LSCM

Developing your operational and logistical skills for performance improvement and competitive advantage, our MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management teaches the theory and techniques needed to successfully manage and improve a global and international supply chain.

Our expert team on the MSc works closely with industry, identifying needs and tailoring its students’ learning accordingly. This programme provides excellent networking opportunities and maintains close links with relevant international companies and festivals, providing a route into future employment. Its relationship with organisations is strengthened by a company-sponsored module.


Key facts

Study mode: Full time
Duration: 12 months
Next available start date: September 2017

Overview

Exploring operations, supply chain and green logistics and core sub-disciplines, you’ll acquire expertise in the contribution these systems make and the skills necessary to become a future leader in the low carbon area. Green skills have been identified as a major gap by many governments and industry leaders. This programme will give you an important skill set in an area which is likely to be key for future business and organisational leaders.

The MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management has accreditation from CIPS and CILT, two premier global organisations serving the procurement and supply and logistics and transport professions. Graduates from our programme are eligible for full membership of CIPS after they have gained three years’ relevant professional experience and can work towards becoming a Chartered Member of CILT.

You’ll study in a state-of-the-art learning environment in our newly-refurbished building. Class sizes are small and students come from all over the world ensuring an international perspective to your learning. You will study the theory and techniques needed to successfully manage and improve a global and international supply chain, looking at the contribution systems make and learning the skill sets needed to equip future leaders in the low carbon area. Your learning will be informed by industry-sponsored modules including lectures from key industrial partners, case studies and company visits. Assignment tasks are jointly designed – and assessed by – a combination of academics and industry. Projects for this programme will include close collaboration with industry providing excellent scope for placement experience.

Taught full-time over two semesters, followed by a dissertation, students learn through a series of lectures, seminars, case studies, laboratory work, group work for collaborative learning and web-based discussion groups. Assessment is through individual assignments, group projects, examinations and a management project. You also have the option to undertake an organisational project, giving you real-world work experience within a company

Modules

Core modules

Operations Management for Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Led by Dr Mike Simpson

Autumn semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Examination

Operations Management (OM) is concerned with the production of goods and services and it relates closely to all the other business functions. Operations Management is concerned with the effective and efficient marshalling of the organization’s resources to meet its objectives. The concepts and techniques apply to manufacturing and service industries in both private and public sectors. Operations Management is the only business function that generates income for the organisation and is therefore central to all commercial businesses. The subject of Operational Research (OR) is also introduced. This is a systematic and logical approach to the solution of management problems, often involving the construction and manipulation of mathematical models. It is used extensively in Operations Management as well as in other functional areas of an organisation as an aid in decision making.

Green Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Led by Dr Niraj Kumar

Autumn semester, 15 credits

Assessment: 3,000 word written assignment

The green logistics and supply chain management (GLSCM) module deals with the issues related to developing sustainable and environmental friendly supply chain practices. In this module, various 'green' practices in the supply chain and, the potential benefits and challenges in adopting these practices will be discussed. Success and failure of green initiatives in different organisations will be critically analysed. Future trends and direction in 'green' supply chain will also be discussed in the class. Most recent happenings across the world regarding governmental policies and carbon tax initiatives will be included as 'a topic for an interesting debate' in the classroom.

Supply Chain Technology

Led by Dr Niraj Kumar

Autumn semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Examination and individual essay

The module deals with the technological aspect of logistics and supply chain processes. It will introduce students to a range of technology (e.g. RFID, bar code etc) and issues related to information systems in logistics and supply chain operations. It will demonstrate the theories and principles underpinning supply chain technologies and its implementation in practice. This module will also enrich the practical skills and knowledge related to supply chain technology in students, and in-turn enabling them to effectively contribute towards a supply chain and logistics-related role.

Logistics System

Led by Dr Andrea Genovese

Autumn semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Examination and individual assignment

This module is intended to be a survey of analytic tools, approaches, and techniques which are useful in the design, operation and management of logistics systems and integrated supply chains. The course will be taught from a managerial perspective, with an emphasis on where and how specific tools can be used to improve the overall performance and reduce the total cost of a supply chain. A strong emphasis will be placed on the development and use of fundamental models and solution techniques (based on Operational Research methods) to illustrate the underlying concepts involved in both intra- and inter-company logistics operations

Research Methods

Led by Mrs Rose Shepherd

Autumn and spring semesters, 15 credits

Assessment: 1,500 word research proposal, 1,500 word ethics application, online exercises

Appreciating research is important for a variety of reasons; in particular, evaluating research reports and papers written by others, commissioning research to help inform management decisions, and planning and undertaking one’s own research. Important aspects of this are understanding how knowledge is produced, the assumptions underpinning the research process, and its limitations. Research design is often based on competing assumptions about the nature of knowledge, and will therefore be conducted with varying methods and degrees of technical expertise. An understanding of the process of knowledge production will enable students to critically evaluate research results – whether other people’s or their own – and to plan a realistic research project for their dissertation.

Supply Chain Accounting and Finance

Led by Mr Richard Bruce

Spring semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Examination and group case study

This module focuses on developments in supply chain accounting and finance. New organisational forms demand new approaches to accounting and finance in order to maximise opportunities arising out of collaborative forms of engagement. Firms compete with each other on the relative merits of their respective supply chains and therefore accounting and finance practices must support this reality rather than being rooted in traditional organisational settings. Students will critically evaluate accounting and finance in this context and identify developing tools and techniques in the area. The mod aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the role of supply chain accounting and finance in the context of developing supply chain and logistics operations.

Global Supply Chain Leadership

Led by Dr Andrea Genovese

Spring semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Two coursework assignments

Global Supply Chain Leadership is a module designed to enable students to learn the latest strategic thinking and issues in developing a strong leadership to manage a global supply chain. In the first part of the course, some theories from strategic management, organisations, international business, HR and leadership will be illustrated. Then, common decision making problems faced by supply chain leaders (mainly concerning performance evaluation and purchasing) will be presented, along with practical examples and solution techniques. This is a multi-disciplinary module that prepares students with the relevant knowledge and skill sets required in order to successfully manage a global supply chain. This unit aims to provide the students with: A sound understanding of the theories and practices to lead a global supply chain; an ability to appreciate and apply the theories in managing a global supply chain, and exposure to real-life case studies of various leadership models.

Supply Networks Management

Led by Dr Andrea Genovese & Dr Niraj Kumar

Spring semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Three 1,200 word essays

This module will enable students to understand the complexities of managing supply networks across different industries. It will introduce students to the relevant principles and management frameworks to effectively identify and analyze the problems associated with network management. The content will highlight the importance of supply networks in successfully managing the businesses, and will enable students to evaluate emerging trends in current and future industry landscape. Practical examples and case studies will be discussed to provide practitioners’ perspectives over various issues in supply networks management. The module aims to: Introduce the key principles and concepts in supply networks management to students; explain relevant management tools, techniques and frameworks to analyse various problems associated with supply networks, and discuss the challenges of effectively managing supply networks in current and future business environments.

Dissertation

Summer semester, 45 credits

The dissertation is the culmination of your master’s study and recognition of your capability to conduct a research project independently. Students can apply to undertake an organisation based dissertation project, arranged by the Management School. Working with an organisation, students can structure their project around a real business issue of challenge set by the host organisation. A student project will develop your employability skills, enhance your CV and give you the chance to use your insight to help an organisation develop.

Optional modules (choose one)

International Management

Led by Dr Peter Rodgers

Spring semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Examination and group presentation

This module exposes students to the challenges and opportunities of managing in an international business environment. It provides students with the relevant management tools and frameworks that will enhance their effectiveness when operating internationally. It enables the students to identify, compare and contrast different management practices adopted internationally and appreciate the impact of national cultures and business systems on leadership styles, decision making styles, and interpersonal dynamics across cultures. The aim of this module is to assist students in gaining a broad understanding of how cultural factors and business systems impact the management of organisations within and across cultures and provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the challenges and opportunities of managing in an international business environment.

Strategic Management

Led by Dr David Littlewood

Spring semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Individual report

Today’s modern managers and organisations face a multitude of complex decisions, challenges and ‘problems’ on a daily basis. Making effective decisions can be a complex process, relying upon many skills and techniques which need to be drawn upon. The rapid rate of change in organisations, globalisation and deregulation has led to unstable environments and the constant need for modern managers to innovate and use more creative methods of working in order to solve problems more effectively, enable product innovation and maintain competitive advantage in the 21st century. The main focus of the module is strategic issues, particularly in terms of encouraging you, as a student/manager to recognise enterprising skills and how they may be developed and nurtured in both individuals and companies. However, a wider understanding will be provided in relation to the contribution that innovators and entrepreneurs and their activities make to the industrial, economic and social development of the U.K. and how the concepts of enterprise and innovation have matured over time. Strategy has many guises. It is important to stress that throughout this module you will encounter different interpretations of what we mean by ‘Strategy’, ‘Strategic Management’ and ‘Strategic Practice’. It is important to recognise that there is more than one form of strategy and more than one way of acting ‘strategically’ in different organisational contexts; it is open to a variety of perceptions from a range of people therefore we want you to adopt a critical approach and explore these angles as you progress through the module. Most crucially, this module is about you, how you practice strategy through personal experience and how you can develop as an entrepreneurial leader in your own way using various tools, methods and theories we will encounter.

International Business Strategy

Led by Dr Melanie Hassett

Spring semester, 15 credits

Assessment: Examination and group case study

This module introduces key theories of international business strategy – those concerning the rationales for international expansion, the choice of foreign market entry strategy, and implementation of international business strategy. This theoretical understanding will then be illustrated and examined by reference to the way particular companies in contrasting industries have developed and implemented their international strategies. Particular attention will be devoted to the role played by the international business environment and its institutions, understanding and critique of various theories of the multinational enterprise, evaluating key strategic issues facing the multinational enterprise, and exploring the inter-relationship between host government policies and multinational company strategies. This unit aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of international business strategy and provide them with the insight and depth of understanding necessary to analyse this area.

The example course structure listed above may be subject to change in future years. The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant.

Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). SAP University Alliance Membership allows us to provide students with hands-on training about ERP systems and their applications in real-world companies.

Click here to find out more about this programme's accreditations and exemptions.

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Careers and employability

At Sheffield University Management School, we are committed to focusing on employability and our postgraduate students’ future career prospects. We have two specialist careers advisors in the School, dedicated to providing full-time career support throughout your programme.

You will have many opportunities during your course to engage in personal and professional development. Our programmes are designed to enable you to acquire the transferable skills essential for employment: communication, organisation, the ability to deal with complex issues creatively and systematically; and the conceptual understanding required to evaluate current scholarship and research techniques.

Fees and funding

Fees

Tuition fees for 2018-19 are:

GBP 11,650 for EU Students
GBP 21,450 non-EU Students

You may incur fees for late registration, re-examination and re-submission. Click here to find out more.

Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships which students may be eligible for, visit the following links for more information:
Sheffield University Management School Scholarships
University of Sheffield Scholarships
International Student Scholarships
For more information about fees and funding your studies, click here.

Student Testimonial

Rafael

Rafael Alejandro Vaquera Salazar, MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Mexico)

What were you doing before you started your course? Before coming to Sheffield University Management School I was working in a small company and, at the same time, collaborating with two friends on a start-up project.

Why did you choose to study in the UK? I chose to study here because the high level of quality in higher education and the easiness in the process for applying. Also, the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management was one of the few programmes around UK with a special module for Green Logistics and Green Supply Chain Management.

Why did you want to study a postgraduate course? I wanted to rise my professional and academic skills in an area not well covered during my undergraduate degree. Also, I was interested to deeply understand the dynamics in the supply chain management, plus the logistical challenges that companies face in the current world.

Why did you choose Sheffield University Management School and your course? I chose the University of Sheffield because of the good position it has in the Times Higher Education ranking, and particularly this course because of the accreditation that it has from several chartered organisations.

How important was the School’s reputation in helping you decide to come here? Quite important. Times Higher Education was an important tool as it allows you to find out which universities are the leading ones in the country. The strong relation that the University has with Mexican educative authorities was also an important factor.

Were you nervous about coming to the UK? No. It was a decision I came to by evaluating what I wanted to reach in the future, with the advice of friends and professors. Once I received the acceptance letter, I started preparing everything and here I am!

What have you most enjoyed about your course so far? I really appreciate the expertise and enthusiasm that the Professors give during each lecture, and also the pleasant social environment that the school has.

What do you like most about Sheffield as a city and why? The amount of green spaces Sheffield has make it special. It makes you feel like you’re somewhere really unique, where time goes slowly and enjoying the walk from one point to another becomes the perfect chance to think in whatever you want. A peaceful, green and still dynamic city where there’s something to do every day.

What do you do in your spare time? I participate in some Students’ Union societies, plus some exercising from time to time.

What do you want to do when you graduate? I would like to begin a career in a private company and start making moves towards doing a PhD after some years.

How do you feel the Management School has helped you increase your career prospects, either through your course or its support services such as the Employability Hub? I think the Employability Hub is a positive initiative that I have never seen before in other schools. The team has helped a lot of students in formatting their CVs, exploring internship opportunities, organising networking events, and other activities. I think is an important part of the school.

Is there any additional information you’d like to add? I haven’t regretted coming to Sheffield University Management School for a moment. I enjoy every day studying here, and try to make the most of the lectures and classmates. I sincerely recommend its programmes to anyone interested in gaining an excellent education.

How to apply

Entry requirements

The programme appeals to students from many different backgrounds. To succeed and be competitive today and in the future, managers need to understand how to manage and improve global and international supply chain performance. Green skills have been identified as a major gap by a number of governments and industry leaders. This programme will give you an important skill-set in an area which is likely to be key for future business and organisational leaders.

You will have a good upper second-class honours degree (2.1) or an approved professional qualification. For overseas students, Sheffield University Management School’s standard English requirement is IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6 in each part). For detailed information on our English language requirements, click here.

Apply now

If you have any enquiries about your suitability, please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team:
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 3349
Email: pmgt_help@sheffield.ac.uk