Module Description - MSc Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Please see the module specification for further details; note that the specification represents the latest modules and may be subject to change.

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Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Personal Development for Leaders
The module will enable the student to explore their own and their profession’s role in the workplace and, by analysing evidence, which will allow them to forecast and plan for their future professional, academic and personal needs.

Global Supply Chain Management
Globalisation has increased across all markets and industries and in a response to both commercial pressures and a drive for optimisation, organisations seek to leverage the global economy to gain competitive advantage. This module considers the necessary but often complex, supply chain networks that underpin this globalisation and the challenges to supply chain management, in being able to fully exploit an effective and efficient global supply chain.

Financial Management for Purchasers
The management of finances is important for purchasing professionals, as it enables them to be able to make informed decisions. This module provides students with an understanding of the strategic aspects of finance in relation to the decision-making process in procurement management. The module identifies the purchasing manager’s financial needs and the financial models and tools required to deliver robust and sustainable procurement solutions.

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Strategic Procurement Management
Strategy is central to the sustainability of businesses and it is important for managers to recognise the link between corporate strategy and the respective business functions. This module explores the nature of strategic relationships influencing procurement management and leadership, and evaluates the benefits of a strategically managed purchasing function to business and public sector organisations. It also recognises the role that purchasing can play in achieving corporate objectives.

Research Skills and Consultancy Planning
This module provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to conduct an in-depth investigation into a challenging managerial issue. The focus is on the identification of a relevant problem, application of concepts, theories and methods of investigation and analysis. Students prepare for research, consultancy design and planning, development of a literature review, and the principles of research methodology.

Legal and Contractual Arrangements in Purchasing
This module examines the content of Contract Law as it applies to the purchasing function. It addresses terms in a contract, the Unfair Contracts Terms Act, Incoterm rules, the UTCC Regulations 1999, Transfer of Undertakings and Protection of Employment (TUPE) 1978 regulations, EU public sector regulations, competition, enterprise, ethics, and the rights of third parties. The module is designed to relate to contract formation and relations between the contracting parties.

Stage 3: Master’s Degree (MSc) in Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Dissertation or Consultancy Project:
The Dissertation module allows students to undertake supervised research in a subject area that relates to their programme of study. The dissertation will critically analyse, in depth, an area of educational interest related to a particular and significant area of study. The dissertation will contain a systematic and critical review of academic sources and include a critical evaluation of primary research.

The Consultancy Project module will synthesise each student’s learning with the production of an individual project that demonstrates their fulfilment of the degree’s learning outcomes. The consultancy project can fall into three categories: a work based learning project, a creative project, or a hybrid of these forms.

Plus one elective (subject to demand):
Advanced Logistics and Supply Chain Systems
Technology plays a critical role in delivering goods and services to the end users. Modern information technology systems integrate different elements of the supply chain to provide the total visibility of information required to drive supply chain operations. Today’s managers must understand the role of IT systems in order to remain competitive in the market place. This module provides students with a solid understanding of the various IT systems and their links to organisational strategies.

Business Analysis and Project Management
Operations are increasingly being managed as a project and thus require a strong emphasis on business analysis and project management. This module provides a comprehensive understanding of business processes and the intricacies involved in the management of projects. It introduces the concepts of business analysis which primarily involves identifying and developing solutions to business problems and the concepts of good project management required to deliver those solutions.

Resourcing and Assessing Talent
This module aims to provide the knowledge and expertise needed by senior managers to identify talent and manage people resourcing within organisations. This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of people resourcing and talent management practices. Students will consider the links between business strategy and the growth of human capital to achieve competitive advantage.

Business Strategy and Transportation Technologies (this is the default elective)
Transportation has become increasingly important in the achievement of business and operational strategies within the procurement and supply chain. Thus, there is a greater need for managers to become more aware of the underpinning relationship between transportation technologies and strategy. This module examines transportation techniques, distribution and optimisation, environmental implications, and their overall effect on business strategy.

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