Online Degree MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management

General Track

The online MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management (General Track) is composed of six core modules, two electives, a Personal Development Portfolio and culminates in a dissertation or consultancy project.

The first module takes 12 weeks. Each subsequent module lasts eight weeks.

Oil and Gas Specialisation

The online MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management (Oil and Gas) is composed of six core modules, two specialisation modules, a Personal Development Portfolio and culminates in a dissertation or consultancy project.

The first module takes 12 weeks. Each subsequent module lasts eight weeks.

Core Modules

  1. Business Analysis and Management
  2. Strategic Operations Management
  3. Supply Chain Operations Management
  4. Lean Thinking
  5. Logistics and Physical Distribution
  6. Strategic Purchasing Management

Objective

To provide a foundation in successful online learning, and a practical appreciation of contemporary management challenges.

Description

This module introduces students both to this interactive, global programme – with its emphasis on collaboration and on practical work-based research – and to the multi-disciplinary nature of strategic management. As a student, you will study topics ranging from decision-making to profit and loss accounts, and will work with peer students to analyse companies using the balanced scorecard. As well as gaining insight into benchmarking and comparative performance assessment, you will gain a practical appreciation of the importance of teamwork and communication and an understanding of how operations management can lead to business success.

Duration

12 weeks

Objective

To demonstrate that operations strategies can deliver competitive advantage.

Description

In this module, you will examine modern business drivers and competitive performance (time compression, responsiveness, waste elimination, etc.), and will learn how to achieve a competitive advantage through operations management. Among the topics covered in this module are globalisation and supply chains; agility and efficient consumer response; and operations performance measurement. Within each topic, you will analyse leading operational practice.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To provide insight into the key principles, systems and techniques of effective supply chain management.

Description

This module is designed to equip students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to support business success by strategically managing supply chains – a key function in the operations of modern organisations. Supply chain management has grown in importance due to globalisation and the need to be competitive, reach new markets, and source new goods and raw materials. As a student, you will learn how to increase competitive advantage and customer satisfaction by encouraging organisations in the supply chain to work together to improve services and reduce costs. Topics covered include inventory management, demand and capacity management, supply chain partnerships and the role of information technology in supply chain management.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To provide an understanding of the elements and benefits of lean thinking in business operations.

Description

In today’s highly competitive environment, being a lean organisation has become extremely important. This module helps provide students with the strategic knowledge and skills to apply lean principles in business organisations. You will gain an overview of the Toyota Production System and the origins and principles of lean thinking, and will develop a working knowledge of its supporting tools and techniques. The module covers the five stages to lean, waste-free operations, including the application of mapping and continuous improvement tools, and offers an opportunity to work as a team with fellow students and implement lean principles in a realistic operations simulation.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To provide students with a thorough grounding in contemporary logistics operations and business management.

Description

With this module, students will gain an appreciation of the importance of logistics in competitive business performance as well as an understanding of how logistics operations influence environmental and business sustainability. You will learn how to optimise logistics as you explore issues around transportation, ports and maritime operations, and eco-logistics and supply chain sustainability. You will study core concepts including intermodal operations, transportation selection, warehousing and distribution management as well as 3rd party logistics (3PL), reverse and green logistics services and ways of adding value in logistics.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To provide an understanding of the purchasing function as a key contributor to commercial success.

Description

In this module, you will gain an appreciation of the critical role that purchasing plays in contributing to an organisation’s success. Working with other students, you will explore issues relating to contracts – including tendering, bidding and order management processes – and will critically evaluate purchasing strategies, tools and constraints including sourcing, supplier development and supplier-client relationships. The module also considers the legal, commercial and socio-economic implications of purchasing strategies.

Duration

8 weeks

The Electives

General Track students choose 2 modules from the list of electives.

MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management (Oil and Gas) students take 2 of the electives as specialisation modules.

Elective Modules

You can tailor your MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management to your professional goals and aspirations. Under the General Track, you can choose two electives. The Oil and Gas specialisation consists of two specialisation modules.

  1. Elective Modules
  2. Oil & Gas Management
  3. Total Quality Management
  4. Enterprise Management Systems
  5. International Trade in the Global Economic Environment
  6. Management of Energy
  7. Project Management
  8. Oil and Gas Specialisation
  9. Oil & Gas Management
  10. Management of Energy

Objective

To acquire intricate knowledge of the international oil, gas and energy industries.

Description

This module explores economic concepts, tools, definitions and accepted practices of the international energy markets. As a student, you will develop the ability to analyse economic markets and add value to the energy sector through the application of analysis tools for decision making. Studying topics such as product stream forecasting, risk and uncertainty, capital budgeting and the economic analysis of operations, you will gain knowledge that can fuel your career advancement in the oil, gas, petroleum and other energy industries.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To provide an understanding of the key principles, tools and techniques of quality management in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing organisations.

Description

This module helps students to acquire a working knowledge of the tools and techniques of quality management and a framework for understanding quality development. You will learn how to apply relevant techniques to improve an organisation’s competitive position and customer satisfaction. The module covers both the ‘hard’, technical aspects of quality (tools such as sampling, SPC, FMEA and QFD) as well the ‘soft’, managerial aspects (for example, the EFQM Excellence Model and Benchmarking).

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To provide an understanding of the roles and functions of enterprise systems and business information management, with particular focus on supply chain management.

Description

The Enterprise Management Systems module will help you understand the role enterprise systems and business information management play in relation to the supply chain. You will study a range of enterprise system architectures and applications in order to be able to specify developmental approaches and architectures of enterprise systems in a given business context.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To examine the dynamics of global sourcing currently practised by leading international corporations.

Description

In this module, you will assess how the business strategies of leading international corporations affect the dynamics of global sourcing. The module builds a working understanding of the barriers, constraints and advantages that dictate the flow of effective supply chains. It also provides an understanding of the driving forces behind various sourcing methodologies. New trends in procurement are presented as a basis for future direction.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To introduce the framework, concepts and principles associated with managing international energy markets.

Description

This module is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of international energy markets and with the skills to analyse those markets from a managerial perspective. As well as considering a range of high level financial, market, and geopolitical factors that affect energy companies, you will gain an understanding of the economics of renewable energy, energy risk management and energy pricing. You will reflect on the considerations to be made in financing large energy projects, and gain an appreciation of the role of policy and sentiment in shaping the energy industry globally and regionally.

Duration

8 weeks

Objectives

To introduce the principles of project management and give a thorough understanding of how to lead projects to a successful conclusion.

Description

This module will introduce you to key principles, terminology and strategies necessary for effective project management in today’s global marketplace. You will focus on project life cycles and the role of both key participants and the project manager throughout each stage of a project. You will hone your leadership skills, learn how best to support and guide team members and how to work effectively amid the constraints of time and budget.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To acquire intricate knowledge of the international oil, gas and energy industries.

Description

This module explores economic concepts, tools, definitions and accepted practices of the international energy markets. As a student, you will develop the ability to analyse economic markets and add value to the energy sector through the application of analysis tools for decision making. Studying topics such as product stream forecasting, risk and uncertainty, capital budgeting and the economic analysis of operations, you will gain knowledge that can fuel your career advancement in the oil, gas, petroleum and other energy industries.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To introduce the framework, concepts and principles associated with managing international energy markets.

Description

This module is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of international energy markets and with the skills to analyse those markets from a managerial perspective. As well as considering a range of high level financial, market, and geopolitical factors that affect energy companies, you will gain an understanding of the economics of renewable energy, energy risk management and energy pricing. You will reflect on the considerations to be made in financing large energy projects, and gain an appreciation of the role of policy and sentiment in shaping the energy industry globally and regionally.

Duration

8 weeks


Personal Development Portfolio

Alongside the core modules, students will each reflect on their progress in a Personal Development Portfolio designed to further their success as learners, practitioners and professionals.

Dissertation or Consultancy Project

Students refine their dissertation topic in conjunction with their personal Dissertation Advisor, an academic supervisor who will provide support throughout the study and writing process.

Dissertation

Students selecting the “dissertation” path will identify an appropriate research topic, critically select and apply appropriate research methodology and data collection methods to their chosen research topic, and demonstrate a rigorous understanding of the theory and literature relevant to the issues under investigation.

Consultancy project

Students will work on a specific project for an organisation. The organisation selected will function as the “client” and is normally an employer or another organisation with which the student is familiar. The aim of this path is to enable students to undertake a self-managed process of systematic practitioner inquiry within the management domain.

Please note that current scheduling may be subject to change and that we cannot guarantee that all modules will be offered in every calendar year.