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Timetable and Modules

Classes are run throughout the academic year over two semesters: September - December and January - April.
Students have the opportunity to partake in preliminary classes one week before the beginning of term, ensuring they enter the programme with a foundation and knowledge in accountancy.

Michaelmas Term
Hilary Term
Michaelmas Term

Supply Chain Excellence and Business Improvement

Strategic Procurement and Sourcing

Dissertation in the area of Operations and Supply Chain Management

Data Analytics for Supply Chain Management

Global Supply Chain Financing


Global Supply Chain Management

Innovating in the Supply Chain


Operations Management

Research Methods in Operations and Supply  

Financial Analysis

Chain Management  
Choice of one elective Choice of two electives  

NB - Timetable and modules are subject to change.


  • Digital Business Models
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Business Ethics and Society
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Economics for Global Markets

Module Descriptions

Data Analytics for Supply Chain Management

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the core tools, techniques and frameworks that can be used to leverage resource and flow efficiency in operations and supply chain processes, across both manufacturing and service dominated environments. 

Global Supply Chain Management

This module offers students a solid grounding in supply chain management as a foundation for understanding more advanced supply chain management (SCM) concepts throughout the during of the programme. Global Supply Chain Management focuses on effective planning and management of integrated product, information and financial flows from the supplier's suppliers to the customer's customers. In today’s enterprise, the boundaries of function, organization, and geography are increasingly blurred. The enterprise's procurement, manufacturing, distribution, and sales organizations must be aligned to efficiently and effectively serve the ultimate customer. Suppliers and vendors must become partners in the integrated supply chain organization. Today these relationships and processes increasingly extend around the world, creating a globally­integrated supply chain. In this module, the focus is on the particular challenges posed by being positioned in an international supply chain, linking the module to other international management challenges.

Operations Management

This module is concerned with the process of creating and delivering products and services and aims to introduce students to the core theories, concepts, models, tools and techniques associated with operations management. The prototype organisation transforms inputs (raw materials, money, information, human resource, knowledge) into outputs (finished goods, service, and waste) ­ examples thus considered include manufacturing plants for producing physical products, universities providing education, hospitals which aim to transform sick patients into healthy patients.

The module will consider: the key issues involved in managing the operations function; pertinent theory; approaches for managing the improvement of the operations function; and demonstrate operations management's strategic importance to organisations. The module explains the experience and insights of contemporary operations management in both manufacturing and service contexts, and within the context of end­to­end supply chains. 

Financial Analysis

The emphasis of the module is on financial analysis – the use financial data for decision¬making. The module will introduce the principles underlying the construction of financial information for business enterprises. Using annual reports from real enterprises across a range of industries, the module will explore how to assess of the structure and the financial performance of business enterprises in order to make rationale decisions. Specific themes to be addressed will include: Basics of analysis;
Cost behaviour and enterprise cost structures; Art versus science in the interpretation and analysis of statements; Common sizing, ratios and benchmark choices; Liquidity of short-term assets; related debt-paying ability; Long-term debt-paying;ability; Profitability; Decision-making and statement of cash flows for investors.

Strategic Procurement & Sourcing

Procurement plays a critical role in strategic supply chain management. As supply chains have become more globalised, procurement has evolved from a transactional buying activity to a strategic business operation. The aim of this module is to introduce students to the range of issues and related decisions that procurement managers have to face. Through the examination of core procurement principles, frameworks and tools, they will gain an understanding of how to plan and execute a procurement strategy that supports corporate goals and broader business objectives. This module examines activities which are central to the strategic management of procurement such as management of the purchasing process, supplier relationship management, category management, negotiation, commodity planning, cost, price, and value analysis; and purchasing ethics.

Global Supply Chain Financing

Global supply chain finance refers to the set of solutions available for financing goods and/or products as they move from origin to destination along the supply chain. It also refers to the financing of the logistical and infrastructure elements of supply chains Supply chain finance is a developing speciality within supply chain management, attributable to the increase in outsourcing and globalisation of supply chains, reducing capital availability, whilst increasing the need for improved cash flow.  Techniques used in Global Supply Chain Financing are unique and distinct from general SCM and from Finance. Banks have now expressed keen interest in supply chain finance and this module will give specific coverage to these unique topics.  

The aims for this module are for students to understand what role finance plays in supply chain management, including the specific techniques that are adopted across industry sectors and banks.  The module will consider themes such as trade financing, aircraft leasing, shipping finance as well as the range of supply chain finance structures that have emerged as organizations continue to focus on their supply chain as a unit of analysis (eg. buyer managed platforms; bank proprietary platforms; and, multi-bank platforms).

Innovating in the Supply Chain

This module aims to build on the previous core modules by examining how innovation is not an isolated, one-off event within a firm, but rather an interactive, ongoing process within firms, buyer-supplier relationships, supply chains, supply networks and systems of supply. This unit focuses on the key strategic and conceptual issues that affect both the product and service innovation process, especially the need to understand and manage innovation within an inter-organisational network context. The module aims to examine how different network actors within the business environment may influence, enable and inhibit the innovation process.

Research Methods in Operations and Supply Chain Management

This module aims at offering a set of tailored analytical and methodological tools, appropriate for conducting research in operations and supply chain management that will be fundamental for carrying out research projects based on empirical data in these areas. This module will position operations and supply chain research methods, detailing the main characteristics, core research needs and the concept of research quality in OSCM. The module will review different research methods frequently used in OSCM as well as adjacent applied management areas such as R&D, Innovation, logistics etc.  Survey design, case research, action research, experimental design and longitudinal field studies will be examined in this module.