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What will I learn?

The course offers both a solid academic grounding in the concepts and practices of Supply Chain Management and direct contact with the experience and expertise of professionals from the field.

A 360-degree view of the profession, from supplier development and management, through to innovation generation, customer relationship management and sustainability.

The skills and techniques required to succeed in the industry: strategy, management, leadership, critical thinking, negotiation and organisation.

Market-relevant experience and the benefit of professional know-how via a consulting project conducted with a leading MNC.

How will I benefit?

The course has been structured to ensure that students simultaneously learn the theories and practices integral to the profession whilst also boosting their suitability for recruitment by the very companies that employ supply chain management techniques.

  1. The combination of cutting-edge theory and knowledge dispensed by leading academics in the field and real experience of supply chain issues via corporate involvement in the course.
  2. Opportunities for students to showcase their knowledge and employability are boosted by the dedicated supply chain careers fair held during the course.
  3. Diverse, international job opportunities with multinational firms from a variety of countries and industries, including Accenture, Apple, Facebook and Zara.

Curriculum

Whether taking the course on a full-time basis or part-time via classes during the working day, students must complete a wide-ranging combination of core and option modules (5 + 2), as well as a consulting project with a client company.

Conducted over the summer term in groups of students supervised by leading companies, the consulting project offers the ultimate bridge between the theory learnt and the realities of the supply chain profession.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Summer Term

+ 1 option module

Note: option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years. What is offered each academic year is subject to change.

The MSc in Supply Chain Management is a comprehensive programme that helps students gain the knowledge, theory and skills behind the management of resources, relationships, suppliers and customers within business networks. Prospective students from all disciplines targeting the Supply Chain Management profession can apply to take this programme, especially those with a background in business, social science, economics and engineering. The programme will provide students with a 360-degree view of the profession, from supplier development and management, through to innovation generation, customer relationship management and sustainability. The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, the UK professional body for purchasing and supply (Purpose).  

We value interactive and collaborative learning and a diverse and engaged classroom.  We strive to graduate informed, agile, critical thinkers and doers. Our graduates will possess cutting-edge knowledge in the field of supply chain management and operations (education and subject/discipline/professional values).  

We aim to provide a learning environment that encourages students to deeply engage with the material covered in each module and to actively draw on the collective experiences of their fellow students. Seminars, workshops and application-based activities are key elements in the programme design (the nature of the learning environment for students).

In addition to lectures and workshops, students work individually and in small groups on projects, case studies, simulations and class presentations. Students will gain market-relevant experience and the benefit of professional know-how via a consulting project conducted with a leading MNC. Assessment is through a blend of continuous assessment and end-of-semester examinations. Continuous assessment includes both individual and group work (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

Programme Goal 1: Be an informed and talented supply chain graduate  

Programme Goal 2: Be a socially and emotionally intelligent graduate  

Programme Goal 3: Be a passionate and ambitious supply chain professional  

Critically evaluate the theoretical foundations of Supply Chain Management (PG1).  

Apply appropriate frameworks and techniques to supply chain problems (PG1).  

Lead and manage a supply chain project to successful completion (PG2).  

Formulate a real-world industrial supply chain challenge using quantitative and qualitative heuristics (PG3).  

Analyse and synthesise relevant data and provide a roadmap for implementation of appropriate solution (s) (PG3).  

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