This course is designed to allow experienced supply chain professionals (as evidenced by MCIPS status) to “top-up” their existing qualifications and experience to a Masters Degree by completing two taught modules and an independent dissertation project.
The focus of this course is the development of advanced analytical and communication skills that allow graduates to critically engage with theory at the leading edge and apply it to their practice. Whether you choose to study the course at our Newport City campus or online, both modes are designed to fit around your existing work commitments. As this is a fast-track course, it can be completed in 12-18 months.
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
Logistics Operations Management
The aim of the module is to equip the student with the ability to analyse and understand contemporary issues relating to freight transport, warehousing operations and warehouse design within the strategic context of the wider supply chain.
The aims of this module are to develop the students understanding and skills of research in a management subject discipline. To critically review a range of research methodologies and select one most appropriate to address a research need. To critically review a range of research methods and select the one(s) most appropriate to address the research design and to equip students with the skills required for the practical aspects of planning, conducting and producing a Masters level work.
The Dissertation is a significant piece of student-directed learning, based on a detailed investigation into a business-related phenomenon.
The dissertation requires students to demonstrate the following:
Each of the taught modules are delivered over a 12-week period. For those attending classes at the Newport City campus, there are 2 teaching blocks per module.
These are delivered on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and are timetabled approximately every 6 weeks. For those students who choose to study the course online, the modules are taught using pre-recorded material which is supported by and a series of 8 online synchronous sessions which last approximately an hour each.
The total recommended study time for a 20-credit module is 200 hours. The dissertation is an individual research project which is supported by a dissertation supervisor who is assigned to each student to guide and mentor them through the research process.
Your studies will be underpinned by the latest research undertaken by the University’s Supply Chain, Operations and Procurement Excellence (SCOPE) research group. Many of our teaching staff are actively involved with our commercial and research centres and work closely with industry conducting research and consultancy. For you, this means you will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of their specialist field.
The course is assessed entirely by coursework.
Professor Gareth White's research looks at the range of issues associated with the functioning of business and society. He specifically explores the management and impact of emerging technologies, and the mechanisms through which organisations and society can become sustainable.
His research has helped organisations to identify waste materials and helped in the design of sustainable products and packaging. Also, it has addressed the constraints that are placed upon Social Enterprises in improving social needs. And finally, it has provided critical examination of emerging technologies that have guided organisations adoption strategies.
His career spans automotive and Formula 1 engineering, nuclear systems engineering and food manufacturing in a range of Engineering and Operations Management roles. Consequently, his research interests reflect those broad responsibilities and the need to understand how all of the different parts worked together in unison.
"Our students are taught by active researchers. This is important because human knowledge is not a static entity. In order to equip the business and society leaders of the future, they need to be exposed to contemporary theoretical debates and practical interventions. Engaging in debate with active researchers not only means students’ knowledge is current, but also engenders a critical mind that is capable of addressing the challenges of the future." See current research into supply chain and logistics.
This course requires MCIPS or an equivalent qualification.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
The course is aimed at experienced logistics and supply chain professionals who are likely to be in full time positions.
Possible career options for this degree would be along the lines of: Operations Manager, Distribution Manager, General Manager, Supply Chain Director, Regional Manager.
Our Careers and Employability Service
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.