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Global Supply Chain Management MSc with Integrated Placement (15 months/24 months)

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Code
15 months: PGN21CA
24 months: PGN21CB
Start
October 2020
EU/INT induction: September 2020
Duration
15 months full-time (3 months placement)
2 years full-time (12 months placement)
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
15 months: £11,600 (UK/EU) *
24 months: £12,800 (UK/EU) *
15 months: £17,000 (INT) *
24 months: £18,200 (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 Global Supply Chain Management with Integrated Placement 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

As part of this course, you can do an optional three month or one year industry placement.  Programmes with integral placements give you the opportunity to apply the skills you have learned throughout your studies in a practical environment. You will be earning a full time salary and will learn skills that can't be taught in a classroom at University. During the placement, you will be able to gain further insight into industrial practice that you can take forward into your individual project and into your future career.

Although the placement is not guaranteed, the University maintains links with a wide network of organisations who offer placement opportunities. The University will also provide you with full support to help you secure a placement, from job application to the interview.

In order to qualify for the placement period you must have passed all modules in the semesters preceding the placement. The placement will take place after you have completed all your modules and undertaken your final applied project.


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What will you study on MSc Global Supply Chain Management with Integrated Placement?

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.

  • 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

      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 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.

    • Placement (0 credits) - Compulsory

      Programmes with integral placements give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned in a practical environment. You will earn a full time salary and will learn skills that cannot be taught in a classroom. The placements will be of three months or one year duration as per your choice/admission at the start of the course.

      You will undertake the placement after completing your taught modules. During the placement, you will be assigned an academic supervisor, who will maintain direct contact with you. You will be able to access online materials at the University as well as other physical resources as appropriate. You will maintain a placement log for the day-to-day activities and submit a final report once the placement comes to an end. There are two modules related to placements:

      • Preparing for the Integrated Placement (0 credits): The primary aim of this module is to develop students employability skills and support their search for placements. The module will include communication, team working, negotiation and problem solving skills development as well as practical workshops on selection methods, CV’s, cover letters, interview preparation and techniques. The module will also introduce students to other methods that will include ability test and assessment centres.
      • Integrated Placement (0 credits): The primary aim of this module is to build on students' academic learning by providing them with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience. The integrated placement will provide students with the opportunity to apply and further develop work- related knowledge, skills and capabilities and embed the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their course. The module will integrate work experience into the students’ learning with the aim to maximise its impact on their development of skills, knowledge and professional practice. The module will therefore support students in the process of reflecting on their development, integrating theory and practice, developing their commercial awareness and thus enhance their personal and professional development.

      Although the placement is not guaranteed, the University maintains links with a wide network of organisations who offer placement opportunities. The University will also provide you with full support to help you secure a placement, from job application to the interview.

      In order to qualify for the placement period you must have passed all modules in the semesters preceding the placement.

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 Global Supply Chain Management with Integrated Placement 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.

Assessment

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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  2. International
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How can the MSc Global Supply Chain Management with Integrated Placement 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 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 Lakshmi Narasimhan Vedanthachari
Senior Lecturer in Management

Dr Vedanthachari (Chari for short) is an engineering graduate with a PhD on the benefits of Enterprise Systems on Mid-Sized Manufacturing Businesses. His research and teaching interests include Enterprise Systems and Supply Chain Management.

He is lead tutor for SAP University Alliance program and a SAP certified associate. He also looks after Novus Partnership and supports under graduates in securing Supply Chain Placements and Internships. Recently he authored Logistics Management book for Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

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

Dr Yan Jiang
Associate Lecturer in Operations Management

Dr Jiang has academic experience in both Italy and the UK. She served as a consultant in United Nations IFAD institute and worked in Huawei Italy before joining Middlesex University. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and her research interests include sustainable global sourcing, supply chain management, and e-commerce innovation.

Dr Jiang holds a PhD in Operations Management, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s in Economics and Management.

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