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MSc/PgDip/PgCertSupply Chain & Logistics Management

Why this course?

Supply chain management is a critical business competency. It encompasses procurement of materials, processing and distribution of products and services to customers.
 
In many companies, 80% or more of their turnover is spent outside the organisation. This course helps you become effective in managing this. It’s designed for those who will work within supply chain management. It’s also suitable for anyone with a background in support functions such as sales, maintenance, finance and marketing.
 
This course will cover the latest logistics requirements, for example:
  • the ability from logistics managers to enhance business opportunities to circular economy approaches and digital manufacturing;
  • the rise of sales through ecommerce also requires accurate demand and supply forecast from logistics area.

This course is delivered in partnership by the Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management, and the Department of Management Science. This collaboration between engineering and business benefits from the combination of technical and organisational expertise.

Success stories

Our alumni have worked for organisations such as:
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Jaguar
  • Ford
  • Tesla
  • Dyson
  • P&G
  • Unilever
  • British Petroleum
  • Adidas
  • Nike
  • Highland Spring 

What you’ll study

Drawing on the expertise of two leading academic departments, this course combines skills in leadership, production planning and strategic business management in the context of supply chains. 

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues relating to the management of supply chains. You'll also focus on the improvement of process performance from a logistics perspective, taking into consideration new demands such as reverse logistics and green supply chain management. To do this, you'll be equipped with concepts and methods to contribute towards the competitiveness of industrial and commercial organisations worldwide.

The course comprises compulsory modules and 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.
Advanced Project Management
Business Operations & Supply Chain Strategy
Case Studies In Supply Chain Management

Specialism

Spreadsheet Modelling & Demand Forecasting

This class will demonstrate how spreadsheets can be used to support the analytical techniques whose theory is taught in other classes, 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.

Management of Total Quality and Continuous Improvement

You'll gain 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.

Lean and Green Logistics

This class will raise awareness of how to develop synergies between lean manufacturing principles and green issues in order to reduce environmental impacts of flow of materials, which include logistics activities. It also provides candidates with a critical understanding of trade-offs which exist between logistics activities and environmental issues through reference to case studies and/or practical experiences. Students will gain a realistic appreciation of how organisations can add value and increase both operational and environmental choice within the supply chains. The class will also provide students with complementary knowledge that will build on the academic content of the MSc course.

Elective classes

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.
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.

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.
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.
Design of Experiments for Process Optimisation

The module aims to introduce students to statistically planned experiments and industrial measurements. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: design of experiments; Taguchi’s approach to quality improvement; test and measurement systems. The module will cover basic concepts of quality, statistically planned experiments, Taguchi’s contribution to quality improvement, test and measurement system.

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.

Business Simulation Methods

The class aims to introduce students to two simulation methods widely used in business.

The first, discrete-event simulation, is a visual interactive tool that facilitates decision making in an operating system. The objective is to make students competent in applying DES in any operation system and specifically to enable them to use a popular DES software (Simu8) for this purpose.

The second, a form of continuous simulation, is system dynamics. This technique is used to help provide understanding about complex systems through the construction of qualitative diagrams and quantitative simulation models. For discrete event simulation (DES) the class will start with an introduction to DES aiming to familiarise students with the concept and its use as well as specific features of a typical DES tool.

The class continues with discussing a rational approach to simulation using a number of examples from manufacturing and service operations. For system dynamics the class will provide a background to system dynamics including its links to other modelling techniques being taught on the course. A complete approach to system dynamics modelling is then covered in detail.

Risk Analysis & Management

The module aims to introduce the fundamental techniques of risk management and risk-informed decision making. Students will have the opportunity to learn the general principles of methods and their place in risk management, as well as the chance to develop skills in applying these methods to a variety of engineering examples. Throughout the module, the basic principles of uncertainty and consequence modelling are considered along with the tools and techniques required to apply these principles. Industry standard processes and software tools are discussed, and illustrated by relevant case studies.

Service Operations Management
Business Analytics

The class will build on the fundamental multivariate statistics techniques developed in MS922: Quantitative Business Analysis by developing both visualisation and advanced analysis techniques relevant in the area of big data.

The focus of the course will be on application and interpretation of techniques and there will be an investigation of what makes good data. The class will develop both new theoretical knowledge in the form of analytics techniques as well as new software skills in relevant analytics software. The class aims to help to prepare students to be state-of-the-art business analysts in the era of big data. It will provide you with the knowledge of and ability to use business analytics tools in order to make sense of both qualitative and quantitative data, identify the main messages in those data and report such messages back to decision makers appropriately in order to help them to make better decisions.

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 Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) 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.

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?

Scholarship search

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to 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 Logistics Management

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

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

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