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Global Supply Chain Management MSc | Brunel Business School

Course code

N290PGSMSC

Start date

September

Subject area

Business School

Mode of study

1 year full-time

Fees

2019/20

UK / EU £10,140

International £16,850

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

Globalisation requires an international approach to business, and with suppliers increasingly scattered across the globe, particularly to supply chain management. Brunel’s Global Supply Chain Management MSc is a course that attracts business men and women from all over the world who want to focus specifically on a career in supply chain management or logistics, so you can be sure to find yourself in good company.

A wide range of topics is studied including development of supplier relationships, operations improvement, procurement strategies, outsourcing, inventory control, and logistics operations, as well as addressing the issues that affect these areas. The breadth of study forms a solid foundation of understanding allowing you to explain and apply theories on logistics, operations and project management, and business modelling and simulation to your practice.

The relationship between logistics and supply chain management will also be approached through the lens of contemporary social issues such as the state of geopolitics, advances in technology, and the increasing importance of transparency and sustainability.

The course includes a series of guest lectures, supply chain and procurement conferences, company visits and employability workshops. Past company visits have included site tours of Mini and Jaguar car plants. We have also welcomed LEAN specialists to Brunel Business School from Rolls Royce and Wiles Greenworld.

We ensure that you have access to a wealth of networking opportunities that bring you closer to a growing supply chain community. There is also the opportunity to present research to industry specialists for expert feedback.

This is one of the few supply chain master's courses in the UK to have received accreditation from the top supply chain and logistics bodies. On completion of the course, you can apply to become a full member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) subject to having satisfied the relevant three-year work experience requirement.

As a graduate of this master’s course, you will also meet the educational requirements for Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). This is subject to having four years of relevant career experience, including two years at senior level. Brunel holds an academic partnership with CILT and you will be able to access CILT’s Knowledge Centre which has a large collection of industry-specific resources for logistics and transport. Find out more on our accreditations and exemptions page.

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Course content

This specialist course will give you a strong foundation in the fundamentals of global supply chain management. Optional modules give you a chance to look more closely at areas such as CSR, international business strategy, and using social media for business development.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

A number of Associate memberships to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) are open to Brunel Global Supply Chain Management graduates, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters after their name as appropriate: Associate ‘ACMI’, Members ‘MCMI’ and Fellows ‘FCMI’.

Our programmes are built with input from business professionals with the specific aim of helping you enter the workplace fully equipped and confident of your abilities. As a masters graduate you’ll be equipped to enter a number job roles, including:Industry analyst; Project manager; Global logistics manager; Transportation director; Supply chain consultant; Purchasing manager

Some of the well-known names who value Brunel Business School graduates include Accenture, Amazon, Barclays, British Airways, Capgemini, HSBC, Jaguar Land Rover, L’Oréal, McCann, Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Xerox.

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UK entry requirements

  • 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.
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EU and International entry requirements

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.

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.

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 through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£10,140 full-time

International

£16,850 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

Teaching includes lectures, informal small study groups, and individual or group presentations using a laptop and digital projector.

Brunel Business School regularly invites specialists to provide sessions on negotiation, sustainable supply chains, retail supply chains, and LEAN production.

This degree course is taught by Professor Michael Bourlakis, Professor Emel Aktas, Dr Afshin Mansouri and Dr David Gallear who are active researchers in the field of global supply and logistics management, and also within the School’s Operations and Information Systems Management Research Group (OISM). Their research findings are often integrated into lectures providing up to date and relevant material.

The OISM group explores information systems, operations research, management science, and general and strategic management knowledge, using various approaches across public and private industry sectors.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Modules are usually assessed by individual assessment or by examination in May.

Coursework and examinations give you a chance to demonstrate critical and constructive thinking and reasoning. Your dissertation is a 12,000 word document that will show your ability to conceive, design and execute a major project, which confidently substantiates your chosen line of enquiry.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.