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Supply Chain Management MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ECT029
ECT099 (Evening)

Study options:

1 year full-time
3 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

May 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

Escalating competition and the globalisation of supply markets make it essential that supply professionals keep up to date and broaden their capabilities in key areas such as strategy, ecommerce, sourcing and contracts management.

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

The course code for the part-time course is ECT099.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)


Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)


Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

What our alumni say

My Supply Chain Management MSc has provided me with the best possible head start to begin my career in the procurement/supply chain industry at Jaguar Land Rover.

The ‘think global’ philosophy endorsed throughout the course promotes dynamic and holistic thinking. The practical nature in actually learning how to apply the tools and theories of procurement, engineering management, and contract management promotes a seamless, innovative and natural transition from classroom champion to industry champion.

Sukhraj Singh Gill, MSc Supply Chain Management, graduated 2012, now Category Manager at Healthtrust Europe LLP

Course information

Supply chain strategies are responsible for maintaining the operational efficiency needed to ensure customer satisfaction and corporate success.

This course combines a comprehensive understanding of the theories, concepts and issues of supply chain management (SCM) with a solid grounding in core management techniques. You should develop the skills and expertise to think critically, analyse problems and make informed recommendations, then implement and oversee SCM strategies effectively across a broad range of functions, involving multiple organisations and locations.

We will also look at the wider aspects of business areas, to be able to integrate supply chain strategy, policy and practice within business and organisational strategy, including an understanding of the associated ethical and legal issues, together with different models of change management and their relevancy and efficacy within organisations. 

In a society in which consumers are continually demanding innovative product features, faster response times, more product variety and increased performance and quality, all at a competitive price, never has there been a greater need for effective and efficient SCM. From reduced costs and more efficient production to greater customer satisfaction and value, embracing better sharing of information and trust between supply chain partners, there exists many opportunities for improvement. 

We’ll consider the lean concepts, tools and techniques which can be applied to improve supply chain performance, as well as techniques of quality management and continuous improvement, such as Kaizen. You will be taught to evaluate supplier performance and select the appropriate problem solving tools and techniques to address issues and manage improvements in supplier operations, logistics processes, business systems and supply base capability development. We will also look at emerging trends, for example, the influence of the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) and ‘Industry 4.0’ developments on supply chain and logistics technologies of the future. 

Your learning culminates with a research project/dissertation, giving you the opportunity to do in depth research in your preferred area of SCM alongside an experienced academic supervisor who will guide and advise you. Examples of past topics covered include an analysis of the implications of Industry 4.0 on SCM, an exploration of the connected car supply chain of a German original equipment manufacturers, a study of the evolution of agile management practices in procurement, and proof of concept of running repetitive flexible supply with a third party manufacturer in the cosmetics industry.

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Purchasing Management 
    • Logistics and Supply Chain Operations  
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Supply Chain and Logistics Economics
  • Semester 2

    • Contract Management
    • Sustainability and Environmental Management
    • Lean Supply and Quality Management
    • Research Methods and Project Introduction
  • Semester 3

In more detail...

 Your main study themes are:

  • Contract Management: Provides an awareness of the relevant legal duties, rights and processes relevant to SCM projects. This is not intended to replace the need for professional advice and services, but will make you aware of the potential causes of disputes, liabilities, breaches of contract, means of resolving a dispute and the basics of contract law.

  • Purchasing Management: Aims to develop an in-depth knowledge of purchasing management and a critical understanding of how it may be applied both strategically and practically in an industrial or commercial organisational context.

  • Supply Chain Management: We review the nature, role and contribution of supply chain management and its application to business supply chains in an international context from both a customer and supplier perspective.

  • Supply Chain and Logistics Economics: Takes a practical approach to the economics of logistics and supply chain businesses from a management perspective. You will become familiar with a range of economic frameworks and concepts, using them within mathematical, statistical and software tools to calculate the cost and price of logistics services, forecast activities and allocate resources, while taking economic factors into consideration. Many of these quantitative tools can be used for management decision making, forecasting and as predictive models.

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Operations: We examine the various functions and elements related to logistics and supply chain management, including the associated distribution systems involved in local, national and international contexts. We cover supply chain, procurement and inventory management, warehousing and storage, materials management and the operation of freight transport systems. The concept of the supply chain within which these activities are managed, the importance of coordinating both physical and information flows and the support provided by IT systems are explored.

This course has been designed to operate over one year of full-time study. It may be studied on a part-time basis over three years and offers some evening modules, though most are taught in the daytime alongside full-time students. You can start in September, January or May.

The teaching and learning includes, lectures, seminars and workshops. We incorporate a wide range of learning and teaching methods as part of our innovative activity-led learning, such as a team based projects, problem solving scenarios, case study analysis or enquiry led research.

We will also provide training in research methods and skills, improving your research capabilities to enable you to undertake investigations, identify business opportunities and make recommendations in different operational settings. 

You may also have the opportunity to work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice. For example, in the past, students have tackled how Nissan develop their supply base to embrace early supplier involvement in new product and process development to shorten new vehicle development times and improve vehicle performance while simultaneously lowering product and development costs.

Achievement of learning outcomes in the majority of taught modules is assessed by a combination of group work, in-class tests, written-reports and presentations. The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated in advance and your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes. You need to achieve 40% or above to pass, anything above 70% is classified as ‘outstanding’.

An example percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment for a taught module is as follows:

  • In-class test: 40%
  • Practical coursework/report: 40%
  • Presentation: 20%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

20% assessed by presentations

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The theory and practice of supply chain management and its potential contribution to business performance.
  • The key economic and financial concepts appropriate to purchasing and supply chain management.
  • A range of advanced business, analytical and supply chain management techniques to achieve competitive advantage.

 

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Appraise the linkages between business strategy and purchasing strategy.
  • Evaluate appropriate philosophies, tools, techniques and systems associated with supplier quality. 
  • Recommend and justify the selection of a monitoring and control system for selected aspects of the supply chain of various types of organisation.
  • Evaluate the opportunities for delivering sustainability and environmental management systems.
  • Critically appraise the potential causes of disputes, liabilities, and breaches of contract and the basics of contract law.  
  • Apply advanced business management techniques to the analysis and solutions across a wide range of business settings.
  • Plan and implement activities which will improve supplier quality.
  • Assess and evaluate advanced concepts and future trends in purchasing management.
  • Examine the implications of inventory holding and replenishment policy for supply chain and logistics operations considered in the context of wider business constraints
  • Apply supply chain management theory, concepts and analytical tools to analyse case studies of sufficient complexity to require judgement and synthesis.
  • Plan and implement sustainability and environmental management systems.
  • Effectively use contracts to manage in a business environment.
  • Design improved lean supply management systems.

In a typical teaching week for full-time students, you will have a minimum of 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Tutorial/small group teaching: 8 hours each week
  • Large group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week 

A typical teaching week for part-time students will have a minimum of 6 hours per week, which depending on the timetable could be delivered in the evenings 6-9pm.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake approximately 30 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. working on course assignments, preparing presentations, undertaking research and doing background reading.

The course focuses on supply chain management within a global context, drawing on case studies and experience across the world. We often have multi-national classes, with students participating in discussion-based seminars and workshops, providing opportunities to share their cultures and different country experiences in group work projects.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our alumni say

My Supply Chain Management MSc has provided me with the best possible head start to begin my career in the procurement/supply chain industry at Jaguar Land Rover.

The ‘think global’ philosophy endorsed throughout the course promotes dynamic and holistic thinking. The practical nature in actually learning how to apply the tools and theories of procurement, engineering management, and contract management promotes a seamless, innovative and natural transition from classroom champion to industry champion.

Sukhraj Singh Gill, MSc Supply Chain Management, graduated 2012, now Category Manager at Healthtrust Europe LLP

Entry Requirements

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in any relevant foundation discipline e.g. Business, Economics, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Logistics, International trade, Commerce, Administration, Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, Operations, Science, Mathematics, Electronics, Computing, IT, Communications, Education, Art/Design or similar (please enquire if unsure).

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in any relevant foundation discipline e.g. Business, Economics, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Logistics, International trade, Commerce, Administration, Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, Operations, Science, Mathematics, Electronics, Computing, IT, Communications, Education, Art/Design or similar (please enquire if unsure).

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

To enter this course you should have a first or second class honours degree in any relevant foundation discipline e.g. Business, Economics, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Logistics, International trade, Commerce, Administration, Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, Operations, Science, Mathematics, Electronics, Computing, IT, Communications, Education, Art/Design or similar (please enquire if unsure).

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our alumni say

My Supply Chain Management MSc has provided me with the best possible head start to begin my career in the procurement/supply chain industry at Jaguar Land Rover.

The ‘think global’ philosophy endorsed throughout the course promotes dynamic and holistic thinking. The practical nature in actually learning how to apply the tools and theories of procurement, engineering management, and contract management promotes a seamless, innovative and natural transition from classroom champion to industry champion.

Sukhraj Singh Gill, MSc Supply Chain Management, graduated 2012, now Category Manager at Healthtrust Europe LLP

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


May 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


May 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


May 2018

£14,311 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our alumni say

My Supply Chain Management MSc has provided me with the best possible head start to begin my career in the procurement/supply chain industry at Jaguar Land Rover.

The ‘think global’ philosophy endorsed throughout the course promotes dynamic and holistic thinking. The practical nature in actually learning how to apply the tools and theories of procurement, engineering management, and contract management promotes a seamless, innovative and natural transition from classroom champion to industry champion.

Sukhraj Singh Gill, MSc Supply Chain Management, graduated 2012, now Category Manager at Healthtrust Europe LLP

Career prospects

Job satisfaction and remuneration prospects are excellent, with employer demand for those with a supply chain background outstripping the supply of suitably qualified applicants.

Our alumni often support current students by hosting visits to their companies and providing prestigious lectures through our Global Leaders Programme (GLP). Others support training, internships, work experience placements, graduation prizes and provide job opportunities to graduates through the University’s network of corporate partners, employers and UK leaders.

Where our graduates work

Our graduates have been highly successful, with nine in 10 finding work or continuing their studies within six months of graduation.

They work in roles such as procurement, purchasing management, supply chain and logistics management, passenger transport, retail management, manufacturing distribution and inventory management. Our graduates work with leading organisations worldwide such as Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, Brose, Infosys, Unipart, Lear Corp, Vinci, O2, Nandos and Contechs Consulting.

What our alumni say

My Supply Chain Management MSc has provided me with the best possible head start to begin my career in the procurement/supply chain industry at Jaguar Land Rover.

The ‘think global’ philosophy endorsed throughout the course promotes dynamic and holistic thinking. The practical nature in actually learning how to apply the tools and theories of procurement, engineering management, and contract management promotes a seamless, innovative and natural transition from classroom champion to industry champion.

Sukhraj Singh Gill, MSc Supply Chain Management, graduated 2012, now Category Manager at Healthtrust Europe LLP
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