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
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.
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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.
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.
Our one year, full-time MSc in Management programmes are designed to provide you with the tools, techniques and knowledge to succeed in business.
Our MSc in Supply Chain Management is a problem-based learning programme that mixes academic robustness with applied, practical and inter-disciplinary perspectives.
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), it is designed to give you a thorough grounding in the theoretical and practical aspects of managing supply chains, enabling you to put classroom knowledge into practice.
The programme consists of a set of core and elective modules, culminating in a practice-based business project or a research-based dissertation.
You will study:
In addition, you will choose two electives to complement your core modules. The list of modules may vary from year to year, but has typically included Competitive Strategies and Organisational Fitness, Decision-Making and Business Modelling, East Asian Business and Management, Global Business, and Innovation and Technology Management.
During term 3 you will complete a final project under the supervision of a faculty member, either in the UK or abroad through an international partner institution. Designed to develop your business insight and research skills, and help you to present your analysis and ideas in a rigorous, systematic and professional manner, it takes one of two forms:
Our strong international connections and activities aim at providing you with an inside perspective of global business. During the International Study Tour elective, we take a group of students to a European destination, typically Geneva for a week. This self-funded competitive activity has given our students the opportunity not only to visit a series of prestigious global businesses but also to analyse them using a structured learning approach. As such this activity provides an excellent opportunity to be exposed to the challenges of global business, make new contacts, to stand out in the competitive jobs market, while having fun. Our expanding global network of University and business partners also gives you the opportunity to undertake part or all of your dissertation or business abroad.
As part of your programme, you will be invited to presentations by leading international academics and practitioners within your chosen area of interest. Past speakers have included representatives of major global multinationals and leading scholars combining critical and progressive thinking with practical insights.
Dragons’ Den and Blueprint
You can become your own boss on our programme. The School’s heritage as a centre of expertise in entrepreneurship is reflected in two competitions seeking ideas for new businesses. Students on the Masters programme compete to win the School’s Dragon’s Den-style competition to pitch for investment, as well as the University’s Blueprint competition.
The programme is mainly delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars. Lectures provide key contents of a particular topic. Occasionally lectures might be delivered by guest speakers who are internationally recognised academic experts or practitioners in their field. Students can also attend the Durham Speaker Series, providing the opportunity to network with senior business leaders, staff and alumni.
Seminars provide the opportunity for smaller groups of students to solve problems, discuss and debate issues based on knowledge gained through lectures and independent study.
Students study 7 core modules including a 12,000 word dissertation or business project, and select 2 elective modules which enables them to undertake more in-depth study of particular topics. The dissertation allows students to carry out independent research and develop their skills in analysis and scholarly expression, using an appropriate theoretical framework. The business project usually involves an external organisation and gives students the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the course to solve a real life problem.
In both cases, students are supported in writing their dissertation or business project through the study of a research methods module, and working with an allocated supervisor.
Throughout the year, students may have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities e.g. networking events, interpersonal skills development, etc. They also have the opportunity to attend an International Study Week at an overseas location at the end of Term 2. This self-funded competitive activity gives students the opportunity to visit a series of prestigious organisations but also to analyse them using a structured learning approach.
Outside of timetabled contact hours, students are expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study in preparation for teaching sessions, assignments and other forms of assessment including exams, and general background reading to broaden their subject knowledge. All students have an Academic Adviser who is able to provide general advice on academic matters. Teaching staff are also available to provide additional support on a one-to-one basis via weekly consultation hours.
Students also have access to the facilities available at Mill Hill Lane including dedicated postgraduate working spaces, an onsite library and IT helpdesk.
Students taking this course will develop their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts affecting Logistics and Supply Chain Management today. Whether they intend to specialise in International Logistics as a career, or enter general management, today’s professionals require a deep and systematic understanding of the technology, staff, infrastructure and operational processes that define this important business sector.
This programme is externally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Successful completion of the course will facilitate admission as a full member (MCIPS).
You also have the option to study this programme via distance learning: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/study/courses/international-logistics-distance-learning-msc/
In many of the largest economies in the world, up to one person in eight is employed in logistics and transportation. A career in logistics can be the key to a lifetime of discovering the diversity of the modern world of business.
Developments in the last two decades have seen huge investments into the technologies necessary to deliver reduced operating costs, shorter lead times and better value for customers.
Students taking this course will develop their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts affecting Logistics and Supply Chain Management today. Whether they intend to specialize in International Logistics as a career, or enter general management, today’s professionals require a deep and systematic understanding of the technology, staff, infrastructure and operational processes that define this important business sector.
You will investigate and evaluate the range of alternative approaches to Logistics and Supply Chain Management today, looking forward over the next five years, making use of theoretical and industry sources. Every stage of the supply chain, from raw material supply to resource recovery will be covered, as will the many modes of transport, on land, sea and in the air.
Strategic issues such as multi-channel retailing, supply chain collaboration and lead time compression will be covered in workshop style sessions led by our experienced teaching staff, many of whom have previously held board level appointments in globally renowned logistics companies.
Topics of global significance, such as disaster relief and sustainable distribution, are also included in a broad and topical study programme.
Our Master’s degree students typically represent a wide range of nationalities, cultures and ambitions. Our courses have a truly international feel from the first day of study, providing another valuable dimension to the learning experience.
Aims of the MSc International Logistics:
-To develop proactive managers who are confident in managing projects and business improvement of functional areas through effective leadership.
-To allow students to follow a programme of management study containing a considerable element of specialism related to the supply chain of both local and multinational companies.
-To provide both pre-experience career preparation and post-experience career progression opportunities for students from any disciplinary background at first degree level, but with the aspiration to enter or progress more rapidly in careers in logistics management or business.
-To build on students’ existing capabilities and transferable skills in order to develop masters level knowledge and skills in the business and logistics management field, so enhancing their employability and future career prospects in the field of logistics
-To enable them to develop a strong, conceptual and theoretical understanding of logistics management issues, problems and opportunities.
-To equip them with the skills, analytical techniques and tools to make a significant, sustained contribution to the achievement of employer goals.
-To enable them to link theory into practice by a variety of methods including case studies, business simulations, the completion of an applied research project and in some cases by means of a work based learning component.
-To develop skills in effective scholarly research and reflection.
A modular approach to teaching is employed at Northampton Business School. MSc International Logistics shares a number of key features with our other postgraduate study programmes in Management.
All our Masters students will follow a core programme of study designed to broaden and reinforce their management knowledge:
-Accounting and finance.
Students following the MSc International Logistics will additionally cover a range of topics specific to their chosen subject:
-Perspectives of applied logistics.
-Strategic issues in logistics.
-Sustainability and environment.
Students are given a further opportunity to explore these subjects, or subjects of their own choosing, in their final Logistics Research Project.
The logistics faculty has extensive links with local and international industry, which may lead to opportunities for students to undertake their research within logistics businesses.
To find out more about the modules, view the course award map: http://oldweb.northampton.ac.uk/caf/pgmsaward/international-logistics-msc.htm
-International Logistics and Supply Chain
-Strategic Issues in Logistics
-Applied Logistics, Procurement and Supply
-Logistics Research Project
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
One year full time. A combination of lectures, seminars and workshops are taught on this programme. Usually 9-12 hours per week of activities are timetabled; we recommend students spend at least the same amount of hours per week in self-directed study time.
Your progress will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written assessment.
Throughout the course you are taught by experienced academic staff with specialist knowledge of their own subject areas. Taught modules are delivered using a combination of lecture and workshop sessions, with an emphasis on participation and discussion. Extensive use is made of case studies and exercises to bring concepts and theories to life.
Successful completion of this course will prepare you for a career in logistics with the potential to achieve success as a senior manager with a multi-national organisation.