M.Sc. Global Supply Chain Management

London Brunel International College, Brunel University London

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 9,000 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 14,250 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The MSc Global Supply Chain Management is an exciting and focussed programme for those considering a career in Supply Chain or Logistics. You will study issues relating to the development of supplier relationships, operations improvement, procurement strategies, inventory control, logistics operations, sustainability, as well as contemporary issues affecting these areas.
Our students come from a number of countries, including Brazil, Mexico, USA, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Germany, France, Greece, Turkey, China and South Korea. Typically Brunel students have work experience in the Supply Chain or Logistics areas or are those seeking employment in these areas.


The aim of this programme is to equip students with the tools, techniques and skills necessary to secure employment in this exciting and increasingly important area.

Specifically, students will be able to:

* Explain and critically apply theories on logistics and supply chain management, operations and project management, business modelling and simulation;

* Integrate theories and appraise strategies on managing supply chain operations (stemming from logistics and operations management frameworks) within the context of global business management;

* Understand the inter-relationship between logistics and supply chain management and contemporary social issues;

* Gain insightful knowledge into the development of outsourcing and the role played by outsourcing organisations.


Core Modules

Logistics and Supply Chain Management: The aim of this module is to provide students with a solid grounding in logistics and supply chain management principles and develop a critical understanding of relevant theoretical frameworks in the context of contemporary business practice.

Procurement Fundamentals: The main aims of this module are to:

demonstrate the importance of procurement strategies and techniques within both service and manufacturing environments
gain a clear understanding of the importance and scope of the procurement function
explore and critically assess the elements of contracts and contractual obligations
demonstrate how supplier selection and assessment criteria leads to improved procurement performance

Business Modelling and Simulation in Supply Chains: Systems modelling is now an integral part of any decision making process, particularly for complex and dynamic systems. To meet the challenges of current environments, students need to be equipped with modelling skills and analytical abilities. Supply chain management is a typical example of current systems, while modelling is a critical component of its decision process. The module aims to critically examine and identify the role played by modelling and simulation in managing and assuring the quality of system performance and operations whilst meeting strategic targets. The topic ranges from managing basic day to day operations to strategic planning and decision making, hence this module aims to provide students with insights into several areas of modelling and simulation and how to carry out all a typical modelling project including the phases of modelling process.

Operations and Project Management: This module aims to provide an overview of the breadth of operations management in contemporary organisations, to raise awareness and understanding of the strategic issues involved in the way organisations manage their operational activities and facilities, within and beyond the firm boundaries and where exposure to a project environment is pervasive, and to develop participants appreciation of the relation between operations/service/project design choices and performance imperatives including quality, time compression and flexibility.

Global Outsourcing: The main aims of this module are to:

Examine the implications, scope and influence of the outsourcing decision upon business strategy and operations
Analyse vendor assessment procedures, vendor management, project transition and governance
Evaluate effective procurement strategies for successful outsourcing
Develop an understanding of the legal aspects associated with outsourcing

International Marketing: The module addresses critical understanding and ability in assessing the effectiveness of international marketing theory and practice. It targets principles and issues that drive markets world-wide. Students will develop insight and investigative ability concerning issues facing a business that needs to research markets and develop and implement market strategies, techniques and methods across a range of international sectors.

Understanding Business and Management Research: The module is predicated on the dominant role of both quantitative and qualitative methods in management research and the need to enable the understanding of research reports and use this information to improve the quality of work, decision-making, and the understanding of complex management problems. The latter will be instrumental in applying existing management theory and research to practical management problems as action researchers.

The specific aims are:

To provide a balanced view of social science and business research methods enabling a critical understanding of research information.
To acquire theoretical and practical knowledge for business management by covering issues and debates in management research as reflected in the literature.
To provide knowledge of relevant research methods and techniques for Masters level project work.

Dissertation: A research-based dissertation is an integral element of the programme to which considerable importance is attached. Students are required to base their dissertation on empirical research into a management problem or issue of their choice (subject to approval). Dissertations are supervised by full-time members of the academic staff of the School who have a wide range of research interests and expertise. The dissertation must be submitted by the end of the academic year during which a student completes all of the taught modules of the course.

Elective Modules (one from)

Strategic Management: The module has three main aims which are to:

Enable students to appreciate the issues and challenges that confront managers responsible for strategic management in potentially complex, hostile and uncertain conditions
Introduce students to concepts, topics and methodological approaches and tools relevant to the analysis of the strategic position of the organisation and the development and implementation of strategies and policies, and their major operational implications;
Develop students skills of critical thinking, logical analysis, argument and judgement via the use of case study and other materials exemplar readings and other information sources.

International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance: This module focuses on business ethics and corporate governance in the international context. Both areas will be addressed from the perspective of the dual business models of the shareholder and the stakeholder approaches. Further the broader societal impacts of business activities will be considered in-depth. The full range of businesses will be considered from large corporations through to SMEs. Empirical studies will be used to apply the theoretical resources of moral philosophy, CSR, sustainability and corporate governance.

International Business Strategy: To understand strategies and structures that multinational firms adopt and how they perform their key business operations to compete and succeed in the international business environment

Gaining a comprehensive understanding of the strategy of international business
Understanding the organizational architecture that international businesses use to manage and direct their global operations
Understanding issues related to foreign expansion
Understanding roles of specific business functions in an international business

Knowledge Management, Social Networks and Innovation: This module explores the intersection between knowledge, social network technologies and innovation. It examines how organisations create, utilise and communicate knowledge in the global knowledge-based economy and the wider social and economic factors affecting knowledge transfer. The module identifies the exploitation of Web 2.0 which enables social engagement and processes for business development.


A 2:1 UK Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in management, business studies or a cognate discipline (with a large component of management related subjects in their degree).

Applicants from non-business/management disciplines (and without any business/management element) will be eligible if they have a first class Honours degree or the overseas equivalent.

Applicants with a lower second class degree (2.2) in a management; business studies or cognate discipline may be considered, providing they can show evidence of significant relevant work experience (minimum 2 years).

Applicants with non-degree qualifications will be also considered who have relevant work experience (minimum 5 years) and will be assessed on an interview basis.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

English Language Requirements

* IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)

* Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)

* BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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