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Course content

This master’s programme was introduced in response to the growing importance of professionally-managed purchasing and supply chains, as well as recognising the strategic value of skilled operations managers.

These topics have been high on the political agenda for several years and as companies have become more aware of the strategic value of supply chain management, salaries have risen rapidly.

Throughout the programme there also runs the thread of sustainability and social responsibility.

The programme is taught by staff from the School of Engineering and Technology which was recently awarded an excellent grading in the HEFCE auditors' report.

Why choose this course?

This MSc programme has been specifically designed to equip students for a career in Supply Chain Management and / or Operations Management. It offers a dual focus on these areas, incorporating subjects which employers seek in prospective graduates.

Supply Chain Management is a growing field as internationalisation and global outsourcing continues to gain momentum. Students will be given the tools to excel in this field, both through completing the coursework and practical assignments as well as through completing their own thesis project in this area.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply reports that “Global membership has continued to increase [in 2011/12] and the number of people taking CIPS qualifications is at an all-time high”.

Operations Management is central to the successful running of any organisation, regardless of its size. It enables organisations to provide products and services in every area. Good operations managers are an invaluable asset to any organisation.

Students are taken through the various key aspects of operations management and through a combination of theory and assignments are given the tools for success in this area, culminating in a thesis project.

Professional Accreditations

Accredited for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Careers

Graduates of this programme will be highly sought after given the demand for well known companies to find graduates with this training.

Teaching methods

The School of Engineering and Technology has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning, where nearly all MSc modules are delivered through a combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and backup tutorial's using the University's StudyNet web based facility.

StudyNet allows students to access electronic teaching and learning resources, and conduct electronic discussion's with staff and other students. A heavy emphasis is placed on theory and practice, and AADE has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The School of Engineering and Technology also operates an open access laboratory, and computer policy, that will help students complete coursework and assignments, at a scheduled pace and on time.

Structure

Modules
-Financial Control
-Human Resource Management
-Legal Aspects of Supply Chain
-MSc Project
-Manufacturing Information Systems
-Manufacturing Strategy
-Operations Management
-Operations Research
-Procurement & Supply Chain Management

Visit the Operations and Supply Chain Management - MSc page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

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