MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Program Description

MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University


The MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management programme covers all aspects of effective operations and supply chain management in a highly competitive global marketplace. It looks at how successful operations and supply chain management can shape the sales and profit ambition of a business.

Combining XJTLU’s growing reputation and International Business School Suzhou’s dynamic and innovative international expertise, intensive collaboration with the business community and proximity to the Yangtze River Delta region, the programme is one of the few English-language masters programmes of its type in China.

Throughout the programme, opportunities are provided for you to analyse and examine the most up-to-date developments in operations and supply chain practice through a series of industrial lectures and best practice industry visits. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to reach senior managerial positions or become an operations, logistics and supply chain management strategist.

Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) is currently being sought, while students will be exempted from a number of required modules by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics to qualify for chartered status.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Unique selling points

During your studies, there is the opportunity to engage with and learn from leading organisations, thanks to our extensive links with businesses and public sector services, locally and across the world, providing you with exciting opportunities for placements, mentoring, involvement in live projects and networking.

Knowledge and skills

Through studying MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management you will:

  • develop an understanding of how operations can be managed as a strategic resource.
  • understand the requirements of successful operations and supply chain practice in modern business.
  • learn how to identify and apply a range of operations management initiatives and techniques that can be considered in the development of an operations strategy.
  • understand and be able to apply the models, processes and tools used to analyze, design and implement operations and supply chain management and logistics solutions.
  • gain an understanding of the decisions involved in the selection of suppliers as well as the role and objectives of the purchasing function.
  • develop a thorough understanding of the components of supply chains, the material and information flow interactions between them and the analytical and management processes that facilitate successful supply chain performance.
  • be able to apply benchmarking and comparative performance techniques.
  • be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of current research in business and management through independent analysis of a relevant business case.


Core modules:

  • Supply chain operations management
  • Strategic operations management
  • Logistics and physical distribution
  • Strategic purchasing management
  • Theory and practice of lean operations
  • Strategic business analysis
  • Dissertation.

Elective modules:

  • Accounting and financial management
  • Project management
  • Operations modelling and simulation
  • Marketing management.

Additional learning activity modules

In addition to the above credit-bearing modules, students are required to carry out 600 hours of additional learning activities (ALA) over the 18 months. Available additional learning activities include:

  • Research methods
  • Postgraduate English
  • Chinese language
  • Project management
  • Operations modelling and simulation
  • In-company project
  • Thompson One Certificate achievement
  • EIKON Certificate achievement
  • Datastream Certificate achievement
  • Teaching assistant
  • Research assistant.


MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management graduates are now working for companies like Jaguar, Bosch, Mondeleze, Accenture, Caterpillar, Daimler Chrysler, Deloitte Consultants, Ford Motor Company, GE, Maersk, Unilever, Unipart, Westinghouse and Cargill.


RMB 120,000 for the entire 18-month full-time programme.

University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us.

Entry requirements:

academic background

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in any discipline.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
  • TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Last updated February 6, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2019
18 - 36 months
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120,000 CNY
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China - Suzhou, Jiangsu
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Sept. 2019
China - Suzhou, Jiangsu
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