Plymouth Business School

MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management

Duration 1 year
Course type Full-time
Location Plymouth

Build the skills and competencies to help businesses manage the planning, production and delivery of their products and services. Learn how advanced operations management, modern and sustainable supply chains, and the flow of information therein have become the bedrock of competitive advantage in an ever-changing global business environment. Make a decisive step towards securing a very exciting career.

This programme is available with a January or September start.

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Careers with this subject

Careers include opportunities in supply chain coordination in Europe as well as worldwide. Our postgraduates start on a salary that is significantly higher than that of undergraduates. Likely employers include Amazon, Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Unilever.

Careers service

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated careers service supporting you from the moment you start your degree, to three years after graduation.

Careers advice is embedded into your academic programme through workshops, events, placements, networks - working with the academic staff teaching on your course. We also offer materials, networks and resources online through our 24/7 portal, and a wide-range of activities, opportunities and support centrally in the Careers Service space within the Student Hub.

We are here to help you to explore, connect and succeed.

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Key features

  • Bridge the gap from your previous studies or work experience and acquire the specialist knowledge needed to join this rapidly growing industry. This programme welcomes applicants from a broad range of undergraduate disciplines. 
  • Lead the way by learning to view the supply chain and logistics sector with a distinctly contemporary eye – sustainability and environmental issues are embedded in all our modules, increasing your employability and better preparing you for the challenges that climate change presents to the industry.
  • Examine the latest regulations and governance in supply chains, placing your knowledge and skills at the leading edge of the sector.
  • Take advantage of our programme of visiting speakers and gain insider knowledge and important networking contacts to ensure you’re ready to enter the workplace immediately upon graduation.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • In a highly competitive and increasingly globalised world, a business's competitive advantage lies in its ability to manage its supply chain efficiently. The MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management programme prepares you for a career in managing such a supply chain.

    This programme is an excellent preparation for both an academic career, for example a PhD in Operations and Supply Chain Management, as well as a managerial career. This programme is based entirely on coursework.

    The design of our postgraduate programmes focuses on four taught modules and a capstone project. We believe that simplicity in programme design provides you with a better learning experience. The dynamic and challenging nature of contemporary business does not isolate concepts into small packages – and neither do our programmes. This approach links concepts together as they are in the real world, and enables you to focus in on what really matters.

    Core modules
    • MAR7001 Finance and Economics for International Supply Chains

      This module develops an understanding of supply chain economics and financial risk management with a focus on the maritime sector.

    • MAR7002 International Trade and Data Management

      This module provides key information to international procurement logistical planning and forecasting.

    • MAR7003 Sustainable Supply Chain Management

      Sustainable development and social responsibility are fundamental drivers of supply chain practises around the world. This module provides students with an in-depth examination of such issues across the supply chain, taking into account differing perspectives and underlying drivers. The module provides students with a toolkit to effectively manage sustainable supply chains.

    • PBS7000 Capstone Project

      In this capstone project, you will synthesise and apply learning from the taught element of the programme to a project of your choosing. There is scope for you to undertake a broad range of project types, including consultancy, business analysis, business development or academic study.

    • STO7008 Operations Management for Competitive Advantage

      This module considers how to use business operations to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. Operations strategy will be highlighted, showing how it needs to inform and underpin the design and improvement of all operational processes to ensure increased cost efficiency and maximise operational effectiveness.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management prog spec Sep21 FINAL 6788

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree, first or second class, or equivalent, in any discipline.

If English is not your mother tongue 6.5 IELTS with a minimum of 5.5 in any element in a secure English language test. English language requirements.

The University of Plymouth offers pre-sessional English language courses if you do not have this.

We welcome students from a broad range of disciplines who are keen to place their undergraduate discipline knowledge into the context of operations and supply chain management.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2021 2022
Home £9,100 To be confirmed
International £15,200 To be confirmed
Part time (Home) £500 To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

Supply chain management degrees

The MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management programme is part of a suite of supply chain management programmes offered by Plymouth Business School. These programmes cover a broad range of topics including international shipping, procurement, logistics and operations management. With a shared first semester you will have the opportunity to learn about the variety of disciplines before specialising in your chosen subject.

Programmes in this suite include MSc International Business, MSc International Shipping, MSc International Logistics and Suppy Chain Management, and MSc International Procurement and Supply Chain Management and MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management

Meet our experts

  • Lecturer in Strategic Management (Education)
    Programme Lead, research interests include microfinance and microenterprise
  • Lecturer in International Procurement and Supply Chain Management
    Research interests include forecasting port container throughput
  • Lecturer in Operations & Supply Chain Management
    Over 40 years experience in international trade across the world
  • Lecturer in Maritime Economics
    Extensive experience in industry and professional organisations
  • Lecturer in International Supply Chain Management (Education)
    Executive Member at Logistics Research Network Committee
  • Associate Head of School for Marketing, Admissions and Recruitment
    Extensive industry experience in seagoing logistics and commercial procurement
  • Associate Professor in Business Management & Operations
    Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering
  • Lecturer in Service Operations Management and Business Strategy (Education)
    Expert in services and operations management

Plymouth Business School

  • ? Committed to social, economic and environmental responsibility
  • ? Supporting the internationally recognised focus on sustainability and social purpose of the University
  • ? Leading business ready graduates onto a successful career and happy life
  • ? Supporting graduates to make informed choices based on current economic and market trends
  • ? Building students resilience and confidence
  • ? Promoting practical skills development