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Business Management (Supply Chain) BA Honours

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October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with placement
4-6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Mona Mohammadipour

In today’s global business environment the success of a business is increasingly determined by the speed and efficiency of its supply chains. To compete in this fast moving global marketplace organisations demand employees that have both a broad understanding of how businesses operate and specialist knowledge of supply chain processes.

Why study BA Business Management (Supply Chain Management) at Middlesex University?

Tailored towards ambitious students who are keen to apply theory to practice in a business environment, this course equips you with both a broad understanding of how organisations work, acquire and use resources, and meet the needs of their customers. You will learn specialist knowledge and skills on how companies manage materials, information and money as they flow through the chain of organisations involved in creating and delivering products.

Our one-year Business Management (Supply Chain) top up course is for students who already hold a business foundation or HND qualification, and are based in either the UK or overseas. It prepares you to enter a diverse range of businesses, governmental and third sector organisations. You will study the key functions that underpin business success, supported by expert tutors who bring extensive experience drawn from across a number of business disciplines, as well as having the opportunity to do a work placement in your third year.

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 SAP®
  • Work placements are an invaluable opportunity to gain employability skills so we have introduced two options by which students can integrate this into their time at Middlesex. Students who wish to do a placement can take either a 36 week 3rd year sandwich placement as part of a 4 year degree or two 18 week summer placements allowing students to complete within 3 years
  • There are also opportunities to study abroad with the EU Erasmus programme, linked to a partner university in Europe and the USA
  • You will have access to cutting-edge business resources including the Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub and can become a student member of the Chartered Management Institute and you can become a student member of the Chartered Management Institute and a full member upon graduation
  • You can choose to study Spanish or Mandarin at beginners and intermediate level as part of your degree, ensuring you stand out in today's competitive job market

What will you study on the BA Business Management (Supply Chain)?

In year 1 and 2 you will study a total of 7 compulsory modules that develop essential skills and knowledge in business management and the wider business environment. In Year 2 you can also choose an option from a number of management discipline-specific modules.

In the final year you will study strategic management together with 3 supply chain specific modules: Global supply chain management, Procurement and sourcing and either Logistics or a Research project in the supply chain area. The 3 supply chain management specific modules will raise your awareness of the critical issues related to managing operation and how to solve problems, as well as enhancing your capabilities in sourcing and managing suppliers, and measuring performance.

What will you gain?

You will learn to work effectively in teams, gain analytical and creative problem solving skills, and be able to present and communicate using a variety of media. We also ensure you develop specialist knowledge in;

  • Digital skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Information collecting and evaluation
  • Ability to apply knowledge and concepts
  • Time management and organisation


  • Year 1

    • Applications and Research in Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an interesting and enjoyable introduction to basic statistical, research, and ICT methods for the collection, analysis and presentation of business data. You will be required to do calculations by hand and use appropriate software though the emphasis is on the interpretation and communication of results.

    • Financial Aspects of Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your financial understanding and knowledge within business organisations to enable you to make effective decisions and to assess the cost, economic and financial implications and outcomes of these decisions. It aims to provide an understanding of the fundamental roles of accounting and finance for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge as well as to provide an understanding of key microeconomic and macroeconomic principles that inform business thought and practice.

    • Management and Organisations (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to enable you to understand how managers operate in organisations in an international context. It will cover the development of management and theories explaining organisational behaviour. You will develop the ability to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of various management theories.

    • Marketing Theory and Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to provide an overview of key marketing concepts and techniques, as they apply in a variety of organisations and in both conventional and online environments. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the core role of marketing in determining the growth potential of an enterprise, including the value of the marketing mix in ensuring successful marketing implementation and the significance of external and internal operating environments for marketing practice.

  • Year 2

    • Business Environment Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module you will begin to acquire the knowledge and skills typically required for more advanced study of businesses and in managerial decision-making. You will learn to analyse business environments and handle information using techniques, models and frameworks that will also start to build higher level employability skills.

    • Operations Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to broaden and expand your knowledge of the concepts and techniques required for the design, operation and control of business processes. Cases and practical exercises are relevant to a variety of commercial, manufacturing and service organisations. The module builds on the IT and quantitative skills developed in Year 1.

    • Work, Organisation and Society (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to enable you to develop a critical understanding of the multifaceted social processes that are imperative to organisational life, and through which organisations may exert influence on ourselves as much as on society at large in order to pursue your objectives. The module will cover a wide array of theories pertaining to organisational behaviour, organisation theory, sociology, psychology and economical issues as far as they are relevant for the understanding of these social processes. You will develop your own abilities to analyse these theories critically, build up your own views on how to think and feel about these emergent issues as well as empower yourself with the capacity to argue and support these views in an academically rigorous manner.

    • Brand Management (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of branding, brand management and brand communications. In particular, the module will focus on developing strategies to create and sustain successful brands and on developing efficient brand communication strategies.

    • Business Communication in Spanish (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to build upon and extend your abilities to read, write, listen and speak in Spanish in business contexts and to promote an understanding of Hispanic culture in general and in the business world. You will analyse the main types of business communications in order to appreciate relevant specialised vocabularies and underlying cultural assumptions.

    • Business Communications in Mandarin (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to build upon and extend your ability to listen, speak, read and write Mandarin Chinese in business contexts, and to promote an understanding of Chinese culture, in general and in the business world. You will analyse the main types of business communications in order to appreciate relevant specialised vocabularies and underlying cultural assumptions.

    • Human Resource Management in a Global Context (30 credits) - Optional

      This module builds upon knowledge gained in Year 1 about the business environment and about the general management functions operating within organisations. You will develop an understanding of the international context of dealing with people issues in organisations.

    • Sustainable Products (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to examine the importance of sustainable products to firms in order to reduce climate-related risks. The module explores the factors behind developing sustainable products from the perspectives of the environment, the firm, and the product itself.

  • Year 3

    • Procurement and Sourcing (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to present the interrelationships of purchasing with the rest of the functional and system areas of the organisation, with particular emphasis on the interface with marketing, logistics, supply chain management, and operations management. The module introduces the purchasing function as an integral part of the transformation of raw materials and component parts into finished goods by utilising materials, systems, information, and people in order to become strategic weapon in today's global market.

    • Strategic Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to present a broad and integrated view of strategic management in organisations and outlines and offers a range of critical perspectives on key concepts of strategy. It will introduce generic strategies at the corporate, business and functional levels, and will provide a range of analytical models and concepts that can be applied in assessing the strategic capability of an organisation and the environment in which it operates.

    • Global Supply Chain Management (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop an understanding about the integration of different business in creating value and demonstrate the effects of planning in multiple organisations. You will gain experience on the management of integrated business processes and develop a process understanding. The module will also present a integration of functional departments within and between different organisations.

    • Logistics (30 credits) - Optional

      Logistics is a critical business function. It deals with all information and material flows pertaining to the delivery of goods and services from manufacturing to customer demand points. With ever increasing competition and increasingly stringent customer requirements, companies are forced to continuously reinvent their logistics service provision creating a robust demand for logistics professionals. This module aims to prepare you for such a role by imparting knowledge and skills in all key areas of logistics including network, location, transportation and warehouse design and planning.

    • Research Project (30 credits) - Optional

      This module provides an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate higher order employability skills such as the ability to design and deliver a small research project, learn independently and through supervision, and undertake an extended, methodical piece of work. A well-executed research project will give you something to distinguish yourself from your peers as well as the opportunity to show why you might be a superior candidate for graduate employment.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BA Business Management (Supply Chain) support your career?

This programme aims to equip you with a broad understanding of how businesses operate and more specifically their operations, logistics and supply chain processes. The specialist knowledge and skills you gain will enable you to work in a wide variety of operations related jobs:

  • Supply chain manager
  • Logistics manager
  • Operations manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Production manager
  • Process analyst
  • Production planner
  • Buyer
  • Master scheduler
  • Materials manager
  • Transport coordinator

Supply chain managers are in high demand as a wide variety of organisations need supply chain experts; manufacturers, retailers, transportation companies, third party logistics providers, service companies, government agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Dr Vinaya Shukla
Senior Lecturer

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.

Dr Lakshmi Narasimhan Vedanthachari
Senior Lecturer

Dr Vedanthachari is an engineering graduate with 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 has delivered various regional development projects aimed at supporting Small and Medium Sized businesses in improving business performance which has resulted in the development of long term strategic partnerships and new revenue streams.

  • Peter Fernandes

    Business Management BA graduate

    Every aspect of the course has been exciting. I particularly enjoyed the third year modules. Strategic Management gave me a deep insight into the workings of a business environment and Leadership Management helped me discover my strengths and weakness in order to become an effective leader in the future.

    I loved working closely with academics, who are leaders in their field. They ensured the entire course provided not only academic theory but also practical and relevant information specifically designed and tailored towards my future career.

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