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Innovation key to creating successful global supply chains


Budding managers can learn how to successfully lead supply chains of the future by creating cultures of innovation and adopting latest technologies, in all sectors of their organisation. This is one of many areas covered in the University of London’s latest degree programme, the MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics.

Supply chain management and global logistics

This brand new degree from the University of London is delivered in partnership with City Business School, University of London, rated amongst the top-ranked business schools in London and Europe.

Students enrolling on the degree are provided with a 360 degree perspective and learn about the managerial and analytical tools to manage global supply chains. Completing the final project also enables students to contribute to the forefront of supply chain management and global logistics, through demonstrating their originality and skills in the real world.

Co-Programme Director Dr Byung-Gak Son stressed the importance of an effectively managed supply chain, which contributes immensely to the success of global companies like Amazon, Unilever, Nike and The Coca Cola Company. He said:

Given the enormous challenges of increasingly global and fragmented supply chains, we professionals require a sound understanding of emerging opportunities and risks and the knowledge and tools to handle them.

He added: ‘Our degree was developed as a result of rigorous research that we carried out to identify the skills needed by large organisations to successfully manage their supply chains. As a result, we aim to combine a comprehensive understanding of the subject and related disciplines with in-depth knowledge in relevant specialised areas such as innovation and technology management, supply chain finance or analytics.’  

In our intimately connected global economy, effective supply chain management is crucially important. It requires managers with the most up-to-date skills and knowledge available, who understand challenges and risks, and are able to react to economic or natural events. For example, the 2011 Japanese Earthquake disrupted the global supply of aircraft parts and semiconductors, leading to a slowdown in U.S. GDP. Managing such challenges successfully is a key to competitiveness.

Sam Brenton, Director of Educational Innovation and Development, University of London, said:

We know that today’s professional learners value flexibility and choice. With our unique model, students on the MSc can study entirely online, or with local tuition from our global network of teaching centres. Academic direction is provided by the renowned City Business School, part of City, University of London and one of the world’s leading business schools. We look forward to welcoming our first cohort of students in April, as they study for a prestigious University of London degree anywhere in the world - at work, from home or on the move.

This new degree from the University of London encourages the continuous development of these skills through full accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). Pending completion of the MSc, and relevant work experience, students can apply for full membership to become part of the global professional community.

The MSc programme, which also offers Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates, is relevant for students all over the globe. The flexibility offered by the University of London enables students to complete their award while meeting professional and personal commitments, anywhere in the world.

Applications are now open, and close on Monday 4 March 2019.

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About the MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics

  • There are two intakes annually – April and October.
  • Students study using online resources and materials, including multimedia content, activities such as quizzes, reflective exercises and self-assessment questions. Students are also offered opportunities to interact online with their tutors and fellow students.
  • All students receive support from their tutors and feedback through the course of the programme.

Academic award options include:

  • MSc Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics
  • Postgraduate Diploma Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Supply Chain Management
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Supply Chain Analytics

About City, University of London

  • City joined the federation of the University of London on 1 September 2016, changing its name to ‘City, University of London’.
  • City’s Business School, is ranked 2nd in London, 5th in the UK, and 16th in Europe (Financial Times European Business School ranking 2018).
  • This MSc Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics degree draws on the successful on-campus MSc programme delivered at City Business School since 2014.

About the University of London

  • The University of London is the world’s oldest provider of academic awards through distance and flexible learning, dating back to 1858, when the University of London was awarded a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria.
  • In 1858 Charles Dickens described the University of London as ‘The People’s University’ when its 1858 Royal Charter extended access to degrees to those who could not come to London to study.
  • Today, students of the University of London’s distance and flexible learning programmes study from a suite of 100+ academic programmes, with some taking the award through self-study or through support from Recognised Teaching Centres across the world.
  • The University of London’s distance and flexible learning provider has come to be known as the world’s largest classroom, with 50,000 students worldwide, and over 1.5 million learners on the Coursera online platform for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), bringing this global reach to more than 1.5 million people around the world in more than 190 countries.
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