Masters in Supply Chain Management – Top 6 Universities in the U.K.

Masters in Supply Chain Management why do you need one? By definition, Supply Chain Management focuses on how to economically and efficiently manage the supply-chain systems in place for the smooth movement of the product or service from the supplier to their client thus increasing a business’ competitive advantage.

 

It sounds simple enough! However, in today’s international market, the client is continually sourcing their suppliers globally to ensure that their product or service meets their customer’s demands at the lowest cost yet highest profit margin so as to stay competitive and relevant in their field. This makes the modern day supply-chain process a very complex set of systems involving supply-chain management, operations management as well as logistics.

Motivation

In my case my brother asked me how I can possibly think of applying for Masters studies when I was working in good international organization in good position. I have a simple answer, ‘ambition’. For me studies have never been a burden, in fact a challenge that I have taken head on. I consider Masters as the inevitable step forward if not now, then tomorrow. But why wait? Why destroy this tempo?

 

I believe the essence of a Masters or the aspect that distinguishes Masters study from other academic work, can be summarized in a single word: “excellence”. To extend knowledge, one must explore, investigate, and contemplate. For me the Masters is all about Creativity, Intense curiosity & Self-motivation. Masters someone could be extra commitment, for some people it is better to go and get work experience and then do Masters in subject of interest to gain further academic backing.

 

For me the basic objective of a Masters in Supply Chain Management degree is to strengthen my ‘theoretical know-how’. I believed that the Masters in Supply Chain Management would be invaluable in helping me achieve these objectives. It would enable me to channel my quantitative and conceptual skills in analyzing technology issues and would open up new avenues in further research and its application in real world!

Masters in Supply Chain Management

A Masters in Supply Chain Management is a multi-discipline degree course developing and equipping you with all the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to have a successful and potentially international career in the field Supply Chain Management, Operations Management and Logistics.

Masters in Supply Chain Management

 

 

Here, we look at my top 6 Universities in the U.K. and what they offer in a snapshot:

 

1. Cranfield University, Bedford

 

Degree Title:                           MSc Logistics and Supply-Chain Management

 

Length:                                      Full-Time 1 year                      Part-Time: N/A

 

Fees 2016/2017:                    Home & EU Students: 12,500GBP

 

                                                    International Students: 20,000GBP

 

Scholarships / Funding:   Limited number – Maximum of 4,000GBP for UK and other EU applications

 

Entry Requirements:         Bachelors 1st or 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent or a professional qualification with logistics related work experience.

You may also need: GMAT – minimum score 600

GRE – 75th percentile in both verbal and quantitative reasoning

Where English is not the 1st Language you need the following:

TOEFL – minimum score 92 or

IELTS   – band 6.5 with 6.5 in writing

ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) have either:

Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade A – C

Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade C or above

Pearson Test of English (Academic): overall score of 65

 

Accreditation:                  The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport                                                                                                                         AACSB Accredited Business School

 

Other Info:                         ‘Cranfield has been named as employers’ number one university outside the US for Supply Chain excellence

 

2.  Lancaster University

 

Degree Title:                          MSc Logistics and Supply-Chain Management

 

Length:                                     Full-Time: 1 year                     Part-Time: N/A

 

Fees 2016/2017:                   Home & EU Students: 10,500GBP

 

                                                    International Students: 17,000GBP

 

Scholarships / Funding:    Some available see

 

Entry Requirements:          At least a Bachelors 2:1 honours degree or equivalent

 

Where English is not the 1st Language you need the following:   IELTS 7.0.

 

Accreditation:                          The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

AACSB Accredited Business School

 

3. Warwick University

 

Degree Title:                           MSc Supply Chain and Logistics Management

 

Length:                                      Full-Time: 1 year               Part-Time: N/A

 

Fees 2016/2017:                     Home & EU Students: 12,500 GBP

 

                                                     International Students: 22,340GBP

 

Scholarships / Funding:        Available for MSc students

 

Entry Requirements:               Bachelors 2:2 honours degree or equivalent

 

Where English is not the 1st Language you need the following:  IELTS 6.5 (or 6.0 + pre-sessional)

 

Accreditation:                 The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

AACSB Accredited Business School

 

4. Birmingham University

 

Degree Title:                           MBA Strategy and Procurement Management

 

Length:                                      Full-Time: 12-15 months

 

Part-Time:                                2.5-4.5 years modular

 

Fees 2016/2017:                     Home, EU and International Students:  22,590GBP

 

Scholarships / Funding:        Scholarships may be available – International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. See MBS Scholarships page here for more information:

 

Entry Requirements:             Bachelors 2:1 honours degree or a GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale or an equivalent qualification (e.g. CIPS Graduate Diploma) and 3 years relevant experience in purchasing and supply management.

 

International Students:

 

Where English is not the 1st Language you need the following:

 

Full-Time Students: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any band)

TOEFL IBT 95 (no less than 22 in any band)

Pearson Academic Test of English 67 (in all 4 skills)

Part- Time Students: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any band)

TOEFL IBT 80 (21 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 22 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)

Pearson Academic Test of English 59 (in all  4 skills)

 

International Entry Requirements:

 

Accreditation:                 The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS Students who fulfill the relevant work experience requirements of CIPS can apply for full membership of the Institute (MIPS)

AACSB Accredited Business School

 

5. Aston University

 

Degree Title:                            MSc Supply-Chain Management

 

Length:                                       Full-Time: 1 year                          Part-Time: N/A

 

Fees 2016/2017:                     Home & EU Students: 8,350 GBP

 

                                                     International Students: 17,350 GBP

 

Scholarships:                           Limited availability subject to academic and other eligibility criteria

 

Entry Requirements:           A First or good Second Class Honours degree or equivalent from a UK Academic organisation or equivalent overseas degree recognized by Aston University                                              

 

Plus Two professional references –at least one must be an academic referee & a completed application form

 

International Students: An official academic transcript, with English translation of grades and date

Where English is not the first language – provide evidence of English Language qualification

 

Accreditation:                The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

AACSB Accredited Business School

 

6. Cardiff University

 

Degree Title:                         MSc Logistics and Operations Management

 

Length:                                    Full-Time 1 year                      Part-Time: N/A

 

Fees 2016/2017:                  Home & EU Students: 6,750 GBP

                                                  International Students: 18,250 GBP

 

Scholarships / Funding:        3,000 GBP of tuition fee scholarships available to UK and other EU applications

 

Entry Requirements:             At least a 2:1 honours Bachelors degree or equivalent in Business, logistics and/or Operations Management, or have significant professional experience in a relevant occupation.

 

Non-graduates with approved professional qualifications or work experience may be considered under certain circumstances:

Where English is not the 1st Language you need the following:  IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each category.

 

Accreditation:                 Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation

AACSB Accredited Business School

 

Off course there are other Universities who offer Masters in Supply Chain Management in the UK but I have picked those because I have worked with graduate from these Universities and I found Alumni of these universities a very well rounded Supply Chain professional in terms of basic supply chain competencies and know how.

Hope you find this information useful and let me know if there are other Masters in Supply Chain Management, which should be included.

44 thoughts on “Masters in Supply Chain Management – Top 6 Universities in the U.K.

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  2. I am working in a logistic company as a manager. I would like to further my knowledge in logistics while working. Please let me know whether or not there are university offering the course by distance learning. I was was a law graduate from the University of Warwick.

  3. Hi

    Is it good to pursue MSc Supply Chain Management and Logistics from University of Southampton without external accreditation?

    1. A Masters Degree has value, accreditation from CIPS of CILT just adds a little further icing on the cake. Not sure that it adds value from an employment point of view.

    1. Ahmed, I have not come across any graduate of Salford or seen them in any ranking, so I am not in position to give any comments.

      1. Hello,
        Salford SCM Msc graduate are everywhere and in the right places..i can say that because am one of them..
        Love you post but this ranting, some school need to be in higher position than other..
        All the same nice informative post though
        Kenny

  4. This is very useful post for students and Supply chain professionals who seek for more academic knowledge.
    I had a blog post in this similar subject and I have added your post’s link at the bottom so people from UK can check your blog post, which I have found very useful.
    Thanks again.

  5. This is very useful post for students and Supply chain professionals who seek for more academic knowledge.
    I had a blog post in this similar subject and I have added your post’s link at the bottom so people from UK can check your blog post, which I have found very useful.
    Thanks again.

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  9. Dear Dr. Muddassir,

    do you think it makes sense a Bachelor degree in “Logistics and Supply Chain Management” to be topped with a Master degree in “Supply Chain Management”?

    My question stems from your statement that alumni of these universities have “BASIC supply chain competencies and know how”. I am looking for advanced specialization given that 3 years of study provide one with the basics.

    Thank you very much in advance! Your response is highly appreciated!

    With kind regards,
    Mira

    1. Hi Mira, I think you will benefit to diversify with advance degree in General Management such as MBA as you have basic degree in Supply Chain. That would be my suggestion.

  10. Dear Dr. Muddassirism,

    what is your opinion about the MSc Programmes in Logistics and Supply Chain Management of Heriot-Watt University?
    There are 6 programmes:
    Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc
    Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Business Performance MSc
    Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Lean Six Sigma MSc
    Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Marketing MSc
    Logistics and Supply Chain Management with Shipping and Port Operations MSc
    Logistics with Green and Sustainable Supply Chain Management MSc

    I am really interested in Shipping and Port Operations, as I am seeking a career in shipping. Unfortunatelly this MSc is not accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. However, all programmes are certified by bodies such as Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (UK) (CILT) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

    (https://www.hw.ac.uk/postgraduate/subject/logistics-and-supply-chain-management.htm)

    Kind regards,
    Nick

  11. Dr. Muddassir,

    Am really inspired by you and am also happy that I’ve found your blog and for sure you will find me spending a lot of time here, am working as a S&OP manager in a manufacturing company, i got my CPIM recently and i was thinking about my next step either to go for CSCP or to seek for master studies. after reading your blog i think am going to take the masters option, its going to be an enjoyable challenge since supply chain is my passion.
    again thank you for this

    Best,
    Waail

  12. Dear Dr. Muddassirism,
    I have recently achieved CSCP and doing job in supply chain and want further groom my skills to move ahead. What would you suggest, what to do and from where using distance learning?.

  13. Dear Dr. Muddassir Ahmed,
    I have developed an interest in Supply chain & Logistics. I want to pursue Masters in this field.
    I wanted to ask that In terms of future job perspective How good it is to choose universities in Europe ? Will the local language be a big barrier for getting a Job in this field ?
    If not can you please suggest me good universities in Europe.

    1. I would recommend you get a bit more specific about what you want before asking for a good University. There are many University Masters Courses in the UK, they all have different strengths.

      For example
      Huddersfield good for Logistics and Transport
      Plymouth good for Shipping and Maritime
      Cardiff good for Lean Supply Chain
      Heriott Watt for Retail Supply Chain
      Warwick good on all Fronts for Supply Chain

      Hope that helps

  14. There are a lot of more or less trustworthy rankings that are based on surveys of practitioners (SCM World), research output (FT) or other types of data (Eduniversal). I cannot see any methodology behind your ranking? What is the methodological foundation your ranking is based upon? Or is this just your opinion? If so, you should indicate this already in the headline of your article. Otherwise this list is just misleading. You should understand that you take a lot of responsibility by publishing a ranking that might later be used to make decisions, e.g. by future students. Therefore, it should be based on sound data and a rigorous methodology.

  15. Hello Sir,

    I have offer from following university for MSc Supply Chain & Logistics-
    1-University of Warwick
    2- University of Southampton
    3- Lancaster University

    University of Southampton among these gives an option for Practical industrial project rather than traditional thesis which I find quite good, also I have got scholarship from Southampton.

    But now Warwick has better ranking whereas its expensive and also no practical approach.

    In which order would you recommend me to consider the universities , seeing my situation. I am more inclined towards Southampton, would that be a good option?

    Thanks

  16. Which degree route is better MBA concentration in logistics and shipping or MSc SCM? Any certification I should to to compliment my degree ?

  17. Hello Mr. Mudd assured,

    I finished my masters in Industrial Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington and have worked with a contract manufacturing company till now. I want to be part of the senior management of any Supply Chain. Since I already have masters and several years of work experience, would you recommend doing an MBA or should I focus on getting certified by APICS or any other certification that will suit my requirements to climb up the ladder

    Thank you

  18. Hello Mr. Muddassir,

    I finished my masters in Industrial Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington and have worked with a contract manufacturing company till now. I want to be part of the senior management of any Supply Chain. Since I already have masters and several years of work experience, would you recommend doing an MBA or should I focus on getting certified by APICS or any other certification that will suit my requirements to climb up the ladder

    Thank you

  19. Could please suggest names of colleges and university , Msc in logistic and supply chain from USA university .Duration of the same with weightage as compared to UK university

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