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, helping towards membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply .

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 Chain Management
  • Research Methods and Practice

Students can choose at least two and not more than three electives from:

  • Commercial Management of Projects
  • Business Improvement Tools, Techniques and Systems
  • Digital Technologies for Marketing
  • Games Business Play
  • Operational Excellence: The Toyota Production System
  • Supply Chain Logistics Management
  • Modelling Operations Processes
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  • *Global Supply Chain Management
  • *Megaproject Leadership and Strategy

*These two units must be chosen in order to become a member of CIPS. The Dissertation must be on a procurement and supply-related theme. 

No more than one elective can be chosen from another MSc programme provided by Alliance Manchester Business School or the School of Environment and Development. This is by arrangement, and subject to timetabling and student's background and the approval of the Programme Director.

Special features

CIPS accreditation

On completion of the MSc Operations, Project and Supply Chain Management course, students with three years' work experience in a relevant field of supply chain management can apply to become full members of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). As the course is accredited to CIPS, students with the required work experience will not need to take any further examinations to become full members of CIPS (as long as they have completed the required modules and the dissertation should focus on a procurement and supply related theme as part of the MSc).

Students without the required work experience (for example, recent graduates) can take the required modules and dissertation element of the MSc programme and on completion of three years relevant work experience can apply for full membership of CIPS. We are unable to answer individual enquiries about CIPS membership and you should apply directly to CIPS. Details of membership options can be obtained from the CIPS website .

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.

Accrediting organisations

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply  

You have the opportunity to concentrate on particular aspects of operations management, supply chain management (helping towards membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply ), project management and process improvement.

Open days

Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a masters course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:

Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website .

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 and you are unable to attend one of the Masters Information Sessions, you are 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

Recent recruiters include:

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