M.Sc. Global Supply Chain Management

Brunel University

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 7,017 / Year (EEA)
  • € 12,153 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Credits: 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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In recent years, consolidation of organisations across the logistics and retailing sectors, the expansion of the Asian economy, EU enlargement and heightened awareness of environmental issues have all led to increased demand for supply chain and logistics professionals.

This course provides the opportunity not only to gain a sophisticated knowledge of theory and practice relating to operations and supply chain management but also to explore current thinking on financial management, business ethics, sustainability and corporate governance as well as key global issues and so develop an understanding of their importance to supply chain management.

This programme will be offered both full-time (over a year) and part-time (one day a week over two years).

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

* Explain and critically apply theories on logistics and supply chain management, operations management, international management and financial resources management
* Integrate theories on managing supply chain operations (stemming from logistics and operations management frameworks) within the context of global business management
* Understand how logistics and supply chain management are interrelated to contemporary social issues
* Evaluate the different approaches to organisation, management and the allocation of resources that influence supply chain management strategies for companies

Special FeaturesThe Business School is home to five research centres undertaking research into a range of business and management topics.

CareersThis exciting new programme is suitable both for fresh graduates, supply chain management professionals and anyone looking to undertake academic research in this area.


Typical Modules

Core Modules

* Logistics and Supply Chain Management
* International Management
* Financial Resources Management
* Operations Management
* International Business Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Governance
* Understanding Business and Management Research
* Dissertation

Elective Modules

Students must choose one elective module from the following:

* Strategic Analysis and Management
* Knowledge, Innovation and Learning
* International Business Strategy

* Logistics and Supply Chain Management

This module offers the chance to explore logistics and supply chain management perspectives in depth. You will gain a sophisticated appreciation of logistics and supply chain management issues including inventory management, transportation and warehousing, retail logistics and relevant information technology. You will also consider the relationship with customer service and gain an understanding of demand-driven and market-driven logistics as well as of the outsourcing of key logistics functions and logistics in a global context.

* International Management

You will gain a systematic understanding of the theories and concepts pertaining to the management of organisations operating in the international arena and their challenges: legal, cultural, economic, political, technological and ethical. This module also allows the opportunity to explore managerial behaviours and organisational processes relevant to operating in a competitive global environment.

* Financial Resources Management

This module critically discusses theories and concepts pertaining to the creation of shareholder value, business and financial planning/management and the challenges of implementing financial strategies in uncertain environments. It also explores approaches to the evaluation of financial statements and how these underpin decision-making in financial management and capital investment.

* Operations Management

During this module you will explore the tools and techniques for managing operations. You will gain a greater awareness and understanding of the strategic issues involved in the way organisations manage their operational activities and facilities - both within and beyond the organisation's boundaries. You will also develop a better appreciation of the relation between operations/service design choices and performance imperatives.

* International Business Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Governance

This module provides students with the chance to consider business ethics, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance in the international context. These issues will be addressed from both the "business" side and the "society" side, and for both large corporations and small firms, using a combination of empirical studies and the theoretical resources of moral philosophy.

* Understanding Business and Management Research

This module provides students with a balanced view of social science and business research methods enabling a critical understanding of research information. It provides students with knowledge of relevant research methods and techniques for the Master's level project work.

* Dissertation

A research-based dissertation is an integral element of the programme to which considerable importance is attached. It offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their academic competence and professional potential. There are few constraints on the research topic other than that it must be directly relevant, amenable to enquiry and of appropriate intellectual depth. The dissertation involves the full cycle of proposal development, literature review, methodology, evaluation, and final reporting.

* Strategic Analysis and Management

This module enables students to appreciate the issues and challenges that confront managers responsible for strategic management. It introduces 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.

* Knowledge, Innovation and Learning

This module explores learning at the individual, organisational, and societal levels. Under consideration will be issues relating to the management of learning processes - including developments such as the learning organisation, knowledge management, and communities of practice. You will also review ideas associated with innovation theory, technological strategy, intra-firm knowledge flows and the development of networks for the transfer of knowledge.

* International Business Strategy

During this module you will explore the sources of competitive advantage and comparative advantage when firms operate in international markets. You will gain an understanding of how to evaluate the key strategic issues facing the multinational enterprise. You will also explore the dynamic inter-relationships between international corporate governance, strategy and innovation.


A good honours degree (2.1 or above) typically in a business-related subject. Applications from social science graduates or mature candidates with non-standard qualifications but with considerable occupational experience are also welcome.

English Language Requirements

Studying at University level in the UK means you need a good understanding of the English Language.
If you are applying as an international student then you will need to submit evidence of your English ability, even if English is your native language.

* IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 for writing, 5.5 all other sections),
* TOEFL (Internet) 92 (at least 20 writing, 15 in all other sections),
* TOEFL (paper) 580 (plus TWE 4.5).

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 (IETLS 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.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) 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.

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


The Brunel International Scholarship

The Brunel International Scholarship is an annual award scheme designed to promote talent and encourage excellence in scholars coming to Brunel from around the globe. For 2010/11, 35 awards of either £3,000 or £2,000 are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students who have been offered a place on a full-time course at Brunel.

All applications must be submitted online before 26 May 2010.


Bursaries may be available from your School, and your course director once you have secured and accepted a place on a course for information on any funding opportunities.

* A limited number of part-scholarships of £1,500 are available for the MA programmes in Music and Drama. Details will be sent to candidates who have confirmed their intention to study at Brunel in the 2010/11 academic year.
* The Leaders of Tomorrow PhD Bursary in Human Centred Design is supported by a donation from Brunel graduate and philanthropist Peter Ilori. The bursary provides £5,000 of financial support towards the study fees of high-achieving graduates who wish to pursue a PhD in Human Centred Design. Selection is based on the quality of applicants´ PhD study proposal.

Extra-curricular scholarships

Extra-curricular scholarships do not cover living costs or tuition fees. They are available to both taught and research students.

A number of Music Awards to help cover music tuition costs are made each year to students who are not studying music performance as part of their academic course.

The Brunel Sports Scholarship helps elite performance athletes by supporting their academic study and sporting needs simultaneously.

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