An effective supply chain goes beyond the successful input and output of goods and services. With the right management, a supply chain has the power to influence entire business processes, create value and unite multiple organisations from all over the world. This complex discipline, with elements of IT, logistics and procurement, is increasingly important in today's globalised environment of interconnected networks.
In recent decades, organisations have become increasingly reliant on effective supply chains in order to compete in the global market. This course equips you with a global view of the strategic and operational processes you need to manage the key functions of these supply chain processes, including transportation, warehousing, inventory management and production planning. We combine advanced theory teaching with practical skills training in well-known software such as SAP®and Arena® to give you a core understanding of the contemporary issues and programs used in global supply chain management.
With easy access to the corporate world from our London campus, you'll develop methods of strategic and critical thinking to enhance your ability to effectively manage and improve existing structures within domestic and international companies. This real-world focus to our course ensures that you are able to respond to a variety of challenges with confidence and ingenuity, enhancing your ability to lead and helping you to advance into more senior roles quickly and capably.
This course has 5 core supply chain management modules, with the first four ensuring that an in depth understanding of key area such as business strategy, logistics, supply chain management and e-supply chain planning, are achieved as fundamental to your learning. These modules will raise your awareness of the critical issues related to managing international operation and how to solve problems, as well as enhancing your capabilities in sourcing and managing suppliers, and measuring performance. You will also select two optional modules which allow you to tailor your learning to both your interests and personal career plan by focusing on areas such as computer assisted optimisation, lean and sustainable supply chains, project management techniques, and financial analysis for international managers. Finally you will complete the course with a project based on an area of supply chain management of your choice and employing the knowledge you have learnt.
There are three different awards available for this course:
The aims of the module are to introduce students to the theoretical frameworks for analysing international business and developing international business strategies, and to equip students with the knowledge, skills and tools for developing and implementing international business strategy for international competitiveness. It improves students cultural awareness and understanding of critical issues relating to the complexity of managing international operations, and develops students abilities of critical and independent thinking, decision making and problem solving.
This module aims to introduce students to the international nature of business supply chains and how companies work in the global marketplace. The module develops students understanding of how companies design and manage their international supply chains through utilisation of specific management techniques. Students will develop a wider understanding of business competitiveness in global marketplaces and how to use theories to evaluate the effectiveness of choices made by organizations.The module also enables students to link the evaluation to management of these international networks.
Logistics is the lifeline of any business, which encompasses all activities from receipt of customer orders to delivery of goods at their doorstep. An organisation could have the highest brand equity, the most desirable products, and the best people but it could still fail if its logistics infrastructure and systems are not adequate. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of all key areas within logistics from an international perspective.
The module will combine a range of different activities and resources to aid learning. Classroom sessions will combine direct input of concepts and models with practical exercises based on set reading. Face to face sessions will include PowerPoint presentations and other resources such as videos and case studies. Practical aspects of sessions will be formative, based on case studies and are supported by tutor feedback. Students will be encouraged to target their independent learning to focus on application of theory to concrete cases, and to reflect on the linkage between their learning and their potential future employability. MyUniHub will provide opportunities for students to collaborate online as well as to engage in further research. The module s on-line environment will contain all lecture slides and any additional learning material required for this module. The assessments will be linked directly to classroom sessions in order to consolidate learning via direct application, and will be staggered through the learning year to facilitate student management of learning.
This module aims to equip students with modelling skills from the fields of mathematical programming and discrete event simulation to enable them to formulate quantitative problems in global supply chain management and develop solutions. Students will learn to critically analyse and solve supply chain management problems using appropriate software.
This module aims to provide students who wish to become international managers with the knowledge of the fundamental tools from financial statements to analyse and interpret the information that have been reported by companies in their financial statements, in particular for the purpose of business valuation.
This module builds students knowledge of the critical relationship between lean and sustainability in the supply chain, together with related organisational issues, practices, and management challenges. Students skills are developed in applying theoretical knowledge to practice with specific reference to enhancing organisational efficiency.
This module introduces students from a variety of backgrounds and with different career ambitions to the project management techniques and how they are used across a range of sectors to realise strategic corporate objectives. In particular, the module aims to: - offer a comprehensive account of project management, programme management and project portfolios, based on a combination of scholarly work and professional practice - develop students understanding of strategic project management and systems design processes - outline and develop skills in professional techniques used in project closure and evaluation - introduce and evaluate critical success factors for projects.
How will the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Global Supply Chain Management be taught?
You will attend lectures, including talks by guest speakers, as well as seminars and workshops, some of which will focus on research methods. These sessions will involve peer group interaction and aim to sharpen both your critical and analytical skills. You will also work on case studies to enhance understanding of practice situations and undertake directed reading and study, including online activity.
A combination of exams plus individual and group coursework are the main modes of assessment on this course. You will receive regular feedback on your coursework and the dissertation project is a key element of the assessed work you will undertake.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
The aim of the programme is to develop students with strong strategic supply chain knowledge and advanced analytical and consulting skills. These characteristics are highly valued across industry sectors. This programme is ideal for anyone looking to enhance their career prospects within the supply chain industry or looking for a role as a logistics or supply chain manager. Specific roles include;
Prior to Middlesex, Dr Shukla spent a number of years as a Management Consultant advising clients in a range of sectors on performance improvement opportunities. He has a Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from IIT Kanpur, Masters in Operations Research from Lancaster University, MBA from S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research and PhD from Cardiff Business School. He is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.