MSc in Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management


Program Description

This course is for

Graduates who want to work in the managerial or consulting areas of operations, logistics or supply chain management.


Learn conceptual, analytical and practical insights into effective operations management in global organizations.

You will gain advanced knowledge and skills to give you the confidence to start a career in supply chain management. Become a well-connected professional with skills that are desirable across many industries.

Tier 4 visa scheme

Benefit from a streamlined visa application process and get six months leave after your course.

We’re one of a small group of UK universities selected to take part.

Key Benefits

  • Work with clients from day one. Take on a live consulting project with a client throughout the year on our unique feature, The Practicum. You'll gain deep understanding of operations, logistics and supply chain management with this hands-on experience
  • Accredited by CIPS, CILT, and APM. The accreditations ensure top quality standards and also allow you to enjoy the benefits that CIPS, CILT, and APM offer to members
  • Small class size. You'll experience individual coaching in small groups, resulting in enhanced learning outcomes

Content and structure

Semester one and two: the Practicum

Semester one: compulsory units

You will take these units:

  • Operations management
  • Supply chain management
  • Business logistics management
  • Fundamentals of accounting and financial management
  • The Practicum

Semester two: taught units

Compulsory units

You will take these units:

  • Operations strategy
  • Global supply chain and logistics management
  • The Practicum

Optional units

You will select two of these units:

  • Project management
  • Business analytics
  • Managing strategic partnerships
  • Contemporary and emerging issues for organizations
  • Sustainable operations management


The course will finish with a dissertation. You will produce a unique piece of research using techniques learned throughout the year.

Teaching and learning

You’ll learn from academics who are experts in the field of operations, logistics and supply chain management. Your learning experience will be enriched by the research activities and collaborations of academic staff.

We will also offer a wide range of opportunities for personal development. These will be delivered by specialists in our Careers Service, Academic Skills Centre, and Library, or in partnership with the Students’ Union.

All units are taught on campus.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • project work
  • presentations

Methods of assessment

Units are assessed by a combination of formal examinations and coursework.

Additional costs

As well as the cost of books, you will also need to cover the cost of photocopying, printing, and binding. You should budget at least £100 for this.

Some courses involve visits away from the University campus, and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation, and subsistence for such trips.

This course is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Achieve your career goals

Study with us to help achieve your career goals. You will develop the right skills and work with employers from week one of the course.

Our graduates have a great employment record. Most go on to careers in a range of areas, start their own business or begin a Ph.D.

Professional accreditations

Your MSc will give you an advantage in a competitive job market as you'll be able to apply for exemptions to qualifications.

We have accreditation from the following professional bodies.

  • The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply: When you complete the course you will be able to apply for MCIPS. This is the worldwide standard for procurement and supply management professionals.
  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: If you pass the course, you’ll be exempt from the academic requirements for membership at either Chartered Member or membership level of the CILT. There may also be a reduction in the length of experience required.

Entry requirements

UK students

2:1 or above (or its international equivalent) is usually expected. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

You should have at least a 2:1 at the undergraduate level.

If you are a UK student and completed your undergraduate degree abroad, your qualification must be equivalent to a 2:1 or above.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability.

Work experience

In some cases, you may be able to substitute work experience for our degree requirement. Your experience must be relevant and should be no more than three years.

European and international students

Contact us for more information about our entry requirements for your country, application help and funding details.

English language

If English is not your first language, you will need to pass an English language test.

You will need an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 7.0 overall. Your scores for reading, writing, listening, and speaking must be at least 6.5.

These results must be no more than two years old from the start date of your MSc course.

IELTS alternatives

We also accept other language tests, including PTE Academic, TOEFL. iBT, CPE, and CAE.

If you have already taken a test but have not met the required standard, you can apply to take a pre-sessional course at the University.

If you are already studying in the UK

If you completed all of your undergraduate studies in:

  • the UK
  • a country where English is the official first language

You may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Combined offer

If you have an overall IELTS score of 6.0 or 5.5 you may qualify for a combined offer.

  • Five-week course: An overall IELTS score of 6.0 may allow you to take a five-week English course before your MSc. Each of your listening, reading, writing and speaking scores must be at least 5.5.
  • Ten-week course: An overall IELTS score of 5.5 may allow you to take a ten-week course before your MSc. Each of your listening, reading, writing and speaking scores must be at least 5.5.
Last updated February 2019

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