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Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics

MSc, PGDip and PGCert

Advance your career skills by gaining an in-depth perspective of global supply chains, and develop the strategic and analytical tools to manage them.

Whether you are seeking to further your career in supply chain management or interested in gaining insight into global trends in the industry, this business focused MSc will help advance your knowledge of supply chain management and prepare you for the jobs of the future. The curriculum has been developed from in-depth research carried out by academics at the renowned Sir John Cass Business School (Cass), one of the world's leading business schools and part of City, University of London.

You will be immersed in the latest technologies and innovations within the supply chain and global logistics industry, including artificial intelligence, block chain technology, big data analytics and automation. You will also explore live issues such as risk mitigation, sustainability and ethics.

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Advance your knowledge of international business trends that shape supply chain thinking.

Flexible learning options allow you to select the programme pathway that suits your needs and interests. You can obtain an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate from anywhere in the world.

By studying this course, you will:

  • develop an understanding of international business trends that shape global supply chains and how they impact your business
  • be able to use your research project to better understand the challenges facing your business
  • be kept up-to-date on key innovations within supply chain management and global logistics, including analytics and advanced technology usage.

Course details

What must you complete?

  • MSc: Eight core modules, two electives and a Final Project.
  • Postgraduate Diploma: Six core modules including 'core concepts of supply chain management' and any two elective modules.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Supply Chain Management - Four core modules:

  • Core Concepts of Supply Chain Management
  • Strategy for Delivering Value
  • Global Purchasing and Supply Management
  • Accounting for Decision Makers.

Postgraduate Certificate Supply Chain Analytics - Four core modules:

  • Core Concepts of Supply Chain Management
  • Operations and Process Management
  • Supply Chain Analytics
  • Business Forecasting and Data Analytics.

April 2019 intake

Applications open7 January 2019
Application deadline4 March 2019
Registration deadline11 March 2019

October 2019 intake

Application deadline16 September 2019
Registration deadline23 September 2019

The flexible approach to learning allows you to study this online programme at your own pace from anywhere in the world. You will receive comprehensive learning materials and a choice of tuition options.

Study materials

We provide you with all of the resources and study materials you need to complete the course successfully, including the essential reading for each module. You can access these through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) on a range of devices.

Our online learning resources typically include multimedia content, activities and exercises (e.g. multiple choice quizzes, reflective exercises and self-assessment questions), as well as facilities for you to interact with your tutor and fellow students. You’ll also receive access to two short introductory modules that help you get the most from your studies.

Tutor support

All students receive tutor support and feedback while studying this programme. Tutors introduce the modules, respond to queries, monitor discussions and provide guidance on assessments.

Time commitment

Study at your own pace, either part-time or full-time. Each module presents about 150 hours of study – an average of 5-7 hours per week. Modules will run at least twice a year, depending on demand.

Each module is studied over 22 weeks. You choose how many to take in each session and which sessions to enter. You can study up to six (or four modules and the Final Project) at any one time.

Assessment

Each module includes a mix of assessments. Formative assessments help you to measure your progress but do not count towards your grade. Summative assessments do count towards the final grade. These include coursework and a project or written exam.

Examinations are held four times a year. You can defer sitting an exam once (subject to a fee) but not the submission of coursework. Once you begin a module it is generally expected that you will complete it in the six-month session.

More about exams.

What qualifications do you need?

  • MSc and Postgraduate Diploma: a first or second-class bachelor’s degree (or an acceptable equivalent) in a quantitative subject.
  • Postgraduate Certificate: a first or second-class bachelor’s degree (or an acceptable equivalent) in a quantitative subject or two years minimum work experience in a relevant field, such as operations, manufacturing, supply chain management, logistics, procurement, transportation or similar.

Upon successful completion of a Postgraduate Diploma, students can progress to complete the remaining modules and gain an MSc. Successful completion of a Postgraduate Certificate will allow you to progress to a Postgraduate Diploma.

Can I transfer credits from other awards?

If you have a previous qualification which is comparable in level, content and standard, you may be able to use the credit (or experience, if it is a professional award) towards your degree. This process is called ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ and may result in credit being awarded and you studying fewer modules.

More about Recognition of prior learning

English language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: at least 6.5 overall with 6.0 in the written test
  • Pearson Test (Academic): at least 59 overall, with 59+ in reading and writing and 54+ in speaking and listening.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above).
  • TOEFL iBT: at least 92 overall, with 22+ in reading and writing and 20+ in speaking and listening.

Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.

More about computer requirements.

The fee depends on two factors:

  • Whether you choose web-supported or Teaching Centre supported learning.
  • Whether you live in a developing (Band A) or developed (Band B) nation.
  • See the list of Band A and B countries [PDF]
Full course fee2018-2019
Band A Countries:
Web supported student£6,000
Band B Countries:
Web supported student£10,000
Pay per module2018-2019
15 credit module fee web-supported student, Band A£550
15 credit module fee web-supported student, Band B£900
15 credit module fee Teaching Centre student, Band A£400
15 credit module fee Teaching Centre student, Band B£650
Project module [30 credits] web-supported student, Band A£1000
Project module [30 credits] web-supported student, Band B£1500
Project module [30 credits] Teaching Centre student, Band A£525
Project module [30 credits] Teaching Centre student, Band B£800
Module continuation fee (per module)£375
Other fees 
Application fee for Recognition of Prior Learning£89


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How fees work

Your fees include study materials and entry into assessments.

The full course fee includes all module and continuation fees for the duration of your study, as well as online tutor support. By paying in full at the beginning of your programme, you receive a discount on paying per module and avoid any annual fee increases.

With pay-as-you-go, you pay for each module as you register for it. The ‘web-supported learning’ fee includes support from a University of London online tutor. Alternatively, if you prefer face-to-face tuition, you can pay a smaller fee to us and a separate fee to a teaching centre which supports the programme.

The module continuation fee is the cost per module if you defer an examination or need to retake assessments. It includes all study materials, entry into assessments, and online tutor support.

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Exams: our approved examination centres around the world charge a fee when you sit an exam. Contact your chosen examination centre for details about costs.
  • Tuition: as described, teaching centres charge for face-to-face tuition if you choose to take modules with institution-supported learning.
  • Recognition of prior learning applications: these are not included within the course fees.

How to pay your fees.

On 1 July 2017 a Goods and Services Tax (GST) [external website] was introduced in India which applies to online services. From 1 August 2019, the University will be required to add GST at the statutory rate of 18% to its programme fees for new and continuing students resident in India.

Our MSc provides you with the opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow peers from across the globe and learn from other professionals. You will be given valuable insights into international business trends that shape global supply chains and how they may impact your company, which could help with the expansion of your business.

Your research project will give you an opportunity to tackle challenges within your organisation, benefiting both your workplace and your career.

Academic direction is provided by Sir John Cass Business School (Cass). The programme has been developed by Cass, one of the world’s leading global business schools and a central part of City, University of London.

Cass has been at the helm of business education for over 50 years, with many of their academic staff having worked or are still working in their specialist area of teaching. This brings an international perspective, which enables progressive thinking and innovative research.

Programme Directors

Dr Byung-Gak Son is a Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management at Cass Business School. His research expertise revolves around supply chain partnerships, supply chain risk management, offshoring and outsourcing. His consultancy work includes the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Korea Trade Investment promotion Agency.

Dr Joerg Ries is a lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management. He works on the development of advanced planning tools and has collaborated with a wide range of companies from processing, manufacturing and transport industry.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there may be additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

Can I get sponsored?

If you're employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fees if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.

More on employer sponsorship