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MSc/PgDipSupply Chain & Procurement 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 as well as:

  • 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 the organisation. This course helps you become effective in managing this. It’s designed for those who'll 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. Find out more about the award winning Strathclyde Business School.

Success stories

Our alumni have worked for global 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.

Specialism (compulsory) classes for the MSc Supply Chain & Procurement Management are:

  • Spreadsheet Modelling and Demand Forecasting
  • Organisational Buying Behaviour and Structures
  • Strategic Procurement Management

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.

Postgraduate facilities

As a Masters student in the Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management you'll also have access to a private postgraduate student community area, including collaboration work areas, computer suites and social areas, as well as a kitchen.

Accreditation

Accreditation by a professional body is a mark of assurance that programmes meet the standards set by a profession. It's an accepted and rigorous process that commands respect both in the UK and internationally. It helps students, their parents and advisers choose quality degree programmes.  It also confers market advantage to graduates from accredited programmes both when they are seeking employment and also when they decide to seek professional qualification. Some employers require graduation from an accredited programme as a minimum qualification.

Our MSc Supply Chain Management programmes have been awarded academic accreditation. This demonstrates the degree meets the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) as outlined by the Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP).

This accreditation is achieved through a panel of trained and expert accreditors looking closely at our programme’s content and delivery, including its relevance, coherence, challenge, assessment, staffing, quality assurance and resources.

The accreditors also monitor that the programme is continually improving and in line with the latest best practice, providing assurance to our students that they are getting a relevant and quality degree.

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

Accreditation has been awarded for this programme from the Chartered Institution of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). Learners who successfully complete the above programme and meet the conditions specified may apply for MCIPS, the globally recognised standard for procurement and supply chain management professionals.

Applications must be received within 5 years of the date of the degree certificate. Acceptance will be subject to the submission of a formal application form and evidence of three years’ experience in procurement and supply management in a position of responsibility.

As part of the accreditation, CIPS currently offers complimentary student membership to those undertaking an accredited programme, for its duration.

Staff

You'll learn from leading experts in the field of supply chain management. All our staff have great experience working with industry, procurement management and improvement projects.

Staff include:

  • Dr Mouhamad Shaker Ali Agha
    Mouhamad teaches subjects related to operations management, ERP and technical risk management. He is interested in the supply chain risk and resilience analysis, digital supply chains, spare parts inventory management and supply chain management of the renewable energy sector.
  • Dr Fahim Ahmed
    Fahim is a member of the Operational Research society and his areas of expertise are mainly in Discrete Event Simulation and more broadly in the use of simulation methodologies within service operations.
  • Mr Dominic Finn
    Dominic returned to academia after working in banking and internet retail. His teaching includes Operations Management and Consultancy. He teaches across undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience phases, and is a member of the Operational Research society.
  • Dr Andy Wong
    Apart from being a fellow of HEA, Dr Wong is a member of IEEE and BAM which are both leading academic communities in the world. He has published over 40 journal and conference papers in the areas of Management Science, Operations Research and Soft Computing.
  • Dr Derek Little
    Dr Little a leading expert in solutioning business issues in identifying where and why organisations fail to meet their goals; to advise and mentor leadership issues for management; to assist and help develop solutions resulting from a failed project or stalled change programs.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Strategic Supply Chain Management (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the fundamental building blocks of Supply Chain Management (SCM) and e-Supply Chains from a strategic perspective with a view to developing their capabilities in modelling, analysing, diagnosing and re-designing/improving supply chains.

It covers Understanding the Supply Chain; Strategies alignment; Supply Chain performance; Supply Chain benchmarking; Sourcing decisions; Supply Chain network design; Sustainability in the supply chain and case studies.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • display an understanding of the fundamental building blocks of supply chains, including terminology; factors associated with SCM (business, technological, logistical and legal factors) and the relationship between traditional management functions and technology (such as marketing, purchasing, IT etc)
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of how to analyse and diagnose supply chains from a strategic perspective by modelling supply chains; analysing supply chain practices and performance and drawing up supply chain improvement/development strategies for a chosen business
  • display an understanding of sustainability issues in modern supply chains including key concepts; methods to assess sustainability and the ability to propose strategic improvements for the sustainability of supply chains

Assessment and feedback is in the form of 40% individual work and 60% group work.

Supply Chain Operations (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students 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.

The module covers an Introduction to supply chain operations; Demand management; Master planning; Material management; Capacity management; Inventory management; Distribution management; and Case studies.

On completion the participants will be able to design and manage operational supply chain planning, scheduling and controlling systems for complex and disparate operations. In particular, students will:

  • Understand the basics of supply chain operations in relation to planning, operating, scheduling and controlling, including knowledge of supply chain operation practices (demand management, master planning, material management, capacity management and inventory management); understanding the impact of supply chain operation practices within commercial and social contexts and global trends in supply chain operation practices
  • Identify and assess different methods, tools and techniques for managing plans, operations and materials of end-to-end supply chains
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply those methods, tools and techniques in different contexts, including manufacturing and service sectors, with a critical awareness of drivers and obstacles in real life and the ability to produce sensible solutions to overcome them

Assessment and feedback is in the form of 2 in-class tests (60%) and one coursework (40%).

People, Organisation & Technology (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the 'softer' aspects of engineering management. Given some key organisational and technological issues, the main focus is to examine the relationship between “human” elements and change management from an engineering-oriented perspective.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • discuss key issues in organisation and technology by critically defining and discussing key characteristics of an organisation and evaluating the impact of technology on the workplace of the future
  • understand modern people management concepts and practices by evaluating leadership and motivation techniques using analytical approaches and will demonstrate critical understanding of the role of people in a modern organisation
  • identify the challenges and consequences of change, including defining and discussing the skills required to handle organisational change and the drivers and obstacles towards organisational change
  • understand the impact of organisational and technological issues on people when managing changes. This includes identifying drivers and obstacles from organisational, technological and human perspectives using analytical methods as well as creating strategies to help implement changes

Assessment and feedback is given in the form of:

  • group presentations and a group report
  • an individual essay
Performance Measurement & Management (10 credits)

The class is devoted to the concepts and approaches to effective performance measurement and management at an organisational level 

across the public and private sectors. Performance Measurement and Management (PMM) is one of the key factors for survival and prosperity of business systems.

The module covers: The strategic, organisational level of PMM while providing the essential knowledge and skills at the technical level. The module outlines the roots of some common problems in measuring and managing performance in organisations. It will discuss PMM from the stakeholder, customer, comparative, operations and integrative perspectives. The class will be concluded by discussing implementation and managerial issues in measuring business performance.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • appreciate new challenges and conditions of the business world and their effect on PMM systems
  • appreciate the importance of stakeholders and their influence on the success or failure of a PMM system
  • be familiar with and apply a range of performance measurement systems/tools in a real situation
  • understand the most recent challenges in the field of PMM
  • critically investigate the PM activities in organisations

Assessment and feedback is in the form of two pieces:

  • group work (50%): designing two specific PM tools for an organisation of your choice
  • individual work (50%): designing a balanced scorecard for the same organisation
Enterprise Resource Planning (10 credits)

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of operation, structure and implementation issues around enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems as used in industry. Students learn how a typical ERP system works using an up-to-date SAP training package and consider the real-life use of a typical software package within an organisation.

The module covers: Business Excellence; What is ERP?; Business Planning and Control; Expected Benefits; How does ERP work?; ERP Pre-Requisites; Selecting the right system; Implementation Planning.

At the end of this module students will have a critical understanding of:

  • terminology relating to MRP, ERPII and ERP
  • the benefits and limitations of using ERP systems for making operational, tactical and strategic decisions within businesses, including the ways in which ERP systems may support or hinder decision making at different levels
  • learning to operate and build a product in a SAP environment
  • the scope, implications, logic, critical requirements to facilitate successful implementation of ERP systems, in particular the relationship between ERP systems, other ICT systems, business processes and human factors

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a 40 minute quiz (40%) and one coursework (60%).

Project Management (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with skills and knowledge relating to the use of engineering practices in Project Management with particular respect to the project triple constraint: time, cost and quality.

The module covers: project management principles, concepts and processes; organisational influences, project stakeholders and project lifecycle; project scoping such as project definition, project objectives, project deliverables, and work breakdown structure; Project planning and scheduling: definition of events, activities and nodes, network diagram, analysis of critical path, PERT method and use of industry standard software packages; Project controlling: cost estimate, budget setting, risk identification and assessment and contingency planning.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a good understanding of project management practices and practical skills to manage project scope – including translating project specifications into work packages
  • define and schedule project activities using tools such as critical path and PERT methods; estimate cost and determine budget using analogous and three-point estimating methods; identify and control quality standards using cost of quality and other tools
  • develop a good understanding of the inter-dependency between various project management knowledge areas, such as managing projects under constraints; identifying and assessing risks and developing contingency plans
  • understand the importance of project stakeholders and their impact on project management, including managing stakeholder relationships

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a group report (50%) and an individual project (50%).

 

Case Studies In Supply Chain Management (20 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the practical reality of analysing and solving supply chain management problems in real life. Students explore a series of case studies and real life problems relating to supply chain management (SCM) in a range of industries.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • apply concepts and principles relevant to the management of supply chains and networks to the analysis of case studies and relatively unstructured problems for a range of industries
  • select and apply appropriate problem-structuring methods, data collection & analysis methods and conceptual models for a given problem in SCM
  • formulate a range of alternative options to deal with a given problem in SCM; to evaluate such options in terms of their feasibility, acceptability, vulnerability, and strategic fit; and to make appropriate recommendations to senior management

One of the four assignments consists of a prepared case study that must be tackled by students on an individual basis and is assessed through an individual report. The other three assignments are done on a group basis, assessed by formal business-style presentations as well as written reports.

Postgraduate Individual Project (60 credits)

The aim of the individual project is to allow students to combine the skills learned in other modules of the course and apply them within a significant project in a specific area of design, manufacture, or engineering management. This will be achieved through students carrying out work into a particular topic relating to their course and preparing a dissertation that documents the project.

On completion of the module the student is expected to be able to:

  • define a valid project in a cutting-edge field of study relevant to the student’s degree – with an appropriate methodology and work plan for the project
  • plan, manage and complete project, involving where appropriate technical analysis and independent critical thinking. This involves giving a thorough, logical and critical review of the subject matter; using appropriate tools, processes and levels of analysis in the project and applying project management techniques to manage a successful project
  • document their project using suitable presentation techniques (such as language, figures, writing, layout, structure etc.); showing clear evidence of the value of the project and its outcomes and describing the project with clarity

Based on the work of a project, a student will submit an individual dissertation that will account for 90% of the final mark for the class. An interim project justification report will account for the remaining 10% of the mark.

Specialism (compulsory)

Spreadsheet Modelling & Demand Forecasting (10 credits)

The class is devoted to the concepts and approaches to effective performance measurement and management at an organisational level. This module focuses on the different approaches to performance measurement and management (PMM) commonly used across the public and private sectors.

This module covers: the use of spreadsheets for forecasting, simulation, optimisation, data analysis, and to support technical report writing; different types of forecasting techniques; method application using spreadsheet models and principles of effective computer programming through the development of macros within spreadsheets.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • create simple but appropriately organised spreadsheet models for complex problems, then use the spreadsheet to support traditional operational research techniques such as forecasting, optimisation and simulation
  • describe the main categories of forecasting technique and their data requirements
  • construct and interpret forecasts using smoothing methods and decompositional analysis
  • calculate and interpret forecast errors to track accuracy of forecasts
  • understand effective forecasting systems, basic principles of computer programming and VBA for developing macros within Excel

Assessment is in the form of class tests (30%) and an assignment (70%).

Organisational Buying Behaviour & Structures (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with insights into the buyer-seller relationships and the role of the professional buyer.

The module covers: Buyer-seller relationships including individual and group behaviours and relationships in procurement scenarios; Advanced Negotiation Techniques (game theory application to procurement); Purchasing organisation including category management and responsibilities, centralised vs decentralised functions; Procurement professionals including corporate responsibility and integrity and risk management; International Purchasing including value for money, fair price and whole life cycle processes, international purchasing, eProcurement and quality management tools in purchasing; Negotiating including traditional vs advanced negotiation and auctions and tendering processes.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • develop good operating practices and structures that improve the efficiency of the process of buying and determining the building blocks that are essential to this
  • understand the complexity and the changing role of buyers
  • understand the stages of international purchasing
  • have an awareness of the new trends in strategic purchasing management
  • understand the complexity of individual and group behaviours in procurement situations
  • identify the stages in negotiation and prepare a negotiation process

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a series of 4 quizzes (40%) and one coursework (60%).

 

Strategic Procurement Management (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students insights into Strategic Purchasing Management, focussing on the Excellent Purchasing Model (EXP), which summarises purchasing functions and processes at strategic, tactical and operational levels.

The module covers: Purchasing management including impact on a company’s competitiveness, Balance sheet and P&L account, contract management; Excellent Purchasing Model to highlight a controlled process for defining purchasing management including Total Cost of Ownership; Operational processes of the Excellent Purchasing Model including legal implications and ethics in procurement, corporate social responsibility, supplier selection, implementation and management and purchasing BSC & KPI management; Category Management strategy and development including an introduction to Kraljic Matrix and supplier/customer power matrix.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • understand why procurement is a strategic influence of an organisation and determine the building blocks that are essential to this
  • demonstrate how purchasing systems may facilitate decision making at organisational levels
  • identify how the purchasing strategy is defined and deployed and to prepare a strategic purchasing plan
  • identify the skills and attitudes necessary to build a strategic procurement structure and the functions that make it imperative to the organisation

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a group presentation (15%) and a two-part assignment (essay) consisting of an individual assignment focusing on an evaluation of a critical procurement topic (35%) and a group analysis of a major organisation’s procurement practices case study (50%).

Elective classes

Choose one from the following:

Strategic Technology Management (10 credits)

This module aims to provide a series of strategic frameworks for managing high-technology businesses. The main focus is on the acquisition of a set of powerful analytical tools which are critical for the development of a technology strategy as an integral part of business strategy. These tools can provide a guiding framework for deciding which technologies to invest in, how to structure those investments and how to anticipate and respond to the behaviour of competitors, suppliers, and customers. The course should be of particular interest to those interested in managing a business for which technology is likely to play a major role, and to those interested in consulting or venture capital.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the role and importance of technology in business strategy formulation process
  • Develop the ability to critically assess concepts, tools and techniques of managing technology for both stable and turbulent business environments
  • Evaluate complexity and develop appropriate technology strategy models for specific cases

Grades will be determined by class participation assessed through four two-page papers on case studies, which may be written in groups of 4 people (40%), and an individual final technology strategy report based on an in-depth exploration of technology strategy in an assigned industry (60%). There is no final exam.

Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the principles of Lean and Six Sigma. From Continuous Improvement approaches to organisational requirements, the module covers the critical success factors needed to support sustainable and effective business transformation.

The module covers: an Introduction to Lean Thinking, Six Sigma, and Lean Six Sigma (LSS); Comparing and Contrasting Lean & Six Sigma; DMAIC Continuous Improvement Methodology; LSS project characterisation and selection; Lean and Six Sigma metrics; Overview of basic Lean Tools and Techniques including: affinity diagram, project charter, project selection matrices, SPC, Ishikawa, 5 Why’s, 5S, SMED, DoE, etc.; Evolution of Lean Six Sigma (from manufacturing to service environments and the implications of each).

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • gain an appreciation for Lean Six Sigma as a Continuous Improvement methodology, and understand the implications of its application in manufacturing, transactional and service processes
  • apply the Lean Six Sigma methodology (DMAIC) and basic Continuous Improvement tools to solve real world problems
  • evaluate the Critical Success Factors and fundamental barriers in the execution of both Lean & Six Sigma initiatives

Assessment and feedback is in the form of an exam (35%) and an assignment in the form of a project report (60%) and project presentation (5%).

Product Costing & Financial Management (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of strategic aspects of finance in relation to the decision-making process and analysis necessary for efficient management of organisations.

The module covers: Financial Management; Accounting and Planning; Cost Engineering – including classification of costs and costing methods; Performance Evaluation; Financial Ratios; Financial Analysis – including investment decisions and investment analysis and other aspects of Financial Management such as risk and project management.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the financial organisation of industrial enterprises
  • understand, interpret and prepare financial statements and costing models of industrial enterprises.
  • evaluate financial models to facilitate economic decision-making
  • evaluate the application and impact of performance measurement tools in a business environment

Assessment and feedback is in the form of an online quiz under exam conditions (50%) and group coursework: Each group will be assigned a topic to carry out an in-depth analysis of the subject and this will be presented in a report (25%) and a mini-workshop (15%). In addition, each team will critique the analysis of the other groups (10%).

Systems Thinking & Modelling (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the theories and principles of Systems Thinking. The module also introduces the methods, tools and techniques for modelling, analysing, improving and designing systems in a variety of organisations including industrial, commercial and public sector.

The module covers: Systems theory, concepts and approaches; Hard and soft systems analysis and systems dynamics; Systems and organisational performance – including leadership in a systems environment and ‘design’ in a systems environment and Practical application of Systems Thinking.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • show clearer understanding and knowledge of hard and soft approaches and how they can be used to deal with complexity and system behaviour in a business context
  • develop understanding of fundamental cybernetic principles that form the foundations of Checkland’s Soft System Methodology and Beer’s Viable System Model
  • develop knowledge and skills in systems analysis and business process modelling
  • critically evaluate the most appropriate methodology to model, analyse and design engineering/business systems across a range of organisations
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to model a business system and to develop a solution to solve a business system problem
  • develop an awareness of the importance of system approaches in management interventions

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a group presentation and one coursework in the form of a reflective diary.

Design of Experiments for Process Optimisation (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to statistically planned experiments and industrial measurements.

The module covers: Basic concepts of quality such as inspection and parameter design; Statistically planned experiments including two-level and three-level factorial experiments; Taguchi’s contribution to quality improvement including location/dispersion analysis and strategy for robust design; Test and measurement system including signals processing, DAQ hardware and software and Graphical programming (LabView).

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of design of experiments
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Taguchi’s approach to quality improvement
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of test and measurement systems

Assessment and feedback is in the form of two pieces of coursework:

  • Coursework 1 – plan and evaluate a factorial experiment using Excel (60%)
  • Coursework 2 – design a data acquisition application using LabView (40%)

 

Quantitative Business Analysis (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce statistical modelling to support business and management decisions. The module provides a basis for students to learn a range of widely used methods ranging from effective presentation of data to development of sophisticated statistical models.

This module covers two main areas: Part one covers an introduction to the basic theory and application of statistical modelling, including data analysis, probability theory, distributions and moments, estimation and hypothesis testing. Part two focuses on 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.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • display and interpret data using appropriate visual displays and select, construct and interpret summary statistics
  • understand probabilistic reasoning and compute probabilities for simple problems
  • use graphical methods to identify appropriate models and estimate parameters
  • apply and interpret formal statistical estimation procedures and goodness-of-fit tests
  • develop and validate appropriate simple and multiple linear regression models
  • understand the basic principles of classification methods
  • understand the basic principles of Analysis Of Variance (ANOVA)
  • use SPSS to perform appropriate statistical analyses

Assessment and feedback is in the form of an exam (50%) as well as a group report and class test (50%).

Business Simulation Methods (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to modelling techniques that can be used to help support decision-makers. Business simulations are one such important modelling technique. This class focuses on two specific business simulation techniques; discrete-event simulation and system dynamics.

This module covers: a rational approach to simulation using a number of examples from manufacturing and service operations; the use of probabilistic distributions in simulation where the emphasis is on ‘relevance for use’ rather than the underlined statistical theories and techniques; basic and advanced techniques of Simul8 (a popular DES software); complex business problems through the construction of causal loop diagrams and computer software used specifically for system dynamics modelling.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • understand the main uses of business simulations and when to use the two different types; discrete event simulation and system dynamics
  • approach a DES project in a rational way, using performance measures
  • investigate certainty of output and validation of a DES model
  • use Simul8 software and some of its advanced tools
  • appreciate how a causal loop diagram, representing a given system, can be translated into a quantitative system dynamics model;
  • appreciate how system dynamics models can be used to investigate systems behaviours so that practical recommendations can be made for improvements

Assessment and feedback is in the form of an assignment (50%) and an exam (50%).

 

Risk Analysis & Management (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce the fundamental techniques of risk management, risk-informed decision making and the general principles of risk analysis and its place in risk management, as well as the chance to develop skills in applying these methods to a variety of engineering examples.

The module covers: modelling approaches and methods used by industry currently to manage risk; tools and techniques that are gaining popularity in industry but are not widespread; the basic principles of uncertainty and consequence modelling and the tools and techniques required to apply these principles and Industry standard processes and software tools.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • understand theory that underpins standard approaches to elicitation of expert judgment
  • understand basic theory of fault and event tree modelling
  • understand the standard approaches to modelling dependency between random variables
  • develop the ability to assess the robustness of a risk model
  • understand the standard methods used in ALARP decision-making
  • appreciate the consequences of choosing specific measures for risk

Assessment and feedback is in the form of an exam (50%) and one group assignment (50%).

Service Operations Management (10 credits)

This module considers the distinctive characteristics of Service Operations Management and how these differ from manufacturing. Through the modelling of service operations, the module illustrates how the different types of service operations can be effectively and efficiently managed.

The module covers: Service Characteristics, dimensions and typologies; Design in services; Service capacity and yield management; Strategic links in services; Productivity and quality management in services; Cultural issues in services and New challenges in services (including service science).

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • understand the complexity of service operations, including their unique features and how they differ from manufacturing
  • use taxonomy models to differentiate services from different perspectives and to be able to critically evaluate and use these models as appropriate
  • critically discuss the use and applicability of strategic and conceptual models and theories developed for service operations in areas such as service design, capacity, strategic links in services (including customer satisfaction and customer loyalty) as well as cultural effects in services
  • understand the complexity of the subject of ‘productivity’ and its relationship with quality in services
  • appreciate the importance of considering services as a system
  • understand the new challenges and issues in service operations including professional services, uses of IT and difficulties in measurement

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a group assignment (30%) and an individual assignment (70%).

Business Analytics (10 credits)

This module aims to prepare students to be state-of-the-art business analysts in the era of big data. It gives them knowledge of and ability to use business analytics tools 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.

The module covers: Application and interpretation of visualisation and advanced analysis techniques alongside an investigation of what makes good data, and both theoretical knowledge in the form of analytics techniques as well as new software skills in relevant analytics software.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • understand what makes good data collection and be able to critically appraise data quality
  • understand a range of different business analytics techniques and be able to apply them to large, complex data sets
  • apply appropriate techniques for visualization of high dimensional complex data
  • select the appropriate business analytics technique and interpret the results to answer specific questions posed by a client
  • apply appropriate qualitative data mining tools

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a class test (30%) and a group assignment (70%).

Entry requirements

MSc

First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant 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, students may transfer from the Diploma to the Master’s course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS (for international students)
6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5

Fees & funding

2019/20 full-time

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

Scotland/EU

  • £10,300

Rest of UK

  • £10,300

International

  • £20,050

2019/20 part-time

Part-time, campus-based courses are typically completed over two years and are available for Scotland/EU and Rest of UK students. Fees are normally charged per year at 50% of the published full-time fee. Fees for students studying over a longer period will be appropriately adjusted.

Please note, students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may be subject to increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

For more information on whether a part-time course could suit your needs please email dmem-pgt@strath.ac.uk

There will be additional costs for CIPS related qualifications.

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (FEES) for International Students

If you're applying for an MSc course you'll be eligible to apply for a Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship offering up to £3,000 towards your tuition fees.

The scholarship is available for application to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an MSc programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying.

You must start your full-time MSc programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2019-20).

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students 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 may be to 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

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate 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. 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 Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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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.

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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

Examples of job titles include:

  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Procurement Manager
  • Senior Supply Chain Planner
  • Supply Chain Specialist

According to PayScale*, the average Supply Chain Manager earns £39,491.

*Last accessed 18 February 2019

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Supply Chain and Procurement Management

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2020, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Supply Chain and Procurement Management

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2020, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Supply Chain and Procurement Management

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2020, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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