Advance your career skills by gaining an in-depth perspective of global supply chains, and develop the strategic and analytical tools to manage them.
This is the only online programme to be accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), providing students with the opportunity to receive an award that is internationally valued and gain membership to two leading professional bodies.
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.
You can receive local support from a local teaching centre, use the dropdown to find your nearest centre.
Successful graduates of the MSc programme with relevant work experience can apply for both MCIPS and CMILT designations, which represent a global standard for industry professionals.
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 programme, 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.
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.
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.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:
On the VLE you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.
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.
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.
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 twice 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.
MSc and Postgraduate Diploma: a first or second-class bachelor’s degree (or an acceptable equivalent) preferably in a quantitative subject, or
Applicants who wish to apply for MSc or Postgraduate Diploma but do not hold a bachelor’s degree, can apply directly by the “Work Experience Entry Route” providing that they have ten years minimum work experience in a relevant field, such as operations, manufacturing, supply chain management, logistics, procurement, retail, transportation, import/export, humanitarian SCM or similar or,
Applicants who wish to apply for the MSc or Postgraduate Diploma but do not meet the above admission criteria, can still pursue these degrees through the “Progression Route” providing that they have two years minimum work experience in a relevant field, such as operations, manufacturing, supply chain management, logistics, procurement, retail, transportation, import/export, humanitarian SCM or similar.
The progression route involves:
First, applying for the Postgraduate Certificate
Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate will allow you to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma
Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, you can progress to complete the remaining modules and gain the MSc.
A first or second-class bachelor’s degree (or an acceptable equivalent) preferably in a quantitative subject, or
Two years minimum work experience in a relevant field, operations, manufacturing, supply chain management, logistics, procurement, retail, transportation, import/export, humanitarian SCM or similar.
If you are applying for the Postgraduate Certificate with work experience only, you will need to submit at least one work related reference which supports your current position and professional performance in your current role. You can either upload your reference with your online application or you can email it at a later date.
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 towards your degree. This process is called ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ and may result in credit being awarded and you studying fewer modules.
There are certain qualifications for which we recognise prior learning automatically.
If you satisfy the conditions, complete the relevant section of the online application form, and supply the necessary evidence, we will accredit your prior learning as detailed below. No fees are charged for this service.
You must have passed the relevant listed qualification(s) in full within the five years preceding your request for accreditation. If your qualification was obtained more than five years ago, you may be considered for discretionary APL. Please contact the Admissions Office for clarification.
The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply
Core Concepts of Supply Chain Management (15 credits) and Strategy for Delivering Value (15 credits)
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.
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.
Module continuation fee - per module (Bands A and Band B)
Application fee for Recognition of Prior Learning
See details below for costs you may incur with parties which are external to the University of London, for example, examination centre charges and locally imposed taxes. You should budget for these accordingly.
Your fees include study materials and entry into assessments.
The indicativefull programme 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 per module, 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.
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.
Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.
A University of London qualification in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics provides you with the opportunity to hone the attributes and capabilities necessary to build an effective career in the supply and logistics field in the future. As a future manager in this sector, your Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics qualification can provide you with specific managerial insights into the complex world of global supply chains and how vital they are to the development of any business as it moves forward.
Beyond the technical details of logistics and supply chain which you will cover on your programme, you will also have the opportunity to collaborate and network with fellow peers from across the world who will also be enhancing their understanding of international trade and business. Your strategic thinking and analytical skills will also be enhanced by your studies, as you learn to apply the theoretical approaches to logistics within the realities of the fast-paced and dynamic landscape of global supply chains. Your improved understanding of the sector will also be enhanced by the programme, which is accredited by leading professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).
Many employers across multiple sectors, from government departments to retail firms, require skilled supply chain and logistics professionals and recruit directly into their businesses and organisations. Supply chain and logistics is also an inherently international sector so roles can be based across the world and often involve national and international travel.
In addition, MSc programme students are also eligible for complementary student membership of CIPS with access to a range of industry relevant resources and opportunities to join specialist networks and attend events.
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.
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.
New registrants who have previously studied and received a degree from City, University of London (including Cass Business School) are eligible for the Member Institution Alumni Bursary towards their programme fees.
One of the few UK degrees to be accredited by both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), to increase your career potential. Successful graduates with sufficient work experience can apply for both MCIPS (CIPS) and CMILT designations (CILT), marking you out as a professional with internationally recognised status.
Luis Eduardo Lopez Gamboa, Colombia
"With the valuable knowledge obtained from the programme, I am now able to connect finance and control with supply chain management to make better decisions."