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MSc/PgDip/PgCertSupply Chain & Operations Management

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.

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'll choose your area 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.

Accreditation

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

Course content

Compulsory classes

Strategic Supply Chain Management
This class aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the fundamental building blocks of Supply Chain Management and e-Supply Chains from a Strategic perspective. This is with a view to developing your capabilities in modelling, analysing, diagnosing and re-designing/improving supply chains.
Supply Chain Operations

The class aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of those key concepts, methods, tools and techniques that are fundamental to effective and efficient running of supply chain operations from suppliers’ suppliers to customers’ customers.

On completion you'll be able to design and manage operational supply chain planning, monitoring and control systems for complex and disparate operations.

Enterprise Resource Planning
To develop a critical understanding of operation, structure and implementation issues around ERP systems as used in industry.
Postgraduate Individual Project
The aim of the individual project is to allow you to combine the skills learned in other classes and apply them within a significant project in a specific area of design, manufacture, or engineering management. This will be achieved through you carrying out work into a particular topic relating to their course and preparing a dissertation that documents the project.
Management Of Total Quality & Continuous Improvement
To provide you with an in-depth understanding of the main principles, concepts, tools and techniques of quality management and continuous improvement together with an awareness of how in practice these could be integrated to design and deliver an integrated continuous improvement programme.
Product Costing & Financial Management
This class aims to provide you with an understanding of strategic aspects of finance in relation to the decision-making process and analysis necessary for efficient management of supply chains.
Advanced Project Management
Business Operations & Supply Chain Strategy
Case Studies In Supply Chain Management

Specialism

Fundamentals Of Lean Six Sigma

The objective of this class is to introduce the participants to the principles of Lean Six Sigma thinking, tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma and understand the wider implications of the broader strategic issues of organisation management and how they impact on continuous improvement programme.

On completion of the class you should be able to understand the theory and practical application of Lean Six Sigma methodologies within a holistic process improvement framework. This will enable their businesses to become more efficient, cost effective and much more profit oriented in today’s competitive marketplace.

Service Operations Management

Elective classes

People, Organisation & Technology
This class aims to introduce you to the “softer” aspects of change management. In other classes you will have learned how to identify areas for improvement in organisations, tools and techniques to model organisations and to implement change. This class complements these things and looks at the human implications of change.
Strategic Technology Management
This class aims to provide you with a high-level understanding and knowledge of the role of technology in business strategy for maintaining market competitiveness.
Design Methods
This class aims to enable you to select and apply appropriate design methods as a part of the design process.
Systems Thinking & Modelling
The objective of this class is to introduce you to the theories and principles behind systems thinking. The class will also introduce you to the methods, tools and techniques for modelling, analysing, improving and designing systems in a variety of organisations, including industrial, commercial and public sector.
Quantitative Business Analysis

The analysis of data and development of empirical models plays a vital role in business analysis and operational research. This class  will provide a basis for you to learn a range of widely used methods ranging from effective presentation of data to development of sophisticated statistical models.

Quantitative Business Analysis runs over one semester but in two parts. The first part provides an introduction to the basic theory and application of statistical modelling. Topics covered include:

  • data analysis
  • probability theory
  • distributions and moments
  • estimation
  • hypothesis testing

The second part focuses mainly on two areas - regression modelling and multivariate analysis.

While key background theory will be presented, the emphasis is on the generation and interpretation of output from commercially available software. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the use of statistical analysis to help support decision-making and the management of business and industrial problems. Cases are used to illustrate topical issues.

Spreadsheet Modelling & Demand Forecasting
Spreadsheets provide an easily accessible tool to support business modelling and analysis. Spreadsheets are a popular modelling support tool because they facilitate easy manipulation of data and thus greatly reduce the time necessary to set-up and modify models. Analysis carried out in a spreadsheet is easily transferred into other software packages or presented visually, so that it provides a good platform for report writing.

This class will demonstrate how spreadsheets can be used to support the analytical techniques whose theory is taught on other modules, for example, forecasting, simulation, optimisation, data analysis, as well as being used to support technical report writing. Most prominence is given to demand forecasting and you'll be introduced to different types of forecasting technique for short term smoothing through to decompositional analysis. These methods will be implemented using spreadsheet models. This class also extends the basics of using a spreadsheet to explore the principles of effective computer programming through the development of macros to automate the functionality available within spreadsheets.
Performance Measurement & Management
The class is devoted to the concepts and approaches to effective performance measurement and management at an organisational level. Performance Measurement and Management (PMM) is one of the key factors for survival and prosperity of business systems. Business analysts can typically expect to be involved in the design of PMM systems and in the evaluation of performance information. This class focuses on the different approaches to performance measurement and management commonly use across public and private sectors.

The class focuses at the strategic, organisational level of PMM while providing the essential knowledge and skills at the technical level. The class starts with presenting the background to performance measurement to provide the students with an understanding of the roots of some of the common problems in measuring and managing performance in organisations. This will follow with discussing PMM from five different but highly inter-related perspectives, namely stakeholder, customer, comparative, operations and integrative perspectives. You're encouraged to get more insight into the techniques and concepts by carrying out directed readings as well as completing a group and an individual assignment. The class will be concluded by discussing implementation and managerial issues in measuring business performance.

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

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.

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.

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.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £9,600

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,600

International

  • 2017/18 - £18,000

There will be additional costs for CIPS related qualifications.

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 can apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

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

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Supply Chain and Operations Management

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Supply Chain and Operations Management

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Supply Chain and Operations Management

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Supply Chain and Operations Management

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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