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Global Supply Chain Management MSc

A supply chain can unite multiple organisations and influence business processes. From our London base, you'll gain a global view of the impact of strong strategic management
September 2024
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£12,600 (UK) *
£17,600 (INT) *
Course leader
Dr Vinaya Shukla

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.

Why choose MSc Global Supply Chain Management at Middlesex?

Organisations increasingly rely on effective supply chains to compete in the global market.

This complex discipline, with IT, logistics and procurement elements, is increasingly important in today's globalised environment of interconnected networks.

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.

From our north London campus, you'll have easy access to the corporate world. 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.

The real-world focus of 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.

What you will gain

This degree equips you with a global view of the strategic and operational processes you need to manage a supply chain. This includes procurement, transportation, warehousing, inventory management and production planning.

Learn from academics who have research and practical experience in areas including supply chain analytics, supply chain risk management, logistics and knowledge management, as well as having worked in sectors such as manufacturing, FMCG and computer services.

You will be trained in the implementation of specialised, industry-standard software for managing and analysing supply chain processes, including SAP® and Arena®

You'll leave with a well-rounded perspective of international processes. This global knowledge together with transferable skills will increase your employability prospects across a range of organisations.

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • Excellent reputation
    Top 2 university in the UK – Times Higher Education Young Universities, 2022
  • Postgraduate success
    95% of our postgraduate students go on to work or further study – Graduate Outcomes, 2022
  • We are an international university
    We're ranked 5th in the UK and 14th globally as “most international university” – Times Higher Education World University Ranking, 2023.

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Through your six core modules, you will gain an understanding of key areas such as business strategy, supply chain management, logistics, procurement, supply chain analytics and applied corporate finance.

These modules will raise your awareness of the critical issues related to managing international operations and solving related problems. They will enhance your capabilities in sourcing and managing suppliers while measuring performance.

You will also select one optional module which will allow you to tailor your learning towards your interests and career plans, these are covered in more detail below.

Toward the end of your course, you will do a project in a supply chain management area of your choice using the knowledge and skills that you have gained.

  • Modules

    • Operations and Supply Chain Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with a comprehensive understanding of key principles and techniques of global operations and global supply chain management and how organisations match demand with demand. You'll develop critical and analytical insights into current operations and supply chain management practices, explore the relevant trade-offs and techniques to address ever changing demand and employ knowledge to the design, operation, control and improvement of business processes.

    • Strategic Leadership (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will inform you of the key developments in, and thinking from, the study of strategy and leadership. You'll explore the models, tools and theories used in strategy and leadership and critically appraise where and when such models, tools and theories are effective. The central aim of the module is to achieve a balance between theory and practice and to use strategy and leadership tools to address the complexity and uncertainty facing organisations.

    • Procurement (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your understanding of procurement from a strategic, technological, business process and relationship perspective. This module will provide special emphasis towards negotiation and educate participants on various negotiation strategies.

    • Supply Chain Analytics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module allows you to explore the major concepts, models, tools, and metrics used in management analytics for overseeing management of supply chain. Specifically, in the first part of the module you'll be equipped with building blocks of supply chain analytics. In the second part, you'll gain fundamental machine learning concepts and techniques, which are most applicable to management research.

    • International Logistics Management (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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. You'll gain an understanding of all key areas within logistics from an international perspective.

    • Applied Corporate Finance (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your understanding of the major issues in corporate finance. In particular, you'll develop your ability to analyse corporate finance issues, apply finance theories to deal with practical issues in corporate finance, and investigate emerging issues and contemporary trends in the field.

    • Enterprise Systems and Supply Chain Planning (15 credits) - Optional

      The module will introduce the role of Enterprise Applications in Supply Chain planning and control processes. You'll not only develop a better understanding of the theory behind these processes, but also gain hands-on experience of these processes with SAP©, a leading enterprise resource planning software package, resulting in the requisite practical skills as well.

    • Innovations Management (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will allow you to develop a systematic understanding of the role of innovation as a key factor in a dynamic business environment and to equip you with the knowledge, expertise and skills needed to manage the innovation process at both strategic and operational level. The module provides an up-to-date overview of the mainstream theories and models of innovation and illustrates successful organisational practices through case study analysis.

    • Managing Projects (15 credits) - Optional (15 Credits) - Optional

      This module introduces you 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. You'll develop your understanding of strategic project management and systems design processes.  The module will also introduce and evaluate critical success factors for projects, and you'll learn to outline and develop skills in professional techniques used in project closure and evaluation.

    • Developing Business Networks for Entrepreneurs (15 credits) - Optional

      This module will provide you with an understanding of business networks and its contributions to entrepreneurial behaviour. This will allow you to confidently discover and develop business networks that will enhance your career.

    • Global Supply Chain Management Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with a means of furthering your skills and knowledge gained on the programme, by applying it to a specific organisational issue or problem. You'll be enabled to demonstrate proficiency in the design of a business enhancement project, application of appropriate methods of investigation, management of the change process, and maintenance of vision in the face of the vicissitudes of business realities.

To find out more about this course, please download the Global Supply Chain Management MSc specification (PDF).

How we'll teach you

We aim to model a wide range of teaching strategies and approaches on the course which you can adapt to your own setting.

The course is delivered by our academics and industry partners in person and via digital platforms. Our learning activities include lectures – including talks by guest speakers – presentations, workshops seminars webinars, one-to-one tutorials and group projects.

You'll be taught by an experienced teaching team with a wide range of expertise and professional experience. Your personal tutor will support you with help and advice throughout your studies.

Where will I study?

Our Hendon campus, north London.

Teaching vs independent study

In a typical year, you’ll spend about 1200 hours on your course.

Outside of teaching hours, you’ll learn independently through reading articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework and presentations.


Whether you are studying full or part-time – your course timetable will balance your study commitments on campus with time for work, life commitments and independent study. We aim to make your timetable available at least 2 weeks before the start of term. Some weeks are different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on-campus sessions.

Typical weekly breakdown

Your timetable will be built around on-campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where it will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.

A typical week looks like this:


Contact hours per week





Independent study


If you choose to embed yourself in an organisation during your final project, there may be additional placement hours.

Learning terms

On-campus: This includes tutor-led sessions such as seminars, lab sessions and demonstrations as well as student-led sessions for work in small groups.

Online learning: This is teaching that is delivered online using tools like Skype or Zoom, as well as work that you do yourself using online teaching resources.

Independent study: This is the work you do in your own time including reading and research.

Part-time study

Students do the modules with full-time students, but across two years

The distribution of modules is as follows:

  • Three core modules worth 60 credits in the first year
  • Three core and one optional and the project module worth 120 credits in the second year

As a student, you can write to the course leader for more clarity.

Academic support

We have a strong support network online and on campus to help you develop your academic skills. We offer one-to-one and group sessions to develop your learning skills together with academic support from our library, IT teams and learning experts.

Coursework and assessments

The main modes of assessment on this course are a combination of exams plus individual coursework. You'll receive regular feedback on your coursework and the dissertation project is a key element of the assessed work you will undertake.


You'll evaluate your work, skills and knowledge and identify areas for improvement. Sometimes you'll work in groups and assess each other's progress.

Each term, you'll get regular feedback on your learning.


The Sheppard Library

Our library is open 24 hours a day during the term and includes:

  • Over 1,000 study areas with rooms for group study and over 600 computer spaces
  • 350,000 books and e-books and more than 24,000 online journals
  • Free laptop loans, Wi-Fi and printing.

Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above. Visit the Middlesex Unitemps page.

Financial support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

How can an MSc Global Supply Chain Management degree support your career?

The aim of the course is to develop your strategic supply chain knowledge and advanced analytical and consulting skills. These characteristics are highly valued across industry sectors.

This course 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.

Our postgraduate courses have been recognised for their ability to support your career.

95% of our postgraduate students go on to work or further study – Graduate Outcomes, 2022.

Career paths

Some of the roles our graduates have gone on to work in include purchasing manager, vendor managed inventory coordinator, production manager, international logistics manager, inventory control manager and warehouse operations manager while others have gone on to start their own businesses.


MDXworks, our employability service, will help you make the most of your experience and connections to achieve your career goals. You'll have unlimited access to one-to-one advice and support from specialists in your sector plus 24/7 online support. You can also make the most of events and networking opportunities, on and off campus.

Start-Up accelerator programme

We can help you bring your business idea to life with our MDXcelerator programme which includes masterclasses with high-profile entrepreneurs, workshops, mentoring opportunities and competitions to secure seed funding.

Global alumni network

You’ll be studying with students from 122 countries who’ll become part of your personal global network. You'll learn how to work with a global mindset and make invaluable connections on your course for your chosen industry.

Work placements

Placements and internships can greatly improve your future job prospects after you graduate. They usually boost your confidence and academic results by giving you the opportunity to practice what have learned in a professional setting.

Please be aware if you are doing this course part-time on an international visa you will not be able to take a work placement as part of the module.

Our specialist employability service will help you find placement opportunities.

  1. UK entry
  2. International entry
  3. How to apply

The fees below are for the 2024/25 academic year:

UK students1

Full-time students: £12,600
Part-time students: £84 per credit
Part-time students: £42 per dissertation credit

International students2

Full-time students: £17,600
Part-time students: £117 per credit
Part-time students: £59 per dissertation credit

Additional costs

We cover your costs for the day-to-day things that you need to do well in your studies.

  • Free – laptop loans, Wi-Fi and printing
  • Free specialist software for your course
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

Financial support

We offer lots of support to help you with fees and living costs. Check out our guide to student life on a budget and find out more about postgraduate funding.

Postgraduate scholarships

You may be eligible for one of our scholarships including:

  • The Alumni Postgraduate Award – for all UK/EU Middlesex alumni a 20% fee reduction
  • The Commonwealth Scholarship – full course fees, airfares and a living allowance
  • The Chevening Scholarship – full course fees
  • The European Academic Awards – £1000 to £7000 for students showing academic excellence
  • Regional or International Merit Award –up to £2,000 towards course fees

For international students, we also have a limited number of other awards specific to certain regions, and work in partnership with funding providers in your country to help support you financially with your study.

Find out more about our postgraduate scholarships.

Help from your employer

Your employer can contribute towards the cost of your postgraduate study as part of their staff development programme.

Fees disclaimers

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase postgraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

Dr Vinaya Shukla
Senior Lecturer in Management

Prior to entering academia, Dr Shukla spent a number of years as a Management Consultant advising clients in a range of sectors on performance enhancement. His research interests are in the areas of Green and sustainable supply chains, reverse logistics, supply chain systems and supply chain risk management. He has published in leading academic journals such as the International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, Production Planning and Control and Supply Chain Management – An International Journal.

Dr Shukla has a Bachelors and Masters in Engineering from IIT Kanpur, a Masters in Operations Research from Lancaster University, an MBA from S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research, and a PhD from Cardiff Business School.

Dr Quang Nguyen
Senior Lecturer in Consumer Behaviour

Dr Nguyen joined Middlesex University in 2013, prior to which he was a faculty member at the Division of Economics at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the University of Lyon in France. He has experience teaching International Trade, Development Economics, Econometrics, and Behavioural Economics.

Incorporating insights from economics and psychology, such as behavioural economics, he conducts field experiments to explore behaviours of consumers in the market, as well as employees and managers in the firms. He has published in top academic journals such as the American Economic Review.

Dr Nguyen competed his BSc in Mathematical Economics from the National Economics University of Vietnam, an MSc in Demography from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in Economics from the University of Hawaii.

Dr Nitin Deshmukh
Senior Lecturer in Finance

Dr Deshmukh teaches the Applied Corporate Finance module in the programme and is also the Programme Leader for the MSc Banking and Finance course.

He joined Middlesex University in 2012, prior to which he was at Coventry University. Before joining academia, he worked in the industry as a fund manager. He is recognised as a reputed researcher and currently supervises several PhD students as well as serving as an internal and external examiner for PhD vivas and as a referee for various internationally reputed journals.

Dr Deshmukh has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a Master’s and PhD in Finance

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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