Competition and the globalisation of supply markets are redefining the way modern supply chains are managed.
Companies which outsource need flexible and responsive supply chains which deliver added value to their customers, providing sustainable competitive advantage, which enables long-term growth and profitability. As a result, they also require a supply of highly trained individuals capable of developing diverse, bespoke and innovative supply chain solutions to give them the edge over the competition.
Developed in collaboration with industry partners, this Master’s programme addresses this growing demand by seeking to develop professionals with up-to-date knowledge, skills and capabilities in the key areas of strategic supply chain management, sourcing, procurement, logistics, contracts, ecommerce, forecasting, demand and environmental management.
Supply chain strategies are responsible for maintaining the operational efficiency needed to ensure customer satisfaction and corporate success.
This course combines a comprehensive understanding of the theories, concepts and issues of supply chain management (SCM) with a solid grounding in core management techniques. You should develop the skills and expertise to think critically, analyse problems and make informed recommendations, then implement and oversee SCM strategies effectively across a broad range of functions, involving multiple organisations and locations.
We will also look at the wider aspects of business areas, to be able to integrate supply chain strategy, policy and practice within business and organisational strategy, including an understanding of the associated ethical and legal issues, together with different models of change management and their relevancy and efficacy within organisations.
In a society in which consumers are continually demanding innovative product features, faster response times, more product variety and increased performance and quality, all at a competitive price, never has there been a greater need for effective and efficient SCM. From reduced costs and more efficient production to greater customer satisfaction and value, embracing better sharing of information and trust between supply chain partners, there exists many opportunities for improvement.
Why choose this course?
Using a foundation of business and management knowledge, this specialist Master’s course aims to develop a deep understanding of supply chain management (SCM) as it applies to a wide range of industries and sectors, both locally and globally.
Designed to meet the accreditation requirements of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the course offers you the opportunity to achieve an internationally recognised qualification which can prepare you for management roles in supply chain management, procurement, commercial and other related fields.
International experience opportunities
The course focuses on supply chain management within a global context, drawing on case studies and experience across the world. We often have multi-national classes, with students participating in discussion-based seminars and workshops, providing opportunities to share their cultures and different country experiences in group work projects.
Job satisfaction and remuneration prospects are excellent, with employer demand for those with a supply chain background outstripping the supply of suitably qualified applicants.
Our alumni often support current students by hosting visits to their companies and providing prestigious lectures through our Global Leaders Programme (GLP). Others support training, internships, work experience placements, graduation prizes and provide job opportunities to graduates through the University’s network of corporate partners, employers and UK leaders.