Manchester Metropolitan University

PgCert/PgDip/MSc

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • You will be taught in the internationally recognised multii-award-winning Business School on All Saints Campus. 
  • This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
  • You will benefit from practitioner-led teaching by a team with substantial industy experience. 
  • SAP is the leading enterprise system in the world and this programme provides the advantage of 12 hours worth of hands on workshops on the SAP package.

Adding value to your employability skills

Throughout your studies there is strong provision for employability and gaining graduate employment through our Careers and Employability Hub and a range of additional activities that include:

Live business project 

Many employers require graduates who possess a range of skills and knowledge, including experience in the workplace. Masters students of the Business School take a unit called Investigating Business Practice, where you will act as a consultant for a real business. This will develop your project management, team working, client management and business consultancy skills.

In groups, you will be matched with a business organisation that is seeking solutions to an issue that is related to your subject area. You will be expected to meet with the client company, identify the key issues that the client is facing and be required to scope out their specific requirements and business needs, delegate roles and tasks within your team and then respond professionally to this brief, showcasing strategies and proposals that they can realistically implement into their business. 

Behind-the-scenes business visits

As a Masters student of the Business School, you have the opportunity to participate in a number of free business visits that allow you to see behind the scenes of real companies and learn about how these businesses are structured and operate. The business visit programme varies each year, the following are indicative of the type of business visits that are available:

  • Manchester United Football Club – museum and stadium tour plus guest speaker on business operations
  • Robinson’s Brewery – tour of 175 year old family run brewery and guest speaker
  • BBC at MediaCityUK - tour of BBC studios at MediaCityUK with an insight into how TV broadcasting works.
  • Jaguar LandRover - tour of the LandRover factory including every stage of the assembly process to the finished product.

Professional development weeks

The Faculty of Business and Law hosts two Professional Development Weeks annually. Free and open to all students, this includes a festival of skills-development activities, practical support in developing your CV and employability skills, and the opportunity to network with actively recruiting graduate employers. 

Consultancy dissertation 

The dissertation unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer and aligned to your career goals in a specific sector, organisation or industry. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations. 

Expert guest lectures

A number of guest lectures take place each year with leading speakers from industry. The Business School shares extensive links with over 25 professional bodies including the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Leadership and Management. We invite speakers from various industries onto campus as guest lecturers to share their knowledge with current Masters students. 

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement options

Postgraduate internship programme

Employers look favourably on candidates who can demonstrate relevant and practical work experience. All Masters students at the Business School are encouraged to undertake an optional, short-term internship with a real business in order to develop relevant experience relating to their studies. 

The Postgraduate Internship Programme is an optional unit which allows you to gain up to fourteen weeks of work experience in a business environment; putting your studies into practical application, at the same time as gaining practice credits, which are recorded on your degree qualification transcript. 

A dedicated Placement and Project Coordinator will guide you through this process, by sourcing and advertising suitable roles throughout the year, offering 1-2-1 application advice, and supporting you to make speculative applications to source your own Internships. 

Internships can be part-time or full-time but must fit around your scheduled classes.

About the course

Our postgraduate programmes aim to combine academic knowledge from leading research in the area with the professional skills that employers are seeking.

The Faculty is home to the Centre for Business and Society, which brings together a number of synergistic research centres and knowledge clusters and our doctoral school of PhD researchers who work with teaching staff on the design of the programme. This includes the Supply Chain Management Knowledge Cluster that brings together the latest thinking and reseach in the sector. 

Industry experienced teaching expertise

Teaching staff on this programme are from the Department of Marketing, Operations and Digital Business and combine a rich mix of industry experienced and research active academic staff. 

Meet the lecturers: 

Dr David Lascelles | Programme Leader

Dr David Petty | Senior Lecturer

This course aims to provide you with an advanced understanding of the key concepts, principles and practices of the logistics and supply chain sector.  Units on the programme are designed to develop your critical thinking on key areas whilst allowing you to apply your learning into practice by undertaking a live business client project, before embarking on a consultancy based dissertation.

Units of study include:

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts and Practices
  • Supply Chain Planning
  • Investigating Business Practice (Consultancy Project)
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Option unit (choose 1 from): Business Analytics; Project Management Concepts and Practices; Management Practices.

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits of units + 60 credit dissertation).

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

The number of units you study will depend on if you choose the PgCert (60 credits), PgDip (120 credits) or MSc (120 credits of units + 60 credit dissertation).

Units in depth

Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts and Practices

This unit introduces logistics and supply chain concepts and principles, examines operations and material flows, and critically analyses global supply chain strategies. The module covers three core themes:-

  1. Supply Chain Management Principles: supply chain planning; order fulfilment; inventory and warehouse management; transport planning; purchasing.
  2. Operations and Material Flows: manufacturing logistics; process layout and analysis; inventory replenishment schemes; just in time and lean management techniques.
  3. Supply Chain Management Strategies: analysis of global supply chain strategy (including network design, risk assessment and global sourcing) and its application in four key sectors (automotive; retail; consumer electronics and humanitarian relief).

Supply Chain Planning

This unit introduces information systems concepts, addressing the issues that are relevant to supply chains. It also critically examines how supply chains are planned and managed. The module covers three broad themes:-

  1. Information systems: implementation of integrated information systems; application and of Enterprise Systems and their impact on organisations.
  2. Enterprise systems for Supply Chain Management: Data structures, Master Production Scheduling (MPS) and capacity planning/management, key issues for implementation success.
  3. Strategic Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Design and evaluation of supply networks; collaborative innovation in supply networks.

Investigating Business Practice (Consultancy Project)

This is your opportunity to gain real consultancy skills with a live business client. You will be matched with a business partner and in groups, you will have to investigate a business issue for your client. This will involve setting clear objectives and goals, scoping out the project, assigning roles and responsibilities before undertaking live research and synthesising your theoretical knowledge in order to apply it to the client’s issue. You will then develop a proposal, considering factors concerning the client’s issue, before drawing up and presenting a set of recommendations that the client can realistically, apply to their business as a solution.  This unit provides you with real-life experience in managing a client-consultant relationship, enhancing your C.V and developing your employability skills by allowing you to experience the realities of managing teams, projects and expectations. 

You will apply a problem-based learning approach through:

  • Project Management techniques
  • Project design
  • Scoping and parameter setting
  • Problem identification and problem solving
  • Business writing
  • Reflective learning.

Research Methods

This unit will help you develop your critical thinking, reflective writing and other study skills, including analysis and referencing, to successfully study at Masters level and in particular to introduce you to general research methods needed to successfully develop a dissertation proposal or research brief.  The indicative themes per session is namely:-

  • The nature and purpose of research
  • How to undertake and go about research
  • What makes good research
  • Critical reading
  • The importance of critically assessing an academic paper
  • Understanding research paradigms/philosophies
  • Ethical issues associated with research
  • Effectively analysing data qualitatively and quantitatively
  • Writing up your findings
  • Producing a research project

An early formative assessment element would be used to develop and test your reflective writing, library research and referencing skills.

Dissertation

To successfully complete the Masters award, you are required to undertake a 15,000 word dissertation, supported by an individual tutor. This piece of individual work can be used to inform research in industry or sector that is aligned to your management career aspirations.

This unit is your chance to undertake a consultancy dissertation, which could be based on a current or potential employer. This would involve identifying and structuring an investigative managerial or business issue, producing a substantial written document of your conclusions and recommendations. Conducting primary research in the client organisation would be required in order to offer short to medium term solutions to the business, identifying implications of these actions for the wider managerial profession.

You may also wish to do one of four other types of dissertation including:

  • Enterprise Based Business Plan: Developing a Business Plan for a start-up business, underpinned by secondary data and fieldwork on the proposed business area, with the objective of a possible launch of a small enterprise.
  • Empirically based: Answering distinct research questions, triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by conducting fieldwork (collecting primary data), with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.
  • Action Learning: This involves examining, in a reflective way, a problem-solving ‘action intervention’ made by the author in his/her organisation through the lens of relevant literature, with the objective of demonstrating insights and enhanced managerial competence, and drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.
  • Library based: This would involve answering distinct research questions, which are triggered by an issue of strategic or operational importance, mainly by gathering secondary data and doing a meta-analysis of published interpretations of existing data sets, with the objective of drawing out the implications for the wider managerial professional practice.

Option units

You will choose one of the following units:

Business Analytics

This unit will equip you with skills and knowledge relating to the handling and analysis of a variety of information generated by organisations. The overarching theme of the unit will be to consider principles of business analytics: What is big data? Why is it important in a connected world? What are the various data? What is structured and unstructured data? The unit covers two broad themes:-

  1. Data warehousing: the storage, management and retrieval of large amounts of information.
  2. How organisations can leverage data to aid the decision-making process. This will include the study and practice of relevant visualisation and analysis techniques utilising appropriate software.

Project Management Concepts and Practices

This unit introduces project management concepts and principles, and critically examines established methodologies and methods used in modern project management within business. The unit covers three broad themes:-

  1. Design of the Project Process: project definition; time planning; theory of constraints; cost and quality planning; risk analysis; sustainability.
  2. Delivery of the Project: team structure; organisational structure and coordination; control of projects; supply chain issues; problem-solving and decision-making; sustainability.
  3. Information Systems in Project Management: IT infrastructure for project management; cloud-based project management; operational, tactical and strategic IS; IS security and control in projects.

Management Practice

This unit introduces some key aspects of management practice, developing the ability to assimilate and apply some basic concepts, tools and frameworks in organisational development, marketing, accounting and finance. The unit covers three broad themes:-

  1. A critical appreciation and the ability to apply the contemporary theory and concepts which underpin the practice of management and how modern management theory has evolved over time. A critical awareness of the application of management theory to practical situations with and how managers today deal with a diverse set of activities. The unit also explores the evolving role of managers and decision-making with respect to other key organisational functions of marketing and finance.
  2. Identify and evaluate the changing global macro and microenvironment and to assess the implications on how organisations develop competitive marketing strategies. To increase awareness and appreciation of the significance of adopting effective marketing strategies and their interdependence in respect of management and financial performance for the organisation.
  3. Introduce the basic principles behind the presentation of historic accounting information in the income, balance and cash flow statements. Introduce and use a range of accounting and finance tools such as performance ratios, costing systems, budgeting, project appraisal and working capital management. Raise awareness of the factors associated with the appropriate sourcing of both short and long-term financial funds.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts and Practices:

Group Work (50% of final mark). This is an integrative assignment that will require groups of up to five students to test the fit of theory to practice through analysis of a set case study activity linked to a company-specific supply chain strategy. The groups will be required to produce a report of up to 3,000 words and a 30-minute individually assessed group presentation of their findings.

Examination (50% of final mark):  This is a set closed book three-hour examination that will allow students to demonstrate the acquisition of a definitive knowledge base through the application of critical thinking skills developed around key topic areas.

Supply Chain Management

Group Work (50% of final mark): groups (nominally five members) will be required to write a conference style paper (3,000 words) on Enterprise Systems, and conduct a 20-minute presentation.

Examination (50% of final mark): Closed-book, unseen three-hour examination that will allow students to demonstrate individually the acquisition of a definitive knowledge base through the application of critical thinking/analytical skills developed around key topic areas.

Investigating Business Practice (Consultancy Project):

Report (100% of final mark): A professional business report of no more than 15 pages (including an executive summary and references) and presentation detailing the scope and parameters of the project, research approach, findings, conclusions, recommendations. Each student will submit an individual learning log with the report.

Research Methods:

2,500-word Research Brief (100% of final mark).

Business Analytics:

15-minute Presentation (40% of final mark) on appropriate data sources for a particular business scenario, followed by a 10 minute question and answer session.

Report (60% of final mark): a management report that brings together relevant information to inform a strategic decision-making process. The report will be a maximum of 15 pages (A4) in length including charts, diagrams, appendices etc. 

Project Management Concepts & Practices:

2,000-word, Time Constrained Paper (40% of the final mark).

3000-word Report (60% of the final mark)

Management Practice:

Case study (50% of final mark)

3-hour Examination (50% of final mark).

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/business-school/about-us/our-staff/

Typical entry requirements

Normally a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or international equivalent, in any subject. We will also consider your application if you have degree equivalent professional qualifications or significant management experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency: TOEFL IBT – Designated Institution Code: 0240

Overall score: 89
With no individual test score below:
Listening: 17
Reading: 18
Speaking: 20
Writing : 17

For more information about English Language Requirements

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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Advanced Standing

If your qualifications are relevant, you may be eligible for ‘entry with advanced standing'. This entry route gives academic credit for your current qualifications. 

Please note, advanced standing applications cannot be made using the apply online feature. If this applies to you, please instead complete the Postgraduate Application Form.

Career options after the course

This programme aims to equip aspiring logistic and supply chain management professionals to enter their chosen management field. Graduates from this programme are expected to use the qualification in combination with their degree and other personal achievements to provide a personal profile that makes them stand out from other applicants. 

Graduates from this course can embark on careers in a wide range of business sectors and organisations, with recent graduates gaining employment with companies including 3M, Amazon, Cooper Industries, Hilti, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Reckitt Benckiser, Sainsbury's, SAP and Tetrosyl. Many graduates from this course have gone on to work for global organisations, examples including:

  • Field Analyst at G4S
  • Cider Production Technician at Heineken
  • Business Logistics Leader at 3M

Read a graduate profile

Athanasios Basios, MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Dedicated career and employability support

The Faculty of Business and Law’s dedicated Careers and Employability Service is at your disposal during, and up to three years after you graduate.  With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there is a range of careers support services on offer during your time here including Professional Development Weeks twice a year, where a festival of skill building activities, training and employer networking takes place.

You are encouraged to explore your employment options during your postgraduate qualification and you will have the opportunity to engage with employers through careers fairs, guest speakers and internships. 

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

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