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Global Supply Chain Management MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

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October 2020
EU/INT induction: September 2020
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£10,800 (UK/EU) *
£16,200 (INT) *
Course leader
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. This complex discipline, with elements of IT, logistics and procurement, is increasingly important in today's globalised environment of interconnected networks.

Why study MSc/PGDip/PGCert Global Supply Chain Management at Middlesex?

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.

Course highlights

  • Learn from academics who have research expertise in areas including supply chain forecasting, scheduling theory and operations management, as well as having worked in sectors such as FMCG and software programming
  • Training in the implementation of specialised, industry standard software for managing and analysing supply chain processes, including SAP®and Arena®
  • Strong focus on developing your international understanding and methods, arming you with transferable skills and global knowledge that will increase your employability across a diverse range of organisations

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What will you study on the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Global Supply Chain Management?

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:

  • MSc route comprises two 30 credit modules, four 15 credit modules and a dissertation
  • PG Diploma route comprises two 30 credit modules and four 15 credit modules
  • PG Certificate route comprises two 30 credit modules
  • Modules

    • 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. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of all key areas within logistics from an international perspective.

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

      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.

    • Global Supply Chain Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides students with a means of developing further the skills and knowledge gained on the MSc Global Supply Chain Management, by application to a specific organisational issue or problem. It enables students 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.

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

      This module provides the student with comprehensive understanding of key principles and techniques of operations and global supply chain management and how organisations match demand with relevant supply. Students will develop critical and analytical insights into current operations and global supply chain management practices, explore the trade-offs and relevant techniques to address ever changing demand and employ knowledge to the design, operate, improve and control of business processes.

    • Strategic Leadership (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module will inform students of the key developments in, and thinking from, the study of strategy and leadership. The module aims to 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

      The main aim of this module is to develop an 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 explores the major concepts, models, tools, and metrics used in management analytics for overseeing management of supply chain management. Specifically, in the first part of the module students will be equipped with building blocks of supply chain analytics. In the second part, the module will provide students with fundamental machine learning concepts and techniques, which are most applicable to management research.

    • Applied Corporate Finance (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the major issues in corporate finance. In particular it develops the student’s 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 aims to introduce the students the role of Enterprise Applications in Supply Chain planning and control processes. Students will 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.

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

      The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of business networks and its contributions to entrepreneurial behaviour. This will allow the student to confidently discover and develop business networks that will enhance their careers.

    • Innovations Management (15 Credits) - Optional

      The main aim of the module is to develop a systematic understanding of the role of innovation as a key factor in a dynamic business environment and to equip students 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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Global Supply Chain Management 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.

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How can a MSc/PGDip/PGCert Global Supply Chain Management degree support your career?

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;

  • Purchasing Manager
  • Vendor Managed Inventory Coordinator
  • Production Manager
  • International Logistics Manager
  • Inventory Control Manager
  • Warehouse Operations Manager

Dr Vinaya Shukla
Senior Lecturer in Management

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.

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