MSc Operations, Project and Supply Chain Management
MSc Operations, Project and

Supply Chain Management

Operations, Project and Supply Chain Management

About the course

Course description

Course module details  

Put your organisational skills to the test and learn to help businesses manage the production and delivery of products and services in an increasingly globalised marketplace. This course covers operations management, supply chain management, project management and process improvement in one challenging and rewarding degree.

Operations management is all about how to organise the production and delivery of products and services. From banks to factories, 90% of people are involved in operations. This course gives you the skills to ensure that process runs smoothly, particularly in the face of challenges and opportunities arising from the increasingly global reach of business.

The course covers the service, manufacturing, public and private sectors, showing how operations management works, whether the customer is a patient in hospital, a traveller on a transport system or a consumer buying a new iPod.

You have the opportunity to concentrate on particular aspects of operations management, supply chain management, project management and process improvement.

The course provides you with the knowledge and practical skills vital for the professional operations, project or supply chain manager in a globalised environment. It also gives you a strong foundation for any subsequent doctoral work or an academic career within the field.


The course consists of both compulsory and optional taught units. Compulsory course units include: 

  • Global Operations Management
  • Managing Projects
  • Strategic Supply Management
  • Research Methods

Optional course units include:

  • Commercial Management of Projects
  • Decision Behaviour, Analysis and Support
  • Games Businesses Play
  • IS Strategy and Enterprise Systems
  • Supply Chain Logistics Management
  • Business Improvement Tools, Techniques and Systems
  • Business-to-Business Marketing
  • Data Analytics for Business Decision Making
  • Digital Technologies for Marketing
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Megaproject Leadership and Strategy
  • Modelling Operations Processes
  • Operational Excellence: The Toyota Production System
  • Psychology of Behaviour and Decision Making
  • Risk, Performance and Decision Analysis
  • Simulation and Risk Analysis
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management

By agreement, you may choose one elective from other masters courses.  This is by arrangement and subject to timetabling and your previous studies.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, course work and group project assessment and presentations, in-class tests and assignments. A dissertation is also undertaken and normally ranges between 12,000 and 25,000 words.

Open days

Our next open day for postgraduate taught study will take place on Wednesday, 23 November 2016. It's a great opportunity to come and see us and experience what it is like to study at Alliance MBS.

At our event, we'll have an alumni panel who'll be describing their experiences and how their course helped them in their careers, a taster lecture and the chance to meet academic and admissions staff and current students.

Further details about registration and the schedule for the open day will be posted here soon.

Take a look at the  open day programme  from the last event.

Events round the world

We take part in events both at home and around the world, and we'd be delighted to meet you in your country . If you are visiting Manchester, you are also welcome to organise a personal visit .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:

2015 course profile These figures are for 2015 entry and can vary each year.

Male Female
Age range: 21-31
Nationalities: 22

Career prospects

Access to more than 4,500 UK and global employers
Our careers service is consistently voted the best in the UK

Recent recruiters include:

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