Advance your career skills by gaining an in-depth perspective of global supply chains, and develop the strategic and analytical tools to manage them.
This is the only online programme to be accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), providing students with the opportunity to receive an award that is internationally valued and gain membership to two leading professional bodies.
Whether you are seeking to further your career in supply chain management or interested in gaining insight into global trends in the industry, this business-focused MSc will help advance your knowledge of supply chain management and prepare you for the jobs of the future. The curriculum has been developed from in-depth research carried out by academics at the renowned Sir John Cass Business School (Cass), one of the world's leading business schools and part of City, University of London.
You will be immersed in the latest technologies and innovations within the supply chain and global logistics industry, including artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, big data analytics and automation. You will also explore live issues such as risk mitigation, sustainability and ethics.
Successful graduates of the MSc programme with relevant work experience can apply for both MCIPS and CMILT designations, which represent a global standard for industry professionals.
Flexible learning options allow you to select the programme pathway that suits your needs and interests. You can obtain an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate from anywhere in the world.
By studying this programme, you will:
- develop an understanding of international business trends that shape global supply chains and how they impact your business;
- be able to use your research project to better understand the challenges facing your business;
- be kept up-to-date on key innovations within supply chain management and global logistics, including analytics and advanced technology usage.
How you study
The flexible approach to learning allows you to study this online programme at your own pace from anywhere in the world. You will receive comprehensive learning materials and a choice of tuition options.
We provide you with all of the resources and study materials you need to complete the course successfully, including the essential reading for each module. You can access these through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) on a range of devices.
Our online learning resources typically include multimedia content, activities and exercises (e.g. multiple choice quizzes, reflective exercises and self-assessment questions), as well as facilities for you to interact with your tutor and fellow students. You’ll also receive access to two short introductory modules that help you get the most from your studies.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
- On the VLE you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
- The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
- Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.
All students receive tutor support and feedback while studying this programme. Tutors introduce the modules, respond to queries, monitor discussions and provide guidance on assessments.
Study at your own pace, either part-time or full-time. Each module presents about 150 hours of study – an average of 5-7 hours per week. Modules will run at least twice a year, depending on demand.
Each module is studied for over 22 weeks. You choose how many to take in each session and which sessions to enter. You can study up to six (or four modules and the Final Project) at any one time.
Each module includes a mix of assessments. Formative assessments help you to measure your progress but do not count towards your grade. Summative assessments do count towards the final grade. These include coursework and a project or written exam.
Examinations are held twice a year. You can defer sitting an exam once (subject to a fee) but not the submission of coursework. Once you begin a module it is generally expected that you will complete it in the six-month session.
This programme comprises eight core modules, two electives and a Final Project.
Eight core modules:
- Core Concepts of Supply Chain Management
- Supply Chain Analytics
- Operations and Process Management
- Accounting for Decision Makers
- Strategy for Delivering Value
- Global Purchasing and Supply Management
- Innovation and Supply Chain Technology
- Global Logistics and Transport Management
Plus two elective modules, chosen from:
- Project Management
- Business Forecasting and Data Analytics
- Supply Chain Finance and Risk Management
- Business to Business Marketing
And a final project.
You need a first or second-class bachelor’s degree (or an acceptable equivalent) preferably in a quantitative subject.
Applicants who wish to apply but do not meet the admission criteria can still pursue these degrees through the progression route. The progression route involves:
- First, you apply for the Postgraduate Certificate;
- Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate will allow you to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma;
- Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, you can progress to complete the remaining modules and gain the MSc.
English Language requirements
You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:
- IELTS: at least 6.5 overall with 6.0 in the written test
- Pearson Test (Academic): at least 59 overall, with 59+ in reading and writing and 54+ in speaking and listening.
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above).
- TOEFL iBT: at least 92 overall, with 22+ in reading and writing and 20+ in speaking and listening.
Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.
We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.
A University of London qualification in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics provides you with the opportunity to hone the attributes and capabilities necessary to build an effective career in the supply and logistics field in the future. As a future manager in this sector, your Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics qualification can provide you with specific managerial insights into the complex world of global supply chains and how vital they are to the development of any business as it moves forward.
Beyond the technical details of logistics and supply chain which you will cover on your programme, you will also have the opportunity to collaborate and network with fellow peers from across the world who will also be enhancing their understanding of international trade and business. Your strategic thinking and analytical skills will also be enhanced by your studies, as you learn to apply the theoretical approaches to logistics within the realities of the fast-paced and dynamic landscape of global supply chains. Your improved understanding of the sector will also be enhanced by the programme, which is accredited by leading professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).
Many employers across multiple sectors, from government departments to retail firms, require skilled supply chain and logistics professionals and recruit directly into their businesses and organisations. Supply chain and logistics is also an inherently international sector so roles can be based across the world and often involve national and international travel.
Advance your knowledge of international business trends that shape supply chain thinking.