Operations and Supply Chain Management MSc 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course provides you with an in-depth and philosophical understanding of the concepts of operations and supply chain management. This course builds upon the University's established reputation as an excellent provider of undergraduate courses and senior management training programmes in this management discipline.

You will have the opportunity to learn the skills that ensure operations run more efficiently and effectively, particularly in the face of global market turbulence, agility, and business resilience. We also aim to help you develop the knowledge and practical skills vital for professional operations, arising from the complexities of projects, supply chain management and operations.

This course is ideal if you have studied business, management, science or engineering and want to pursue a career in operations management or supply chain management. The course integrates business management techniques and the management technologies they rely on.

We offer the opportunity to::

• Learn through innovative teaching techniques including: cases, simulations and interactive games

• Gain the opportunity to network with experts from industry, exploring their real-world expertise and sharing their professional experience with students

• Investigate real-business scenarios with industry visits/case study projects

• Gain the experience of the industry standard management information system software of SAP

• Have the opportunities for an additional professional qualification in operations management with University partners, such as a ‘Green Belt' in Six Sigma.

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Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


September start - 1 year full-time

Entry requirements

• An Honours degree (2.2 or above) in a wide range of disciplines or professional body equivalent.

• Applicants with other professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered individually.


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Course content

The course is divided into three terms. During terms one and two you will enjoy a carefully designed program that covers the core theories and knowledge of the operations and supply chain management profession. In your final term, you have the opportunity to lead your own research through your dissertation project.

You study the following modules:

Strategic Management

The module addresses strategic challenges facing firms with regard to sustainable development through process improvement pressures for a business excellence total quality management and performance monitoring. The module will use case studies and provide tools and techniques to show how a firm might prepare a strategic response to internal and external challenges.

Information Systems

This module examines the role of different types of information systems in modern operations and supply chains. It explains why they are critical for linking different business functions and facilitating integrated processes within and between companies. The students will be introduced to different types of software including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages, Advanced Planning Systems (APS) Inventory Optimisation (IO) tools and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). The assessment is based on an individual assignment (50%) and an in-class test (50%).

Essentials of Operations Management

The aim of this module is to demonstrate how operations management can influence and shape competitive strategy. Specific topics include the examination of modern business drivers and competitive performance (time compression, responsiveness, sustainability etc.), the achievement of competitive advantage through operations management, globalisation, supply chains, agility, operations performance measurement, monitoring and learning. The assessment is based on an assignment and an in-class assessment.

Project Management

The module provides knowledge of concepts, techniques and models that are used for planning, managing and optimising projects within manufacturing and service organisations. The module will cover project planning, role of project managers, project risk management and sustainability.

Strategic Process Improvement

The module will help you to gain an understanding of some key areas of strategic process improvement. It will demonstrate how some of the major concepts underlying principles and practices of strategic process improvement are shaped in today's organisations through effective quality and operations management practice. The assessment is based on an individual assignment and an exam.

Principles of Supply Chain Management

This module introduces the basics of supply chain management. It will present the role of logistics and supply chain within various business contexts. The module will provide students an ability to identify and analyse the complexities and uncertainties affecting global supply chains. The module will also discuss the emerging trends and concepts in logistics and supply chain management. The assessment for this module will be based on an individual report and an examination.

Supply Chain Planning and Control

The module will demonstrate how data can be obtained, extracted and manipulated to enable decision support tools to be used to underpin the planning and control of operations and the supply chain.

The assessment for this module is based on an individual report and an In-class test. Throughout the delivery of the module the tutors will use software and other teaching aids to enhance learning and provide feedback.

Procurement and Purchasing

The role of purchasing has become a key driver for enabling the smooth flow of goods as well as achieving optimum cost whilst meeting the customer requirements. The module will examine the different approaches to managing the purchasing function, which can contribute to an efficient and effective management of the organization's operations. The module will utilise case studies to demonstrate how companies manage their purchasing and procurement. The assessment is based on an individual assignment and an exam.

Professional Development and Research Methods

This module will enable you to develop your professional, academic and research skills through a series of lectures workshops and seminars and provide an understanding of an integrated research methodology. The module will also help to prepare for the dissertation and will outline the basic steps in the formulation of research questions research design and research implementation.


The dissertation develops the student’s skills and ability to carry out an original investigation into a particular logistics/ operations and/or supply chain management problem. Students will receive regular supervision from their supervisor who will provide further guidance on methodology, literature sources and review techniques, specification of data requirements, data collection and analysis, and final presentation. The dissertation will normally be of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

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

Career opportunities

Our academic staff are members of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), which has a network of over 60,000 members , the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics (CILT), and the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) and undertake research in such areas as: manufacturing and service operations agile supply chain management, supply chain management risk, lean manufacture, and service innovation, and have a number of grant schemes with ESRC and knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) with businesses across the region, including:

• Major manufacturers, engineering and design

• Professional Services and Healthcare providers.

• 3rd party suppliers

• Industrial consultants

• Any other business with an operations or supply chain management requirement.

Professional links and accreditations

Teaching and assessment

The module topics are studied through a range of different and engaging activities which include tutorials, lectures, group work and individual assignments and examinations. Teaching staff on the course are focused on developing real life expertise in operations improvement strategies and these are currently arranged in three broad areas: i) strategic operations and supply logistics; ii) sports operations management; and ii) professional service operations. Collaborations include assisting businesses with their need to provide a more competitive, ‘agile' operations and supply chain response. Working (University of Huddersfield) for work with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supporting regional Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and research through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).


The £17m Business School is the most eco-friendly building on campus. It's a state-of-the art facility and provides you with a modern, professional environment in which to learn and develop.

All teaching rooms are high quality and the school has a number of computer labs for teaching or for students' individual or group use. You'll have comprehensive access to online resources through Unilearn, an online learning environment which gives access to all the study materials you'll need.

The Street Café is a perfect area for socialising, networking and relaxation over a wide range of fresh food, hot and cold drinks and free wi-fi. Set in landscaped grounds by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the Business School is in close proximity to the Library and Student Central which offers a number of places to eat, areas to socialise with friends, the Students' Union, student services and modern sporting and fitness facilities.

Our Learning Development Group can provide advice you on how to improve your academic work including writing assignments, referencing, research skills, presentation skills and time management. There are also specialist learning advisors for international students who can help with a range of skills including academic English and language support.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Other information

Tuition fee loans

Postgraduate students from the UK/EU (full or part-time) can now receive tuition fee support to cover the cost of their studies. You may be eligible to access up to £10,280 in loans towards your study costs. You can find out more from Student Finance England.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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