MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management

From ethical sourcing, to transport strategy, this course gives you the skills you need to operate in a vital area of global business.

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Operations and supply chain management is much more than simply moving items from A to B. It’s a huge, diverse discipline that’s constantly evolving – adapting to new consumer demands, developing technology and a range of other global issues. This course can give you the advanced understanding and practical skills to master it all.

You’ll explore a range of topics, learning about sourcing products from other countries and navigating international regulations, while getting to grips with enterprise systems like SAP and discovering how we can reduce environmental impact across the supply chain.

We also offer a range of option units, giving you the chance to shape your studies around your interests and professional aims – offering skills in business analytics, project management and more. From there, you’ll be ready for your dissertation, picking a topic of your own interest and putting the theory into practice.

Learn from the experts

Our teaching team are all experienced tutors working at the forefront of their respective areas. We're well connected with the industry, working closely with institutes, associations and employers to make sure our courses offer the skills you'll need in your career.

We also have close links with external professionals - often our alumni - ensuring you hear voices from the industry and have access to practical advice and insight.

The course is accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Features and Benefits

  • Double accredited – this degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
  • Valuable insight – hear guest lectures from professionals who are active in the field, giving you an insight into the current issues that face the industry today.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Real-life learning – apply your new skills outside of your course, with optional short-term internships with employers in the city.
  • Regular events – attend events like masterclasses and careers fairs throughout your course to boost your professional network.
  • Taught by experts – learn from expert lecturers from the Department of Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management who bring practical experience into their teaching.
  • A city of opportunities – Manchester is a truly international city for business. It’s home to businesses of all shapes and sizes, so you’ll see logistics in action.
“Manchester Metropolitan has students from all over the world and this gave me the opportunity to see things from a different perspective and learn to approach problems from a different angle.” Anthanisos Basos, MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management (now MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management)

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“I chose Manchester Metropolitan University because of the accreditation my course has and because of the international recognition. The staff on my course were amazing and they made the subjects interesting and easy to understand.”

Roya Khatib, MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management (now MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management)

Career Prospects

By the time you leave us, you should have all the practical skills and industry knowledge you’ll need to pursue a career in operations and supply chain management.

As a graduate, you’ll be able to explore opportunities in a vast variety of different industry sectors, from manufacturing, retail and FMCG, to construction, investments and even charity. You’ll also be able to take advantage of graduate schemes offered by global companies, like Proctor & Gamble, Unilever and Johnson & Johnson. Today, you’ll find our graduates in management roles at some of the world’s leading businesses, including Amazon, 3M, Sainsbury’s and Heineken.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent. We’ll also welcome an application if you don’t have a degree, but you have the equivalent professional qualification or significant relevant management experience.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency.

We require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


"The important principle for us is that our teaching is current. It's up to date and it reflects industry thinking. So, for example, we use industry standard software in our teaching to ensure our students leave with the right level of digital skills..."

Listen to what Dr Julie Hardman, Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University...

Course details

From the phones in our pocket to the food on our table, our everyday lives rely on the way business moves goods around the world. Operations and supply chain management can make or break a business, finding the efficiency to improve margins and the opportunities to create profits. It’s a specialist field that’s constantly evolving, offering fresh challenges and new possibilities.

This double-accredited course brings together cutting-edge thinking from our research centres with the professional skills that we know employers want. With an advanced understanding of the key concepts, principles and practices of logistics and supply chain management, you’ll be well-equipped for a range of careers options in this exciting field.

You’ll study several core topics, covering areas including Operations Management and Enterprise Systems, as well as one option unit that will allow you to tailor your course to your interests. From there, you have all the masters-level study skills you'll need to complete your dissertation project. 

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Core Units

Operations Management

The aim of this unit is to demonstrate how operations management can influence and shape competitive strategy. The unit provides knowledge of concepts, techniques and models that are used for planning, managing and optimising operations within manufacturing and service organisations.

Logistics and Supply Chain Practices

This unit introduces the core concepts of logistics and supply chain management from both a global and regional perspective. The unit examines in detail the latest practices in logistics and supply chain management utilising real business examples, case studies and theory. These include supply chain analysis, order fulfilment, inventory policy, distribution centre operations, transport planning, sales and operations planning and ethical policies.

Strategic Supply Chain Management

This unit focuses on the analysis of supply chain strategy (including network design, risk assessment, shareholder value) and its application in five key sectors (automotive, consumer electronics, fashion, food and pharmaceuticals). The implications for global supply chain strategy of political change, fiscal policy, sustainability, emerging markets and technologies are also explored.

Industry 4.0

This unit examines the contemporary developments in the field of technological advancements and societal development driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. It reviews the disruptive and transformative technologies, which are underpinning Industry 4.0 and are currently changing and developing new socio-economic, political and societal models.

Business Relationship Management and Strategic Procurement

The aim of this unit is to demonstrate how operations and supply chain managers can influence and shape competitive strategy, through effective leadership, innovative business transformation initiatives and astute financial management. These themes are primarily considered within the context of intra and inter firm relationships, as well as the policies and practices of strategic procurement. Specific topics include business management practices, leadership, relationship management, teamwork, financial analysis, procurement strategies, category management, supply market analysis and supplier management.

Portfolio and Project Management in Organisations

Project management has emerged as a contemporary key management discipline supporting organisations to achieve their strategic goals in a constantly evolving business ecosystem, complicated by risks, uncertainties and competitor pressures. Globalisation of businesses and economies introduce additional complexity levels intrinsic to management of large-scale geographically distributed project teams. This unit introduces students to the latest principles and cutting-edge thinking relating to the management of projects within and across organisations. It also covers how project and programme management can be adopted as a strategic tool in organisations to provide value added services within the context of innovation, value, client satisfaction within common overarching constraints of time, cost and quality. Students are given the opportunity to study risk, change management, resource and budgetary management as well as quality assurance from a project lifecycle perspective.

Enterprise Systems

This unit examines the way in which information systems are used to support supply chain management (SCM). The focus is on SCM, but some of the material discussed is applicable to a broader range of contexts. A key feature of this unit are the hands-on sessions using the leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) package SAP.


The unit provides students with the opportunity to read extensively and apply research and analytical skills to a chosen area of study. As part of this unit, students produce a 15,000-word dissertation that identifies and investigates a specific question(s) in an area appropriate to operations and supply chain management.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Placement options

While this course doesn’t include any placement opportunities, you can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.

While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.

Department of Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management

Our Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management Department combines technology with creativity in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The department stays closely linked with professional institutes, associations and businesses, as part of its founding principle of education working with industry to produce career ready graduates.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

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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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

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You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


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