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Masters (MSc) in Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis

With MSc Business Analytics, you will learn the skills to ensure that processes run smoothly, particularly in the face of challenges and opportunities arising from the global reach of business. You will gain vital knowledge and practical skills to become a professional operations, project or supply chain manager in a globalised environment.

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MSc Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
Supply Chain Logistics Management

Unit code BMAN73671
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


The supply chain is simply a network of firms in complex contracts to source, make, and deliver products or services to customers. The complexity of supply chain interactions and the number of parties involved makes it challenging and interesting to explore and optimise network-level logistics management, and hence, there is a high demand for the professionals trained in this discipline. This module is about gaining a deeper understanding of how to manage logistics within supply chains. Specifically, we will try to explore, evaluate and understand how logistics decisions (facilities, network design, inventory, and transportation) impact on the performance of focal firms and their entire supply chains. Given the proliferation of third-party, fourth-party and fifth-party logistics companies, we will also explore the importance, appropriateness and complexities of logistics outsourcing in global supply chains. On completion of the module you will have gained an understanding of the many decisions that face logistics managers. Additionally, you will also become aware of theories, concepts and practices that can be applied in practice to inform key logistics decisions in a workplace environment.



  • To provide an overview of the different aspects of supply chain logistics management within the global context.
  • To illustrate the key concepts within supply chain logistics network design.
  • To illustrate the strategic importance of various supply chain logistics decisions including facilities, inventory, and transportation.
  • To provide an overview of the situations in which outsourcing supply chain logistics activities would be a better option.
  • To explain the role of technology in enhancing supply chain logistics performance.
  • To showcase the importance of putting sustainability at the core of supply chain logistics decisions.
  • Develop problem solving, team working, presentation and practical skills.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course unit students should be able to:

  • Understand as well as evaluate how logistics decisions (facilities, network design and distribution) will impact the performance of the firm as well as the entire supply chain.
  • Understand the importance of logistics outsourcing in global supply chains.
  • Understand the key role that various information and communication technologies play in supply chain logistics.


Assessment methods

3 hour written examination (100%)

Feedback methods

Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.
Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework (feedback on a mock-test that includes one question). 

Recommended reading

The set texts for the course unit are:

Rushton, A., Croucher, P. and Baker, P. (2014) The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management: Understanding the Supply Chain. Kogan Page, London, UK.  

Reference will also be made to the following books and a range of academic articles and industry examples:

Bowersox, D. J., Close, D. J. and Copper, M.B. (2012) Supply Chain Logistics Management. McGraw-Hill, New York.

Simchi-Levi, D., Kaminsky, P. and Simchi-Levi, E. (2007) Designing and Managing the Supply Chain. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, New York.

Christopher, M. (2011) Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Financial Times / Prentice Hall. 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 3
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 117

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Raymond Obayi Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Informal Contact Methods
Office Hours

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Silviu Tofan, Romania, MSc Business Analytics Class of 2016

"I’ve always felt welcome – the staff here offer endless encouragement and support. I’ve had a really good time in Manchester and I think that the University, together with Alliance MBS, has contributed greatly to my experience. This course was quite demanding, but with enough free time to get to enjoy new friends as well as personal hobbies."

Silviu Tofan, Romania

MSc Business Analytics: Operations, Research and Risk Analysis, Class of 2016


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