From September 2018 we’ll be offering students the chance to study a new Masters programme in Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management. This course will give graduates the opportunity to develop their knowledge of a specialist area within an organisational context. Recognising the importance of both hard and soft skills, the programme aims to build potential managers with not just a business intelligence but also an emotional and cultural awareness.
According to Cision, the Global Logistics market in terms of revenue was valued at $8,183.46 bn USD in 2015 and is expected to rise to $15,522.02 bn USD by 2023. The Enterprise Guide to Global Ecommerce also anticipates a 246.15% increase in worldwide e-commerce sales, from $1.3 trillion in 2014 to $4.5 trillion in 2021. These overwhelming statistics validate the driving need for expertise in the field of global logistics, operations and supply chain management.
Within this dynamic sector, skilled professionals are in high demand. This programme was built with the aim of developing hard and soft skills which have been identified as those which make a highly employable graduate. These skills will give individuals the tools needed to start a career in supply chain management, managerial or consulting areas of operations and logistics.
The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). This further enhances the future standing of graduates in the job market.
The MSc will encourage the development of a critical appreciation of contemporary global supply chain process issues and provide opportunities to challenge established approaches to management and emerging paradigms.
Modules offered on the course include strategic procurement, sustainable supply chains, improving the supply chain and strategic partnerships. These were designed to prepare students for the practicalities of managing international supply chains within global operations.
The approach of linking general management theory with particular specialist areas in operations, logistics and the supply chain will allow graduates to stand out as highly employable job applicants upon course completion.
Students will choose to end the course with either a master’s dissertation or a consultancy project where they will tackle an issue faced by a real client.
The consultancy project will stimulate individual and group development, improve commercial awareness and boost time efficiency skills. This project will give students a chance to relate what they have been taught through academic theory to work-based practice and provide recommendations through an investigative management report.
Alternatively, choosing the dissertation module will give students the chance to design, plan and deliver a major research project into an area of particular interest within the field. A member of faculty will supervise the master’s dissertation to help students extend their knowledge learnt throughout the programme.
The master’s programme is also available with an Advanced Practice option that includes either an internship or an applied group consultancy project, which will help graduates further to stand out amongst competition as a unique piece of experience.
Our academics are conscious of keeping all modules up to date and in line with market demands. The Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Risk module is research based and is an example of how the course evidently responds to emerging trends in the sector.
Graduates with a master’s degree in Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management can expect to secure roles in areas such as Operations Management, Materials Management, Purchasing and Quality Management, typical roles including Supply Quality Manager, Transport Consultant and E-commerce Operations Manager to Freight Account Manager.