The MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management programme covers all aspects of effective operations and supply chain management in a highly competitive global marketplace. It looks at how successful operations and supply chain management can shape the sales and profit ambition of a business. Combining XJTLU's growing reputation and International Business School Suzhou's dynamic and innovative international expertise, alongside intensive collaboration with the business community and proximity to the Yangtze River Delta region, the programme is one of the few English language masters programmes of its type in China.
Throughout the programme, opportunities are provided for you to analyse and examine the most up-to-date developments in operations and supply chain practice through a series of industrial lectures and best practice industry visits. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to reach senior managerial positions or become an operations, logistics and supply chain management strategist.
Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) is currently being sought, while students will be exempted from a number of required modules by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics to qualify for chartered status.
Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation and IBSS is the youngest school ever to have achieved it.
Why should I study Operations and Supply Chain Management at XJTLU?
During your studies, there is the opportunity to engage with and learn from leading organisations, thanks to our extensive links with businesses and public sector services, locally and across the world, providing you with exciting opportunities for placements, mentoring, involvement in live projects, and networking.
Knowledge and skills
Through studying MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management you will:
- develop an understanding of how operations can be managed as a strategic resource
- understand the requirements of successful operations and supply chain practice in modern business
- learn how to identify and apply a range of operations management initiatives and techniques that can be considered in the development of an operations strategy
- understand and be able to apply the models, processes and tools used to analyse, design and implement operations and supply chain management and logistics solutions
- gain understanding of the decisions involved in the selection of suppliers as well as the role and objectives of the purchasing function
- develop a thorough understanding of the components of supply chains, the material and information flow interactions between them and the analytical and management processes that facilitate successful supply chain performance
- be able to apply benchmarking and comparative performance techniques
- be able to demonstrate critical awareness of current research in business and management through independent analysis of a relevant business case.
- Supply chain operations management
- Strategic operations management
- Logistics and physical distribution
- Strategic purchasing management
- Theory and practice of lean operations
- Strategic business analysis
- Accounting and financial management
- Fundamentals of project management
- Modelling and simulation of operations
- Marketing management.
Additional learning activities
The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.
Available additional learning activities include:
- Research methods
- Postgraduate English
- Chinese language
- Project management
- Operations modelling and simulation
- In-company project
- Thompson One Certificate achievement
- EIKON Certificate achievement
- Datastream Certificate achievement
- Teaching assistant
- Research assistant.
MSc Operations and Supply Chain Management graduates are now working for companies like Jaguar, Bosch, Mondeleze, Accenture, Caterpillar, Daimler Chrysler, Deloitte Consultants, Ford Motor Company, GE, Maersk, Unilever, Unipart, Westinghouse and Cargill.