1 MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management Online Programme
2 2 Foreword Professor Murray Dalziel Director, University of Liverpool Management School As a management professional and prospective student looking to develop your knowledge and skills as a leader, you ve made a great choice with the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS). Our teaching mission at the Management School is to prepare and develop leaders who are committed to making a difference, both personally and professionally. What s exciting about our online programmes is that we use the latest industry research, knowledge, and trends, and bring it to life in an interactive online learning environment that is relevant for today s leaders. With an online degree from ULMS, you will be equipped to put your new knowledge and global insights to immediate use in your career so you can truly make a difference, wherever you are in the world.
3 3 Get ahead with an online MSc from the University of Liverpool International reputation ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide, with an AACSB accredited management school Convenience fit your studies around your other commitments. Accelerate your career without interrupting your current job Global perspective meet like-minded professionals from all over the world for a rich, multi-cultural experience Practical skills and knowledge develop critical understanding and analytical skills to respond to today s toughest business challenges Contents Fast-track your career 4 Learn with a globally-respected UK university 6 A world-class research institution 7 A reputation you can rely on 8 The Liverpool online MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management 9 Programme Structure 11 Dissertation or consultancy project 11 Maximum convenience, maximum results 12 Achieve your career aspirations 14 Invest in your future 15 Join our global alumni network 16 Admission requirements 17 Take the first step today 18 Dedicated support benefit from close, personal support and feedback throughout your studies, helping you stay motivated and focused.
4 4 Fast-track your career Operations and supply chain management is at the heart of global business strategy and organisational performance. The University of Liverpool s online MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management enables you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to take your career to the next level in this fast-paced, global and highly competitive area. This MSc will: Provide you with the latest industry knowledge and theory Enable you to build a strong global network of operations & supply chain professionals Equip you with the skills needed to become a senior supply chain leader Support your professional and personal development Help you to become an innovator and key influencer within your organisation. Offered fully online by the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS), the programme lets you study with a global network of peers, without interrupting your professional and personal life. You will enjoy 24/7 access to your classroom and have the flexibility to choose elective modules specific to your own professional development. In addition, it is the first wholly online programme accredited by the prestigious Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), an industry stamp of approval for the quality, depth and scope of the programme. On the MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management, you will analyse and master the latest developments in operations and supply chain theory and practice across a variety of sectors. On completion of the programme, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to develop, manage and lead the vital systems and processes that underpin business profitability and growth from a cross-border, multi-cultural perspective. Students on this programme are able to apply what they are learning in real time, allowing them to make a significant impact in their organisation. Our international classrooms enable students to study alongside fellow operations and supply chain professionals from around the world, allowing them to share cultural perspectives and professional experiences which will prove invaluable in their future careers. Dr Matthew Tickle Director of Studies for the online MSc in Operations & Supply Chain Management, University of Liverpool
5 5 By studying online with the University of Liverpool, I have invested in my future. Draupadi Pradhan (MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management 2013), online graduate Project Manager Supply Chain From Mexcio, living in Chile
6 6 Learn with a globally-respected UK university Making the commitment to pursue a masters degree is a big decision. There are many choices you need to consider which university to study with, its reputation, the quality of the management school, how you will learn and what sort of experience you will have. At the University of Liverpool, we offer the very best choice for ambitious operations and supply chain professionals looking to collaborate and share best practice with their peers from around the world. Our online MSc will broaden your horizons, challenge your thinking, help you develop critical and analytical understanding, and give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to respond to today s toughest business challenges and boost your career potential. Best of all, you won t need to take any time out from your job to study. University of Liverpool Key facts In the top 1% of universities worldwide* Member of the UK s Russell Group One of Europe s largest providers of fully online degrees Nine Nobel Laureates *As listed in the International Universities Handbook, published 2012
7 7 A world-class research institution The University of Liverpool is a worldclass research university with a long track record of academic excellence and rigour. It is a member of the UK s prestigious Russell Group and ranked within the top 1% of universities worldwide*. We have been providing online postgraduate education since 2000, with more than 10,500 online students currently studying with us around the world. Over 5,000 students have already graduated with an online degree, joining the University s thriving international alumni network of 183,000 people in over 192 countries. Global pioneers We have been pioneers in research and education since our founding in 1881, and are considered one of the great international centres of research, knowledge and innovation. Our pioneering reputation attracts students, faculty, experts and partners from across the globe. Through our research, teaching and collaborations we seek to be life changing and world shaping. Leaders in online We re also a European leader in fully online postgraduate degrees. Our partnership with e-learning experts Laureate Online Education enables us to support you every step of the way throughout your studies. It s through this exciting partnership that the University is a member of the Laureate International Universities network an international network of prestigious, innovative institutions of higher education with access to international experts and leaders through events such as the World Business Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative. *As listed in the International Universities Handbook, published 2012 Pioneers in research and education since ,000+ online graduates 10,500+ online students worldwide
8 8 Professor Murray Dalziel Director, ULMS AACSB accreditation puts ULMS in the top 5 per cent of the world s business schools. It reflects the dedication of our staff to helping our students learn to make a difference to employers worldwide. A reputation you can rely on Our online MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management is offered by the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS), a globally recognised centre for management and leadership training, education and research. Our mission is Learning to Make a Difference. This is reflected in the foundations of our research and teaching, which strive to make a difference to the lives of individuals, businesses and communities. Accredited at the highest level ULMS is accredited for both its campus and online programmes by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the oldest and most respected global accreditation body for business schools. Less than 5% of the world s business schools are accredited by AACSB. In achieving this distinction, we have made a commitment to continuous improvement, and to providing a curriculum that is both responsive to the needs of business and delivered in a high-quality teaching environment. For more information, visit CIPS industry accreditation The online MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) - a globally recognised industry credential and the leading professional accreditation body for the operations and supply chain industry. On graduation, you are automatically eligible to apply to join a network of over 60,000 purchasing and supply professionals from around the world who benefit from CIPS membership. For more information, visit
9 9 The Liverpool online MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management The ULMS online MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management is designed for industry professionals looking for a rewarding, interactive international experience at the highest level in this specialist field of business. You can learn while you earn and accelerate your career with practical, industry-relevant knowledge and advanced skills that you can put to immediate use in your career. Boost your career potential By focusing on core concepts and analysing new and emerging trends, the programme will help you become an innovator in your profession. You will develop vital transferable skills that will enhance your access to a wide variety of senior positions in the operations and supply chain sector. Apply global perspectives The programme allows you to study from wherever you are, at any time of the day from your first module all the way through to graduation. Our easy-to-use learning platform and collaborative approach connects you with an international network of fellow professionals from every continent. Through this collaborative learning approach, you will gain real insights into today s global business trends and industry best practice that you can immediately apply in your work.
10 10 Make an immediate impact With a curriculum designed with input from industry and academic experts, this programme blends current theory and practice with new concepts and the latest developments in the field. Equipped with this knowledge and understanding, you should find yourself at the forefront of the strategic operations and supply chain function in your organisation. You will also create a Personal Development Portfolio (PDP) that runs throughout your programme, helping you reflect on your own learning and record your academic journey. Oil and gas specialisation Recognising the vital role of the operations and supply chain function in the oil, gas and energy sector, we have developed a tailored pathway for professionals in this field, with specific modules that are directly relevant to this industry. I had contact with students from several different places and also from different sectors. Our discussions in the virtual classroom gave me a wide understanding of different industries. Maureen Sam-Okomgboeso (MSc Operations & Supply Chain Management 2013), online graduate IT and business process professional From Nigeria, living in the United Arab Emirates
11 11 Programme Structure The programme includes six core modules and two elective modules. You can choose from a pool of electives based on your professional area of interest, or if you choose the Oil & Gas specialisation track, you will follow a prescribed path of elective modules. Oil & Gas Specialisation Track: The Oil and Gas specialisation track is aimed at professionals already working in the oil, gas and energy sector, or for those keen to establish their career in it, with the opportunity to specialise in this growing industry. You will explore the economic patterns of the oil and gas sector as you gain a thorough understanding of the economic nature of this industry. You will also explore the complex nature of energy sourcing, distribution and sustainable energy supply chains x Core modules (mandatory) Business Analysis and Management Strategic Operations Management Supply Chain Operations Management Lean Thinking Strategic Purchasing Management Logistics and Physical Distribution Elective modules (choose two) Total Quality Management Modelling and Simulating Operations Project and Portfolio Management Enterprise Management Systems Managing Energy Sources Economics of Oil, Gas and Energy Financial & Legal Implications of Intern. Trade Oil and Gas specialisation modules visit for module details Dissertation or consultancy project You will complete the programme with either a dissertation or a consultancy project: Dissertation The dissertation is a 15,000 20,000 word piece of research. You choose an appropriate research topic, critically select and apply appropriate research methodology and data collection methods to your chosen research topic, and demonstrate a rigorous understanding of the theory and literature relevant to the issues under investigation. Consultancy project For your consultancy project you would work on a specific project for an organisation typically your employer or another organisation with which you re familiar. The aim is to enable you to undertake a guided process of systematic practitioner inquiry within the management domain. The output will be a 15,000 20,000 word report.
12 12 Maximum convenience, maximum results As a fully online programme, our MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management conveniently fits around your existing personal and professional commitments. It means that wherever in the world you live and work, you can study for a prestigious University of Liverpool masters degree without interrupting your career or your personal life. There are no fixed lecture times. All your coursework, class discussions and group projects take place online, which means the classroom is always open. As long as you have internet access, you choose when in the day you study and from where. Continuous support You can interact and collaborate with your faculty instructors and fellow students all over the world at any time of the day. And if you run into any IT problems, our technical support team is on hand 24/7 to help you out. You will also benefit from continuous academic support. From the moment you contact us right through to your graduation, you will enjoy dedicated support, including a personal Enrolment Advisor and Student Support Manager. You will receive regular feedback on your progress from our international faculty instructors throughout each module and when you work on your dissertation. Additional self-study and taught skills modules are also available to support your academic and professional development. Your online experience L A U R E A T E LEARN. EVOLVE. NETWORK. SOCIALIZE. Your studies will be based around the Laureate LENS learning platform. Laureate LENS brings together all the resources you need from your electronic classroom to learning Laureate tips, LENS the University s extensive Visual Identity Usage Guide and Date fully Created online library to student support in one easy-to-use dashboard, making it easier for you to stay motivated and focused on your studies. Laureate LENS also enables you to network with your fellow online students around the globe. You can engage, learn and share with your peers and with the faculty, not only on your course, but across the entire online university community giving you the chance to make valuable connections across a range of professions and industries.
13 13 Even before I graduated, this degree helped me to secure a job on a higher salary in a multinational company. Malek Zouki (MSc Operations & Supply Chain Management 2013), online graduate Supply Chain Manager From Lebanon, living in the United Arab Emirates
14 14 What our online management graduates say: 76 % 87% 90% perceived a career improvement as a result of their education with the University of Liverpool.* felt that their degree prepared them for their career.* would recommend the University of Liverpool to a friend, family or colleague.* *Results gathered by the University of Liverpool in 2012 from online alumni who responded to our survey. Achieve your career aspirations Our online MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management and specialisation track options, are designed for business professionals looking to forge successful careers in this industry. It s a unique opportunity to combine rigorous academic study with practical experience in an exhilarating international environment of collaboration and leadership. Studying with us gives you a solid foundation on which to accelerate your career, achieve your aspirations, handle the toughest business challenges and boost your earnings potential. Not only will you study the latest industry techniques and concepts, develop new skills and understanding, and learn how to apply them to real life situations, you will develop an extensive global network of fellow professionals with similar expertise.
15 15 Our online MSc in Operations & Supply Chain Management students: work experience 39 average age 7+ years 85% work full-time Invest in your future Our students come from organisations of all sizes from around the world, and most have at least five years front-line business experience. Many of the professionals studying this programme are already working in the operations and supply chain management field, while others are professionals from other disciplines looking to improve their skills or move into this industry. The key thing they have in common is a commitment to investing in their futures. Our online postgraduate degrees are tough. They will stretch you beyond your comfort zone. But you will come away with an unrivalled armoury of skills and knowledge that you can apply directly to your own organisation, delivering tangible results for both your career and your employer. 96% Did you know that of online graduates said their University of Liverpool education provided them with a strong return on investment in their career.** **Results gathered by the University of Liverpool in 2013 from online graduates who responded to our survey.
16 16 Join our global alumni network On graduation, you become part of the University of Liverpool s 183,000-strong international alumni network. The University s alumni programme will continue to support you throughout your career, offering a range of benefits and services to help you achieve your career aspirations. Wherever you are in the world, the benefits of an online postgraduate degree with the University of Liverpool Management School will stay with you, both professionally and personally, long after graduation. Alumni Benefits Professional development courses Exclusive discounts International events and lectures Career and business focused webinar series Free online journal access
17 17 Admission requirements The ULMS online MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management is aimed at professionals and graduates looking to further their careers in this field and gain knowledge they can apply immediately in their work. We welcome applications from people all over the world, at any time of the year. The programme is based on the demands of today s fast-moving business world. We expect our students to be able to demonstrate real business skills, experience and knowledge that will enrich their studies and help them gain maximum benefit from our online masters programme. How to apply It s our aim to make the application process as smooth and straightforward as possible. The first step is to get in touch with one our dedicated Enrolment Advisors. They will advise and guide you through the application process, help you prepare the information we need, and explain your options to you. Entry requirements When you apply, we will consider both your educational qualifications and your work experience. In general, you will be expected to have a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university, or a degree from a recognised institution comparable or equivalent to a British honours degree. If you do not directly meet the educational requirements, you will be evaluated on an individual basis, taking into account any vocational and professional qualifications and working experience. English proficiency All of our online programmes are taught in English. So if English is not your mother tongue, you will need to demonstrate English proficiency comparable to IELTS 6.5, TEEP 6.5, TOEFL 600, or GCSE C. After that, you will need to: 1. Submit an online application form 2. Provide the required documents (for example, identification and certificates) 3. Pay an application fee Your application will then be passed to the Admissions Team, and provided it meets the entry requirements, we will assess your application.