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Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

MSc/PgDip/PgCert

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

Start Date(s): September; January; March; June; November; July

Duration:

MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)
PgCert (four months full-time, one year part-time)

Fees:

Part-time - £1,425 per 30 credit module

UK - £8,550

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • This programme is one of very few in the UK that it is now double accredited by both CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Chain Management) and CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport)
  • Enhance your employability and prepare for a managerial, consulting or operational role
  • Put logistics theory into real practice with an exciting Business Innovation Project
  • Part-time study option
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This programme will encourage and challenge you to develop your knowledge and skills in global procurement, logistics and supply chain management. Our teaching team is research active and you will learn from them the up-to-date theoretical knowledge in areas such as automation and artificial intelligence. You will also look at the opportunities and challenges provided by Big Data Analytics, the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing, 3D printing and robotics. Our expertise is supported by input from industry partners such as Jaguar Landrover, Brother International and Manchester Airport who have helped to develop the programme.

There is substantial technical context and input in the areas of Demand Forecasting, Inventory Management, Process/Supply Chain/Logistics Optimisation and Analytics. In particular, the module “Advanced Logistics and Project Management” brings together two very important skills widely sought after in the industry.

You will be encouraged to broaden your horizons by going beyond the academic literature to look at the very latest developments published in the relevant trade press. You will also be challenged to consider the ethical implications of global sourcing, for example looking at global catastrophic events in relation to production and service provision.

As well as learning from academics, you will have the opportunity to learn from other students, from expert guest lecturers and from your interaction with the two professional bodies, Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and Chartered Institute of Logisitics and Transport (CILT) at conferences, invited events and more. 

The course also offers a distance learning option through our official partner Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland.

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details

The programme is block delivered and there are several entry points throughout the year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a 6-week period. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus for 6 hours each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme one afternoon a week during the 6-week blocks.

Part time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

For the final third of your studies, you will work on your Business Innovation Project, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.

SEMESTER 1  

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop an in depth understanding of the critical nature and meaning of global supply chain management and its application across a range of organisations and sectors internationally. You will learn how to critically evaluate the contribution of global logistics and supply chain to an organisation’s competitive advantage and improve your ability to recognise and implement sustainable approaches to supply chain management.  
Through this module you will critically analyse the theory, concepts and models of operations and information management. Operations and Information Management provides you with an overview of how to improve different types of operations and information systems as well as contributing to a company’s competitiveness and strategy.

SEMESTER 2  

The Procurement Risk and Contract Management module provides you with an overview of project risk and aids you in the development of the skills needed to effectively manage procurement processes in a multitude of environments.
In Advanced Project and Logistics Management you will evaluate contemporary research in logistics and project management, critically analyse advances in project and programme management and review emerging technologies and innovations in logistics and project management such as big data analytics and virtual technologies.  

SEMESTER 3

Business Innovation Project (BIP)

This module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree.  You will have the opportunity to select between a live project, placement, internship or dissertation, all of which are designed to accommodate your career aspirations and enhance your professional experience.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the BIP project.  You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and Student Life. Student Life can help with pre project / placement support for students and opportunities for those going on placement to participate in training workshops to ensure best practice. The Student Hub can helps you to find internships, placements and live projects for your Business Innovation Project.

An advanced-level research pathway based on a real-world business problem.  You will create an initial research proposal (worth 10% of your marks) then produce a 12,000 – 15,000 dissertation for assessment.  
This is a group project (teams of 2 to 5 students) examining an organisational problem or opportunity. Students work on sizeable commercial projects, which are broken down by the team.  Live projects reflect the commercial reality of delivering complex commercial projects through the combined efforts of a committed team.    You will produce a group presentation and executive report, coupled with an individual 8-10,000 word report for assessment.
This involves working on a company project. You will spend a minimum of three days per week on the project brief with a total of 300 hours being available to complete the project. You will normally be based in the University but will spend significant time in the organisation.  The majority of internships are voluntary unpaid positions, but you will gain significant real-world experience. In many cases students are supported in finding and securing internships with the support of the School’s Employability Hub.  You will produce a 30-40 minute commercial presentation and 10,000 word professional dissertation for assessment.
The placement provides you with the opportunity to gain work experience to support your academic learning.  You will work full time with your employer for four to six months on paid work experience implementing a commercial project.  You will produce a portfolio of work, visitor assessment, presentation and interim report, culminating in a work related dissertation of 10,000 words.
  • Placements can be undertaken in the UK or overseas.
  • You can undertake your placements with your sponsor or employing organisation.
  • For international students placements are 6 months maximum due to visa restrictions.
  • For home/EU students, placements can possibly be extended to 12 months.
  • You will be paid a salary for the duration of your placement.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.  

Where a student has gained a recognised Honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University. For more information search for English on Course Finder.

Suitable For

This course is ideal for graduates who want to establish a career in procurement, logistics and supply chain management, or for existing managers who wish to develop their skills and enhance their future career prospects.

Applicant profile

Procurement and logistics is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and this course is ideal if you are looking to build a career in this dynamic sector. Your background may be in shipping, logistics or general business.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£8,550
Part-time£1,425 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£14,400

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section. Please note, students on the distance learning option through our partner, Robert Kennedy College, are not eligible for a student loan.

Teaching

Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Business Innovation Programme each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.  Individual student timetables will be provided during induction week.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Yiannis Polychronakis

Yiannis is a senior lecturer in operations, logistics and project management and holds a BSc in Manufacturing Systems, an MSc in Quality Management and a PhD. He has assisted a number of organisations such as Silent Night, Cleveland Guest, Trafford Council and Manchester City Council in developing and implementing best practices in the areas of process management, supply chain development and project management.

Employability

Our graduates are highly sought after in many countries for their knowledge and passion for the procurement and supply business.

Recent graduate destinations have included positions with:

  • Rolls-Royce plc
  • Toyota
  • BASF
  • Ernst & Young
  • CitiBank  

Job roles have included inventory analysts, procurement officers and managers, shipping managers, warehouse controllers, transport, logistics and supply chain managers.

Alumni Profile

Peter Hahn, Siemens

"I have been successful in obtaining a position as a trainee procurement manager for Siemens and feel that this course gave me a very thorough grounding. I felt very well prepared in procurement and supply chain topics which were an important part of the discussions, interviews and presentations. I want to thank you because I feel that you prepared me very well."

Links with Industry

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience.  Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want.  The Business Innovation Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.

Further Study

Find out more information about research opportunities here

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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