Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Operations Management

Salford Business School

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

With placement

Course

One year

Two year

Two year

Next enrolment

January 2022

Introduction

In a nutshell

International applicant? Please note, the next available entry point is September 2022, due to a high level of international interest in our courses.

UK applicants, there are still places available for January and June 2022.

In a world of increasing globalisation, there is a need for world class operations managers who can work effectively in an international business environment.

On this programme, you will study in depth the function of operations management and its role within a successful organisation. You will look at managing operations and complex situations while developing the skills to work closely with marketing and sales, research and development, procurement and supply chain functions. There is a high level of technical input and your learning will be informed by examples from numerous manufacturing and service settings.

Salford Business School is at the forefront of preparing the next generation of business managers. You will look at how technology such as automation and artificial intelligence is driving Industry 4.0 and the opportunities and challenges provided by Big Data Analytics, the Internet of Things, the Digital Economy, Drone Applications, 3D Printing, Robotics, Augmented Reality and more. 

The programme is highly industry-focussed and culminates in a period of time on work experience.  You can choose between a 9-12 month paid placement or the 3-6 month Industry Collaboration Project.  Whichever you choose, you will put into practice the knowledge that you've learned.

This programme is for you if you wish to explore careers in multinational companies or within a national context outside the UK.

Six good reasons to choose Salford Business School:

  1. Develop future-facing management skills working with the latest technologies
  2. Study with active industry practitioners
  3. Excellent links with industry in the UK and internationally
  4. Real-world learning on the unique Industry Collaboration Project
  5. Multiple start dates to fit with your life priorities
  6. Beautiful campus just minutes from Manchester city centre

International students should apply for the MSc route.

 

You will:
  • Explore key concepts of operations and information management, supply chain and project management
  • Learn how to critically evaluate the contribution of global logistics and supply chain to an organisation’s competitive advantage
  • Look at how Management Information Systems (MIS) is used in planning, managing and improving operations
  • Learn the tools and techniques required for planning, control, teamwork, leadership and other key processes
  • Consider how Marketing and Sales decisions affect Operations and Supply Chain Management and the importance of good relationships with these functions
  • Put your learning into practice through either a paid Industry Placement or the Industry Collaboration Project
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You have an interest in the challenges and opportunities technology creates

2.

You are a good problem solver

3.

You enjoy critically examining complex issues

4.

You want to improve your management and leadership skills

5.

You understand the importance of a global perspective

6.

You want to enhance your employability

Course details

All about the course

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

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a six-week period. Teaching is delivered for six hours each week (at present, this is made up of three hours face to face teaching + three hours online lectures). In addition, you will attend lectures to support you as you prepare for your Paid Industry Placement or Industry Collaboration Project (depending on which you choose). During this time, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University of Salford’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

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

Work experience accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree. You can follow the Industry Collaboration Project (3-6 months) or the paid Industry Placement module (9-12 months).  All placements are competitive and you can expect to apply for a number of jobs and be interviewed. You will need to meet the employer's entry criteria in order to be accepted on any placement route. However, we will support you through the process. You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the placement or project. You will also have the opportunity to engage with the Student Hub and askUK. askUK 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 help you to look for placements, internships and live projects. 

Interested in MSc Operations Management with Industry Placement?

You should apply for - and will initially be registered onto - the MSc Operations Management programme.  On successful completion of the taught elements, you can choose the Industry Placement option and, if you are accepted on to this, your registration will then be transferred to the MSc Operations Management with Industry Placement programme.

Modules

Global Supply Chain Management

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop a deep understanding of the theory, concepts and models of global supply chain management and its application across a range of organisations and sectors internationally. You will learn to interpret and understand complex and ambiguous risks in global logistics and supply chain environments.

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.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars using case studies, films and role play
  • Small group working on case studies or press articles
  • Presentation of solutions for wider group discussion
  • Guest speakers from industry and professional bodies
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes, podcasts and relevant research articles

Assessments:

50%        Individual assignment 1
50%        Individual assignment 2

Operations and Information Management

Through this module you will critically analyse the theory, concepts and models of operations and information management. You will consider different types of operations and how they contribute to a company’s competitiveness. You will look at how Management Information Systems (MIS) is used in planning, managing and improving operations.

Working in a global environment, you will consider how operations and information management are adapted to specific market cultures and customer requirements.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Group working on case study or article with group presentation of solutions
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

50%        Individual assignment
50%        Portfolio of
business proposal, exhibition and business plan

Project Management, Leadership and Skills, Planning and Control

You will learn about the approaches, skills and methods of effective project management, and the tools and techniques required for planning, control, teamwork, leadership and other key processes. All of these qualities will develop your ability to lead large and complex projects.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Group working on problem-based learning scenarios
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

50%       Group written assignment to assess your practical and applied skills
50%       Individual written assignment to assess your understanding of the theory of Project Management

Customer and Supplier Engagement

Customers and suppliers are key stakeholders for most organisations and the marketing and supply chain management functions are the external interfaces for companies to engage with these stakeholders. On this module, you will learn the fundamental concepts, current trends and practical challenges of customer and supplier engagement. You will develop a critical awareness of how Marketing and Sales decisions affect Supply Chain Management and of the importance of the relationship between these functions in creating exceptional customer value. You will also consider the ethical, social and sustainability concerns of these two functions.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Group working on problem-based learning scenarios
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

35%        Group presentation
65%        Group written report

Work experience: choose one of

Industry Placement

This is a paid industry placement and provides you with the opportunity to undertake 12-month employment with an organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally.   

You will source your own placement; however, you will have lots of support from the University of Salford and the Business School employability-hub and from your current industry contacts. You will also benefit from preparatory lectures in study skills, action planning, consultancy and more. 

As part of your placement, you will analyse a ‘live’ business opportunity. This will include critical reflection on opportunities that allow you to apply the theoretical skills you have learned on your programme to an existing business issue; along with how you will develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment. You will work on an organisational issue, working with the client on a full-time basis. 

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout your placement, from preparing your proposal and applying for ethical approval in your data collection, to field work and supporting the delivery of your proposed outcomes.

For the final three months of this module, you will return to the University of Salford Business School to write up and finalise your dissertation ready for final submission. 

The module will be assessed in the form of a 10,000-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken for your placement.  Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriate  level of critical reflection.   

Assessment:

Dissertation – 10,000 words (100%)

Industry Collaboration Project

On the Industry Collaboration Project, you will enhance your professional experience, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.  You can choose from:

ICP work placementa paid industry placement that provides you with the opportunity to undertake 6-month employment with an organisation located regionally, nationally, or internationally. 

You will source your own placement; however, you will have lots of support from the University of Salford and the Business School employability-hub and from your current industry contacts. You will also benefit from preparatory lectures in study skills, action planning, consultancy and more.  

As part of your placement, you will analyse a ‘live’ business opportunity. This will include critical reflection on opportunities that allow you to apply the theoretical skills you have learned on your programme to an existing business issue; along with how you will develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment. You will work on an organisational issue, working with the client on a full-time basis. 

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout your placement, from preparing your proposal and applying for ethical approval in your data collection, to field work and supporting the delivery of your proposed outcomes.

The ICP work placement will be assessed in the form of a 10,000-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken for your placement.  Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriate level of critical reflection.   

Assessment: 10,000 word dissertation

ICP internship – a paid or unpaid internship that provides you with the opportunity to undertake 3-month internship with an organisation located regionally, nationally, or internationally. 

You will source your own internship; however, you will have lots of support from the University of Salford and the Business School employability-hub and from your current industry contacts. You will also benefit from preparatory lectures in study skills, action planning, consultancy and more.  

As part of your internship, you will analyse a ‘live’ business opportunity. This will include critical reflection on opportunities that allow you to apply the theoretical skills you have learned on your programme to an existing business issue; along with how you will develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment. You will work alongside an organisation to identify and explore a real organisational issue up to 20 hours per week. 

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout your internship, from preparing your proposal and applying for ethical approval in your data collection, to field work and supporting the delivery of your proposed outcomes.

The ICP internship will be assessed in the form of a 10,000-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken for your internship.  Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriate level of critical reflection.   

Assessment: 10,000 word dissertation

ICP applied dissertation - a 3-month applied dissertation provides you with a unique opportunity to examine an issue important to you and this should fit in with your programme of study.  This is an advanced-level applied research pathway that can be based on a real-world business problem and examining an issue important to an organisation.   The Applied Dissertation route provides you with the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge you have gained from the taught elements of your course to a current organisational issue. You will implement and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research.  It is a very good option to choose if you are considering moving into academic research or PhD upon completion of your master’s programme.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout your Applied Dissertation, from preparing your proposal and applying for ethical approval in your data collection, to field work and supporting the delivery of your proposed outcomes.

The Applied Dissertation will be assessed in the form of a 10,000-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken.  Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriate level of critical reflection. 

Assessment: 10,000 word dissertation

ICP entrepreneurship - a 3-month entrepreneurship dissertation involves analysing business opportunities and writing a business plan including critical reflection on opportunities, challenges and strategies. This will lead you on to establish a new business or incorporate your entrepreneurial thinking into the management of existing organisations. You should demonstrate an understanding through the development of an enterprise idea in a specific sector or industry, together with evidence of critical and analytical evaluation. You may find the entrepreneurship dissertation both challenging and rewarding, as it is a practical module in an area which you should have an interest in.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor to support you throughout the entrepreneurship dissertation route.  They will assist you in developing your skills and reasoning to support entrepreneurial action while working on the development of your own innovative business idea.  In doing this, you will prepare a proposal, ethical considerations for your data collection and field work to support the development of your business plan. 

The Entrepreneurship route will be assessed in the form of an 8,500-word dissertation that should demonstrate the work you have undertaken for your entrepreneurial business idea.  Your dissertation will explain the deliverables created, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities you have undertaken and the impact achieved. You will also include an appropriate level of critical reflection. Assessment:

Assessment: 8,500 word dissertation

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What Will I be Doing?

TEACHING

The teaching on all our postgraduate courses is based on the following principles:

  • Developing the leader/manager of the future
  • Professional competence
  • Global thinking
  • Ethical, responsible and sustainable practice.

We use a wide range of approaches to teaching to help you learn. Typically a module will include a mixture of activities: generally based around interactive lectures, dealing with a number of specific topics. The tutor introduces and explains key concepts and learning points, which are consolidated by class discussion and case study analysis to help your understanding and to prepare for assessment. You will be encouraged to offer examples from your own experience of work.

In addition, you will get an outline syllabus content and associated reading list at the start of the module which will be the basis for your self-directed study.

An important principle of the learning and teaching strategy is to develop you as a reflective practitioner able to understand your own motivations and abilities.

International student? Returning to study? Making the leap from undergraduate study? Whatever your circumstance, we will support you to move into postgraduate study. Find out more.

ASSESSMENTS

There will be a range of assessment techniques used during your course giving you and your tutor the opportunity to assess your progress and learning. Each module will also normally include two assessments which will contribute to your final marks.

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. There is only one examination in the programme.

Why Choose Salford Business School?

Salford Business School aims to foster the next generation of leaders and create a new vision of innovative and entrepreneurial leadership. We are integrated into the local business community as a hub for knowledge creation and exchange.

This means that our teaching is highly practical and your learning is informed by our industry partners. Every postgraduate course includes a work placement or work experience project in the UK or internationally so you can put your learning into practice before you graduate. We are proud that our industry collaborations and partnerships benefit students, businesses and the community.

With multiple start points for our degrees, you can choose when to start your studies so that they fit with your life priorities. We want you to succeed in your studies and in your profession so we provide the support you need to achieve your aims.

Our goal is to prepare you for a fulfilling life and professional career. Along the way, you’ll learn to be curious, adaptable and confident, ready to meet the digital, ethical and sustainability challenges of the 21st century.

Is Business a Science or an Art?

At Salford Business School, our postgraduate degree award is the Masters of Science (MSc) to reflect our approach to business knowledge. We believe that business decisions should be data-driven and evidence-based – even when the outputs are innovative and creative.

Where will I learn?

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s beautiful Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. Small group learning (tutorials, seminars and workshops) is held in dedicated spaces within Maxwell, Peel and Chapman buildings. Throughout our campus, there is a choice of individual study areas as well as communal learning and breakout spaces for group working.

The University library isn’t just for reading books.  The ‘library in the park’ is a fresh, modern learning space with PC suites, Mac computers, bookable working rooms and café.  It's open 24/7 everyday of the year (except Christmas Day!) so you can study when it suits you. It'll be an important place for you; in 2020, 100% of students asked agreed that the library resources have supported their learning (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data). 

You will have access to a range of study skills sessions to help you get ready for postgraduate  learning and be successful in your studies and in your work. These include academic writing, research and digital skills.

A dedicated Business School Employability team will help you with work placements and work skills. You can access our professional, on-campus employability services at any time – even after you graduate. We can help you to create the perfect CV and LinkedIn page, as well as practice interview techniques and offer career advice.

Interested in starting your own business? Launch@ Salford is the incubation centre for business start ups providing a reception area, hot desk office space, private meeting rooms – and a networking lounge where you can grab a coffee and make those business connections.

Programme leader

Dr Kostas Chaldoupis

Kostas Chaldoupis holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies, an MSc in Marketing and a PhD in Operations and Supply Chain Management. He has conducted business plans and projects for private and public sector for research and innovation funding, competitiveness, and further investment. His research examines the implementation of innovative technologies in the manufacturing sector such as Additive Manufacturing – 3D Printing in the healthcare sector.

Getting Here

University of Salford is easy to get to with Salford Crescent train station right in the centre of our main campus. Whether by bus, rail, bike, car or plane, Peel Park campus is easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond. For international students, Manchester airport is a short ride away and offers regular flights from London and many international airports.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

You will have excellent opportunities to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to become a Operations Manager. Operations Management graduates are in high demand across the public, private and third-sector. This course also offers great opportunities if you are looking to develop a consultancy or business.

A taste of what you could become

A Management consultant

A Project manager

A Supply chain manager

A Construction Manager

A Logistics and distribution manager

And more...

Career Links

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 Industry Collaboration Project or Industry Placement year, which form the final part of your study, are designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

This programme is aimed at students who wish to explore careers in multinational companies or within a national context outside the UK.

The MSc is the only route available for international students. Find out more about the dedicated support for international applicants.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

All of our courses are taught and assessed in English, so as an applicant you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6 with no element below 5.5.

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

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

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.

International Students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

Alternative entry requirements

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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,100per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,030per year
Part-time 2021/22 £1,350 per 30 credit module
Full-time home 2022/23 £8,280per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15300per year
Part-time 2022/23 £1,380 per 30 credit module

Fees for PgDip (4 x 30 credit modules) and PgCert (2 x 30 credit modules) are based on the fee shown above for part-time per 30 credit module.

Additional costs

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

MSc Operations Management with Industry Placement

All applicants

Admin fee for Industry Placement - £1,700. Remember, during the industry placement, you will earn a salary for the work you do.

International applicants only

If you are applying from overseas, and are accepted onto a placement, there will be additional costs associated with visa extensions for your work placement.  These include (approximate based on 2019/20 rates and subject to change):

  1. Tier 4 visa application fee: £475
  2. Tier 4 biometrics enrolment fee: £19.20
  3. Immigration Health Surcharge fee for 12 months: £300

However, during the industry placement, you will earn a salary for the work you do. You can apply for your visa extension from the UK. You should do this three months before the placement is due to start, so that you have enough time for your visa to be processed. Find more information on our Immigration and Visa FAQ page here – read the section on extending your Tier 4 visa.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
 
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

Apply now

All set? Let's apply

All students will register onto the MSc Operations Management programme.  If you choose to follow the Industry Placement option and are accepted on to this, your registration will be transferred to the MSc Operations Management with Industry Placement programme.

Still have some questions?  Contact us:

By email (UK applicants): enquiries@salford.ac.uk
By email (international applicants): international@salford.ac.uk

By phone:  +44 (0) 161 295 4545

Enrolment dates

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