What will I study?
The MSc in Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management with Advanced Practice has been designed to enable you to acquire an in-depth understanding of the major areas of knowledge and philosophical approaches that underpin the concept of the Global Supply Process. The programme philosophy is to develop this knowledge and understanding of the specialist area of supply chain management, whilst placing it firmly within an organisational context.
In addition to the development of both specialist and the wider organisational knowledge, Developing Global Management Competencies I and II will enhance your personal development through the acquisition of transferable, intellectual and personal skills, which is particularly focused on developing managers with both emotional, cultural and business intelligence.
The programme will facilitate the development of a critical appreciation and reflection of contemporary global supply chain process issues as well as provide opportunities to challenge established approaches to management and emerging paradigms (e.g. Sustainable Supply Chains), whilst enabling you to reflect upon your own personal development. The approach adopted of linking particular specialisms with general management theory and personal development is seen as major development need within the specialist management of Global Supply.
This course combines management studies with a strong specialist focus on operations, logistics and supply chain management (LCSM). The specialist LCSM modules cover strategic procurement, sustainable supply chains, improving the supply chain, and strategic partnerships. The course culminates in either a masters dissertation or, if you prefer, a consultancy project where you’ll tackle an issue faced by a real client.
This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
Advanced Practice stage
The Advanced Practice version of this course offers you a valuable opportunity to secure a work placement or complete a group consultancy project, giving you experience of the workplace environment or live industry issues, and an excellent way to put your learning into practice. This stage of the programme will take place between your second and final semester, and is a semester long (15 weeks) in duration. Internships as part of the Advanced Practice stage may be paid or unpaid. The alternative consultancy module allows you to work in teams with a business organisation working on consultancy-based projects on real business scenarios. Whether you choose the internship or consultancy project you will successfully develop your business skills and further enhance your employability.
The programmes are structured as below:
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If you undertake an internship as your Advanced Practice stage, it may be paid or unpaid, and will last 12-15 weeks. The internship can be sourced by students or the University. We will support you in the application process and equip you with the necessary internship application and selection skills (e.g. CV writing, interview techniques etc). All internships will be approved by the University to ensure that they offer you an appropriate learning experience and working environment. During your internship, you will be allocated an internship tutor who will visit you during your internship and support you in completing the internship assessment.
The module is assessed by a reflective portfolio which is focused on your development via this employment opportunity.
The alternative consultancy module allows you to work in teams with a business organisation, working on a consultancy-based projects for real business scenarios.
How will I be taught and assessed?
You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops, totalling around 14 hours per week. You will also be expected to engage in independent study involving directed and self-directed learning, around 33 hours per week.
Assessment is based on exams and coursework, including presentations.
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.
Careers and further study
Graduates can expect to secure roles in areas such as Operations Management, Materials Management, Purchasing and Quality Management. Typical roles include:
- Supplier Quality Manager
- Transport Consultant
- Distribution Services Manager
- E-commerce Operations Manager
- Freight Account Manager
- Logistics Project Manager
Upon successfully completing your course, you may undertake further professional development and training through Professional Pathways programmes. These are offered to our graduates for free, from our partner, QA. Find out more about Professional Pathways and your eligibility.