record for employability is reflected in the companies and organisations where these graduates now work:

Recruiters include:

BAE Systems
Barclays Bank
BT
Credit Agricole
Deloitte
Goldman Sachs
HSBC China
Huawei
Kantar Worldpanel
KPMG
Mazars
PwC
Tesco
United Biscuits

Career Development Programme

Our expert careers team is dedicated to providing first class careers support exclusively for School of Management MSc students.
We offer a Comprehensive Career Development Programme and provide an individual service by working with you on a one-to-one basis to identify your career goals and help you to plan your job search.

Our Career Development programme is integrated into your MSc timetable and includes;

- An overview of career opportunities in different sectors
- Workshops on the recruitment process including: CVs, cover letters, application forms and interview advice
- Mock interviews and assessment centres
- Opportunities to network with graduate recruiters, sector specialists and alumni
- Guest speakers, company visits and presentations, employer-led skills sessions
- Development of employability skills by participating in company sponsored community projects
- Week-long business immersion week - The Future Business Challenge
- Additional support for international students and those seeking global job opportunities

A highly ranked business school

We have established ourselves as one of Europe’s leading business schools and 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the University of Bath, celebrating our past achievements and looking forward.

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) (http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/about/rankings.html#NSS) and 1st for Business & Management (The Complete University Guide 2016) (http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?s=Business+%26+Management+Studies), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014 (http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/about/rankings.html#ref) for business and management studies, confirming the world-class standing of our faculty.

Find out about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/faculty/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/management/msc-operations-logistics-supply-chain/how-to-apply

Government Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters courses is being developed for students at English universities. There will be loans of up to £10,000 available for Masters students starting a course in 2016/17. More information is available on the study site (http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/taught/government-loans/index.html) and the government website external website.

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Driven by the rapid growth of global manufacturing and services, the management of global supply chains and logistics have become vital to business success for organisations around the world. Read more

Driven by the rapid growth of global manufacturing and services, the management of global supply chains and logistics have become vital to business success for organisations around the world. This course gives you the knowledge and skills required to manage global supply chains and associated logistics.

This course is suitable for

  • recent graduates aiming a career in rapidly growing logistic and supply chain sectors
  • supply chain practitioners wanting to become specialists or managers
  • engineers and managers needing to develop their knowledge skills in logistics and supply chain management

Developed by academics with extensive research and consultancy experiences, the course covers strategies, management, technology and systems. You learn modern approaches to supply chain management such as lean, six-sigma and operations management which are integral elements of the course. SupplyChainGuru, an award winning modelling platform is used to demonstrate design and operation principles.

In modern supply chains, technology plays a critical role. For example, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is now widely used to track shipments through supply chain. This course covers essential technologies required to operate global supply chains which also include warehouse automation and transportation.

Modern IT systems integrate different elements of supply chain to provide the total visibility and information required to drive supply chain operations. The course uses the world’s leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) platform, SAP, to demonstrate how modern ERP systems are used to integrate supply chain operations.

As a member of the SAP University Alliance, we use SAP software modules to enhance your learning experience and the course includes a SAP training academy. You also can take examinations at extra cost, which lead to SAP qualifications in one of the world's leading business technologies.

The dissertation project enables you to apply what you learn on the course. The course team has extensive links with the industry, which means it is likely that you will be able to work with a company during your dissertation. It is also possible to work on on-going research projects which are managed by the course team.

You attend a series of guest lectures and industry visits to enhance your learning experience and to make you understand how theories and technologies are used in industry. Guest speakers include supply chain professionals from manufacturing, retail, health, food and pharmaceutical industries.

The courses enhances your career potential by improving your knowledge and skills in

  • the management of logistics and global supply chains
  • supply chain strategies
  • logistics and supply chain design, planning and control techniques required in industry.
  • supply chain technologies which include topics such as warehouse automation and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)
  • systems used for integration and modelling aspects of logistics and supply chain in today’s global environment
  • technical and problem solving skills
  • transferable skills sought employers, such as problem solving, team-working and presentation skills

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) and offers full exemption from the education requirements for Chartered Membership for graduates achieving an overall average mark of 50% or more.

This course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). Learners who successfully complete this programme and meet the conditions specified may apply for MCIPS, the globally recognised standard for procurement and supply management professionals.

Course structure

Core modules

  • finance and marketing
  • project and quality management
  • strategic sourcing and procurement
  • lean operations and six sigma
  • supply chain modelling and simulation
  • global supply chain and manufacturing strategy
  • warehouse systems and transportation
  • logistics and enterprise information systems

MSc

  • Project and dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment

  • examination
  • coursework
  • project reports

Employability

You gain the knowledge and experience to work as a logistics and supply chain management professional in a range of areas. Graduates of this course can find themselves working for companies such as

• Caterpillar – world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines

• Dematic – the market leader in innovative logistics automation systems

• NYK Logistics – delivers fully integrated logistics solutions tailored to the needs of their customers

• Tuffnells – leading parcel delivery company

Typical graduates roles are • logistics coordinator • supply chain analyst • solutions analyst • supply chain coordinator • demand analyst.

After five years’ experience you can typically move onto management roles in areas such as • warehouse operations • supply chain • inventory • logistics planning.



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Put your organisational skills to the test and learn to help businesses manage the production and delivery of products and services in an increasingly globalised marketplace. Read more
Put your organisational skills to the test and learn to help businesses manage the production and delivery of products and services in an increasingly globalised marketplace. This course covers operations management, supply chain management, project management and process improvement in one challenging and rewarding degree.

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

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

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

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

Aims

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

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

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

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

Special features

On completion of the MSc Operations, Project and Supply Chain Management course, students with three years' work experience in a relevant field of supply chain management can apply to become full members of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). As the course is accredited to CIPS, students with the required work experience will not need to take any further examinations to become full members of CIPS (as long as they have completed the required modules and the dissertation should focus on a procurement and supply related theme as part of the MSc).

Students without the required work experience (for example, recent graduates) can take the required modules and dissertation element of the MSc programme and on completion of three years relevant work experience can apply for full membership of CIPS. We are unable to answer individual enquiries about CIPS membership and you should apply directly to CIPS.

Career opportunities

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

Accrediting organisations

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

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

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

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

Intermediate qualifications available:

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

Why choose this course?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Course detail

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modules

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

Assessment

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

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

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

Careers

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

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

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

Funding

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

How to apply

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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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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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Supply Chain and Operations Management. Supply Chain and Procurement Management. Supply Chain and Logistics Management. Read more
Supply Chain and Operations Management
Supply Chain and Procurement Management
Supply Chain and Logistics Management
MSc/PgDip/PgCert (Cips Graduate Diploma and MCIPS)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Supply Chain Management

encompasses everything, from initial design, through to procurement of material and services, processing and delivery to the customer. In the modern world, customer satisfaction and sustainable business performance are both dependent on having the right product or service at the right place at the right time, and this cannot be done without an understanding of Supply Chain Management in its entirety.

The overall objective of the course is to provide high calibre graduates with an in-depth understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues relating to management of supply chains. On completion of the course, participants will be equipped with state-of-the-art concepts, methods, techniques and tools to allow them to contribute towards the competitiveness of industrial and commercial organisations worldwide.

The course is suitable for:

•People who work or are planning to work within Supply Chain Management, eg operations, process management, operations planning and control, purchasing and procurement, logistics and distribution, amongst others.
•People with a background in support functions such as sales, maintenance, finance, marketing, quality, etc who wish to gain a better understanding of Supply Chain Management issues, concepts, models, tools and techniques.

The knowledge and skills you will gain through the course will make you a valuable resource in any supply chain-based enterprise - where you can contribute immediately - and make a difference!

Course Content:
The programme for the course comprises the following modules:
•Business, Operations and Supply Chain Strategy (10 Credits)
•Strategic Supply Chain Management (10 Credits)
•Supply Chain Operations (10 Credits)
•Management of Total Quality and Continuous Improvement (10 Credits)
•Enterprise Resource Planning (10 Credits)
•Advanced Project Management (10 Credits)
•Product Costing and Financial Management (10 Credits)
•Case Studies in Supply Chain Management (20 Credits)
•Masters Project (60 Credits)

Operations Management Specialism
•Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma (10 Credits)
•Service Operations Management (10 Credits)
•Operations Management Option (10 Credits)

Logistics Management Specialism
•Logistics (10 Credits)
•Spreadsheet Modelling and Demand Forecasting (10 Credits)
•Logistics Management Option (10 Credits)

Procurement Management Specialism
•Strategic Procurement Management (10 Credits)
•Organisation Buying Behaviour and Structure (10 Credits)
•Procurement Management Option (10 Credits)

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In today’s global marketplace organisations increasingly depend on effective supply chains to remain competitive. Managing global operations, logistics and supply chains is a crucial business function to ensure the timely movement of inventory around the globe. Read more

In today’s global marketplace organisations increasingly depend on effective supply chains to remain competitive. Managing global operations, logistics and supply chains is a crucial business function to ensure the timely movement of inventory around the globe.

This Masters degree, designed for recent graduates and early career supply chain professionals, combines the latest thinking and developments in management, international business and supply chain management allowing you to develop a critical insight into how organisations operate in the global environment. 

Your modules will equip you with an understanding of advanced theories and the practical methods needed to analyse emerging issues in global supply chains, alongside developing your professional skills. You’ll be taught by internationally recognised academics and business practitioners, providing hands-on, analytics and problem-solving skills.

Academic excellence

The Centre for Operations and Supply Chain Research (COSCR) is one of several leading research centres at Leeds University Business School. The centre focuses on developing and disseminating knowledge in operations and supply chain management, as well as advancing managerial practices. Research aims to benefit students, academic researchers, policy/decision makers, management consultants, public and business managers, and wider society.

We also have partnerships with over 200 academic and business institutions worldwide. Senior figures with expertise in a range of management disciplines are regularly invited to deliver guest lectures to our students, academics and local business leaders.

Course content

This course will introduce you to the key aspects of supply chain management and place them in a wider business context. The modules lay the foundations that will allow you to expand your knowledge in supply chain management, international business and management studies.

You'll focus on the problem-solving element of operations and supply chain management, and at the same time gain an awareness of key theories in international business, supply chain management and management studies. You’ll focus on managing and designing value chain networks and global logistics. You'll also develop practical techniques and a critical awareness of international strategic management, as well as an understanding of organisational behaviour. You’ll explore systems thinking to understand how individual elements contribute to a bigger problem and take further modules designed to build your professional skills.

All of these aspects of your studies come together in your dissertation, in which you’ll conduct research on a topic of your choice in depth to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You’ll take 11 compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • Behaviour in Organisations 15 credits
  • Managing Global Logistics and Supply Chains 15 credits
  • International Strategic Management 15 credits
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
  • Managing and Designing Value Chain Networks 15 credits
  • Dissertation 30 credits
  • International Business Theory 15 credits
  • Systems Thinking 15 credits
  • Commercial and Professional Skills 15 credits
  • Operations, Information Systems and Innovation 15 credits
  • Research Design and Analysis 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Global Supply Chain Management MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods tohelp you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.

Independent study is also vital for this courseallowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research andcritical skills.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too.

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Career opportunities

The pace of globalisation means there is increasing need for graduates with knowledge and capability in managing international business and global supply chains.

As a graduate of this course, you will have the skills to pursue any role involving import/export or negotiations with international suppliers. You will be equipped to pursue opportunities within multinational organisations, companies involved in sourcing and delivering products globally, management consultancies connecting global firms, or as an entrepreneur looking to develop a global business. Our recent graduates work for a range of organisations including Tesco, Ikea, DP World, Deloitte and IBM.

Links with industry

Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our professional development tutor, who will help you to develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.



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

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

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

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

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

Course detail

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

Format

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

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

Assessment

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

Career opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to apply

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

Funding

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

Cass Supply Chain Management Society

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

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

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

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Logistics and supply chain management bring together the business skills to manage the activities and flows of information between suppliers, manufacturers, logistics service providers, retailers and consumers. Read more

Why take this course?

Logistics and supply chain management bring together the business skills to manage the activities and flows of information between suppliers, manufacturers, logistics service providers, retailers and consumers.

This course focuses on the integration of analytical techniques for optimisation with the decision issues and technology relating to logistics and supply chain management.

This course is one of a small number selected as part of the HEFCE PEP Scholarship programme for 2014. Please visit the HEFCE PEP page to see full details of the scheme, eligibility criteria and how to apply.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Have access to ultra-modern computing facilities, and use specialist mathematical and statistical computing packages
Participate in practical sessions to solve real-life case studies using our simulation software
Develop the problem-solving, decision-making and interpersonal abilities essential to professional roles in this field

What opportunities might it lead to?

Logistics analysis is critical to success in both manufacturing and service industries. Competitive advantage will increasingly come from the supplier's ability to rapidly respond to changing customer needs, for which effective logistics are of prime importance. This means that there will be a range of companies and organisations in both the public and private sector, demanding for your skills and expertise.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Production management
Transportation management
Quality control
Distribution
Facilities planning
Supply chain management
Passenger transportation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Students studying CILT accredited courses receive exemptions from the academic requirements for membership. Graduates of the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management course at the University of Portsmouth with an overall average pass mark above 50% are eligible to apply for Chartered Membership (CMILT) once they have gained the necessary experience.

Module Details

Supply chain management is a philosophy, the implementation process and the control of this process through which different entities within a supply chain aim to streamline their activities to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of meeting final customer requirements. A variety of different techniques will be investigated, ranging from conceptual frameworks, analytical approaches, to computer-based models.

Here are the units you will study:

Supply Chain Management: This unit enable you to develop advanced skills so that you can deal with problems of supply chain management across different products, locations, and companies. The types of problems studied in this course are encountered in industry (e.g. retail, discrete or continuous production and logistics service providers) as well as in service organisations (e.g. banks, hospitals and law firms). Managers dealing with such problems are known under various titles, including production, operations, supply (chain), inventory, purchasing, distribution or logistics managers.

Logistics Modelling: Most problems arising in the fields of logistics and supply chain management have sufficient complexity and detail that they require the use of sophisticated modelling techniques. This unit looks at two of the most commonly used methodologies for modelling and solving logistics problems: simulation and heuristic techniques. In both cases a computer package is used to assist solution. The techniques will be demonstrated with a range of case studies drawn from the field of logistics including transportation, supply chain configuration and management, warehouse design and layout, container port layout, production planning and vehicle routing.

Operations Management: This unit teaches operations management techniques that are relevant to logistics. The commonly used techniques of linear and integer programming will be taught using Microsoft Excel based methods for solution. You will look at case studies covering production planning, transportation, logistics planning and supply chain configuration. You will also be taught about locating facilities such as factories, distribution centres, cross docking centres and retail outlets. The effective scheduling of labour force and machines will be demonstrated, and current state-of-the art production planning models will be covered.

Strategic Logistics: This unit looks at the field of logistics from a strategic point of view. A number of quantitative techniques for strategic decision making such as decision analysis, multi-criteria decision analysis, data envelopment analysis and queuing theory are introduced in the context of logistics applications. The topic of strategic decisions in transportation modelling is then covered. The unit is completed by the analysis of a number of case studies relating to different applications of logistics with respect to financial, environmental, societal and economic objectives.

Project (Masters Logistics): This unit allows you to conduct research into a larger scale or challenging logistics problem. The project may be practical or theoretical and may arise either from the supervisor's research interests or from your own desire to study a particular topic or situation. Typical areas of logistics in which the project will be conducted include (but are not limited to) transportation, supply chain configuration and management, warehouse design and layout, container port layout, production planning, green logistics, facility location and vehicle routing.

Programme Assessment

Our enthusiastic team of lecturers have a wide range of industrial and research experience, ensuring that you graduate with cutting-edge knowledge. You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical computer-based sessions, laboratory and project work.

We assess you in a several ways, but a large portion of the assessment is based on a major project at the end of the year. Here’s how we assess your work:

Examinations
Coursework
Laboratory assignments
A dissertation

Student Destinations

Logistics and transportation are important to any firm where customer service is a strategic objective – whether its core focus is on products or services.

When you graduate from this course you could find employment in a wide range of logistics-related careers. Not only in the traditional areas of manufacturing logistics, distribution and supply chain management, but also postal and express delivery, the fire and rescue emergency operations and even the military and defence industry.

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The course focuses on the management of operations in manufacturing, service and distribution enterprises. It will prepare managers who will be able to help their companies build a competitive edge based on high levels of technical and managerial competence. Read more
The course focuses on the management of operations in manufacturing, service and distribution enterprises. It will prepare managers who will be able to help their companies build a competitive edge based on high levels of technical and managerial competence. The courses aim for a high level of integration between management techniques and the technologies that they control, with emphasis on the strategic relevance of situations.

Applications are welcome from graduates in engineering, management, and related disciplines. The courses are suitable for you if you want to pursue a career in operations management whether or not you have a first degree in a closely related area.

The course requires a major individual dissertation project that is undertaken in the summer. This is intended to integrate knowledge, methodology and practical skills. When these projects are successful in advancing knowledge, we encourage our students to present their findings as conference papers or journal articles.

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

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

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

What you'll learn

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

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

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

Your development

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

Course accreditation

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

Career focus

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

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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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