World-renowned professional bodies, the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), are both offering accreditation for the University of London’s online MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics.
Membership of these two professional bodies will give those graduating with the University of London’s MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics an edge in starting their career. The University of London is delivering this programme in collaboration with one of the top business schools in London and Europe – City, University of London, Cass Business School.
Students on the MSc programme are eligible for complimentary membership of CIPS for the duration of the course
Students on the MSc programme are eligible for complimentary membership of CIPS for the duration of the course and will have access to a wealth of resources, such as job opportunities and industry insight. Upon completing the MSc programme, graduates can apply for full membership, providing they meet all the specified requirements, including completion of the prerequisite programme modules and relevant work experience.
In-depth research designed to identify the skills required of future leaders, underpins the development of the accredited MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics. Graduates of this programme applying for full membership of CILT are exempt from the academic requirements, although they must meet all other additional requirements to become full members.
David Jordan, CILT’s Director of Education said: “We look forward to welcoming graduates from the University of London’s online master's programme who we see as potential industry leaders of the future. Not only do our members have access to the very latest news, industry developments, job opportunities and events, but they also represent an international community of peers, supporting each other during the course of their careers.”
He added: “Our professional network also provides important ongoing development and life-long learning for members, which is key to their career progression.”
Amanda O’Brien, Group Professional Development Director, CIPS, said: “As businesses operate in increasingly complex global supply networks, it is essential that future recruits in procurement and supply chain management are equipped with the most up-to-date skills and knowledge, and an understanding of how best to use cutting edge technologies. The University of London’s programme offers students the opportunity to learn these skills using real industry case studies and business simulations, giving them a solid foundation of knowledge. Once they have graduated, membership of the CIPS will then support them in their continuous development of these skills.”
Dr Joerg Ries, Programme Director of the MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics, explained how graduates would play a key role in bridging the growing digital skills gap, faced by most professions today. He said: “The world is witnessing a rapid transformation of digital technology across all sectors, but one that is hugely impacting on supply chains across the world. What we aim to do, through our programme, is equip our graduates with a firm understanding of how new business models and technologies influence and transform the way we create and deliver products, at a time when supply chains continue to change.”
Our programme is designed for students to acquire the skills required to work in a complex, increasingly uncertain, and technology-driven environment.
Dr Ries added: “Our programme is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the subject and related disciplines, but it is also designed for students to acquire the skills and attributes required to work in a complex, increasingly uncertain, and technology-driven environment.”
The MSc programme, which also offers Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates, is relevant for students all over the globe. It provides students with the flexibility to undertake the programme from anywhere in the world, whilst fulfilling their professional and personal commitments.
Luis Eduardo Lopez-Gamboa, a Certified Public Accountant from Colombia, with more than 10 years’ experience as an internal auditor, said he saw the MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics as an opportunity to expand his skillsets in an area not often ventured into by accountants. He was attracted to the MSc as soon as he realised that the combination of his financial and audit skills, together with the knowledge gained from the MSc programme, was an ideal combination to help further strengthen his advisory position with companies. With his newly acquired skills, he said he would be better equipped to offer companies advice on how they could enhance their processes and develop profitable strategies to compete more effectively in an increasingly competitive market.
We all have the opportunity to learn from real business case studies as well as academic research.
Luis said he was also attracted to the global vision offered by the programme: “I'm really enjoying working with students from Asia and Europe as it gives me the chance to learn from their experiences and talk to them about my own.”
He added: “We all have the opportunity to learn from real business case studies as well as academic research. The University of London also has an international reputation and a strong track record for distance and flexible learning, which means I am studying for an invaluable qualification.”