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.
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.
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.
You’ll take 11 compulsory modules including your dissertation.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will study:
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:
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.
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.
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.