University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Designed by one of the UK’s leading Operations and Supply Chain Management research groups, this programme is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK (CILT). The programme is aimed at graduates in management, engineering and science, practising operations professionals and non-sector professionals who wish to increase their understanding of operations and supply chain management.

The programme provides a theoretical and practical exposition of the factors that are necessary for effective operations and supply management in today’s global and highly competitive markets. In addition, it demonstrates how successful operations performance can shape and influence the sales and profit ambition of a business. You will develop a profound understanding of the processes and techniques for developing operations strategy and managing operations and supply chain activities.

Entry requirements

Normally a university degree in Management, Engineering, Science or related disciplines at 2:1 standard from a UK university, or an equivalent academic qualification from a similar non-UK institution is required. Non-graduates with very extensive professional experience and/or other prior qualifications may also be considered. All candidates must meet our required level of English.

Course modules

The programme is delivered over 12-months (or 24-months part-time) and consists of six compulsory modules and two optional modules followed by a project carried out over the summer on completion of Semester 2.

Students are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full MSc.

Each module has, on average, a total of 36 contact hours. Module teaching is supplemented with industry visits and guest speakers.

The project/dissertation period follows the second semester examinations, at the end of May, and last for 14 weeks. Students select projects from a list provided by the teaching staff. The projects are related to a specific industrial or research-related issue with which staff are involved in. Projects are usually, though not always, linked to placements. They are expected to be an original piece of work professionally presented as a piece of academic writing of approximately 12,000-15,000 words long. Projects are expected to combine aspects of theory with a study of their practical application to operations and supply chain management. 

Compulsory modules

  • Supply Chain Operations Management (EBUS506)
  • Strategic Operations Management (EBUS602)
  • Strategic Purchasing Management (EBUS535)
  • Lean Thinking (EBUS507)
  • Logistics and Physical Distribution (EBUS609)
  • Business Simulation and Analysis (EBUS635)

Optional modules

  • Operations Modelling and Simulation (EBUS504)
  • E-business Tools and Technologies (EBUS603)
  • E-business Systems (EBUS604)
  • Project and Portfolio Management in Organisations (EBUS614)
  • Big Data Management (EBUS622)
  • E-business Strategy (EBUS605)
  • E-business Enterprise Systems With Sap (EBUS612)
  • Maritime Logistics (EBUS632)
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning (EBUS537)
  • Big Data Analytics for Business (EBUS633)
  • MSc Project (EBUS621)


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 £ 10,500 per Academic year (Home) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 £ 19,000 per Academic year (International) 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2018 £ 5,250 per Year 1 (Home) 24 Months

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