The industry, worth around £8.5 billion in the UK and which employs more than 8,000 people, is currently lacking graduates with the relevant specialist knowledge needed to help businesses improve their supply chain management practices.
Supply chain management is a crucial area of a company's operations that involves the strategic management of the movement of goods or provision of services in order to make a business more efficient and more profitable.
Here is the key information about the course and some insights from the co-director.
About the MSc Global Supply Chain Management at Cass Business School
One year, starting in September.
Two terms of core modules in areas such as accounting, strategy and global procurement, then a final term when students can take elective modules or undertake a research project.
Seminars hosted by industry experts.
Open all year round.
Meet the professor
Dr. Sinéad Roden is the co-director of the MSc Global Supply Chain Management at Cass Business School.
Why was the course set up?
There are a number of logistics and supply chain courses available to postgraduate students in the UK. However, many of these courses are offered in conjunction with engineering, manufacturing or science faculties, which means the focus of their curriculums is more on the operational aspects of supply chain management.
We've designed the MSc Global Supply Chain Management to provide students with strategic and theoretical supply chain knowledge, as well as the analytical and professional skills that are crucial when working in this area.
What does the course cover?
The MSc Global Supply Chain Management aims to equip students with tactical and strategic supply chain knowledge and advanced analytical and consulting skills that are highly attractive to the consulting industry.
These skills are applicable to a wide range of industries including finance, manufacturing, retail and the professional services. Graduates from this course could potentially end up in logistics, operations, procurement, or junior consulting roles.
Although the course title may sound quite specialised, applicants don't need to have expertise in this area. We provide students a solid grounding in business management theory and practice, and build on this knowledge with more specialised supply chain management content.
For example, we'll provide students with the tools and techniques needed to analyse empirical data and draw sound conclusions. They'll also learn to use advanced quantitative and computing skills to support scientific decision-making.
Gaining these skills will help students demonstrate to prospective employers that they can analyse data and draw conclusions that are reliable and justifiable, and are able to think on their feet in time-pressured environments.
Given the increasing complexity, uncertainty and dynamism of global supply chains, the importance of these skills can't be underestimated.
How is the course structured?
The course is one year long and is split into three terms, with modules covering areas such as accounting, strategy and global procurement. In the final term, students will have the chance to specialise further through a range of elective modules or undertake a research project.
Throughout the year, students will also have the opportunity to attend seminars hosted by industry experts.
Who teaches on the course?
We are active researchers in our relevant fields and have a huge breadth of experience in areas ranging from supplier management, purchasing strategy, supply chain sustainability and supply chain risk management, to forecasting, decision-making and risk modelling.
How will students be assessed?
The course features different types of assessment including exams, group assignments and reports, individual coursework, presentations and problem-solving activities.
The intention is to engage students in an active learning process rather than simply encouraging them to assimilate information.
Any tips for students applying to the course?
The MSc Global Supply Chain Management is quite a quantitative and analytical course, so we want to attract students who have ability in these areas or a desire to develop it.
We know that choosing which master's degree to study is an important decision. That's why we have run information sessions where students can meet with the faculty and hear about the course.
I also give masterclasses where you can see what it's like to learn at Cass. These are streamed on the web as well - simply go online and register at cass.city.ac.uk/masterclasses.
If you want to have a one-to-one chat in person, prospective students are more than welcome to make an appointment to see me. I'd love to show you around and help to answer any questions you have about the course and the School.
We also run online sessions where you can get information on our programmes, the School and the faculties, and ask questions. For more information look out for the Online Infosessions tab, under MSc Events on the School's website.