Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc

 
  

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Qualification
MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (or international equivalent) in business, engineering or science-related discipline
Other requirements
Personal statement and a list of modules being studied in the final year (for applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree)
IELTS
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
Jubilee Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

This course explores the decisions made to tackle management problems in business, industry and the public sector, with a focus on logistics and supply chains.
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The MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management focuses on the creative potential of information technology for innovation and change and is the most quantitative course, emphasising the increasing trend to apply analytics and management science techniques in business and management.

The Business School offers four closely-related MSc courses in the field of operations management:

These courses look at methods, models and techniques that are used to resolve organisational difficulties, integrating management techniques and technologies they control.

These courses will suit you if you have qualitative and quantitative skills and are a graduate in management, computer science, engineering or a related discipline and want to pursue a career in operations management. You will also need an ability to analyse problems in a structured way.

Such is the demand from employers for graduates with analytical skills who can apply critical thinking to problem resolution, you can expect to enter a career in management science and/or operations and supply chain management.

Your concluding dissertation, which is undertaken during the summer, demonstrates your integrated knowledge, methodology and practical skills.

Academic English preparation and support

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and support. Our presessional courses take your English language and academic skills to the level you need to progress to postgraduate study without taking IELTS again.

Specialist five and 10-week business and management courses are available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once. Students who enter via the CELE route are exempt from paying the school's £1,000 reservation fee. For more details, please contact us.

Key facts

  • Part of an elite group of EQUIS and AMBA accredited business schools
  • 6th in the UK for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with teaching informed by the latest developments
 

Course details

You must accumulate 180 credits to qualify for the award of MSc; 120 from modules taught and examined during two 15-week semesters.

Each taught module typically consists of ten 2-3 hour sessions. Assessment is a combination of individual essays or group projects and written exams.

The remaining 60 credits of this course are allocated to a 12,000-15,000-word individual dissertation on an approved, relevant subject, which is completed over the summer period for submission in September.

 
 

Modules

Semester one

Core

Management Science for Decisions Support

The emphasis in this module is on formulating (modelling) and solving models with spreadsheets. The topics covered include: modelling principles, optimisation and linear programming, network models, introduction to integer programming, key concepts of probability and uncertainty, decision theory, queuing systems and simulation.

 
Managing Contemporary Operations: Fundamentals and Challenges

Contemporary operations management is introduced through the vehicle of lectures and case studies. Topics include:

  • fundamentals of operations management: operations as a transformation process, the context of operation strategy, how operations add value and enable businesses to compete and/or deliver effective services, differences between services and goods and the goods-service continuum, the role of operations management (strategic, tactical, operational)
  • performance measures: developing performance measures for operations and benchmarking (including customer facing)
  • types of production (ETO, ATO, MTO, MTS), P:D ratios, role of inventory within operations and supply chain, process design including standardisation, order fulfilment processes and their management
  • managing key operations variables: defining capacity and capability, reconciling demand and capacity, handling variety, mass customisation and postponement, service quality vs. cost trade-offs
  • 'push' vs. 'pull systems', theory of constraints, JIT, including Toyota production system (TPS)
  • detection and elimination of waste and the lean philosophy, practices and techniques
  • quality and quality initiatives, unconditional service guarantee
  • Step and continuous improvements, issues associated with implementing initiatives and change in general

A factory visit will be organised early on in the module to provide you with some exposure to industrial operations.

 
Supply Chain Planning and Management

Module content is divided into four parts:

  1. Supply chain concepts: Classification of supply chains and networks. The importance of supply chain management. The procurement function. Supply chain dynamics. Supply Chain competition.
  2. Supply chain network design and planning. Buyer-supplier relationships and decisions. Sourcing decisions and lean procurement. Inventory positioning. Coordination and integration. Collaborative forecasting, planning and replenishment. Extended enterprise.
  3. Logistics management: The relationship between logistics and SCM - scope of the logistics function. Transport and distribution management. Technologies for logistics and SC management. Outsourcing the Logistics function - 3PL and 4PL.
  4. Supply chain and reverse logistics strategies. Performance, costs, agility and robustness in SCM and Logistics. Strategic planning for integrated SCM and logistics solutions. Sustainable Supply Chains.
 

Optional

Choose one module from the following list (subject to any pre-requisites):

Fundamentals of Management Information Systems

The module covers the following:

  • Fundamentals IS concepts: definitions and typology
  • Historical context, including the evolution of the internet
  • Why IT matters to the modern business
  • Key technologies; Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Systems (ERP), the Cloud, Knowledge Management
  • Digital Business Models
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Digital Business Ecosystems
  • Law and IT
  • Technology adoption
  • Management of IT: insourcing, outsourcing, maturity models
 
Project Management

The module covers the following:

  • Definitions and classifications of projects
  • Objectives in project management - time, costs, quality
  • Activity identification
  • Resources and resource management
  • Critical Path Method, programme evaluation and review technique, and resource scheduling
  • Performance measurement and costs
  • Project lifecycles and models
  • Project teams and leadership in project management
  • Managing risk in projects
  • Critical Chain Planning Method
  • Analysis of project success and failure
  • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • Project management software
 

Semester two

Core

Design of Operations Facilities and Systems

The module covers: Strategic issues in the location of business in a global environment. Location models and the analysis of factors influencing the optimum selection of country, region and location. The facilities planning process and the optimum design of layouts. Lean manufacturing. Cell manufacturing and just in time production. Material handling and integrated production systems. Warehousing and logistics. Quantitative approaches to location and layout modelling. Computer aided layout design. Planning techniques. Design for next generation manufacturing and services.

 
International Logistics and Transport

The module focuses on international transport and logistics management within the global business environment. As such, it covers a breadth of operational, technological, economic and regulatory issues relevant to transport and logistics practice.

Specific topics covered include: the modes of transport and their underlying operational and economic characteristics, the nature of regulation and competition in international transport and logistics operations, freight costs and pricing, and relevant trade and customs procedures. Lectures are further underpinned by seminars and group activities.

 
Supply Chain and Operations Strategy and Practice

Module content is divided into three major parts:

  1. Strategy, Context of supply chain and operations strategy. The range of strategic decisions within and between operations. The impact of competition on operations and supply chains. Supply chain strategies for coordination and integration. Collaborative forecasting, planning and replenishment. Strategic perspectives of operations in the virtual and extended enterprises.
  2. Performance measurement, Concept and importance of performance measurement within supply chain and operations management. Financial, non-financial, single and multi-factor measures. Approaches and techniques for developing customer facing and internal measures including Balanced Scorecard and Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model. Selection and application of key performance indicators. Importance of intra and inter-organisational benchmarking and approaches to target setting.
  3. Current Practice, Current supply chain management, logistics, and operations management approaches in specific industries/sectors. Pertinent issues and drivers of change in practicing supply chain and operations management.
 

Optional

Choose one module from the following list (subject to any pre-requisites):

Quality Management and Quality Techniques

There are two main divisions of the material:

Quality management
Historical introduction to the development of quality management thinking. The need for quality, definitions, ideas and concepts of quality. Quality gurus: Deming, Juran, Crosby, Taguchi, etc. Variation and quality improvement, problem-solving tools, Kaizen, Six Sigma. Culture change for Total Quality Management (TQM); empowerment, team-building, motivation. Business excellence awards (MBNQA, EFQM). Quality Management Systems (ISO 9000); auditing and certification. Quality economics, quality performance measures, benchmarking. Supply chain quality. Service quality.

Quality techniques
Process capability: Variation Risk Management, loss functions, capability assessment. PCIs, non-normality, Six Sigma approaches. SPC charts: Shewhart charts for attributes and variables. CUSUM, EWMA. Acceptance sampling for attributes and variables. Advanced quality planning - QFD and FMEA. Quality Data management. Taguchi Statistical Robust Design. Total Preventative Maintenance.

 
Procurement and Purchasing

The module covers the following:

  • Sourcing strategies and structures
  • Supplier selection and segmentation
  • Services procurement
  • Retail buying
  • Negotiation
  • Supplier involvement
  • Public sector procurement
  • Sustainable procurement
 

 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

Funding information is available on the school website and can also be found on the Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Career destinations for our postgraduates include accountants, finance and investment analysts, higher education teaching professionals, investment bankers, IT business analysts, management consultants, marketing professionals, public relations professionals and university researchers.

Postgraduate careers team

Taught students benefit from the support of our postgraduate careers team who will help you to explore your career options and develop your career management skills. Our weekly MSc Advanced Career Leaders Programme is complemented by individual careers consultations, networking events and access to a wide range of employer presentations, volunteering activities and work experience opportunities.

Through a combination of your academic studies and the careers support on offer, you will be in an excellent position to enhance your career prospects and move onto the next stage of your career.

Employability and average starting salary

82.1% of postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £28,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £50,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

 
 
 
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