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

June 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

Please note, September 2021 entry is now closed for international applications; we still have a small number of places for UK applicants. The next available start date is January 2022; we welcome applications for this and future dates.

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.

International students should apply for the MSc route.

 

You will:
  • Explore key concepts of supply chain, project and information management
  • Develop internationally transferable skills and knowledge
  • 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. 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 lectures to support you as you prepare for your Paid Industry Placement or Industry Collaboration Project (depending on which you choose). During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

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

All students will initially be registered onto the MSc Operations Management programme.  On successful completion of the taught elements, you will progress onto work experience. You can choose to follow the Industry Collaboration Project (3-6 months) or the Paid Industry Placement module (9-12 months).  If you choose the Paid Industry Placement option and are accepted on to this, your registration will be transferred to the MSc Operations Management with Industry Placement programme.

Work experience accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree. 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. 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 find placements, internships and live projects. 

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 complex projects.

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

The paid industry placement gives you the chance to undertake 9 - 12 months' employment with an organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally.  

You will obtain your own placement but the Business School will support you with industry contacts as well as preparatory lectures in study skills, action planning, consultancy and more.  You will be allocated a supervisor to support you throughout the placement, from preparing your learning agreement and action plan with your employer through to delivery of your outcomes.

For the final three months of your programme you will return to campus to reflect on and write up about your experience.

Assessment:

Portfolio – 8,000 to 10,000 words (90%)
Reflection - 2000 words (10%)

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 placement - a six month paid project with an organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally. By exploring a key issue impacting an organisation, you will apply the theoretical knowledge gained through your studies and develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal then compile an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment: 10% project proposal / 90% portfolio

ICP internship – the three-month unpaid internship aims to equip you with the relevant practical skills to critically identify and evaluate key issues impacting organisations and their environments either in the UK or overseas. You will work alongside an organisation to identify and explore a real organisational issue.  You will have specified learning goals and will need to actively reflect on what is being learned throughout the experience.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal then compile an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment: 10% project proposal / 90% portfolio

ICP applied dissertation - an advanced-level applied research pathway based on a real-world business problem and examining an issue important to an organisation.   The dissertation path gives you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained from the taught elements of the programme to a current organisational issue and deploy and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research.  It is an excellent option if you are considering moving into academic research and PhD studies.

You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal consisting of research questions, aims and objectives, and the rationale for undertaking the study.  The 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation will include literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions, recommendations and a critical reflection of your learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.

Assessment:  10% project proposal / 90% portfolio

ICP entrepreneurship - through this option you will apply the theory and concepts you have learnt from the taught elements of your programme. With the help of mentors in the Launch@ Salford incubator, you will develop the skills and thinking that supports entrepreneurial action while working on the development of your own innovative business idea.

You will horizon scan for business opportunities, assess the external challenges and consider available strategies that will support your aim of establishing a new businesses, or let you incorporate entrepreneurial thinking into an existing organisation.

Assessment: initial 1,500 word business proposal (10%) and an 8,500 - 10,000 word Comprehensive Business Proposal accompanied by a 30 minute presentation (90%).

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

Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project 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.

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

If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond. 

Get more information about your options for commuting, or hear about the experience from current students
 

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, visit www.salford.ac.uk/international

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Normally IELTS 6.0 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT). 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.

We accept a range of qualifications as proof of English language. For more information go to English Language Requirements.

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.

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 2020/21 £7,920per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £14,670per year
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
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 Paid 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

June 2021

September 2021

January 2022

June 2022

September 2022