MSc Global Supply Chain Management 2016

Develop a unique blend of skills to manage global logisitics and supply chains

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Key facts

Start date:
September 2016
12 months full time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject. Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
International fees:

In today’s global marketplace organisations increasingly depend on effective supply chains to remain competitive. Managing global operations, logistics and supply chains is a crucial business function to ensure the timely movement of inventory around the globe.

This Masters degree combines the latest thinking and developments in management, international business and supply chain management to give you essential knowledge and practical skills. You’ll gain critical insights into management best practice and how organisations operate in a global context.

Supply chain modules equip you with the latest knowledge and skills to design and manage global operations, logistics, supply chains and value chains. You’ll learn practical methods to analyse emerging issues in markets worldwide. At the same time, you’ll explore international business topics such as foreign market entry and gain the managerial skills to implement efficiency in operations.

Academic excellence

The Centre for Operations and Supply Chain Research (COSCR) is one of several leading research centres at Leeds University Business School. The centre focuses on developing and disseminating knowledge in operations and supply chain management, as well as advancing managerial practices. Research aims to benefit students, academic researchers, policy/decision makers, management consultants, public and business managers, and wider society.

We also maintain partnerships with over 200 academic and business institutions worldwide. Senior figures with expertise in a range of management disciplines are regularly invited to deliver guest lectures to our students, academics and local business leaders.

Watch a guest lecture from Dr Tomas Hult, Professor of International Business at Michigan State University, discussing the growing importance of global supply chain management.

Course content

This course will introduce you to key aspects of supply chain management and place them in a wider business context. You’ll explore “systems thinking” to understand how individual elements contribute to a bigger problem, and focus on the problem-solving element of operations and supply chain management. At the same time, you’ll gain an awareness of key theories in international business and explore research design in supply chain, business and management studies.

These modules lay the foundations that will allow you to expand your knowledge. You’ll develop practical techniques and a critical awareness of international strategic management, as well as an understanding of organisational behaviour. You’ll also focus on managing and designing value chain networks and global logistics and supply chains, and take further classes designed to build your professional skills.

This programme will build your skills as a researcher as well as your understanding of international business, supply chains and how to manage them. All of these aspects of your studies come together in your dissertation, when you’ll research a topic of your choice in depth to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Compulsory modules
- Behaviour in Organisations
- Commercial and Professional Skills
- International Business Theory
- International Strategic Management
- Managing and Designing Value Chain Networks
- Managing Global Logistics and Supply Chains
- Operations and Supply Chain Management
- Operations, Information Systems and Innovation
- Research Design and Analysis
- Systems Thinking
- Dissertation

For more information on typical modules, read Global Supply Chain Management MSc in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of different teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, fieldwork, workshops, group learning or computer classes. Independent study is also vital to this programme, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.


You’ll also be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, computer exercises, written assignments and essays, group and individual presentations and reports.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU: 31 August 2016

International: Closed for 2016 entry


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If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £10,000

International: £19,000

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

We award a range of scholarships to UK/EU and international students. There are several scholarships available for this programme that you may be eligible to apply for. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills. Find out more about scholarships.

Career opportunities

The pace of globalisation means there is increasing need for graduates with knowledge and capability in managing international business and global supply chains.

Graduates from the MSc Global Supply Chain Management have the skills to pursue any role involving import/export or negotiations with international suppliers. You will be equipped to pursue opportunities within multinational organisations, companies involved in sourcing and delivering products globally, management consultancies connecting global firms, or as an entrepreneur looking to develop a global business.

Links with Industry

As a management student, you will benefit from our Leaders in Residence programme, which gives you the opportunity to explore and develop leadership skills, by engaging with senior figures from the world of business.

You’ll have the opportunity to connect with leaders from major manufacturers and retailers, charity chief executives, entrepreneurs and directors of companies large and small, through structured meetings and events. This typically includes things like mentoring sessions, workshops, social events, guest lectures and professional skills development embedded in the curriculum.

This is a rare opportunity, where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the Masters programme. You benefit from our dedicated Professional Development Tutor, who will work with you to develop the important professional skills that employers value.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

This Masters has helped me understand how to contribute effectively to the business world, as well as given me the specialisation basis I need to succeed. I have met my own professional objectives.

Grecia González Gómez, Mexico
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I am most enjoying the opportunities that being a part of the Business School provides. There are opportunities for students to attend talks and networking events with many influential people.

Lawrence Hatfield, United Kingdom
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I aim to be managing supply chains one day. The close contact with active researchers and very practice-related examples [on the course at Leeds] are making me very confident about achieving my goals

Max Peters, Germany
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