MSc Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management

1 year Full-time classroom

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Update for September 2020 intake: As a result of Covid-19 and social distancing requirements, we are intending to teach this course using a mix of on-campus and online teaching. For students unable to travel due to travel restrictions in place in their country, students will be able to start online and join us when travel to London is possible. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.

*The MSc Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management is due for revalidation in summer 2021. We anticipate changes to the course content and modules. Please refer to this course page for the latest information. Once changes are confirmed, we will notify applicants and update the website at the earliest opportunity.

Overview

The MSc in Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management 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. The key specialist modules are resultant from both academic and professional influence as to strategic change factors within the global supply process.

Key facts

About this course

What will I study?

The MSc in Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management 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.

This programme is also available as MSc Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management with Advanced Practice which includes either an internship or group consultancy project.

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.

The specialist GLOSCM modules cover strategic procurement, sustainable supply chains, improving the supply chain, and strategic partnerships. The course culminates in either a master’s 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).

This programme is also available as MSc Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management with Advanced Practice which includes either an internship or project.

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.

You’ll be taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry experience to demonstrate how the theories you will learn translate in to real life situations.

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.

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Academic requirements

  • A first degree, equivalent to a 2.2 honours classification in any discipline, although they may cover Business and Management, Operations Management, Engineering or Transportation

If you don’t meet the academic requirements

  • Applicants who do not have such an academic qualification but do have substantial experience of working in a business organisation and/or possess a relevant professional qualification will also be considered

Whilst you are welcome to apply because of your relevant work experience, you must have a clear commitment to a professional career that comprises one of the areas of logistics, operations management or supply chain management.

Applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Alternatively, you may also be eligible for our Pre-Masters courses. These are programmes designed specifically for students who are looking to progress on to a Masters degree.

English language requirements

Students require IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 6.0 or equivalent.

If you have IELTS 5.5 – 6.0, you may be eligible to join our Pre-Sessional English before starting this programme.

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All modules on this course are core unless otherwise stated.

This module is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills and techniques to be able to formulate Logistics and Supply Chain Management understanding of Strategic Supply Chain Relationship Management. The module covers the contribution of Logistics and Supply Chain Management to organizational strategy.

Exposure to newer developments in this area will allow you to evaluate and assess the potential for their adoption as complementary or alternative procedures in Supply Chain Management in addition to evaluating a manufacturing organization via Business Simulation.

The module aims to provide an introduction to improvement of operations and supply chain in local, national and international context with particular attention to the quality and efficiency context, and with some focus on global aspects. Furthermore, the module aims to provide this underpinning knowledge whilst investigating the ongoing developments in theory and practice.

In this challenging environment, there are concepts, tools and methods that managers can use to deal with operating problems in a global environment. The mission of this module is to provide you with a comprehensive framework for addressing operational and supply chain issues, challenges, tools and strategies in global context.

The module will present you with the fundamental principles of contemporary Supply Chain Risk Management and Sustainable Supply Chain Management within a business context. This research informed module explores the ways in which good practice in these fields underpinned with theoretical relevance can contribute to optimisation of operational efficiency, organisational excellence, minimising organisational and environmental risk, achieving sustainable competitive advantage for the fruition of broader ‘triple bottom line’ (TBL) benefits.

This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of the synergy between strategic procurement and logistics management. The focus is given to processes that add value through the production and delivery of services and products in the supply chain, and the tools needed to manage these processes effectively.

Furthermore, you will be given a comprehensive understanding of modern approaches to strategic procurement and logistics management throughout the supply chain. On completion of the module you will be able to critically analyse the approaches to managing procurement and logistics management used by a variety of product and service organizations operating in a global business environment.

This module engages you in personal and professional development in order that you develop and hone your team working, management and leadership skills, capabilities and attributes, and in so doing, enhance your employability. On this module, you will not only prepare for your first job after you graduate but also kick-start your commitment to life-long personal and professional learning. In the first part of the module you will be supported in a self-analysis by a range of activities, including the completion of self-administered tool-kits to demonstrate an increased self-awareness and self-understanding. A key outcome of this process is how you will be able to exploit this development in order to lead, and manage, more effectively in your future careers. The second part of the module contains activities which enable you to build on your self-analysis and explore further your strengths, weaknesses and areas for development in the context of your career development plans. This will also include the development of knowledge into the global graduate market, (including routes such as self-employment and developing your career with an existing employer) drawing upon local, national and international examples.

This module will provide you with essential knowledge and analytics skills needed for you to complete a high quality Masters’ Dissertation, or Consultancy Project. By undertaking and reflecting on practical research-based activities you will understand the process of designing and carrying out a research study, also you will engage in activities that involve understanding of data and analysis of data. This will place you in a strong position to undertake your own Masters’ level research or Consultancy Project. At the end of the module you will write a research proposal, this will be assessed and will contribute to your final mark. In the dissertation you will work under the supervision of a member of academic staff and your proposal will also help to ensure you get the most from this relationship.

The aim of this module is to support your study, language and communication skills for academic purposes in the study in your chosen discipline at postgraduate level.   The module is designed to enable you to become an advanced independent learner. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions. Interactive workshops will be tailored to address some of the specific issues that you meet within your discipline.  You may also be asked to complete some preparation tasks for some seminars but these will be kept to minimum.  You will be expected to identify those skills which you need within your postgraduate programme, and to develop these independently through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection.

You will also choose one of the following modules.

On this consultancy based module you will enhance your individual effectiveness and employability skills by locating the learning and development in an organisational context. In doing so, you will promote personal and group development, commercial awareness, and a range of inter-personal, intellectual and practical skills and knowledge centred on and demonstrated through a group negotiated real-time work-based project.

In undertaking this project based module, you will critically reflect and evaluate upon organisational practices and their relation with academic theory, and in doing so, provide practical and actionable recommendations through an investigative management report

You will design a research project, assessed through a proposal and will then work under supervision of a member of academic staff to use and extend the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during your programme of study to complete a dissertation. You will use appropriate research methodologies and data collection methods to critically synthesise a body of knowledge relevant to the taught programme.

In this module you will gain an understanding of the academic skills that are required to produce a Masters Dissertation. By the end of the module you will have written a 3000 word dissertation proposal and a 15000 word Masters dissertation.

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Tuition fee 2020/21

  • UK/EU students: £7,170
  • International students: £15,500

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University London Campus student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

The modules you will study do not require you to purchase additional textbooks although we recommend you allow an additional £100 for the duration of your studies should you choose to purchase any additional reading materials.

Your tuition fees cover far more than your time in class with our expert academics, it covers the cost of providing you with excellent services and student experience.

  • Contact time in class – typically in lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Access to facilities, including computers, on-campus Wi-Fi, printers, vending machines, quiet study spaces
  • The support of our Careers & Employment Service who help you to become more employable, secure placements and run workshops
  • Academic support – our ACE Team run multiple sessions on academic writing, presenting, exam techniques throughout the semester, as well as 1-2-1 appointments and drop-in sessions
  • Student support services such as our Ask4Help Service. Find out more about the services available to you on our Student Support page
  • Access to online resources, including 24/ 7 Library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

Scholarships and bursaries for international students

Depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship when studying this Masters programme.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.

Scholarships and bursaries

Payment plans for self-funded students

If you need support to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.

Payment plans

Government Loan for Masters study

If you are a UK or EU student, you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000+ from the UK Government. Click here to find out more about the loan and whether you are eligible to receive it.

Postgraduate Loan

How to find out more

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How to apply

Online applications are currently unavailable for the MSc Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Alternatively, you can apply for this programme by downloading a PDF application form and emailing it to london.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

International students application form UK/EU students application form

We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol onto your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

Course information

Level of study:
Postgraduate
Fee:
UK/EU Fee: £7,170 International Fee: £15,500 (20/21)
Entry requirements:
Minimum 2:2 honours degree from a UK university or equivalent in any discipline, although they may cover Business and Management, Operations Management, Engineering or Transportation
English language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 6.0, or equivalent
Mode of study:
Full-time classroom
Duration:
1 year
Assessment methods:
Coursework and exams
Scholarship or bursaries:
Available
Student finance:
Available
Payment plan:
Available
Starts:
September
Next application deadline:
TBC

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