Global Supply Chain Management MSc | Brunel Business School
About the course
The MSc Global Supply Chain Management is an exciting and focussed programme for those considering a career in supply chain or logistics.
You will study issues relating to the development of supplier relationships, operations improvement, procurement strategies, inventory control, logistics operations, sustainability, as well as contemporary issues affecting these areas.
Our students come from a number of countries, including Brazil, Mexico, USA, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Germany, France, Greece, Turkey, China and South Korea. Typically Brunel students have work experience in the supply chain or logistics areas or are those seeking employment in these areas.
This programme will equip students with the tools, techniques and skills necessary to secure employment in this exciting and increasingly important area.
Specifically, you will be able to:
- Explain and critically apply theories on logistics and supply chain management, operations and project management, business modelling and simulation.
- Integrate theories and appraise strategies on managing supply chain operations (stemming from logistics and operations management frameworks) within the context of global business management.
- Understand the inter-relationship between logistics and supply chain management and contemporary social issues.
- Gain insightful knowledge into the development of outsourcing and the role played by outsourcing organisations.
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The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
Logistics and Supply Chain Management: The aim of this module is to provide students with a solid grounding in logistics and supply chain management principles. They will develop a critical understanding of relevant theoretical frameworks in the context of contemporary business practice.
Procurement Fundamentals: The main aims of this module are to:
- Demonstrate the importance of procurement strategies and techniques within both service and manufacturing environments.
- Gain a clear understanding of the importance and scope of the procurement function.
- Explore and critically assess the elements of contracts and contractual obligations.
- Demonstrate how supplier selection and assessment criteria lead to improved procurement performance.
Business Modelling and Simulation in Supply Chains: Systems' modelling is now an integral part of any decision making process, particularly for complex and dynamic systems. To meet the challenges of current environments, students need to be equipped with modelling skills and analytical abilities. Supply chain management is a typical example of current systems, while modelling is a critical component of its decision process.
The module aims to critically examine and identify the role played by modelling and simulation in managing and assuring the quality of system performance and operations whilst meeting strategic targets. The topics range from managing basic day to day operations to strategic planning and decision making. This module aims to provide students with insights into several areas of modelling and simulation. It teaches them how to carry out a typical modelling project including the phases of the modelling process.
Operations and Project Management: This module aims to provide an overview of the breadth of operations management in contemporary organisations. It will also raise awareness and understanding of the strategic issues involved in the way organisations manage their operational activities and facilities, within and beyond the firm boundaries and where exposure to a project environment is pervasive.
The module will develop participants' appreciation of the relation between operations/service/project design choices and performance imperatives including quality, time compression and flexibility.
Global Outsourcing: The main aims of this module are to:
- Examine the implications, scope and influence of the outsourcing decision upon business strategy and operations.
- Analyse vendor assessment procedures, vendor managment, project trasition and governance.
- Evaluate effective procurement strategies for successful outsourcing.
- Develop an understanding of the legal aspects associated with outsourcing.
International Marketing: The module addresses critical understanding and ability in assessing the effectiveness of international marketing theory and practice. It targets principles and issues that drive markets world-wide. Students will develop insight and investigative ability concerning issues facing a business that needs to research markets and develop and implement market strategies, techniques and methods across a range of international sectors.
Understanding Business and Management Research: The module is predicated on the dominant role of both quantitative and qualitative methods in management research. It is based on the need to enable the understanding of research reports and use this information to improve the quality of work, decision-making, and the understanding of complex management problems. The latter will be instrumental in applying existing management theory and research to practical management problems as action researchers.
The specific aims of the module are:
- To provide a balanced view of social science and business research methods enabling a critical understanding of research information.
- To acquire theoretical and practical knowledge for business management by covering issues and debates in management research as reflected in the literature.
- To provide knowledge of relevant research methods and techniques for master's level project work.
Dissertation: A research-based dissertation is an integral and particularly important element of the programme. Students are required to base their dissertation on empirical research into a management problem or issue of their choice (subject to approval).
Dissertations are supervised by full-time members of the academic staff of the school who have a wide range of research interests and expertise. The dissertation must be submitted by the end of the academic year during which a student completes all of the taught modules of the course.
Strategic Management: The module has three main aims which are to:
- Enable students to appreciate the issues and challenges that confront managers responsible for strategic management in potentially complex, hostile and uncertain conditions.
- Introduce students to concepts, topics and methodological approaches and tools relevant to the analysis of the strategic position of the organisation.
- Introduce studets to the development and implementation of strategies and policies, and their major operational implications.
- Develop students’ skills of critical thinking, logical analysis, argument and judgement via the use of case study and other materials exemplar readings and other information sources.
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance: This module focuses on business ethics and corporate governance in the international context. Both areas will be addressed from the perspective of the dual ‘business’ models of the shareholder and the stakeholder approaches. Further, the broader societal impacts of business activities will be considered in-depth. The full range of businesses will be considered – from large corporations through to SMEs. Empirical studies will be used to apply the theoretical resources of moral philosophy, CSR, sustainability and corporate governance.
International Business Strategy: The module aims to help students understand strategies and structures that multinational firms adopt and how they perform their key business operations to compete and succeed in the international business environment.
Students taking this module will:
- Gain a comprehensive understanding of the strategy of international business.
- Understand the organizational architecture that international businesses use to manage and direct their global operations.
- Understand issues related to foreign expansion.
- Understand roles of specific business functions in an international business.
Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation: This module explores the intersection between knowledge, social network technologies and innovation. It examines how organisations create, utilise and communicate knowledge in the global knowledge-based economy and the wider social and economic factors affecting knowledge transfer. The module identifies the exploitation of Web 2.0 which enables social engagement and processes for business development.
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The School’s Business Life Employability Programme is designed to help students to acquire a range of employability and networking skills, enabling them to gain a distinct edge in the labour market and to manage their career search and development more effectively. Typical events have included:
- Meet the Professionals Showcase
A professional association is an organisation formed to unite and inform people who work in the same occupation. There are many advantages to joining professional bodies: typically they offer training and access to research, as well as networking opportunities like conferences and forums. Brunel Business School regularly invites key professional bodies to showcase these benefits to Business School students on campus. Professional bodies who regularly take part in the showcase include: ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA, CIMA, BCS, OR, CMI, CILT, CIPD, CII, CBI, CFA, CIM and CIPR.
UK Industrial and Commercial Visits
Where possible, events and external visits are arranged with UK organisations to help demonstrate theory in practice. Typical events have included:
- Tour of the Mini Car Plant, Oxford
MSc in Management students joined MSc Supply Chain Management students in 2012 on a visit to BMW’s Mini car plant in Oxford. The visit involved a guided tour around the Mini production line which was in full operation during the visit. Students witnessed in practice many of the management topics covered in their degree including international business strategy, new product development, customer focused marketing, operations and supply chain management, and financial resources management.
- CV Writing for Master's Students Supply Chain Management is growing in importance as a management discipline and we are confident that graduates of this programme will improve their employability in this area as a result of completing this double-accredited specialist programme.
Graduate School Workshops
In addition to the events and training sessions organised within the Business School, master's students have exclusive access to the workshops and skills training provided by Brunel University London’s Graduate School. Typical sessions have included:
- CV Writing for Master's Students
A good quality CV is crucial and takes time to perfect. Students on taught masters are invited to attend this special training session on how to prepare Curriculum Vitae towards a targeted job or sector.
- CV Writing Drop-in Clinic for Master's Students
Master's students are invited to bring along their CVs for a one-to-one review session with a careers advisor or as a follow-up to the Graduates School’s CVs writing for master's students.
- How to Succeed in Assessment Centres (Master's Students)
This session will help students to prepare for assessment centres which are used as part of an organisation’s recruitment processes for jobs in industry or academia, in particular for highly competitive positions.
- Interview Techniques for Master's Students
A training session tailored for master's students that explores the competitive process of a job interview - from preparation to presenting and demonstrating your interest on the day.
- Transferrable Skills for Master's Students
Students are encouraged to widen their skills base during postgraduate study in response to employer demand for transferrable skills as well as intellectual knowledge.
This exciting programme is suitable for recent graduates and those seeking to enhance or extend their career opportunities in the field of supply chain and logistics management.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry criteria 2018/19
- A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a related or non – related subject. Work experience is not required
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU entry requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
The Pre-Masters course has been designed to prepare international students who have not qualified for direct entry to Brunel University London's Master's degrees. Undertaking a Pre-Master's course will give you time to adjust to the rigorous research and independent study requirements of a postgraduate degree. This will ensure you get the most out of your master's studies at Brunel University London and go on to achieve graduation in your chosen field. See details.
Teaching and learning
As a research active university, international level research findings by Brunel Business School tutors are regularly used in student lectures. Professor Michael Bourlakis, Professor Emel Aktas and Dr Afshin Mansouri are active researchers in the field of global supply and logistics management and active researchers within the school’s Operations and Information Systems Management Research Group (OISM).
Dr David Gallear (BEng, MEng, PhD) is reader in Operations Management, member of the Operations and Information Systems Management Research Group (OISM), and associate member of CEIBIEM at BBS. He is a member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and the European Operations Management Association (EuROMA). He is a previous a finalist for the European Award for Doctoral Theses on Total Quality Management (EFQM, Brussels).
Dr Afshin Mansouri is the Business School’s specialist in Operations Management and has several years of industrial work experience in production and project management areas. In 2005 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Tours in France. Prior to joining Brunel University in 2007, he has held academic and research positions at the University of Tehran and King’s College London. Dr Mansouri's research on humanitarian supply chain management for disaster relief in Iran has been funded by ESRC. He has also received research funding from Brunel University to investigate the role of multi-objective optimisation as a decision aid in build-to-order supply chains. Dr Mansouri is a member of the editorial board for International Journal of Industrial Engineering Computations and Management Science Letters and co-guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering.
In addition, tutors in this subject utilise specialists to provide sessions relating to negotiation, sustainable supply chains, retail supply chains and LEAN production.
Modes of Study
1-year full-time in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.
Assessment and feedback
- Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment, or an examination in May.
- Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups.
- Coursework and examinations place considerable stress on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively.
- The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project.
- Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors.
- The programme includes a series of guest lectures, supply chain and procurement conferences, company visits and employability workshops.Past visits have included site tours of Mini and Jaguar car plants, as well as visits from LEAN specialists at Rolls Royce and Wiles Greenworld.
- In addition, on completion of the MSc GSCM programme, successful graduates can apply to become full members of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, subject to having satisfied the three year relevant work experience requirement.
- Also, graduates successfully completing this degree will have met the educational requirements for Chartered Membership (CMILT) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. When applying for Chartered Membership, applicants will be required to demonstrate that they meet the experience requirements of four years relevant experience including two years at senior level.
- This is one of the few supply chain master's programmes in the United Kingdom to have received accreditation from the top Supply Chain and Logistics bodies.
- Students will acquire a wealth of networking and knowledge opportunities to bring them close to a growing supply chain community.
- They will also get the opportunity to present research to industry specialists.
The Brunel MSc Global Supply Chain Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and is an academic partner to the Institute. This partnership allows student membership and participation in industry events. Students have access to the CILT's Knowledge Centre which contains a large collection of industry-specific resources for logistics and transport.
The Brunel MSc Global Supply Chain Management is one of a small number of programmes in the United Kingdom to receive accreditation both from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Students on this programme will have the opportunity to become members of these organisations and receive invites to procurement and supply chain activities in and around London.
A number of Associate memberships to the CMI are open to graduates of Brunel Business School postgraduate programmes, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters after their names as appropriate: Associates 'ACMI', Members 'MCMI' and Fellows 'FCMI'.
Based on accumulated knowledge and resources in two previously successful research centres of the Business School (ISEing led by Habin Lee and Ray Hackney; and OASIS previously led by Amir Sharif and David Gallear), OISM has the ambition to be a leading research group specialised in responsible and sustainable operation management - exploring information systems, operations research, management science, and general and strategic management knowledge, using approaches across public and private industry sectors.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2018/19 entry
Additional course related costs
Brunel University is offering Academic Excellence Scholarships to postgraduate students (15%) and scholarships for Brunel Alumni (15%).
Funding opportunities available to postgraduate students
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).