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The Cranfield Procurement and Supply Chain Management MSc builds upon the world-renowned Cranfield Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Read more

The Cranfield Procurement and Supply Chain Management MSc builds upon the world-renowned Cranfield Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The programme has been co-designed with senior procurement and supply chain professionals and is delivered by Europe's largest specialist supply chain management faculty. It will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills that you need to further your career as a procurement and supply chain professional.

Who is it for?

  • Recent graduates with a good undergraduate degree who want a broad understanding of procurement and supply chain management and wish to prepare for a first professional role and future career in the field.
  • Procurement and supply chain professionals in the early stages of their career looking to enhance their knowledge and skills and move to the next level professionally.

Why this course?

Cranfield School of Management was ranked 1st outside US and 11th globally in the Supply Chain Management World ‘University 100’ annual survey 2016, and 2nd in the Top 20 for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, for providing young people in this field with the skills and mix of expertise required to develop as supply chain leaders of the future.

More than just an academic institution, Cranfield School of Management’s world-class research, expertise and teaching result in practical management solutions that are transforming the world of business today. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management.

Our aim is to develop procurement and supply chain professionals who can take the skills they develop on our programme and make a significant difference in the marketplace. Many of our faculty are regarded as leading experts in this area, combining excellent reputations for teaching with experience drawn from the commercial world. Our approach to teaching is designed to nurture your practical business skills and confidence, and places huge emphasis on real-world challenges.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of supply chain strategy and sustainability, procurement strategy, supplier selection and evaluation, negotiation and contract management, how to analyse and design effective supply chain operations, how to use data, models and software to solve problems and inform decisions, inventory and operations management, accounting, freight transport and project management.

Modules include a combination of interactive lectures, participative workshops, case studies and presentations from high-profile visiting speakers.

In addition to the modules, the individual thesis offers the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have developed on the programme.

Informed by Industry

Our full-time faculty team work closely with our advisory board of senior logistics and procurement professionals from global organisations. Their experience and advice drives the continued development of our supply chain courses ensuring they are relevant for today’s global supply chain environment. Our faculty is also supported by a diverse team of international visiting industry speakers and professors. 

Accreditation

Our Procurement and Supply Chain Management MSc is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible for full membership of both institutes.

Cranfield School of Management is also the first UK-based University to gain the European Logistics Association accreditation. Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for the designation cESLOG (European logistician), which is valid for five years.

Course details

The course comprises 12 modules comprised of 10 compulsory and two electives. Additionally, you select a further two elective modules, allowing you to tailor the course to suit your personal career plan. You will have the opportunity to attend a study tour, subject to additional cost. The culmination of the learning process is the individual thesis project.

Study Tour

The study tour is a unique opportunity to experience a supply chain perspective in a different economic region in Europe. You will gain first-hand experience of how supply strategies in the region are influenced by different pressures (both internal and external) and you will gain a rich understanding of the differences between supply chain practices. The tour normally takes place over three to four days. On your return you will have gained valuable insights and will appreciate the diverse nature of supply chain management.

Please note that the study tour is subject to additional costs.

Individual Project

You will undertake an empirical research project for your individual thesis, enabling you to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt during the course. This provides the opportunity to work in an original way, and may involve undertaking a project with either an industrial sponsor or on a Cranfield led project, the topics of which cover a broad range of areas.

Assessment

Taught modules 60%, individual project 40%

Your career

95% of School of Management students were employed within 3 months of graduation*.

The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first management role, or wanting take your career to the next level.

The Procurement and Supply Chain Management MSc will run for the first time in 2016/17. Cranfield MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management graduates have secured jobs with a diverse range of companies including Airbus, Tata Consultancy Services, Group Lotus, Adidas, Lidl, BMW Group, Toyota Motors, HelloFresh, KPMG, Kuehne & Nagel, Bentley, Saint Gobain, United Biscuits, Heineken, Eli Lilly UK, Unilever and Deutsche Bank. Their roles have included Buyer, Supply Chain Analyst, Logistics Manager, Demand Planner and Supply Chain Operations Manager.

*based on those students for whom we hold data, across all School of Management full-time master's courses (2015/16 cohort).



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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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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

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc addresses the strategic role of these two critical functions of organisations. It also examines the impact of changes in the regulatory and policy environment, and the effect of new technologies and techniques on current and future problems within the supply chain. . Read more

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc addresses the strategic role of these two critical functions of organisations. It also examines the impact of changes in the regulatory and policy environment, and the effect of new technologies and techniques on current and future problems within the supply chain. 

During the course, you will develop your knowledge of best practice in purchasing and supply chain management, and enhance your understanding of the importance of business process and activity integration through our range of modules. 

The sectors of purchasing and supply chain are expanding, leaving our Master’s graduates attractive on the job market. Depending on your interests and desired career path, you will have the opportunity to specialise in international law or project management as part of this course. 

Our range of core and option modules on this course equips you with the specialist knowledge to identify problems and develop solutions within both purchasing and the wider supply chain. Our lecturers combine traditional lectures with games to illustrate logistics and supply chain and talks by external speakers from the industry.

A highlight for many students is the field trips and social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking and extending your learning in new environments.

Read about a recent field trip to the Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre on our blog. 

On this course, you will also benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Core modules

Option modules

Professional accreditation

As part of this course, you have the opportunity to obtain a PRINCE2 Foundation certification in project management. You will also be eligible for a Professional SAP Certification discount.

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

Past students of the course have developed successful careers in both supply chain management and procurement. Course graduates work in both large and small to medium companies all over the world. Examples include Unilever, Puma, and Sony. In today's complex and demanding environment where sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative are sought, this course will help you acquire the qualities to either advance in your current role, or gain new employment. Areas of work you could consider include purchasing and contract management, supply chain management, operations/logistics management and supply chain planning and development. 

Alternatively, you might want to continue onto research or further study. On successful completion of the course, if you have three years' relevant work experience you may be awarded Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) status. Alternatively, you can apply to CIPS for MCIPS status at a later date, once you have acquired the necessary work experience.



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The Cranfield Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. The programme has been co-designed with senior logistics and supply chain professionals and is delivered by Europe's largest specialist logistics and supply chain management faculty. Read more

The Cranfield Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. The programme has been co-designed with senior logistics and supply chain professionals and is delivered by Europe's largest specialist logistics and supply chain management faculty. It will provide you with the specialist knowledge and skills that you need to further your career as a logistics and supply chain professional.

Who is it for?

  • Recent graduates with a good undergraduate degree who want a broad understanding of logistics and supply chain management and wish to prepare for a first professional role and future career in the field.
  • Logistics and supply chain professionals in the early stages of their career looking to enhance their knowledge and skills and move to the next level professionally.

Why this course?

Cranfield School of Management was ranked 1st outside US and 11th globally in the Supply Chain Management World ‘University 100’ annual survey 2016, and 2nd in the Top 20 for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, for providing young people in this field with the skills and mix of expertise required to develop as supply chain leaders of the future.

More than just an academic institution, Cranfield School of Management’s world-class research, expertise and teaching result in practical management solutions that are transforming the world of business today. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management.

Our aim is to develop logistics and supply chain professionals who can take the skills they develop on our programme and make a significant difference in the marketplace. Many of our faculty are regarded as leading experts in this area, combining excellent reputations for teaching with experience drawn from the commercial world. Our approach to teaching is designed to nurture your practical business skills and confidence, and places huge emphasis on real-world challenges.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of supply chain strategy and sustainability, how to analyse and design effective supply chain operations, how to use data, models and software to solve problems and inform decisions, the role of warehousing in modern supply chains, procurement strategy, inventory, operations management, accounting, freight transport and project management.

Modules include a combination of interactive lectures, participative workshops, case studies and presentations from high-profile visiting speakers.

In addition to the modules, the individual thesis offers the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have developed on the programme.

Informed by Industry

Our full-time faculty team work closely with our advisory board of senior logistics and procurement professionals from global organisations. Their experience and advice drives the continued development of our supply chain courses ensuring they are relevant for today’s global supply chain environment. Our faculty is also supported by a diverse team of international visiting industry speakers and professors.

Accreditation

Our Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportand The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible for full membership of both institutes.

Cranfield School of Management is also the first UK-based University to gain the European Logistics Association accreditation. Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for the designation cESLOG (European logistician), which is valid for five years.

Course details

The course comprises ten core modules and four elective modules. This enables you to tailor the course to suit your personal career plan. You will have the opportunity to attend a study tour, subject to additional cost. The culmination of the learning process is your opportunity to undertake an individual thesis project which is in-company or Cranfield led, the topics of which cover a broad range of areas.

Study Tour

The study tour is a unique opportunity to experience a supply chain perspective in a different economic region in Europe. You will gain first-hand experience of how supply strategies in the region are influenced by different pressures (both internal and external) and you will gain a rich understanding of the differences between supply chain practices. The tour normally takes place over three to four days. On your return you will have gained valuable insights and will appreciate the diverse nature of supply chain management.

Please note that the study tour is subject to additional costs.

Individual project

You will undertake an empirical research project for your individual thesis, enabling you to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt during the course. This provides the opportunity to work in an original way, and may involve undertaking a project with either an industrial sponsor or on a Cranfield led project, the topics of which cover a broad range of areas.

Assessment

Taught modules 60%, individual project 40%

Your career

95% of School of Management students were employed within 3 months of graduation*.

The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

During your course you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first management role, or wanting take your career to the next level.

Cranfield Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc graduates have secured jobs with a diverse range of companies including Airbus, Tata Consultancy Services, Group Lotus, Adidas, Lidl, BMW Group, Toyota Motors, HelloFresh, KPMG, Kuehne & Nagel, Bentley, Saint Gobain, United Biscuits, Heineken, Eli Lilly UK, Unilever and Deutsche Bank. Their roles have included Buyer, Supply Chain Analyst, Logistics Manager, Demand Planner and Supply Chain Operations Manager.

*based on those students for whom we hold data, across all School of Management full-time master's courses (2015/16 cohort).



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This course contributes to the achievement of one course objective. For the purpose of accomplishment of the course objective, this course will teach students to master fundamental techniques that are useful in making business decisions related to supply chain management. Read more
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This course contributes to the achievement of one course objective. For the purpose of accomplishment of the course objective, this course will teach students to master fundamental techniques that are useful in making business decisions related to supply chain management. The course will familiarize students with the basic knowledge of supply chain management, especially strategic aspects of supply chain management.

[[ Course Description]]
Supply chain management is one of the contemporary themes and one of the key Issues for Managers Today. The main purpose of the course is to provide basic knowledge of business logistics and supply chain management. The function of supply chain management is to design and manage the processes, assets, and flows of material and information required to satisfy customers’ demands. Efficient Supply Chain Management allows companies to develop, implement and sustain supplier management and collaborative strategies.
The course aims to provide students with the following knowledge: (i) Acquired knowledge of supply chain management topics and their successful implementation in a business setting; (ii) Practical ability to apply supply chain management theory to actual situations;
and (iii) Recognition of the importance of supply chain management research and modeling for successful business operations.
This course is helpful for students seeking careers such as consultants, supply chain managers, operational managers, general managers, financial analysts, and policy makers in manufacturing and service industries.

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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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Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc addresses the strategic role of these two critical functions of organisations. It also examines the impact of changes in the regulatory and policy environment, and the effect of new technologies and techniques on current and future problems within the supply chain. . Read more

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management MSc addresses the strategic role of these two critical functions of organisations. It also examines the impact of changes in the regulatory and policy environment, and the effect of new technologies and techniques on current and future problems within the supply chain. 

During the course, you will develop your knowledge of best practice in purchasing and supply chain management, and enhance your understanding of the importance of business process and activity integration through our range of modules. 

The sectors of purchasing and supply chain are expanding, leaving our Master’s graduates attractive on the job market. Depending on your interests and desired career path, you will have the opportunity to specialise in international law or project management as part of this course. 

Our range of core and option modules on this course equips you with the specialist knowledge to identify problems and develop solutions within both purchasing and the wider supply chain. Our lecturers combine traditional lectures with games to illustrate logistics and supply chain and talks by external speakers from the industry.

A highlight for many students is the field trips and social events organised throughout the course which provide an opportunity for networking and extending your learning in new environments.

Read about a recent field trip to the Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre on our blog. 

On this course, you will also benefit from free access to part of the material on the course reading list.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

Core modules

Option modules

Professional accreditation

As part of this course, you have the opportunity to obtain a PRINCE2 Foundation certification in project management. You will also be eligible for a Professional SAP Certification discount.

The course is currently accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Successful graduates can apply for Membership status. Note that CIPS accreditation is renewed annually.

Internships

All students on our full-time Business Masters courses can apply to undertake the PG/MBA Internship Programme, which forms part of the Reflective Practitioner Module.

The internship allows you to test drive a career and explore one of your career interests before you complete your Postgraduate studies!

Completing an 8-12 week accredited internship helps students gain invaluable work experience. This fantastic work experience can be taken in addition to option modules. Students are responsible for finding their own internship with the support of the Business Experience Team.

To express an interest in the module, students must submit a completed application form and a copy of their updated CV. This will give students membership a dedicated website that offers exclusive access to internship vacancies, one to-one CV guidance appointments, mock interviews, employability workshops and much more.

Students can apply to London-based organisations and have the flexibility to take their internship in the summer period or alongside their studies.

Every year we receive very positive feedback from both postgraduate students and employers and expect that the internship programme will continue to remain popular amongst our students.

Find out about postgraduate internships 

Career path

Past students of the course have developed successful careers in both supply chain management and procurement. Course graduates work in both large and small to medium companies all over the world. Examples include Unilever, Puma, and Sony. In today's complex and demanding environment where sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative are sought, this course will help you acquire the qualities to either advance in your current role, or gain new employment. Areas of work you could consider include purchasing and contract management, supply chain management, operations/logistics management and supply chain planning and development. 

Alternatively, you might want to continue onto research or further study. On successful completion of the course, if you have three years' relevant work experience you may be awarded Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) status. Alternatively, you can apply to CIPS for MCIPS status at a later date, once you have acquired the necessary work experience.



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

MSC IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

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

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

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

WHY JOIN THIS PROGRAMME

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

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

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

CURRICULUM

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

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

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

PHASE 1 - Introduction to the Programme

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

PHASE 2 – Core Courses

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

PHASE 3 – Professional Courses

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

Training and Seminars

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

Internship

4 to 6 months, France or abroad. 

Company visits and conferences.

CAREERS

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

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

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


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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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The Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc (Executive) offers the opportunity to study for an internationally recognised master's qualification whilst bringing the latest academic insights and industry best practice back to your own organisation. Read more

The Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc (Executive) offers the opportunity to study for an internationally recognised master's qualification whilst bringing the latest academic insights and industry best practice back to your own organisation. It has been co-designed with senior supply chain practitioners and is delivered by Europe's largest specialist logistics and supply chain management faculty in a world-leading postgraduate-only university.

Who is it for?

  • Supply chain, logistics or procurement managers who want to enhance their skills, knowledge and confidence to take on more demanding executive roles in the future. 
  • Individuals with business or organisational experience in a non-supply chain area who are intending to move into the supply chain field, or have recently had a change in career track.
  • Ambitious professionals who are keen to develop themselves and want a "real-world" education delivered by faculty who are actively engaged with business, and can bring their knowledge to the programme. 

Why this course?

Cranfield School of Management was ranked 1st outside US and 11th globally in the Supply Chain Management World ‘University 100’ annual survey 2016, and 2nd in the Top 20 for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, for providing young people in this field with the skills and mix of expertise required to develop as supply chain leaders of the future.

More than just an academic institution, Cranfield School of Management’s world-class research, expertise and teaching, result in practical management solutions that are transforming the world of business today. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management.

Teaching at Cranfield is exclusively focused on postgraduate and executive levels and is designed to nurture your practical business skills and confidence, and places huge emphasis on real-world challenges. This course will:

  • Raise your awareness and appreciation of advanced logistics, procurement and supply chain practices and develop your ability to critically select the tools and techniques that are most relevant to the challenges you are facing
  • Teach you how best to provide effective leadership throughout the supply chain life-cycle
  • Enable you to carry out independent and robust research that is relevant to your organisation

Provide an understanding of the need to manage and plan supply chains within an overall business environment in an integrated and coordinated way.

Informed by Industry

This course is supported by Cranfield's world-leading faculty, research centres and strong connections with the industry. Our faculty team work closely with our advisory board of senior supply chain professionals from global organisations and leading academics from the Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Their experience and advice drives the continued development of this established course ensuring that it is relevant for today’s global supply chain environment. Comprising leading figures from the world of logistics, it recommends additions and amendments to the course to reinforce its relevance to the modern logistics world. Our faculty is also supported by a diverse team of international visiting industry speakers and professors.

Accreditation

Our Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc (Executive) is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible for full membership of both institutes.

Cranfield School of Management is also the first UK-based University to gain the European Logistics Association accreditation. Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for the designation cESLOG (European logistician), which is valid for five years.

Please note the accreditations apply to the MSc award only. The PgDip and PgCert do not meet in full the further learning requirements for these accreditations.

Course details

The course comprises of nine intensive week-long modules, eight of which are delivered at Cranfield with remote study in-between. You will have the opportunity to attend a five-day international study tour (i.e. Module 8), complete a number of supply chain, logistics and procurement simulation games based on real-life business challenges, and complete an individual thesis project providing you with an opportunity to investigate an area of particular interest to you and your organisation.

Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete all taught modules and activities of the MSc course except the individual thesis project. Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students complete seven of the nine taught modules, excluding the ‘International Study Tour’ and ‘Supply Chains of the Future’ modules.

Individual project

Your individual thesis project provides you with an opportunity to investigate an area of particular interest to you and your organisation, and to develop your capability to carry out research combining organisational and academic perspectives. You may wish to address a particular problem that your business is facing and create real value for your organisation. Each year, EFESO Consulting awards a prize for the best thesis.

Assessment

Taught modules (60%) are assessed by a combination of written assignments, exams and group work/presentation. The thesis project (40%) is written individually and submitted at the end of the course (i.e. December of year two).

Your career

The Cranfield Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc (Executive) will enhance your supply chain management skills, knowledge and confidence, enabling you to develop your career and take on more demanding projects and roles in the future. The broad course content will allow you to bring the latest academic insights and industry best practice back to your own organisation, or to apply your knowledge from the course to a wide variety of roles and industries.



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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 MBA in Supply Chain Management is designed to help you prepare for senior supply chain management roles that could lead to job opportunities in strategic procurement, supply chain management, logistics, commercial management, consultancy and associated areas. Read more

The MBA in Supply Chain Management is designed to help you prepare for senior supply chain management roles that could lead to job opportunities in strategic procurement, supply chain management, logistics, commercial management, consultancy and associated areas. These can be in manufacturing, service, retail, government, non-government or other similar organisations.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The MBA is seen by many as an essential passport to success in senior management.

In a world where commercial success relies on informed strategic decision making and the best use of outsourced supplier assets, supply chain managers need to maximise value and deliver competitive products and services to customers.

Companies therefore need supply chain professionals capable of developing diverse, bespoke and often novel supply chain solutions to help them identify and maintain competitive advantage.

The MBA in Supply Chain Management is an exciting course which explores the different ways that SCM can significantly contribute to wealth creation, competitiveness, and to the advancement of society in the 21st century.

Aimed at graduates and those with work experience, the course provides you the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed and develop in senior management roles whether you have been employed or studying in preparation for employment.

Benefits:

  • An internationally recognised MBA degree
  • High quality learning environment, including a new state-of-the-art £55m Faculty Building, a world class University library and advanced e-learning digital infrastructure.
  • A large team of expert and industry experienced teaching staff.
  • Course developed with industry to tailor the course to the skills that employers demand e.g. communication, team working, cultural awareness and digital literacy.
  • Solve real-life management problems both individually and as part of a team.
  • Industry visits which in the past, have included Aston Martin, Brose, Contechs, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Ricoh Arena, Terex.
  • High levels of student satisfaction for our postgraduate supply chain courses of 94%, above the sector average of 80% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).

The course is currently being assessed for accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT), with a view to becoming fully accredited in 2017. Please enquire before applying for further information.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will study:

  • Global Professional Development
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Purchasing Management
  • Financial Analysis & Decision Making
  • Human Resource Management
  • Lean Supply & Quality Management
  • Engineering Strategic Management
  • Research Methods and Project Introduction
  • Individual Project

The individual project gives you the opportunity to do in depth research in your preferred area of supply chain management alongside an experienced academic supervisor who will guide and advise you.

You will study Global Professional Development - Consultancy, an important new 10-credit module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Upon successful completion of this module you will also gain:

  • an L7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management
  • an L7 Award in Professional Consulting.
  • Affiliate Membership of CMI during your period of study. This will give you access to a whole host of benefits including access to:
  • online and offline networking events;
  • CMI’s online resource portal LeadershipDirect which contains thousands of resources including videos, checklists, e-learning modules, full text journals and e-books to support you in your studies;
  • CMI’s online job finder service;
  • an online mentoring service where you can connect and learn from other leaders.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Job satisfaction and remuneration prospects can be excellent, with high employer demand for MBA Supply Chain Management graduates outstripping the supply of suitably qualified applicants in many parts of the world.

In a competitive marketplace, an MBA demonstrates advanced level knowledge and skills, which can enhance your employment prospects. Our strong focus on evolving industry trends and the practical experience of activity led learning is intended to enable you to make a positive contribution to your future employer right away.

We enjoy close links with employers, so we are in a good position to advise you of employment opportunities as they arise. As a postgraduate student, you also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Previous graduates have secured exciting, rewarding jobs across a variety of industries working for companies such as Airbus, Aston Martin Lagonda, BAE Systems, Bentley Motors, Bombardier Aerospace, Brose, Contechs, Jaguar Land Rover, Infosys, Lear, Nandos, O2, Unipart, Vinci, Westinghouse Brakes and TATA Consulting.

We have a large alumni network some of whom are now directors, senior managers, consultants and business owners. Many support current CU students by hosting visits to their companies and provide prestigious lectures through our Global Leaders Programme.

Others support training, internships, work experience placements, graduation prizes and provide job opportunities to graduates through our CU network of corporate partners, employers and UK leaders.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Through our Global Leaders Programme, you will have the opportunity to participate in international field trips to enhance your learning and development. Past field trips have visited companies, institutions and universities in Germany, France, China, India, Tanzania, UAE and USA.

We also collaborate with other universities across the globe for online visiting guest speakers and online international learning (OIL) projects.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.



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Put your organisational skills to the test and learn to help businesses manage the production and delivery of products and services in an increasingly globalised marketplace. Read more

Put your organisational skills to the test and learn to help businesses manage the production and delivery of products and services in an increasingly globalised marketplace. Operations management is all about how to organise the production and delivery of products and services. Gain the knowledge and skills to ensure that processes run smoothly, particularly in the face of opportunities and challenges arising from the increasingly global reach of business

  • Cover the service, manufacturing, public and private sectors, showing how operations management, project management and supply chain management work
  • Opportunity to concentrate on particular aspects of operations management, supply chain management, project management and process improvement
  • Prepare for a career as a professional operations, project or supply chain manager
  • Strong foundation for progression to a PhD or an academic career within the field
  • Opportunity to concentrate on particular aspects of operations management, supply chain management, project management and process improvement, helping towards membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply .

Aims

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  

By agreement with the Course Director, one elective unit may be taken from another Masters course - note that all elective units are subject to availability, timetabling constraints and what you have studied previously.

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. Certain units must be chosen in order to become a member of CIPS, and the dissertation must be on a procurement and supply-related theme. 

Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • The future green supply chain in the retail industry: a shared value strategic perspective
  • Evaluation of cost performance in inventory management in reverse logistics
  • Using e-procurement to improve supply chain management practices

Special features

CIPS accreditation

On completion of the MSc Operations, Project and Supply Chain Management course, students with three years' work experience in a relevant field of supply chain management can apply to become full members of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

  • As the course is accredited to CIPS, students with the required work experience will not need to take any further examinations to become full members of CIPS (as long as they have completed the required modules and the dissertation should focus on a procurement and supply related theme as part of the MSc).
  • Students without the required work experience (for example, recent graduates) can take the required modules and dissertation element of the MSc programme and on completion of three years relevant work experience can apply for full membership of CIPS. 
  • We are unable to answer individual enquiries about CIPS membership and you should apply directly to CIPS. Details of membership options can be obtained from the CIPS website .

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, course work and group project assessment and presentations, in-class tests and assignments. A dissertation is also undertaken and normally ranges between 12,000 and 25,000 words.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

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

More details on our Careers Service.

Latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students .

Accrediting organisations

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply  

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



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Logistics and Supply Chain Management efficiency is a critical success factor for most organisations. Strength in this area is often the key competitive advantage for market leaders. Read more
Logistics and Supply Chain Management efficiency is a critical success factor for most organisations. Strength in this area is often the key competitive advantage for market leaders.

The MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management equips you with advanced quantitative and qualitative analytical skills in order to identify areas for improvement within an organisation to gain the competitive edge.

The programme is for graduates from business, management, science and engineering disciplines, seeking to gain skills to work at operational to strategic level. It is delivered by world-class, research-active staff from the Centre for Logistics and Heuristic Optimisation - https://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/research/research-centres/clho/

The programme enables you to develop enhanced quantitative and qualitative skills to support decision making in any logistic area within an organisation. Logistics and supply chain management problems may include inventory, transportation, warehousing, location, reverse and green logistics and customer and supplier relationships. Graduates of this MSc are able to respond to the challenges in an area that is constantly evolving.

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)(https://www.ciltuk.org.uk/), the UK‘s independent professional body for logistics, supply chains and transport. Students who graduate from MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management are exempt from the academic requirement for Chartered Membership 9http://ciltuk.org.uk/TrainingCPD/CPD/CharteredStatus.aspx), and while studying your student membership is paid for by Kent Business School. The CILT network connects members worldwide and is the greatest source of professional expertise for the industry. Accreditation and membership deliver significant benefit in terms of career prospects.

Funding opportunities

The Business School has a wide range of funding opportunities (https://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/msc/funding.html) for postgraduate students, which include Scholarships, Bursaries, the Double Loyalty Scheme for progressing University of Kent undergraduates and our Early Bird Scheme.

For more information on funding available from the University of Kent visit Student Funding.

About Kent Business School

Kent Business School has over 25 years’ experience delivering business education. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes (https://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/courses/msc/index.html) demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We are ranked (https://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/whychooseus/rank-accred.html) as a top 30 UK business school for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies - https://www.kent.ac.uk/kbs/whychooseus/rank-accred.html

Studying at Kent Business School (KBS) gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we were placed 25th (out of 101 institutions) in the UK for research intensity in business and management studies and 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence.

The School was also ranked 24th for its breadth and depth of research across the whole community of research active staff by the Association of Business Schools - https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

Course structure

You study six compulsory modules and two optional modules. The compulsory modules are: Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Warehousing and Transport Management, Contemporary Issues in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Management of Operations, Spreadsheets and Decision Support Systems, Data Mining and Forecasting and a Dissertation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

You benefit from project work, live case studies with real organisations, including a visit to a company, and guest lectures that may enhance your employability.

Careers

You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.

From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Professional recognition

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)(https://www.ciltuk.org.uk/), the UK‘s independent professional body for logistics, supply chains and transport. Students who graduate from MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management are exempt from the academic requirement for Chartered Membership (http://ciltuk.org.uk/TrainingCPD/CPD/CharteredStatus.aspx), and while studying your student membership is paid for by Kent Business School. The CILT network connects members worldwide and is the greatest source of professional expertise for the industry. Accreditation and membership deliver significant benefit in terms of career prospects.

Kent Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EMFD) and the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS); and the Kent MBA is an Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredited programme. In addition, KBS have accreditions with The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and The Chartered Institute of Marketing.

KBS is a signatory of the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which provides a global network for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibiity.

Learn more about Kent

Visit us - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/visit/openday/pgevents.html

International Students - https://www.kent.ac.uk/internationalstudent/

Why study at Kent? - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

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