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Supply Chain & Operations Management (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Why this course?

Supply chain management is widely accepted as a critical business competency. It includes:
- initial design
- procurement of materials and services
- processing and distribution to the customer either directly or through a network of distributors

In many companies, 80% or more of their turnover is spent outside of the organisation. This course helps you become effective in managing this. It’s designed for those who work or are planning to work within supply chain management. It’s also suitable for those with a background in support functions such as:
- sales
- maintenance
- finance
- marketing

You’ll gain an understanding of the issues, concepts, models, tools and techniques associated with supply chain management.

Study mode and duration:
- MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
- PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/supplychainoperationsmanagement/

You’ll study

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues relating to the management of supply chains.

You'll be equipped with state-of-the-art concepts, methods, techniques and tools to contribute towards the competitiveness of industrial and commercial organisations worldwide.

The course comprises compulsory classes, specialist modules as well as a Masters dissertation. The specialisation allows you to choose an area of interest, Operations Management, Logistics Management or Procurement Management. You will choose this at registration.

Major projects

You'll undertake a research dissertation related to supply chain management. This is an opportunity to showcase the skills acquired in classes during the year and to apply research practice. Supervised by a member of academic staff, you'll conduct a literature review and carry out an appropriate study.


This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

This course is delivered through a balanced mix of lectures, tutorials and project works. Industrial contacts are regularly invited to present based on their experience.


Assessment is by assignments, individual and group projects, presentations and examinations.
For the Master project, you'll have the opportunity to select a thesis topic.


Demand for qualified supply chain management practitioners is increasing worldwide. This is a result of globalisation with the adoption of information and communication technology. It makes 24/7 business operations worldwide possible. Global supply chains are commonplace.

This course allows you to advance your career within the broader area of supply chain management, for example:
- operations
- process management
- operations planning and control
- purchasing and procurement
- logistics and distribution amongst others

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the Supply Chain & Operations Management (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ian Wilson

I joined the course to further my professional and personal development. I selected this course (MSc Supply Chain Management) as opposed to any other as it was a direct fit with my role in the supply chain field.

(Student Profile)

Steven McLaughlin

I like the course as it has enabled me to take a wider view of my business and the options available to enhance it. It also gives me the flexibility to work at my own speed (to an extent) and use real business scenarios for my coursework.


Entry Requirements

MSc: First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in engineering, technology or business-related discipline. PgDip: Degree, or good HND plus relevant industrial experience, may be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. Depending on satisfactory progress, you may transfer from the Diploma to the Master’s course. To qualify for the professional qualification of MCIP (Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) you must gain the MSc degree and should have a minimum of three years’ relevant experience either prior to joining the course or after completing the course.

Course Fees

2015/16: Scotland/EU £9,600; Rest of UK £9,600; International £16,700

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