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Course content

Pursuing a career related to the fields of logistics and operations management is becoming an increasingly popular choice around the world.

The MSc in Logistics and Operations Management aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of the disciplines of logistics and operations management and an insight into the latest developments through our world-leading research.

You will study a compulsory module in operations management and other modules from a range of options, designed to widen the range of expertise. You are also required to write a dissertation on an approved topic of your choice.

Distinctive features:

• You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School.

• You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014).

• You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide).

• The variety of modules on offer allow you to customise your degree according to your area of interest.

• You will be taught by leading academics in the field of logistics and operations management with an emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.

• You will have the chance to acquire high-quality practical skills and to develop innovative ideas.

• We place emphasis on the safety and ethical issues surrounding logistics and operations management.

Structure

This course runs from September to September. Between September and June you will study four taught modules from a range of both compulsory core modules and a range of options.

Following on from this taught stage, you will undertake a dissertation project, submitted in September, with support from an academic supervisor.

In the taught stage you will study a range of core compulsory and optional modules.

During the Autumn semester you will also undertake compulsory research methods training to help prepare you for your dissertation at the end of the second semester.

You will then select three modules from an optional module list.

Following successful completion of the taught stage you will undertake a dissertation. Through the writing of the dissertation, you will acquire and develop research skills relevant to your choice of subject. Working on the dissertation you will develop core skills assessed through the dissertation and subject specific skills dependent on your choice of subject.

Core modules:

Operations Management
Dissertation

Optional modules:

Electronic Commerce and IT
International Logistics
International Transport and Sustainable Business
Lean Operations
Strategic Supply Chain Management
Operations Analytics
Logistics Modelling

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).

In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic

Support

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutor at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following all examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

Career prospects

Our graduates go on to a variety of careers in the logistics and/or operations management industries at leadership and operational levels, as well as policy-making and academia career paths.

Visit the Logistics and Operations Management MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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