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As an operations manager you will have highly developed strategic abilities that ensure your business runs smoothly and maintains a competitive advantage. Our MSc will give you the broad skillset you need to excel in global operations management positions.
You will study modules that develop essential management techniques including supply chain planning, decision making, operations management and quality control. You'll also be able to tailor your degree to match your individual career aspirations, and specialise in areas relevant to your chosen field.
You will graduate with a clear understanding of the methods, models and techniques that are used to resolve organisational difficulties. You'll be equipped with the analytical skills to understand the complexity of operational management challenges in business, combined with creative thinking to generate potential solutions.
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Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 120 credits of taught modules. Each module typically consists of 10 two to three hour sessions.
You will complete a 60-credit dissertation over the summer, and will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.
Management Science for Decision 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
Managing Contemporary Operations: Fundamentals and Challenges
This module provides a general introduction to the management of operations. This includes an introduction to the core concepts and theory within operations management with many examples of good practice. These examples take the form of short videos in class, a number of cases, and visits to three different operations. Students will be working in teams for assessed coursework, with a final exam.
Core concepts and theory include:
- The transformation module, and an introduction to competitive priorities, and structural/infrastructural requirements
- Operations for products and services, and how they differ
- Understanding processes; Little's Law
- Introduction to lean theory
- Introduction to quality and services management
- Introduction to supply chain management
- Challenges in contemporary operations management
This material will be developed and expanded on in modules covering more specialist areas.
The module covers:
- 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
Supply Chain Planning and Management
The module takes a dual approach covering both the business processes and the quantitative models and techniques necessary for supply chain planning and management. It is divided into three major parts.
- Supply chain concepts and definitions:
- Fundamental planning and control concepts for supply chain and operations planning: classification of operational and supply systems
- Inventory - forms, functions, decisions, models
- Capacity - definitions and planning
- Forecasting for supply chain and production management:
- Planning, scheduling and control approaches: aggregate planning, hierarchical planning and control
- MRP-based planning and control
- JIT principles, kanban systems
- Theory of Constraints (TOC)
- Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems
- Supply chain collaboration:
- Planning and control across the supply chain
- The bullwhip effect
- Supply chain collaboration approaches – continuous replenishment
- Vendor-Managed Inventory (VMI)
- Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR)
Advanced Operations Analysis
Module content is organised around four themes:
- More ‘advanced’ forecasting techniques (including more advanced time series and causal models)
- Inventory modelling (quantity discount models; joint replenishment; reorder point – lot size systems; periodic review models; news vendor model; (S-1, S) model; multi-warehouse situations)
- Shop floor control: WIP and Little’s law; introduction to operations scheduling and sequencing
- Introduction to distribution logistics modelling, reverse logistics and closed-loop supply chains
Design of Operations Facilities and Systems
The module covers the following:
- Strategic issues in the location of businesses in a global context
- Location modelling and the analysis of factors influencing the optimum selection of country, region and location
- The facilities planning process and the optimum design of layouts
- Quantitative approaches to location and layout modelling
- Types of manufacturing layouts including cell manufacturing and layouts to support lean operations
- Material handling and packaging solutions
- Warehousing, storage, cross docking and order picking approaches
- Logistics challenges and solutions for next generation manufacturing and service operations, including omni-channel retailing
Quality Management and Quality Techniques
There are two main divisions of the material:
- 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
- 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
The module aims to allow you to synthesise, apply and extend the knowledge you have gained in the taught component of the programme. The investigation of a current research topic will help to develop your theoretical and practical understanding of current problems in your area, as well as your research and communication skills.
Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing (spring)
This module will cover design, processing and material aspects of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies, as well as the current and potential applications of the technology in a wide variety of sectors. Topics include commercial and experimental systems, material requirements, design for additive manufacturing, software and systems, as well as case studies in industry and society.
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Aerospace Manufacturing Technology
This module covers a range of topics relating to basic airframe structure. Airframe component manufacturing techniques, automated manufacture, geometry and material constraints will be covered.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue
for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Wednesday 09 June 2021.
Learning and assessment
How you will learn
How you will be assessed
Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
Undergraduate degree2:1 (or international equivalent) in a business, engineering or science-related discipline
You are required to submit a personal statement and a list of modules being studied in the final year (for applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree).
Applications for this course are now closed.
Our step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about applying.
How to apply
Where you will learn
Jubilee Campus has eco-friendly buildings, alongside green spaces, wildlife and a lake.
This campus is home to our business, education and computer science schools, as well as a sports centre and student accommodation.
You can walk to University Park Campus in around 20 minutes or catch a free hopper bus. Nottingham city centre is 20 minutes away by public bus.
All listed fees are per year of study.
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Additional information for international students
If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you will pay
international tuition fees in most cases. If you are resident in
the UK and have 'settled' or 'pre-settled' status under the EU
Settlement Scheme, you will be entitled to 'home' fee status.
Irish students will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students.
UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be
eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.
For further guidance, check our
information for applicants from the EU.
These fees are for full-time study. If you are studying part-time,
you will be charged a proportion of this fee each year (subject to inflation).
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses.
You should be able to access most of the books you'll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.
The Business School has a number of MSc scholarships available for 2021 entry.
There are many ways to fund your postgraduate course, from scholarships to government loans.
We also offer a range of international masters scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.
Check our guide to find out more about funding your postgraduate degree.
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students.
Expert staff can help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
Each year 1,100 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.
International students who complete an eligible degree programme
in the UK on a student visa can apply to stay and work in the UK
after their course under the Graduate immigration route. Eligible
courses at the University of Nottingham include bachelors, masters
and research degrees, and PGCE courses.
Our in-house Postgraduate Careers Team provides expert advice and guidance so that you can make an informed decision about the right career path for you.
Prior to commencing your course you can take part in pre-entry careers discussions and once on programme our MSc Accelerated Career Leader Programme is complemented by one to one career coaching.
Our support continues throughout your time at Nottingham and after you graduate. Business School postgraduates also have access to events and resources provided by the Careers and Employability Service.
Career destinations for our postgraduates include:
- finance and investment analysts
- higher education teaching professionals
- investment bankers
- IT business analysts
- management consultants
- marketing professionals
- public relations professionals
- university researchers
Some MSc graduates have gone on to doctoral studies, others have become entrepreneurs. Our Ingenuity Lab has supported a number of our MSc graduates in starting their own company.
88.8% of all postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £41,001.*
* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020, using methodology set by The Guardian. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.
This content was last updated on Wednesday 09 June 2021. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur given the interval between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.