MSc
1 year full time
Starts September 2017

Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Study the issues relating to the development of buyer-supplier relationships, operations management, procurement strategies, logistics operations, negotiation and outsourcing.

Benefit from a network of associates through:

  • career-enhancing events
  • company visits
  • simulations
  • guest lectures.

The course also offers a range of internship opportunities designed to enrich your understanding of supply chain and logistics issues.

The best thing about this course – Denisse Rivera, Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management MSc

Key facts

  • You'll be taught by top academic researchers and experienced industry practitioners to prepare you for a successful business career.
  • The MSc is accredited by the UK’s two leading supply chain and logistics associations – the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). We are one of only a few leading UK universities to achieve double accreditation.
  • Learning with people from all over the world will provide you with the expertise and confidence to do global business.

How will I study?

You’ll study taught modules in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term, you work on your dissertation.

You’ll be assessed by a combination of coursework, essays, group and individual reports, and presentations. There are also unseen examinations.

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Personal and Professional Development

      15 credits
      All Year Teaching, Year 1

      This module aims to develop your mastery in personal and interpersonal effectiveness in order to support career entry and development, thereby enabling positive and professional organisational impacts.

      From your point of view, the module facilitates acclimatisation to your local learning environment as a basis for contributing to contemporary working environments at local, national and international/global levels (the workplace). From employers' point of view, the module develops rounded graduates who have not only a subject/technical capacity, but also a personal and professional capability.

      This capability, which is readily transferable to the workplace, distinguishes students who successfully complete the module from other graduates.

      The module comprises study of, and development in, the individual and interactive organisational behaviours that underpin professional performance and mindful practices in the workplace.

      1. Elements of effective self-management in the workplace

      Content/applications, e.g.: self-perception; self-awareness; personal values; learning preferences; personal reflection; communication styles, verbal and non-verbal communication; self-management; stress management; reflective practice.

      Core concepts: perception; perceptual world and filters; habituation; mental sets; conditioning; behaviour modification; cognitive and social learning; reflective thinking.

      2. Elements of effective inter-personal relationships in the workplace

      Content/applications, e.g.: confidence and assertiveness; cultural awareness and sensitivity to diversity factors; inter-cultural communication; teams and team building; team-based and creative decision-making; listening and communicating; handling emotion and conflict.

      Core concepts: socialisation; behaviour modification; cultural similarities and differences; prejudice; group working.

      3. Individual strategies and techniques for self-development

      Content/applications, e.g.: personal development planning; goal setting; identification of priority learning and training needs; receiving feedback; cross-cultural relations.

      Core concepts: motivation and exchange.

      4. Qualities of personal leadership approaches and their impacts on others

      Content/applications, e.g.: influence and persuasion; negotiation; networking; diversity management; managing feedback; co-operation and compromise; goal accomplishment.

      Core concepts: leadership, power; leaderful behaviour. 

      5. Development of continuing professionalism in engaging with others in the workplace

      Content/applications, e.g.; continuous professional development; ethical principles in the management of others; international and global mindsets.

      Core concepts: life-long learning; emotional and social literacy; ethics.

    • Essentials of Procurement

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module will demonstrate the importance of procurement strategies and techniques within both service and manufacturing environments. You will gain a clear understanding of the importance and scope of the procurement function and will explore and critically assess the elements of contracts and contractual obligations. The module will also allow you to demonstrate how supplier selection and assessment criteria leads to improved procurement performance.

    • Logistics Management

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides you with a critical analysis of the current theory and practice in logistics management in its global context. You will be introduced to the principles and concepts of logistics management and given an insight to its internationalisation, as well as a review of the role of the logistics-management function within organisations. 

      Your analytical and evaluative skills will be developed through the critical examination of theories, models, tools and techniques employed in logistics management. The purpose of the module is to equip you with a foundation of essential knowledge of contemporary logistics management and its application domestically and internationally.

      Topics covered may include:

      • logistics in different parts of the world 
      • the role of logistics in international supply chain management 
      • logistics functions and processes
      • packaging and materials handling
      • transportation infrastructure
      • transportation operations 
      • ports management 
      • sourcing 
      • reverse logistics 
      • relationship development and management
      • green logistics
      • future issues in logistics and its management
    • Managing Operations and Quality

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides you with an understanding of how the fundamental principles of operations management can support the improvement of management performance in both public and private organisations. These principles may be applied equally to both manufacturing and service operations.

      You will develop an understanding of the systemic and interactive nature of operations and quality management problems and their relationship to the external environment, through the application of quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, utilising guided problem-based activities and case study analysis.

      Quality management processes – the ideas, theories and tools that are central to organisational development, change management, and the performance improvements that are generally desired for individuals, teams and organizations – will be explored. Methods used to measure organisational performance other than financial output or profit, including focusing on the essential activities, resources and other factors that impact on outputs, will be analysed and applied.

    • Supply Chain Management

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      In this module, you develop a knowledge and understanding of the role and extent of supply chain management in modern organisations.

      Leading on from this, you develop a critical understanding of the key processes involved in global supply chain management including:

      • sourcing
      • procurement
      • warehousing
      • inventory management
      • logistics.

      The module helps you to develop an understanding of how different technologies can be used to expand and support organisations on a global basis, and how they can be used in reconfiguring supply chain networks and achieving competitive advantage.

      In this module, you explore the current operation of existing global supply chains across different organisations and in a variety of industry sectors.

      You finally examine key issues and concerns arising from global supply chain management including forming collaborative partnerships, building trust and managing different languages and cultures.

      An outline of the content for this module may be as follows, although this is to be confirmed:

      • introduction to supply chain management
      • outline of key supply chain management theories
      • evolution of globalised supply chain networks
      • understanding supply chain processes
      • sourcing (international sourcing) and procurement (sustainable procurement)
      • warehousing, inventory management (co-managed inventory)
      • logistics (outsourcing and 3PL)
      • applications of different technologies - internet, ERP systems, RFID
      • reconfiguring supply chain networks and achieving competitive advantage
      • management of global supply chains - visibility in the supply chain
      • challenges of global supply chains - collaboration, partnerships, trust, culture
      • consolidation and revision.
    • Managing Complex Projects, Products and Systems

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      During this module you will address three central issues:

      Organisational capabilities: how organisational forms and capabilities in project management, systems integration and software engineering are essential in the design and production of CoPS. Special emphasis is given to project management capabilities.

      Models of innovation: how industrial structures, product life cycles and innovation management in CoPS differ from the conventional model of innovation often based on the mass production of consumer goods.

      Firm strategy: how firms are changing their strategic positions, building new service capabilities and creating customer-centric organisations to provide bundles of products and services as integrated solutions to their customer's needs.

    • Research Methods for Supply Chain and Logistics Management

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The main aims of this module are to:

      • introduce you to a range of research methods for the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data
      • advance your analytic research skills through practical experience
      • develop your skills in reading and evaluating journal articles and research papers.

      In this module, the main topics you cover are:

      • literature reviews, searches and referencing
      • social science research
      • case study research - comparative and longitudinal methods
      • survey research
      • basic concepts in statistical analysis
      • goodness-of-fit tests and contingency tables - correlation analysis
      • simple comparative tests
      • Analysis of Variance (ANOVA): one-way and Randomised Complete Block (RCB) designs
      • two-variable regression
      • multiple regression.
    • Supply Chain Information Systems

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Supply chain (SC) operations increasingly depend on advanced information systems (IS) to achieve the performance required by evermore demanding customers.

      In this module, you develop a deep understanding of such IS, particularly Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and decision-making dashboards.

      Your studies in this module incorporate a real-life ERP system (SAP®), and use serious simulation games (ERPSim®) to implement a 'learning-by-doing' approach.

      The simulated business in SAP is a dairy product distribution company - where you must operate the full business cycle (forecast, procure, redistribute, and sell), make profit, and compete with other teams.

      To inform these operations, you should analyse the data generated by SAP by creating and using a decision-making dashboard.

      By finishing this module, you will achieve an in-depth understanding of the way IS for SC are designed, developed, integrated, adapted, and evaluated.

    • Supply Chain Modelling

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of this module is to examine quantitative approaches to optimizing supply chain and logistics management using appropriate modelling techniques. The module will enhance the Supply Chain Management module delivered in TB1 and will equip you with an understanding of how to apply modelling and control techniques in a number of supply chain and logistics settings.

    • Research Project (GSCLM)

      30 credits
      Summer Teaching, Year 1

      The main aims of this module are to introduce a range of research methods for the collection and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data, to advance your analytical research skills through practical experience, and to develop your skills in reading and evaluating journal articles and research papers.

      The main topics to be covered are:

      • literature reviews, searches and referencing
      • social science research
      • case study research: comparative and longitudinal methods
      • survey research
      • basic concepts in statistical analysis
      • goodness-of-fit tests and contingency tables; correlation analysis
      • simple comparative tests
      • ANOVA: one-way and RCB designs
      • two-variable regression
      • multiple regression.

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above, or equivalent professional qualification.

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Pre-Masters in Management and Finance

Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out more about our Pre-Masters in Management and Finance.

Visas and immigration

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Home: £10,250 per year

EU: £10,250 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £10,250 per year

Overseas: £17,450 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor's Masters Scholarship

Postgraduate Economics Scholarship for African students. (2017)

The scholarship is for a student from a sub-Saharan African country studying for either the Development Economics MSc or the Economics MSc

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the Postgraduate Economics Scholarship for African students.

SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarship (2017)

Five £10,000 scholarships for outstanding applicants who have accepted a place on one of SPRU’s five MSc courses.

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarship

St. Kovachev Scholarship for International Marketing MSc (2017)

The scholarship is for a UK/EU student studying for the International Marketing MSc.

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the St. Kovachev Scholarship for International Marketing MSc

St. Kovachev Scholarship in Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc (2017)

The scholarship is for a UK/EU student studying for the Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the St. Kovachev Scholarship in Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex MBA Scholarship (2017)

The Sussex MBA Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to UK, EU and international applicants who have been offered a place on The Sussex MBA.

Find out more about the Sussex MBA Scholarship

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Pakistan Scholarships

The Hornsey Scholarship (2017)

A £10,000 award for an outstanding student on the MSc in International Accounting and Corporate Governance.

Application deadline:

31 July 2017

Find out more about the The Hornsey Scholarship

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Living costs

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Faculty

Meet the people teaching and supervising on your course.

  • Faculty profiles

    Prof Constantin Blome
    Professor Of Operations Management
    C.Blome@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Manufacturing Procurement, Operations Management, Operations Strategy, Outsourcing, Procurement, Public Procurement, Risk management, Supply Chain Innovation, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability: Environmental

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    Dr Des Doran
    Senior Lecturer in Operations & Supply Chain Management
    D.Doran@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Logistics, Operations Management, Production Management, Supply Chain Management

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    Mr Royston Morgan
    Associate Faculty
    R.E.C.Morgan@sussex.ac.uk

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I designed this course to give you an understanding of key issues facing supply chain and logistics professionals and to prepare you for your journey in a growing, vibrant sector.”Des Doran
Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Careers

Graduate destinations

95% of students from the Department of Business and Management were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • relationship manager, Shanghai Intraday Asset Management
  • project buyer, Prestige Purchasing
  • logistics export administrator, Aztrade.

 (HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

This course provides you with the skills to enter a range of careers within the broad fields of supply chain and logistics management – including roles such as:

  • buying specialist
  • procurement manager
  • supply chain operative
  • warehouse manager
  • contracts and negotiations specialist.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work