Competition and the globalisation of supply markets are redefining the way modern supply chains and logistics are managed. Companies who outsource need flexible and responsive supply chain and logistical operations which deliver added value to their customers with an increasing focus on protecting the environment.
These can lead to sustainable competitive advantage which in turn enables long-term growth and profitability. The growth and success of Amazon illustrates the huge potential of supply chain management and logistics.
To create and sustain such competitive advantage, organisations need highly trained individuals capable of developing diverse, bespoke and innovative supply chain and logistical solutions.
Developed in collaboration with current industry partners, this MSc Supply Chain Management and Logistics addresses the growing demand for highly trained individuals by seeking to develop professionals with up-to-date knowledge, skills and capabilities in the key areas of strategic supply chain management, logistics, sourcing, procurement, contracts, ecommerce, forecasting and environmental management.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
MSc Supply Chain Management and Logistics aims to introduce the most current practices and concepts of supply chain management and logistics (SCML), combining them with a solid grounding in core management subjects. You should develop the skills and expertise to think critically, analyse problems and make informed recommendations. We aim to teach you how to implement and oversee SCML strategies across a broad range of functions, involving multiple organisations and locations.
You will be required to look at the wider aspects of business, in order to be able to integrate supply chain and logistics strategy and operations within the overall business strategy. This includes understanding the associated ethical and legal aspects, together with different models of change management and their relevancy and efficacy within organisations.
In a society in which consumers are continually demanding innovative products, faster response times, more product variety and increased performance and quality, all at a competitive price, never has there been a greater need for qualified graduates who can deliver effective and efficient SCML. From reducing costs and organising more efficient production and logistical systems to providing greater customer value, improved service and overall satisfaction, there exist many opportunities for disruptive change and improvement. These opportunities will be explored throughout the course.
We will consider the lean concepts, tools and techniques which can be applied to improve supply chain and logistical performance, as well as techniques of quality management and continuous improvement, such as Kaizen. You will be taught to evaluate supplier performance and select the appropriate problem solving tools and techniques to address issues and manage improvements in supplier operations, logistical processes, business systems and supply base capability development. We will look at emerging trends, for example, the influence of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), Industry 4.0 and the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) developments on the supply chain and logistics technologies of the future.
Your learning will culminate with a research project/dissertation, giving you the opportunity to do in-depth research in your preferred area of SCML alongside an experienced academic supervisor who will guide and advise you. Examples of past topics covered include an analysis of the implications of Industry 4.0 on SCM, an exploration of the connected car supply chain of a German original equipment manufacturer, a study of the evolution of agile management practices in procurement, and a proof of concept of running repetitive flexible supply with a third party manufacturer in the cosmetics industry.
Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules, but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to these modules, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
Why choose this course?
Using a foundation of business and management knowledge, this specialist Master’s course aims for you to develop a deep understanding of supply chain management and logistics (SCML) as it applies to a wide range of industries and sectors, both locally and globally.
The course is practical in nature; our current teaching staff are experienced academics with a strong track record of working in industries such as food, logistics, distribution, automotive, aerospace, retailing, electrical engineering, power generation, agriculture and consultancy. You will be offered opportunities to analyse actual case studies to learn how SCML theory helps to underpin and improve real-life business practices. These will draw on a range of companies from around the world to demonstrate the strategic importance of SCML to achieving competitive advantage, supporting higher returns on investment and the development of profitable business opportunities.
For example, you might study how Michael Dell pioneered new SCML strategies to grow Dell Computers into a world leading computer company or how Nissan used supplier development and performance management to help underpin their business turnaround from near bankruptcy to current global market leadership.
An advantage of this course is the current strong industry links developed through the teaching and applied research that we conduct in collaboration with industry. This enables us to organise various company study visits based on the host organisations capacity), which have previously included the BMW engine plant, Jaguar Land Rover assembly plant and Brose Ltd. We also aim to improve your business acumen, hearing directly from current practitioners through invited special guest speakers (subject to availability). Past invited guest speakers have lectured on such topics as category management, supply chain management in small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), the circular economy and the latest Industry 4.0 and AI developments in SCML.
Industrial visits are also subject to availability and additional costs may apply.