Postgraduate MSc

Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Salford Business School

Attendance

Full-time

Course

One year

Next enrolment

September 2024

Introduction

In a nutshell

This programme will run from September 2024. For earlier intakes, please speak to our Enquiries team.

International applicants: please check the international intakes page for the latest information and application dates.

This interdisciplinary programme will encourage and challenge you to develop your knowledge and skills in global procurement, logistics, and supply chain management. You will learn the latest industrial practices and implications 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, machine learning, and more.

Additionally, the programme offers substantial context and input in the areas of demand forecasting, inventory management, process/supply chain/logistics optimisation, and analytics. For example, Procurement Risk and Contract Management brings together two very important complementary 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, looking at critical global events in relation to supply chain resilience and management of risk, for example.

Our teaching team is comprised by research active academics with extensive industrial experience and world-wide engagement. Our expertise is supported by input from industry partners, such as Jaguar Land Rover, Brother International, Manchester Airport, Barrett Construction, NHS UK, and more.  

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

There is an emphasis in all our courses on understanding, responding to and shaping the dynamic and changing nature of business, including consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, the responsible adoption of AI and other emerging technologies, and environmental sustainability. Throughout the programme, you will be provided with opportunities to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-world problems and live business projects in collaboration with external partners. You will also develop a range of skills and attributes particularly relevant to business and management such as commercial acumen, analytical thinking and problem solving, critical thinking, entrepreneurial mindset, ability to innovate, awareness of risk, and the ability to influence and work with others. In doing so, you develop into enterprising and responsible leaders who are globally, socially, and ethically aware of the contemporary business environment within which businesses operate.

This programme is accredited by CILT and CIPS (subject to reaccreditation) 

Why choose Salford Business School?

  1. We provide practical teaching, informed by our industry partners, so you develop the skills employers are looking for.
  2. You can make the programme fit around your life priorities with multiple start dates and a choice of full or part-time study.
  3. We're based on a beautiful, green campus, just minutes from Manchester city centre.
  4. We have excellent industry links with the dynamic Greater Manchester business community.
  5. We focus on the digital, ethical, and sustainability business challenges of the 21st century.

To find out more, register for one of our Postgraduate Open Days or learn more about our master's courses in business, finance and law.

You will:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, and principles applicable to management of national and global supply chains, procurement, and logistics & projects
  • evaluate the fast-changing nature of the business environment at local, national, and global levels
  • apply a socially responsible approach to information, data and decision making
  • utilise a range of management tools and techniques to develop creative solutions
  • have the opportunity to complete additional professional qualifications that enhance your employability, in areas such as Carbon Literacy, Microsoft etc.
  • be exposed to numerous industrial simulations and tools such as the Beer Game, Monte Carlo simulation, and more
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

you want to learn more about how to create value when planning and delivering products and services via effective procurement practices, resilient supply chains, and customised logistical propositions

2.

you want to understand the multidisciplinary nature of supply chain management, procurement, and logistics

3.

you want to gain Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Chain Management (CIPS) student membership

4.

you are a problem solver and a creative thinker who strives in complex environments and desires to develop skills that will be valued across multiple industries and in different organisational scenarios and contexts

5.

you want to become effective and efficient practitioner using the latest technology advancements and techniques underpinned by research in the subject area

6.

you want to develop impeccable organisational competences and enhance your interpersonal communication and people skills

Course details

All about the course

This course has three entry points per year: January, June, and September. The first intake will be September 2024 (subject to final approval). 

You will complete 180 credits in total, comprising core and optional modules. Following completion of the core modules listed below, you will select one elective module as your final piece of work.

Core modules

Global Supply Chain Management

This module will cover key topics in GSCM. You will gain knowledge on managing a SC with a focus on time, cost, and quality, as well as the impact of digitalisation on SCM, Including omnichannel strategies and marketplaces. You will also learn emerging technologies in SCM, such as impact of Industry 4.0, and develop skills in creating a fast and ultra-fast supply chain, implementing lean and agile methodologies, and managing risks and resilience in supply chains. This module will also cover logistics and reverse logistics, demand planning and inventory management, supply chain operations and developing sustainable and human-centric supply chains that align with Industry 5.0 principles.

Managing Operations and Project Environments

Managing Operations and Project Environments is an interdisciplinary and practical module that brings together two well sought out industrial skills: operations and project management. A systems thinking approach is utilised to critically stipulate the complementary nature of the two disciplines and their application to a multitude of industrial settings. Areas covered include complexity and standardisation in operations and project environments, performance management, forecasting and estimation, capacity management, optimisation, and process management. Ultimately, the emphasis of this module is to equip students with the necessary skills to manage operational and project capabilities in unison, to achieve the best possible outcomes for organisations performing in national and global business settings. 

Sustainable and Ethical Supply Chains

Sustainable and Ethical Supply Chains will develop your understanding of supply chains by providing a deeper focus on how they can be managed in sustainable and ethical ways and in doing so considers the pertinent carbon literacy components. Adopting a global perspective, it emphasises the need for considering how supply chains affect the economy, society, and environment in organisational decision-making.  You will be introduced to the concepts of the triple bottom line, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainable and resilient supply chains, circular economy v. closed-loop supply chains, humanitarian logistics, green/environmentally friendly product development, carbon literacy/reduction, and the role of governments and associated frameworks/models. This will involve developing an understanding of the long-term and strategic importance of dealing with complex ethical, inclusive and sustainable decisions across various organisational functions (procurement, manufacturing, distribution) and the wider supply chain.    

Procurement Risk and Contract Management

Procurement Risk and Contract Management provides you with an in-depth analysis of the multidisciplinary nature of procurement risk and contract management. It addresses the critical importance of the reciprocal relationship between the two disciplines. The module equips you with the skills you need to effectively manage procurement processes in a multitude of environments, in public sector, NGOs, not-for-profit and private organisational settings. You will consider current global challenges, and by using the theory and practice of procurement risk and contract management, learn to resolve problems and deliver value in complex environments. 

Digital Transformation and Supply Chain Management

Digital Transformation and Supply Chain Management provides students with critical awareness of digital transformation within the context of procurement and supply chain management, focusing on transformation and innovations in supply chains driven by different technologies such as augmented reality, IoT, big data, AI and machine learning The students will systematically interpret and apply theories, skills, and research aiming to make defendable judgements about complex issues in supply chain management, taking into account organisational settings and cognitive biases in contexts of uncertainty, disruption and volatility. The students will critically evaluate and advise on supply chain management issues at a strategic level of organisations and analyse the impact of digital transformation on different interconnected supply chain elements e.g., facilities, inventory, transportation, sourcing and information exchange. 

Research and Practice in Projects and Logistics Management

This module will challenge you in evaluating contemporary research developments and best practices in Logistics and Project management considering the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. You will critically analyse the latest in project, programme, and logistics management focusing on the current trends in project management applications in logistics by adopting best practices such as agile, lean, and benefits management. Furthermore, this module will prepare you in developing innovative ideas and formulate meaningful conclusions regarding the issues of a chosen case study. The aim will be to develop a clear plan for recommended practical action and future research regarding a specific case and a contemporary theme. 

Research Methods for Managers

This an applied module that focuses on practical research methodologies and techniques for preparing you to conduct research within the workplace, in order to prepare you for your final elective module and future workplace research. 

Following completion of the core modules, you will select one of the following elective modules as your final piece of work.

Work Placement

A full time placement of up to 12 months in a project management related role within a workplace (subject to availability and visa compliance). 

Business Consultancy Project

An experiential opportunity where you will work with clients to solve live business problems.   

Entrepreneurial Development Project

An experiential learning opportunity where you will conduct market and business environment research to identify a business idea or venture and develop a business plan.  

Business Internship

A 3-month experiential opportunity within an organisation, focusing on real-world project management issues.  

Business Dissertation

You will select a particular topic you are interested in for further in-depth study.   

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 course’s teaching and learning strategies are based on the following principles:  

  • Global thinking  
  • Sustainable practice  
  • Professional success  
  • Developing the next generation of manager and leaders who can identify and define the information required on a given topic, use research skills to identify relevant information resources and manage and critically evaluate the information found and reference appropriately. 

We use a wide range of approaches to teaching to help you learn. Typically, a module will include a mixture of activities:  

  • Lectures will introduce and explain key concepts and learning points and will be interactive in encouraging you to ask questions, engage in discussion and offer examples from your own personal and professional experiences. 
  • Seminars and workshops will provide you with the opportunity to apply and reflect upon the knowledge gained in lectures to a range of scenarios, enabling you to develop your critical thinking and problem solving and to receive tutor feedback. Seminars may also include the use of simulations and skills development courses that have micro-certification where available. 

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is 100% coursework (there are no exams). The types of assessment used may vary according to each module, but you can expect to undertake a combination of the following during the course: 

  • Individual and group written reports
  • Individual and group simulation modelling reports 
  • Presentations 
  • Posters 
  • Podcasts/video recordings 
  • Portfolios 
  • Project reports 

SUPPORT AND MENTORING

Taking the leap from undergraduate study? Returning after a study break? Joining us as an international student? Whatever your circumstance, we’re committed to supporting you throughout your studies. Find out more about our support for postgraduate students.

Why Choose Salford Business School?

Situated at the heart of Greater Manchester's £5 billion-pound business, finance and digital sector, Salford Business School stands as a dynamic hub for the development and exchange of knowledge. We combine cutting-edge learning with strong industry connections, preparing you to lead change in the fast-paced world of business and management. 

Our expert-led and industry-informed programmes provide highly practical teaching enriched with real-world learning opportunities. Most of our programmes offer various work placements locally, nationally, and internationally, allowing you to practice and develop your learning. 

Throughout your journey, we will equip you for a fulfilling life and professional career, fostering curiosity, adaptability, and confidence to tackle 21st-century challenges. 

Business: Science or art?

Our postgraduate degree award is a Masters of Science (MSc), reflecting our commitment to data-driven, evidence-based business decisions, even in innovative and creative endeavours. 

At the beating heart of it

You will study at our green Peel Park campus, just a short five-minute journey from central Manchester with close transport links, and our state-of-the-art campus at MediaCity is just a short bus ride away. 

Our dedicated student hub on the sixth floor of the Maxwell Building provides areas for collaborative and independent study and break-out spaces. Additionally, here you can find our in-school progression and careers teams to support your journey. 

Getting here

Our campuses are easily accessible, with Salford Crescent train station at the centre of our Peel Park campus. Whether travelling to us by bus, rail, bike, car, or plane, our campus is easily reached 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. 

Dedicated support

Starting or continuing to study at university is a big decision, and we are committed to supporting you throughout your time with us. 

Our in-school Student Progression Assistants address programme and workload matters, whilst the Careers and Employability team, along with in-school advisors, offers personalised career support. The Library provides diverse learning support beyond your course, and for non-course matters, our university-wide support service, askUS, assist with topics from financial management to wellbeing. 

If entrepreneurship appeals to you, Launch @Salford, our start-up incubator, offers expert insight and support. Additionally, our Business School's Postgraduate Mentoring Scheme connects new master's students with existing ones, providing valuable guidance during your transition. 

These integrated support methods aim to help you seamlessly transition into your postgraduate course and ensure success during your time with us. 

A global community

Salford Business School is home to a diverse global student-staff community. Our teaching team consists of active researchers, academics, and industry experts who offer the latest in theory, research, and industry expertise. 

Furthermore, our diverse student community brings together individuals from various backgrounds and experiences, providing you with a well-rounded perspective, knowledge, and friendships that will shape you into a future leader and global citizen. This equips you to thrive in life and your career, instilling curiosity, adaptability, and confidence to confront the digital, ethical, and sustainability challenges of the 21st century. 

Programme Leader

Dr Yiannis Polychronakis

As Senior Lecturer in Operations, Logistics and Project Management at the Salford Business School, Yiannis's teaching covers the broader area of Operations Management and Operational Research. Yiannis holds a BSc (Hons) in Manufacturing Systems, an MSc in Quality Management and a PhD by Published Works. He has published several articles in international journals in the area of project management application for supply chain development, and has a number of papers included in refereed International Conference Proceedings. His research interests focus predominantly on the theoretical and empirical interactions between Supply Chains and Project Management in the following sectors: Hospitality, City Councils, Health Care, Heavy Manufacturing, Small Medium Enterprises and more.

He has also assisted a number of organisations in developing and implementing best practices in the areas of process management, supply chain development and project management. Organisations include Silent Night, Cleveland Guest, Trafford Council, Manchester City Council and more.

Learn more about Yiannis on his staff profile or visit his LinkedIn page.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Because procurement, supply chain management, and logistics are essentially transferable skills across industries and continents, upon completion students can be employed on a plethora of organisations and roles, in areas such as procurement and contract management, project management, operations management, distribution, planning, forecasting, risk management, supplier relationship management, commercial, and more.

Full programme accreditation by both professional bodies - CIPS and CILT - will equip you with leverage during job hunting, interviewing, and salary negotiations. 

A taste of what you could become

A supply chain manager

A shipping manager

A warehouse controller

A procurement officer

A commercial manager

A fleet manager

Career Links

Our alumni includes individuals currently employed in influential posts within very well-known organisations but also small-medium enterprises scattered all over the globe. Many of our alumni are regular speakers and lecturers on the programme. Examples include Global Head of Supply Chains for Jaguar Land Rover, European Planner for Brother International, Head of Supply Chain Development for British Nuclear, Procurement Manager for Rolls Royce, and many more. 

Requirements

What you need to know

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Find out about dedicated support for international applicants.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent. A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted, either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

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 2024/25 £8,550.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £16,560.00per year
Full-time home 2025/26 £8,550.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £16,560.00per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. For more information please see our funding section.

International applicants 

If you are applying from overseas and are accepted onto the programme with placement, there will be additional costs associated with visa extensions. These include:

  1. Extending your student visa fee (visit gov.uk for more information). Please note, this is in addition to your original student visa fee.
  2. Tier 4 biometrics enrolment fee.
  3. Immigration Health Surcharge 12 month fee (visit gov.uk for more information).

Visit Immigration and Visa FAQ and read the section on extending your Tier 4 visa for further information.

International scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships.

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All set? Let's apply

Still have questions? Contact us:

By email: enquiries@salford.ac.uk
By phone:  +44 (0) 161 295 4545

Enrolment dates

September 2024

January 2025

September 2025