Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management - MSc

Organisations have focused on the area of logistics and supply chain management to gain greater competitive advantage through faster delivery and operational efficiencies often through strategic partnerships and alliances. The modern consumer not only wants high-quality goods at the right price but also at the right time. With greater customisation and the growing demand to meet diverse customer preferences and tastes, the need to balance high levels of customer service against the cost and performance of the distribution function is of paramount importance for any commercial organisation.

Increased international trade and the Internet have had a significant impact on the supply chain with new virtual trading marketplaces emerging and issues such as e-procurement and transparent order tracking becoming more important.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed for students seeking management careers in this dynamic industry where talented individuals are in high demand. Students will also want to benefit from the subject expertise offered at Newcastle Business School as it is one of the few institutions to offer this distinctive MSc programme at postgraduate level. Our reputation in the field of logistics is growing rapidly.

Students should possess a first degree in business with relevant content or another first degree in a related subject with appropriate relevant experience. It is expected that students should have high career aspirations to participate in this programme and that they should also be committed to their own personal development.

Programme Content and Structure

The MSc in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management is a modularized programme taught over one-year full time, comprising two taught semesters followed by a 15,000-word dissertation on a relevant topic of your choice. One of our expert team will assist you in developing your dissertation proposal and supervise you through to completion.

This programme is designed to focus on specific issues recognised within the industry to be the main challenges and is supported by a range of core Newcastle Business School management modules that facilitate research and personal skills development. The newly revised structure recognises the growing importance of the cross-functional link with marketing and the strategic partnerships and alliances (e.g 3rd Party Logistics organisations) that help streamline operations in the supply chain.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are as diverse as Materials Management, Purchasing and Quality Management amongst others such as opportunities emerging in the area of Logistics and associated environmental impacts. Typical career paths followed by former students include; Supplier Quality Manager, Transport Consultant, Distribution Services Manager, eCommerce Operations Manager, Freight Account Manager and Logistics Project Manager.

Distinctive Characteristics

Students are expected to make use of the learning and network chances arising from ‘real life’ situations through the professional bodies, external seminars and supporting companies that provide student opportunities. Professional accreditation exists with The Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply (CIPS) and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the leading professional bodies within the subject area.

This is a specialist international programme at the cutting edge of logistics and supply chain developments.

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