Global Supply Chain Management

City University London
In Islington (England)

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What you'll learn on the course

IT Law
Supply Chain Management
Accounting MBA
Financial Training
IT Management
Supply and Chain Management
Skills and Training

Course programme

Global Supply Chain Management
  1. 2016 Entry
  2. 2017 Entry
  • Overview
  • Course content
  • Teaching staff
  • Accreditations
  • Entry requirements
  • Tuition fees and term dates
  • Career opportunities
Overview Understanding the complexities of global supply chains.

Intake: September only
Duration: 12 months full-time
Fees: £20,000
Financial support: Please see our Scholarships page
Application deadline: None - rolling admissions
Applications: Now open

Every product and service is supported by a global web of organisations and processes. In this context, companies increasingly look for graduates with an understanding of the multifaceted aspects of international supply chains.

The MSc in Global Supply Chain Management is designed to provide 360º perspective of global supply chains, help assess various potential supply chain risks and provide both strategic and analytical tools to mitigate these risks, based on the most recent academic research and innovative current business practices.

In addition, the course helps to develop cultural sensitivity, effective business communication, networking and time management skills.

The MSc in Global Supply Chain Management explores topics at all levels of decision making, including:

  • Procurement
  • Operations
  • Logistics
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Finance, Accounting and Supply Chain Finance
  • Supply Chain Analytics
  • Consulting Skills for SCM

In term three, participants you will have the opportunity to either specialise further through a range of elective modules or develop their analytical skills through a research project.

Cass Supply Chain Management Society

The Cass Supply Chain Management Society exists to create a strong community of future professionals in the Supply Chain Management field, or any other relative business fields, in an environment of cooperation, interaction and ideas sharing.

The society expands students' learning experience, by providing industry insights, through field trips to related organisations, as well as informative visits and presentations from practitioners, partly enabled by the society's close relationship with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT).

Joining the Supply Chain Management Society is not mandatory but it’s a fantastic way to get even more out of your degree.

Individual Appointments

If you would like to arrange an individual appointment to discuss this programme please email: Mrs Mahshid Fazaeli

The MSc Diaries

Follow Alexander Hellmers, one of the Class of 2014/15 through his studies in the MSc Diaries.

See episodes two and three here.

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Course content

We regularly review all our courses to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice. Consequently, there may be some change to the detailed content of the modules and occasionally to module titles.

The course commences in September with an induction programme which includes careers and professional skills development workshops.

The course consists of complusory core modules, as well as a choice of electives, including some international elective options in term three.

MSc Students on the Start Ups: International Field Trip elective in 2015*

Term 1

Five core modules (30 hours each)

Essentials of Accounting & Finance

What? Regardless of your eventual job title or function, a sound understanding of monetary flows and financials within an organisation is important. This module provides an overview of the core principles of financial reporting and managerial accounting. There will be an emphasis on how financial statements are compiled and how they should be interpreted. In addition, you will also get a flavour of key areas for consideration when making investment decisions.

How? You will be introduced to the key concepts and frameworks via a series of in-class lectures. To apply this knowledge, you will then attend a number of PC-lab based sessions, where you will work on realistic accounting issues and financial statements.

Strategy for Delivering Value

What? The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the role of strategy in the success of the firm. You will learn how an organisation's strategy can be a central driver of financial and market success. In this module you will also explore how an organisation's strategy needs to deliver against the needs of its stakeholders, which are not always related to profit or market share. You will examine the sources of value creation and capture available to firms and the relevant concepts and analytical tools used widely to analyse an organisation's sources of value in internal and external environments.

How? Through interactive lectures and case studies you will examine and critique the strategies of a number of organisations, exploring the process of strategy formation and execution. Through group based discussion you will analyse the challenges to sustaining a successful, stakeholder orientated strategy.

Supply Chain Analytics I

This module introduces you to some important methods relevant to supply chain management from the fields of analytics, particularly descriptive and predictive analytics.  Supply Chain Analysis II, interm two, will develop the third element of analytics, namely prescriptive analytics. Some principal analytical methods for understanding data related to various aspects of managing a supply chain are investigated. In many instances, the application of analytics may improve the quality of business decisions, by grounding those decisions in analyses of available data rather than the gut feelings or preferences of decision makers.

Managing Operations

What? One of the core activities of an organisation is managing the activities involved in creating a product or service. These activities underlie everything you wear, eat, sit on, use, or read. This module takes a detailed look at the decisions managers need to make about their operations.

How? Through a series of lectures, group discussions, and case based exercises you will get an understanding of the various decisions made when managing operations in different business sectors. You will develop the skills necessary to apply several frameworks to operational decisions and assess their relevance, strengths and weaknesses in different scenarios.

Supply Chain Management

What? Supply Chain Management (SCM) is all about the movement of products, services, money and information from raw materials through to customers or other end users. As your first module in supply chain management, you will be introduced to key concepts and frameworks in managing supply chains. By the end of the module, you will have a sound understanding of the global issues affecting SCM such as:

  • The outsourcing decision
  • Pricing and distribution
  • Risk management
  • Sustainability
  • Supplier selection and management.

How? The concepts are mainly brought to life through a series of highly interactive and discussion driven lectures. You will work in study groups to examine "classical" SCM cases and will explore the challenges for organisations developing their supply chains globally

Term 2

Five core modules (30 hours each)

Research Design

What? Managers, consultants, analysts, bankers, entrepreneurs, all face the issue of how to access and analyse empirical data in order to draw reliable and meaningful conclusions for their business. In this module, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of carrying out research as well as three major research designs (experimental designs, survey-based designs, and case study designs). By the end of the module, you will be equipped with a set of analytical and methodological tools for conducting research using real data.

How? You will learn fundamentals of research design during in-class lectures. The lectures will be interactive and discussion driven. You will undertake a mini research project using real data - this provides the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice on a topic which is of interest to you.

Project Management

Managing projects is a highly complex job.  If today's supply chain managers are to cope with complex projects, they need to think of themselves as change agents - aspiring individuals who implement change by gaining the commitment and action of key people both inside and outside their organisation. In this module, you will learn about the key concepts, frameworks and tools of project management and types of project-based strategies in different organisations and industries. The perspective of the client organisation will be analysed as well as that of the project manager.

Through the acquisition of a range of "soft" and "hard" tools or techniques, and linking theory to live projects, this course aims to provide you with a sound understanding and knowledge of concepts and analytical skills underpinning effective project management.  Case-studies will be used to illustrate the challenges of managing projects in real-world settings.

Global Procurement

What? The procurement function now plays a prominent role in the success of global firms in ways that 'traditional' purchasing managers could never have imagined. As supplies of critical commodities tighten, global prices rise and new economies emerge, the range of issues and related decisions that procurement managers have to face are compounded. In this class you will understand how to plan and execute a procurement strategy that supports the goals of the organisation, in increasingly complex, turbulent environments.

How? Through interactive class discussions, lectures and case studies you will be introduced to the core procurement principles, frameworks and tools and will apply them accordingly.

Supply Chain Finance

What? In this module you will examine the central role which finance plays in international supply chains. You will explore the various financial levers available along the supply chain and the specific tools and techniques used by industry and financial institutions to maintain a smoothly operating supply chain. The relationship between supply chain finance and global trade will be considered.

How? Through a series of lectures and case based discussions, you will examine the options available to organisations when making decisions related to optimal financing of goods and services as they move along international supply chains.

Supply Chain Analytics II

Whereas Supply Chain Analytics I focussed on descriptive and predictive analytics, this module extends predictive analytics and introduces prescriptive analytics.  The optimal management of demand forecasting, inventory, service provision and resource allocation are crucial elements in the design of efficient and effective supply chains.  This module introduces you to the analytical techniques from the discipline of management science required to be able to do this.

Term 3

What? This module aims to provide students with the specific analytical consultancy skills required for supply chain management in a global context. The aim is to help you develop a practical understanding of supply chain consultancy from the perspective of both the client and the consultant.

How? You will learn to apply the knowledge, tools and techniques acquired in the programme to real life cases throughout the module. You will then work on a consultancy project to develop the communication, project planning and problem-solving skills needed to perform the consultancy task and deliver the results successfully.

  • Business Sustainability


  • A Business Research Project and One Elective


  • Four electives*

You may choose from a wide variety of electives. Electives that were offered in 2015 were:

  • Commodity Derivatives & Trading
  • Energy Law
  • Energy Project Investment & Finance
  • Marine Insurance
  • Shipping Strategy
  • Trade Finance
  • Project Finance
  • Raising Equity Capital
  • An Introduction to Islamic Banking, Finance and Insurance
  • Ethics, Society and the Finance Sector
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Energy Markets
  • Energy and Weather Derivatives
  • Air Transport
  • Retail Supply Chain Management
  • Six Sigma for Managers
  • Supply Chain Analysis 2: Modelling & Optimisation
  • Marine, Aviation & Transport Insurance
  • Operational Risk Management
  • Risk Strategy & Decision Making
  • Technical Analysis & Trading Systems
  • Family Business
  • High Growth Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation in Organisations
  • Strategic Risk & Control
  • International Sponsorship & Public Relations
  • Advanced Options Trading
International Electives
  • Project Finance and Infrastructure Investment (Taught on a block format in Madrid)
  • Start Ups: International Field Trip (Taught in Buenos Airies)
  • Monetary Policy (Taught on a block format in Singapore)
  • Global Real Estate Markets (Taught in a block format in Dubai)

*If you are a Tier 4 student visa holder and wish to follow the four electives route in the third term your formal course end-date will be moved forward to 31 July 2015. City University has a legal obligation to report the change in your circumstances to UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration). Consequently, your Tier 4 student visa will be curtailed (shortened) to 60 days after the new course end date (to the end of September). The University cannot continue to sponsor your Tier 4 visa after the completion of the electives as continued engagement with the course is no longer required.

If you choose to undertake the Business Research Project as part of your Masters course then your visa will run for the full the length of programme.

If you want any advice about the implications of taking the elective modules on your Tier 4 visa, please contact the University's International Student Advice team.

MSc Research Project

Students have the option of studying four specialised electives in term three to give them a breadth of subject matter. Alternatively if students would like to study one particular area of interest in depth they have the option of taking one elective and completing a Business Research Project, which in some cases may be completed in partnership with a sponsoring organisation.

The Project will be of approximately 8,000 words. This offers an opportunity to specialise in a contemporary supply chain topic related to students' future careers. The Project should be based on independent research either in the context of a single organisation or using third-party sources.

Students are encouraged from the start of the course to think about a topic for their Project. A member of academic staff supervises the project, and the student may choose whom they would like to work with. The Project must be submitted by the end of August. Company sponsored projects are encouraged and a number of such projects may be available.

Many students use this opportunity to complete a project in conjunction with an organisation they might want to work for. This gets their foot in the door and can lead to permanent employment post programme, whilst earning course credit.

Teaching staff

The teaching staff on the MSc in Global Supply Chain Management have many years of practical experience working in industry and are also active researchers in their fields.

This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up the MSc in Supply Chain Management.

Course Directors
  • Dr Son Byung-Gak
  • Dr Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer
Other Module Leaders include:
  • Dr Lilian de Menezes
  • Dr Wayne Holland


Cass Business School is among the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of 'triple-crown' accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). We are consistently ranked amongst the best business schools and programmes in the world which, coupled with an established 40-year reputation for excellence in research and business education, enables us to attract some of the best academics, students and businesses worldwide into our exclusive Cass network.

Entry requirements

Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • Current module list if still studying
  • CV
  • Personal statement (500-600 words)
Documents which may follow at a later date
  • IELTS result, if report available
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course
  • For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be sent by post to Specialist Masters Programme Office, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK

We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.


The entry requirements for the MSc Global Supply Chain Management are as follows:

Degree Level
  • A UK 2.1 or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution
  • Some level of previous study in finance or quantitative methods is preferred.

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Applicants will need to submit two references, one of which MUST be an academic reference.

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English Requirements

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