MSc Operations and Logistics Management


Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Master of Science



Business is global and our ability to compete successfully requires our experience and knowledge in developing and managing the global supply chain. This is the course for you if you are looking for a career in operations and logistics either within companies or in specialist logistics and operations businesses.

You will acquire knowledge about the primary and support activities in a value chain and advanced operations and logistics management practices and techniques. This will help you to work as an operations, purchasing, logistics or supply chain manager in both manufacturing and service companies. You will acquire skills and practices for conducting operations and logistics research.

Overview

Business is global and our ability to compete successfully requires our experience and knowledge in developing and managing the global supply chain. This is the course for you if you are looking for a career in operations and logistics either within companies or in specialist logistics and operations businesses.

You will acquire knowledge about the primary and support activities in a value chain and advanced operations and logistics management practices and techniques. Case studies will be applied to help you understand workplace scenarios. This will help you to work as an operations, purchasing, logistics or supply chain manager in both manufacturing and service companies. You will acquire skills and practices for conducting operations and logistics research and these will enable you to pursue a PhD degree or work in consulting firms. Beyond these specialist skills, additional valuable skills that you will acquire include cognitive and transferable skills, including critical thinking and creativity, problem solving and decision making, effective use of information and communications technology, presentation, teamwork, personal effectiveness and ethics and value management. These will increase your capabilities and the opportunities for you to work in both public and private sectors.

Course Dates

Start: 26th September 2016
End: 30th September 2017

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

Name Code Credits

BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS

The module examines the business research process from start to finish, offers an understanding of how the boundaries of business management knowledge are advanced through research and aims to provide students the necessary training to pursue their MSc Dissertation. Dealing with business research questions, research design and data interpretation, both systematically and creatively, is the module's core aim. The module is presented in the form of lectures and workshops based on student-led group presentations. Lectures will provide students with a variety of approaches and tools for developing their own research, whilst workshops will reinforce learning through critical evaluation of key management studies and a 'live demonstration' of originality and self-direction in tackling research questions. Further, the module affords the opportunity for MSc students to understand how established techniques of research are used to create knowledge in the discipline. Students will engage in basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis during classes to enhance their understanding of the research process. The module intends to support students in their summer dissertation work with their research active supervisors towards conducting an independent research project.

NBS-7064Y

20

CRITICAL ISSUES IN OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

This module aims to develop a critical understanding and appreciation of key purchasing and supply management theories and practices. This module provides students with an overview of purchasing and supply management in today's globalized supply network. Current developments in the operations and logistics discipline will be discussed alongside social and technical changes which may impact the future development of purchasing and supply management. The topics covered will include purchasing structure and design, supplier relationships, global sourcing and the management of suppliers, outsourcing, price and negotiation, capital and commodities procurement, and E-procurement systems. Students will gain an understanding of purchasing in today's competitive global environment secured against a sound understanding of the principles of operations and supply chain management.

NBS-7058B

20

GLOBAL LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT

This advanced module introduces students to some of the latest ideas and concepts relating to the strategic management of operations and the supply networks of which they are a part. Thus, the focus is on both the medium to long term planning and design of supply chains and also on their immediate day-to-day management i.e. the focus is both strategic and tactical. The module explores key strategic and tactical decisions faced by supply chain managers, for example, decisions about processes, collaboration, information technology, etc.

NBS-7054A

20

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT

This module provides the knowledge required to understand the organisational importance of creating and delivering new products and services, and the supporting innovation and technology infrastructure, which are aligned to strategic business objectives. In this connection, competence in collaborating across complex inter-organisational networks is of vital importance. This module thus provides strategies and knowledge to manage the innovative transformation of business operations and processes and to use state-of-the-art technology, including digital business tools and techniques. Apposite and effective innovation and technology management practice is a critical strategic tool in businesses gaining sustainable competitive advantage. The module affords the opportunity for students to develop the skills needed for innovation and technology management practice.

NBS-7055B

20

MARKETING THEORY AND PRACTICE

This module will provide the opportunity to develop appreciation and understanding of the theoretical assumptions, debates and practices that constitute the body of knowledge we recognise as marketing within the profit as well as the public and not-for-profit sectors. Current developments in the marketing discipline will be discussed alongside methodological advances, as well as social and technical changes which may impact the future development of marketing theory and practice. Discrepancies in the theory and practice of marketing will be identified and their interplay appreciated.

NBS-7052A

20

POSTGRADUATE DISSERTATION

The dissertation will allow the student to explore in-depth a research question related to their studies. It will draw upon relevant concepts and techniques introduced during the taught part of the course, and will seek to combine the theory and practice of operations and logistics management through the completion of a substantial and relevant in-depth piece of work.

NBS-7069X

60

STRATEGIC PURCHASING AND SUPPLY MANAGEMENT

This is an advanced module aims to develop a critical understanding and appreciation of key operations and supply management theories and practices. This module helps students gain an advanced knowledge of different challenges to operations and supply chain management and various strategies, and their design. The module reflects on the strategic importance of operations and supply chains. Students will examine the nature of operations and supply chain processes for various organisations and consider the latest international developments from a broad spectrum of commercial sectors. The module introduces students to large-scale, real-world supply chain processes and their key operational choices and managerial decisions.

NBS-7056A

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Business, Management or Engineering.
  • Degree Classification First or 2.1 honours degree* or international equivalent from a recognised institution.
  • Special Entry Requirements *Exceptional applicants who do not meet the standard admission criteria of a 2.1 honours degree will be assessed on an individual basis and may be required to provide further materials in support of their application.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

 We welcome applications from those whose first language is not English or whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 overall with a minimum of 55 in each component.

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date. 

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests.

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact: INTOpre-sessional@uea.ac.uk or visit: INTO University of East Anglia Language Learning Centre.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees for 2016/17

  • Home/EU students: £9,200
  • Overseas students: £15,300

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit

Living Expenses

Approximately £9,600 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.

Scholarships and Funding

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

Funding for postgraduate study is also available both from the university and from a number of external schemes.

Find out more about scholarships, funding and bursaries.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University. You can apply online.

Further Information

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If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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