Plymouth Business School

MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management

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. Become a confident professional in operations and supply chain management and make a decisive step towards securing a very exciting career.

Key features

  • Bridge the gap from your previous studies or work experience and acquire the specialist knowledge that will help you to join this rapidly growing industry. This programme is designed to be accessible to you, welcoming applicants from a broad range of undergraduate disciplines.
  • Lead the way in the industry 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 the industry.
  • Examine the latest regulatory 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
  • Core modules
    • MAR701 Research Skills and Economics for International Supply Chains

      This module develops the skills you require to carry out international supply chain research including communication, writing and oral presentation, and promotes critical awareness of economic and other business contexts.

    • MAR702 Maritime Finance and Business Modelling

      You'll explore the role of business finance in maritime industries including interpretation of traditional accounts and analysis of corporate performance and approaches to investment appraisal. You'll have the opportunity to develop your hands-on skills for decision making, based on an integrated approach to quantitative decision methods using spread sheets.

    • MAR703 International Trade, Procurement, Logistics and Shipping

      In this module students analyse the international procurement, logistics and shipping of goods, the principles, processes, and strategies of international trade and the legal concepts by which they are regulated.

    • MAR707 International Supply Chain Systems

      You'll focus on international supply chain systems that facilitate the flow of goods and services in international trading systems and consider various supply chain management processes involved in optimising the supply chain performance to achieve and sustain competitive advantage in complex and dynamic trading environment. You'll also consider issues related to international trade and macroeconomic policy.

    • MAR710 Research Project

      In the Project/Dissertation you will be expected to research a topic or problem related to your award title on the basis of relevant literature and appropriate empirical work. You may choose to participate in either an established research area or follow a line of work based of your own interest.

    • STO704 Operations and Project Management

      This module will focus on the key challenges facing Operations and Project Managers. It will examine key topics such as the management of processes, quality improvement, capacity and demand management, project planning, resource scheduling and risk management, along with communication, organisation and leadership practices.

    • STO706 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 Programme Specification 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 2020 2021
Home £8,800 £9,100
International £14,800 £15,200
Part time (Home) £500 £500
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

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

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

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.

Aiman Mohammed – current MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management student

"Moving to Plymouth and studying at the University of Plymouth was the front line of my race with life. The University of Plymouth has structured my foundation and broadened my vision in everything happening around me, provided me with more knowledge and developed my technical skills. It is my appreciation to everyone in the University".

Read more about Aiman's experience of the programme so far

Supply chain management with the University of Plymouth

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 Business and Management, MA Human Resource Management, MSc International Business, and MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management

"I would certainly encourage new students to study at Plymouth." 

Angelika Schatz, MSc International Procurement and Supply Chain Management graduate tells us why she decided to study a degree the University of Plymouth.

Field trips and visits

Our field trip to Bristol Port, one of the key links in British industry's supply chain, provided a very visual reflection of the complexity of operations and supply chain management and the logistical challenges it can present.

The port directly employs more than 575 people directly and offers one of the most cost-effective logistics solutions due to its ability to handle vessels of up to 130,000 dwt and its proximity, through convenient rail and road links, to the major population area of the UK; 43 million people within a 250km radius. 

It was an interesting and thought-provoking trip for all students regardless of their future career plans.


The Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER)

iSPER is a leading research Institute at the University of Plymouth and is home to a number of thematic areas relevant to the MSc International Business. Postgraduate students can take part in ISPER events and activities joining seminars from local and guest speakers from academic and business sectors. The two main groups which are of relevance to International Business students are:

  • MLBP (Maritime and Logistics, Business and Policy Group) 
  • The ProSerV (Product and Service Value Chain Innovation through Advanced Technologies)      

Find out more about the groups, their projects, publications and dynamic seminar and events series that you will be welcome to join by visiting iSPER.

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate study in Plymouth Business School can help you realise your ambitions and develop your potential as a manager and leader of the future. Whether you come to us as a newly qualified graduate or after a successful track record in industry we provide high quality, professionally accredited postgraduate programmes, and PhD and professional doctorate supervision.

International community

Play your part in out thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

We'll help you at every step of your journey from applying to settling in, during and after your postgraduate studies.