Operations and Supply Chain Management MSc

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18, 2019-20)

This course looks at the core principles of business operations and the skills required to ensure operations and the supply chain are run efficiently; preparing you for a career in a variety of management roles.

Start date

17 September 2018


1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

This course aims to provide you with an in-depth and philosophical understanding of the concepts of operations and supply chain management. The course integrates business management techniques and the management technologies they rely on. If you have studied and want to pursue a career in operations management or supply chain management, then this course is for you.

You can learn the skills that ensure operations run more efficiently and effectively, particularly in the face of global market turbulence, agility, and business resilience. You also have the opportunity to gain the knowledge vital for professional operations, arising from the complexities of projects, supply chain management and operations.

We use innovative teaching techniques including case studies, simulations and interactive games, alongside the opportunity to network with experts from industry. You are able to gain real-world insights and investigate real-business scenarios with industry visits/case study projects; as well as experience the industry standard management information system software ‘SAP’.

The programme offers an opportunity for you to apply your newly acquired knowledge in this subject area through a three-month research project, undertaken during the summer, in order to demonstrate your integrated knowledge and professional development. Our programme aims to produce graduates who can apply this knowledge in a thorough, systematic, informed and creative way, in order to improve the effectiveness and competitiveness of organisations.

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

A lot of the Master’s courses we offer will have accreditation. We work closely with professional bodies, many with members worldwide, which offer a huge network that our students can tap into. It’s a win-win for both industry and postgraduate students.

Dr Moheeb Abualqumboz, Course Leader for Operations and Supply Chain Management MSc

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a wide range of disciplines or professional body equivalent.

  • Applicants with other appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

  • Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English must meet the minimum requirements of an English language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5 or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Course Detail

Strategic Management

The module addresses strategic challenges facing firms with regard to sustainable development through process improvement pressures for a business excellence total quality management and performance monitoring. The module will use case studies and provide tools and techniques to show how a firm might prepare a strategic response to internal and external challenges.

Information Systems

This module examines the role of different types of information systems in modern operations and supply chains. It explains why they are critical for linking different business functions and facilitating integrated processes within and between companies. The students will be introduced to different types of software including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) packages, Advanced Planning Systems (APS) Inventory Optimisation (IO) tools and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). The assessment is based on an individual assignment and an in-class test.

Essentials of Operations Management

The aim of this module is to demonstrate how operations management can influence and shape competitive strategy. Specific topics include the examination of modern business drivers and competitive performance (time compression, responsiveness, sustainability etc.), the achievement of competitive advantage through operations management, globalisation, supply chains, agility, operations performance measurement, monitoring and learning. The assessment is based on an assignment and an in-class assessment.

Project Management

The module provides knowledge of concepts, techniques and models that are used for planning, managing and optimising projects within manufacturing and service organisations. The module will cover project planning, role of project managers, project risk management and sustainability.

Strategic Process Improvement

The module will help you to gain an understanding of some key areas of strategic process improvement. It will demonstrate how some of the major concepts underlying principles and practices of strategic process improvement are shaped in today's organisations through effective quality and operations management practice. The assessment is based on an individual assignment and an exam.

Principles of Supply Chain Management

This module introduces the basics of supply chain management. It will present the role of logistics and supply chain within various business contexts. The module will provide students an ability to identify and analyse the complexities and uncertainties affecting global supply chains. The module will also discuss the emerging trends and concepts in logistics and supply chain management. The assessment for this module will be based on an individual report and an examination.

Supply Chain Planning and Control

The module will demonstrate how data can be obtained, extracted and manipulated to enable decision support tools to be used to underpin the planning and control of operations and the supply chain. The assessment for this module is based on an individual report and an In-class test. Throughout the delivery of the module the tutors will use software and other teaching aids to enhance learning and provide feedback.

Procurement and Purchasing

The role of purchasing has become a key driver for enabling the smooth flow of goods as well as achieving optimum cost whilst meeting the customer requirements. The module will examine the different approaches to managing the purchasing function, which can contribute to an efficient and effective management of the organization's operations. The module will utilise case studies to demonstrate how companies manage their purchasing and procurement. The assessment is based on an individual assignment and an exam.

Professional Development and Research Methods

This module will enable you to develop your professional, academic and research skills through a series of lectures workshops and seminars and provide an understanding of an integrated research methodology. The module will also help to prepare for the dissertation and will outline the basic steps in the formulation of research questions research design and research implementation.


The dissertation develops the student’s skills and ability to carry out an original investigation into a particular logistics/ operations and/or supply chain management problem. Students will receive regular supervision from their supervisor who will provide further guidance on methodology, literature sources and review techniques, specification of data requirements, data collection and analysis, and final presentation. The dissertation will normally be of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

The course is divided into three terms. During terms one and two you will enjoy a carefully designed program that covers the core theories and knowledge of the operations and supply chain management profession. In your final term, you have the opportunity to lead your own research through your dissertation project.

Here at Huddersfield 100% of permanent teaching staff* have professional recognition as Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard. View our teaching quality and learning support services for students at Huddersfield Business School.

We have links with a number of professional bodies that can help your professional development and offer additional insights to your industry and profession. Huddersfield Business School works closely with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), providing you with access to a number of guest lectures and networking events throughout your studies.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Teaching excellence

  1. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We know that for a fact, because all our permanent teaching staff* have been awarded professional recognition by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Fellowships are only awarded to academics who can demonstrate their knowledge and ability to teach to a high standard.

  2. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

  3. For the past nine years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

Learning Development Group: Our Learning Development Group (LDG) provides academic support to all students within Huddersfield Business School. We have a dedicated team of 4 experienced academic skills tutors who have taught at all levels including Master’s who can work closely with you to help you achieve your full potential throughout your time at the University of Huddersfield.

We can help with a wide range of academic skills including referencing, academic writing (such as essays, reports and coursework), research, reading, note-taking, dissertations and presentations as well as all other skills and issues relating to academia. As well as this, we also offer advice on dyslexia and can provide information on accessing disability support.

The LDG also provides support for international students. We recognise that there are many differences between studying here and in your home country. This is why we have dedicated academic skills tutors who can help you with both your study as well as your language skills.

Finally, online help is also available. We have a dedicated YouTube channel which offers several videos on academic skills suitable for all levels and years of study.

International Student Development: We understand that settling into a new country and environment can be very stressful. So, if you are an international student, the International Student Development (ISD) team can help provide support in understanding and adapting to the UK Higher Education environment as well as settling into life in the UK.

In addition, we can also help you develop the essential academic skills needed to ensure you achieve your full potential throughout your time at Huddersfield. We provide help and guidance to students at all levels (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with timetabled academic skills sessions. These sessions are delivered in same-course groups by our experienced tutors. In addition, English language sessions are available at foundation, intermediate or upper intermediate level. The number of weekly sessions and support you receive will vary depending on the level you are currently working at.

Student Support & Guidance: Huddersfield Business School has a Student Support & Guidance service which aims to ensure that you are fully supported whilst studying here with us at The University of Huddersfield. They are able to offer you help, advice, support and guidance on a wide range of matters that may be having an impact on your general well-being or university life and studies.

The team can offer one to one pre-booked appointments or drop-In sessions to discuss or give advice on anything that concerns you which may include; attendance, disabilities, timetable Issues, welfare and any personal issues that may be impacting upon your studies.

Library services and online study support: Students at the University of Huddersfield have access to a wide range of study resources through the library and additional online study support resources. Our modern, professionally organised library provides a wide range of books, cds, dvds and additional online resources such as company reports, market research reports and academic and professional journal archives. At key times in the academic year the library is open 24-7 and our students also borrow laptops, reserve study rooms for group working and access computer software programs.

Our students have access to an extensive online virtual learning portal called Unilearn. This links our students with all the modules they are studying as well as academic support materials, reading lists, electronic documents, social media tools and assignment submission tools to support their studies.

The university has undertaken a large investment in lecture capture technology. Across the university many lectures are recorded and made available for students to watch afterwards. These recordings can help you develop your lecture notes, return to lecture material that you initially found difficult and offer a key revision aid.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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