Postgraduate MSc

Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Salford Business School

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

With placement

Course

One year

Two year

Two year

Next enrolment

March 2024

Introduction

In a nutshell

This programme is no longer accepting applications. For future intakes, please see MSc Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

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

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 Project and Logistics 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 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.

Six good reasons to choose Salford Business School:

  1. Learn from active industry practitioners
  2. Work on the very latest developments and emerging technologies such as Big Data, virtual environments and artificial intelligence
  3. Excellent links with industry and professional bodies
  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

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:

  • Enhance your employability through a CIPS and CILT accredited programme
  • Put your learning into practice through either a paid Industry Placement or the Industry Collaboration Project
  • Learn to use latest theories, concepts and models to solve complex problems in global environments
  • Develop your skills in using Management Information Systems to improve operations
  • Consider the effectiveness of emerging technologies in logistics and project management
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations

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CILTS logo

This is for you if...

1.

You have ambitions for a successful career in procurement, logistics or supply chain

2.

You have a background in shipping or logistics

3.

You want to improve your managerial skills

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 Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Industry Placement?

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

Procurement Risk and Contract Management

The module provides you with an overview of project risk and helps you develop the skills you need to effectively manage procurement processes in a multitude of environments.

You will consider current problems and, using the theory and practice of project risk and procurement management, learn to solve them by applying systematic analysis and a creative synthesis of ideas.

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%        Individual assignment 1
50%        Individual assignment 2

Advanced Project and Logistics Management

On this module, you will evaluate contemporary research in logistics and project management. In addition, you will put theoretical ideas into practice via real scenarios and live case studies.

You will analyse advances in 3P management (Project, Portfolio and Programme) and review world-class innovations in logistics.

Innovation is a major theme on this module. You will discuss the importance and review the effectiveness of emerging technologies and new ideas in logistics (such as Additive Manufacturing, Big Data Analytics and drones) and project management (such as Agile, Lean and Benefits Management).

You will be encouraged to draw upon and share your own cultural and managerial experiences while developing your skills as a reflective practitioner.

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:

30%        Portfolio presentation
70%        Portfolio submission

Work experience: choose one of

Industry Placement

This is a paid industry placement and provides you with the opportunity to undertake 9-12 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: 10,000-word dissertation (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 placement - a 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?

92%

Pass rates, 2020-21

61%

Merit

36%

Distinctions

TEACHING

The teaching on all our postgraduate programmes 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 examined in detail through class discussion. You will on occasion work in small groups on case studies or articles and the group will present their solutions for wider discussion. You will be encouraged to offer examples from your own experience of work.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Employment opportunities for Logistics Managers and Operations Managers are growing so now is a great time to boost your professional abilities.

Through our close links to global businesses and professional bodies, you will have the opportunity to develop your professional network. As part of the course, you will have the opportunity to attend industrial visits and talk with professionals and practitioners. Guest speakers from the industry and distinguished visiting professors will present on the programme. Events are also organised in association with the two professional bodies: Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). The programme is fully accredited by both these professional bodies.

Find out more about the future of work, jobs and skills in this report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills

A taste of what you could become

A Logistics and supply chain manager

A Shipping manager

A Warehouse controller

A Procurement officer

An Inventory analyst

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

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.

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 2023/24 £8,550.00per year
Full-time international 2023/24 £15,750.00per year
Full-time home 2024/25 £8,550.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £16,560.00per year
Part-time 2024/25 £1,425 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. For more information please see our funding section.

Industry placement fees

Students completing the industry placement will be subject to an admin fee of £1,700. 

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.

Apply now

All set? Let's apply

All students will register onto the MSc Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain 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 Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Industry Placement programme.

Still have some questions? Register for one of our Open Days or contact us:

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

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