Northumbria University Newcastle

Global Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management MSc with Advanced Practice

We welcome applications from both business and non-business graduates, with an interest in a specialist Masters’ education. During the course you will develop your operation, production, service management, leadership competence and confidence skills within a business context. We will focus on applying these skills globally and in manufacturing, service and public sectors, in order to prepare you for a high-earning career in business.

In the second year of this course you will have an opportunity to undertake an Industry Consultancy Project creating the opportunity for you to apply the knowledge and skills you have gained during your first year of study, to a real-life industry issue from a range of employers. This authentic learning context ensures that you experience what it feels like to work within a team on a contemporary project that has real relevance and impact. Working to a client's brief, with academic supervision, you will advance your ability to apply theoretical concepts and research skills to produce a practical recommendation to a challenging problem.*

The specialist logistics, operations and supply chain management modules cover strategic procurement and logistics, sustainable supply chains and risk management, improving the operations and supply chain, and strategic partnerships. Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms, so this course will appeal to various types of learners. You will have the option of finalising your studies with a traditional Master’s dissertation or, a more hands-on consultancy project, where you will tackle an issue faced by a real client.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any subject, or substantial experience of working in a business organisation.

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

  • The course includes a focus on developing leadership and management competencies. Topics studied include emotional intelligence, intellectual competence, cultural awareness and the ability to work in diverse groups and teams. There is a specific focus on self-development, including formal sessions with our Careers and Employment Service which offers a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.
  • In the second year of the course you will be putting your new learning into practice. You will develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants. We will help you find a project that matches your interests and career aspirations.
  • A Business Logistics Masters course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience. Our graduates typically go into graduate positions in areas such as operations management, materials management, purchasing and quality management. Roles of recent graduates include supplier quality manager, transport consultant, distribution services manager, e-commerce operations manager, freight account manager and logistics project manager.

Course Details

In terms of discipline input, you will develop a critical understanding of strategic partnerships and relationship management, within the context of logistics and supply chain management and its role in contributing to organisational strategy.

You will gain an appreciation of the management of operations and supply chains and how these are reliant on the improvement and integration of numerous functions within an organisation, which must work together. The improvement in operations and supply chains is considered in local, national and international contexts, with particular attention to the contexts of quality and efficiency and their tools and techniques. On the programme, you will gain an appreciation of the synergy between strategic procurement and logistics management.

Focus is given to processes that add value through the production and delivery of services and products in the supply chain, and the tools needed for effective process management. You will also gain exposure to the fundamental principles of contemporary Supply Chain Risk Management and Sustainable Supply Chain Management within a business context.

Year One

Research Methods and Analytics for Business Practice (Core,20 Credits)
Forecasting and Predictive Analytics (Optional,20 Credits)
Project Management in Operations and the Supply Chain (Optional,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Postgraduate Business Students (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Leadership and Management Development (Core,20 Credits)
Global Supply Chain and Operations Improvement (Core,20 Credits)
Strategic Supply Chain Relationships and Innovation (Core,20 Credits)
Supply Chain Sustainability, Risk and Resilience Management (Optional,20 Credits)
Strategic Procurement and International Logistics (Optional,20 Credits)

Year Two

Applied Management Work Investigation (Optional,60 Credits)
Business Clinic PG Group Consultancy Project (Optional,60 Credits)
The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Optional,60 Credits)
Masters' Management Enquiry (Optional,60 Credits)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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