- Become a student member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and gain exemptions from the academic requirements for Chartered Membership (CMILT) of the CILT (UK)
- Build high-level strategic awareness of the entire supply chain
- Undertake practical problem-solving to boost your company’s efficiency, performance and profitability
- Specialise in areas such as purchasing and supply, warehousing, transport and logistics
- Be inspired by our industry-experienced academic team and our influential business contacts - in a city at the heart of a major logistics network
- Learn how latest technology - from RFID to enterprise management systems can be harnessed for the benefit of your organisation
- Enhance your career progression prospects and professional standing in a fast-growing global industry.
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The hallmark of our MSc Supply Chain Improvement is its emphasis on helping organisations to improve their efficiency and performance. We will equip you with the skills, knowledge and insights to deliver such improvements through more effective supply chain design and management.
Keeping the wheels of business turning
Smooth movement of the supply chain is pivotal to business efficiency. On this dynamic applied programme, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the systems, processes and modelling techniques which drive innovation and competitiveness.
Drawing on supply chain and logistics scenarios from your own and other organisations, you’ll build the skills to pinpoint inefficiencies, plot strategies for improvement and ensure optimum supply chain performance. You’ll be challenged intellectually but will also experience the practicalities of the business, applying the latest theory to real-world problems.
Offering both full-time and part-time routes, the course also gives you the chance to focus on a particular area – such as procurement or warehousing and distribution – to match your personal interests and career ambitions.
Vital industry insights
Case studies, business consultancy projects, guest speakers and company visits to employers such as CEVA and Boots will help you learn more about supply chain operations in close up. Our teaching team has significant industry experience and an excellent network of contacts, so you’ll be introduced to some of the key players in the field.
We host many events to connect you with the regional, national and international business community. One highlight of the calendar is our Logistics Week, which brings together some of the giants from the sector and professional bodies to showcase latest developments and technologies.
The event attracts representatives from industry leaders such as DHL, Boots, Toyota, Norbert Dentressangle, Thorntons, CEVA Logistics and Kuehne + Nagel. Our 2016 Logistics Week featured a guest lecture by Dr Pete Waterman, famed not only for his role as a producer-songwriter but also for his work to champion the rail industry.
We’re committed to helping you meet the highest standards. We draw on best practice by working with prominent professional bodies to keep your learning relevant, meaningful and up to date. Our MSc Supply Chain Improvement is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT UK), meaning if you become a student member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), you'll gain exemptions from the academic requirements for Chartered Membership (CMILT) of the CILT (UK), adding further credibility to your CV.
Our close links with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) also enable you to place supply chain challenges within wider business and sector contexts.
At the heart of a logistics network
Derby has long been a major hub for road, rail and air logistics, so we are ideally placed to keep you in touch with what’s new in the industry. We’re on the doorstep of a massive supply chain network and connected into a business community which includes high-profile names like Rolls-Royce and Toyota.
With transport advances such as the HS2 rail network and new freight corridors on the horizon, you’ll gain insights into the important debates which are shaping the future of supply chain management.
An international outlook
It goes without saying that the successful logistics professional needs to think globally. Our MSc delivers international perspectives every step of the way, with specialist modules which extend your thinking and broaden your career scope. You will study alongside students and be inspired by tutors from countries as far afield as India, Malaysia and Iran – a vibrant learning community where you can share experiences and make truly international connections.
Research that pushes boundaries
The College of Business has a long-standing record as a Centre of Excellence in supply chain and logistics. Our Centre for Supply Chain Improvement is charting new territory in everything from artificial intelligence to radio-frequency identification (RFID). The centre’s work feeds into our MSc Supply Chain Improvement - keeping you up to date with latest thinking and innovative ideas.
The course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.
To complete the MSc Supply Chain Improvement, you'll study modules such as:
- Strategic Supply Chain Management
- Improving Supply Chain and Logistics Operations
- Storage and Warehousing
- Purchasing Contexts
- Enterprise Systems Management
- Supply Chain Systems Modelling
- Transportation and Freight Logistics
- International Procurement and Inventory Management
- Business Impact Study
- Independent Study
Our focus is on developing your analytical skills so that you can evaluate an organisation’s supply chain practices. You will apply the methods and techniques you learn to specific tasks within an organisation.
MSc Supply Chain Improvement is underpinned by our teaching team’s significant sector and subject experience, supported by contributions from current practitioners in senior supply chain roles.
How you are assessed
Assessment methods vary according to the module. Coursework assessment may include essays, management reports, exams, presentations and group work. As this is an applied programme and our focus is on preparing you for career success, assessment by examination is very much the exception.
Who you will meet
The MSc Supply Chain Improvement is taught by a highly skilled team with extensive industrial and academic experience.
Simon Smith - Programme Leader for the MSc, Simon specialises in supply chain operations, business improvement methods and leadership. He has significant industrial and management experience and works closely with many organisations within the supply chain and logistics sector. His research interests centre on aligning the supply chain to business improvement concepts, organisational leadership and strategy development.
John Day - Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Logistics, John is currently undertaking research projects exploring how to reduce the impact of empty running in freight transport and urban consolidation points for two-man delivery.
Paul Dale - Paul lectures in supply chain systems modelling and also leads our HNC and HND Business and Management programmes. His professional interests centre on quantitative analysis and the modelling of supply chain systems.
Dr Simon Dupernex - Senior Lecturer in Operations and Strategy, Simon has professional and research interests embracing strategy, operations management, quality and improvement. He is editor of the Critical Perspectives on Business Management journal and reviewer for a number of international journals.
You will normally hold:
- a bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline at 2:2 level or above, or
- an international or professional programme equivalent (eg CIPS or CILT level 6) qualification.
Applicants with a lower classification qualification may still be considered for entry to the programme if you can demonstrate a relevant level of work experience and/or knowledge to work at the required level.
2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)
£850 per 20 credits*
£850 per 20 credits*
£14,250 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Additional costs and optional extras
The supply chain sector is poised for rapid growth and provides exciting openings for well qualified managers locally, nationally and worldwide.
Graduates of our MSc Supply Chain Improvement can advance their careers in many areas of supply chain management, taking up roles in operational management, business analysis and consultancy or specialising in areas such as distribution and logistics or procurement.
Part-time students already working within the sector will find this MSc strengthens their CV and accelerates their career progression to senior management roles in supply chain operations, project management and strategic operations.
Gaining a postgraduate degree can significantly boost your earning potential. Latest government statistics* show that postgraduates earn on average £6,000 more per year than graduates.
*Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2015, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Ongoing careers support
Throughout your studies, you will benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and refine your career ambitions.
Our support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.