The Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc (Executive) offers the opportunity to study for an internationally recognised master's qualification whilst bringing the latest academic insights and industry best practice back to your own organisation. It has been co-designed with senior supply chain practitioners and is delivered by one of Europe's largest specialist logistics and supply chain management faculty in a world-leading postgraduate-only university.

Overview

  • Start date22 February 2019
  • DurationTwo years part-time (consists of 13 taught modules delivered over eight intensive weeks, a thesis project and an optional International Study Tour).
  • DeliveryTaught modules (65%) are assessed by a combination of written assignments, exams and group work/presentation. The thesis project (35%) is written individually and submitted at the end of the course (i.e. January of year two).
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typePart-time
  • CampusCranfield campus
Executive MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management video
An introduction to the Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc (Executive)

Who is it for?

  • Supply chain, logistics or procurement managers who want to enhance their skills, knowledge and confidence to take on more demanding executive roles in the future. 
  • Individuals with business or organisational experience in a non-supply chain area who are intending to move into the supply chain field, or have recently had a change in career track.
  • Ambitious professionals who are keen to develop themselves and want a "real-world" education delivered by faculty who are actively engaged with business, and can bring their knowledge to the programme. 

Class Profile 2018:

Gender:
Male 85% -  Female 15%
Age Range:
25 - 45 years
Average Age:
33 years
Number of Nationalities: 5
Nationality: UK/EU: 65% - International: 35%
Class Size: 12

Why this course?

Cranfield School of Management was ranked 1st outside US and 11th globally in the Supply Chain Management World ‘University 100’ annual survey 2016, and 2nd in the Top 20 for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, for providing young people in this field with the skills and mix of expertise required to develop as supply chain leaders of the future.

More than just an academic institution, Cranfield School of Management’s world-class research, expertise and teaching, result in practical management solutions that are transforming the world of business today. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management.

Teaching at Cranfield is exclusively focused on postgraduate and executive levels and is designed to nurture your practical business skills and confidence, and places huge emphasis on real-world challenges. This course will:

  • Raise your awareness and appreciation of advanced logistics, procurement and supply chain practices and develop your ability to critically select the tools and techniques that are most relevant to the challenges you are facing
  • Teach you how best to provide effective leadership throughout the supply chain life-cycle
  • Enable you to carry out independent and robust research that is relevant to your organisation
  • Enhance your knowledge and capability to manage and plan supply chains within an overall business environment in an integrated and coordinated way.

The course meets the requirements of the Level 7 Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship. Subject to eligibility, your organisation may be able to use their apprenticeship levy to cover the costs of you attending this course. Please see our funding section for further details.

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Lawrence

The teaching style is very practical and business orientated. Other business schools have a very theoretical curriculum, with Cranfield what you get is a mix between business and professional, so you can quickly apply what you have learnt to your job. I don’t know of anywhere else where you get such a mix of people and can cross pollenate ideas.

Lawrence Orji, Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc (Executive) current student, 2016

Informed by Industry

This course is supported by Cranfield's world-leading faculty, research centres and strong connections with industry. Our faculty team work closely with our advisory board of senior supply chain professionals from global organisations and leading academics from the Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Their experience and advice drives the continued development of this established course ensuring that it is relevant for today’s global supply chain environment. Comprising leading figures from the world of supply chain management, it recommends additions and amendments to the course to reinforce its relevance to the modern logistics, procurement and supply chain decisions and practices. Our faculty is also supported by a diverse team of international visiting industry speakers and professors.

Your teaching team

Our faculty are leading experts with international reputations for teaching and advanced research. They boast extensive industry experience and have held senior positions in multinational organisations.

Cranfield faculty teaching on the Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc (Executive) include:



Visiting Fellows:

Course details

This MSc course comprises of 13 intensive taught modules with an optional five-day international study tour, and a thesis project. All taught modules are delivered at Cranfield with remote study in-between. You will have the opportunity to complete a number of supply chain, logistics and procurement simulation games based on real-life business challenges, and complete an individual thesis project providing you with an opportunity to investigate an area of particular interest to you and your organisation.

Students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) complete the Supply Chain Strategy and Sustainability module plus 11 of the 12 compulsory modules, and Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students are required to study the Supply Chain Strategy and Sustainability module plus 5 of the 12 compulsory modules only.

Individual project

Your individual thesis project provides you with an opportunity to investigate an area of particular interest to you and your organisation, and to develop your capability to carry out research combining organisational and academic perspectives. You may wish to address a particular problem that your business is facing and create real value for your organisation. Each year, EFESO Consulting awards a prize for the best thesis.

Assessment

Taught modules (65%) are assessed by a combination of written assignments, exams and group work/presentation. The thesis project (35%) is written individually and submitted at the end of the course (i.e. January of year two).

School of Management Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the core modules and some optional modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2017–2018. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2018 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Compulsory modules
All the modules in the following list need to be taken as part of this course

Supply Chain Strategy and Sustainability

Aim

    This module will explore the ways in which good practice in these fields can contribute to achieving sustainable competitive advantage. Overarching aspects of Supply chain sustainability are explored, such as corporate responsibility and ethics. Further the Global Supply Chain Game will enable students to understand through an interactive and competitive business game the principles of building an efficient global sourcing and supply chain under conditions of uncertainty so as to achieve high levels of profit and product availability.

    The module explores how the competitive landscape is constantly changing, and the role of logistics and supply chain management in meeting the challenges raised.  Research from Cranfield faculty is integrated with our own case studies, originating from a network of companies in a range of sectors to demonstrate particular concepts around agile and lean supply chains

Syllabus

    The module comprises the following content:

    • Supply chains and competitive advantage introduces the principles of logistics and supply chain management and the potential impact on a focal firm’s competitive position and its organisational vision and performance.
    • Supplier relationships covers the different types of supplier relationships from arm’s length transactional to Joint Ventures, explores the nature of collaboration between supply chain members and supplier networks.
    • Managing the lead-time and lean thinking explains how to measure and improve lead-time gap and describes the implementation of lean thinking, identifies the seven deadly wastes and techniques to reduce waste in the supply chain.
    • Agile supply chains are necessary to thrive in volatile demand situations experienced in many markets today.This session compares and contrasts agile with lean, provides a framework for agile supply chains, including capabilities and practices to improve agility.
    • Variety challenge focuses on proliferating product ranges and strategies that can be employed to deal with this, such as mass customisation, form postponement and design for the supply chain.
    • Segmented supply chain strategy explores how supply chain strategy can be differentiated to meet different customer needs, and new market strategies/business models.
    • Integrating the supply chain explores internal integration between functions and external integration between supply chain members, integrations effect on firm performance and how it can be improved.
    • Sustainable retail analyses sustainability issues in relation to the retail supply chain, examines sustainability practices followed by major retailers and discusses sustainability of omni / online retail supply chain
    • Supply chain sustainability concepts examines some of the global trends impacting on the sustainability of supply chains and discusses some of the strategies to improve the performance of SCs against the triple bottom line (i.e. environmental, social, and economic/technological implications).
    • Corporate responsibility and ethics understands the business case for major brands to convert to sustainable sourcing and addresses the challenges of aligning suppliers behind a major market transformation effort.
    • New trend in supply chain such as supply chain risks and resilience, diversity, innovation,and disruptive technologies
    • Global Supply Chain Game



Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

1. Analyse and debate the basic principles underlying supply chain management and the potential impact on sustainable competitive advantage.
2. Distinguish evolving supply relationships from arm’s length to joint ventures and explain the potential roles of co-ordination and collaboration.
3. Apply approaches to measuring the lead-time gap and evaluate ways to improve it, including the application of lean thinking.
4. Evaluate the different characteristics of agile supply chains, and how it can be applied in practice to provide high variety and customised products.
5. Apply approaches to segmented supply chain strategy, which go beyond the idea of lean and agile supply chains.
6. Evaluate approaches to supply chain integration, both internally and externally, and understand possible effects on firm performance.
7. Evaluate the concepts of sustainable development, sustainable retailing, corporate responsibility and ethics.

On completion of the Global Supply Chain game you will:

8. Understand the principles of building a competitive global sourcing and supply chain network and the interaction between the elements of the network.
9. Understand how such a network is managed in the design and operation of supply networks.

Principles of Strategic Procurement

Module Leader
  • Dr Farooq Habib
Aim

    The course will explore the subject of procurement and supply in the industrial and commercial context, explaining its role and purpose within the supply chain. You will learn how procurement has developed, the skills and information needed by procurement professionals, the academic theory and knowledge accumulated on the subject area and the use of specific tools and techniques employed in managing the procurement function. In addition we will explore and use some of the recently emerged technologies within e-procurement which are designed to improve both process and cost management.


Syllabus

    The module will cover: 

    • General issues affecting P&S and the role of Procurement, including drivers, context, structures, objectives
    • Supply strategy and segmentation approaches & matrices; buyer-supplier collaboration and partnerships; and trust and power issues
    • Managing complex inter-organisational relationships across multiple and diverse stakeholders
    • Supplier selection, development and evaluation, including make versus buy decisions, negotiation and contract,
    • e-Procurement – approaches, benefits and limitations
    • New trends in purchasing: retail industry
    • International sourcing, supply risks, and sustainability challenges



Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Understanding of the purpose of the procurement function and its role in the organisation.
  2. Have an understanding of both strategic and tactical issues in the management of procurement.
  3. Appreciation of the processes involved in procurement and their wider relevance to the supply chain processes of the organisation.
  4. Practical knowledge of the role and use of automated and web-based applications used in procurement and supply operations.
  5. Use tools and techniques to analyse and evaluate suppliers and supply markets.
  6. Apply segmentation models to spending within an organisation.
  7. Develop a procurement strategy, relevant to the supply chain and operational needs of the organisation.



Accounting and Finance for Supply Chain Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Simon Templar
Aim

    The aim of the Accounting and Finance module is to introduce a number of traditional and contemporary accounting approaches that will increase the visibility of financial information and support management decision making.


Syllabus

    The module has five main themes:

    • Interpretation of financial statements;
    • Exploring the relationship between accounting information, management decision making, financial strategies, and financial performance;
    • Applying traditional and contemporary accounting tools and techniques, which can be applied to support business management decisions; 
    • Exploring the many cost trade-offs between business processes (Make v Buy).


Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Judge the effect of decisions, transactions and events on financial performance;
  • Create simple sets of accounts from basic information.
  • Understand the main variables affecting working capital management;
  • Interpret financial statements to support decision making, planning and control;
  • Apply an appropriate costing approaches to solve a range of business issues;
  • Apply a number of financial tools and techniques to appraise alternative capital investment opportunities;
  • Use financial information to make informed management decisions.



Analytical Techniques for Supply Chain Management

Aim

    The module aims to provide an introduction to the role and relevance of analytical techniques in logistics and supply chain management. From simple graphs to deterministic and stochastic optimisation models, it offers transferable skills to use associated techniques for the practice of these disciplines. You will develop the ability to model and solve realistic decision problems in the context of logistics and supply chain management, with a good understanding of complex information, big data, and analytics. This process will be facilitated by spreadsheet-based software packages where you will have an opportunity to build your own spreadsheet models with emphasis on appropriate application of methods and interpretation of output.


Syllabus

    This module will cover:

    1. Introduction to module and analytical techniques
    2. Linear programming model formulation
    3. Linear programming model solution
    4. Decision trees
    5. Multi-criteria decision making
    6. Probability distributions
    7. Statistical sampling
    8. Hypothesis Testing
    9. Linear Regression
    10. Simulation modelling
    11. Module close and revision tips





Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the theoretical principles that underpin a range of statistical methods and analytical techniques as they apply to supply chain management.
  2. Critically evaluate the limitations, strengths and weaknesses of a range of statistical and analytical techniques.
  3. Appraise the options and select the appropriate technique to solve a given problem.
  4. Demonstrate effective use of descriptive statistical techniques (measures of central tendency, measures of spread) within the context of supply chain management.
  5. Apply in an appropriate manner inferential statistical methods (sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing) to supply chain problems.
  6. Construct mathematical models comprising a decision objective and associated constraints and use these models to solve decision problems and evaluate the results.
  7. Solve decision problems using appropriate software tools and correctly interpret the results.

 

This module is distinctive because it will provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of alternative tools and techniques to solve realistic supply chain problems using appropriate software tools.


Freight Transport

Aim

    The Freight Transport module provides a sound foundation in road, rail, air and sea freight transport. The focus is primarily from a user perspective in order to provide a logistics and supply chain management viewpoint.  However, in road freight, the module also covers more detailed fleet management and operational aspects, recognising that many organisations operate their own road transport fleets but also reflecting the importance of road freight as the primary inland freight mode in most geographies for national and urban freight traffic. 

Syllabus

    The module consists of the following elements:

    • Freight transport in the supply chain
    • Sea freight: container shipping and ports
    • Air freight
    • Rail and intermodal freight
    • Transportation Management Systems
    • Road freight (regulation and markets)
    • Road freight (vehicle selection, costing and financing)
    • Road freight operations (productivity and constraints) + CVRS workshop
    • Urban/City logistics
    • Modal freight exercise



Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Categorise and critically discuss modal attributes, operational issues and market structures for different transport modes.
  2. Construct and apply freight transport cost models and assess the cost/service trade-offs inherent in the proposed transport solution.
  3. Recognise and calculate the impact of lead/transit time on overall supply chain efficiency and effectiveness.
  4. Evaluate and choose between the different transport modes and combine them with other elements to form an efficient and effective supply chain.
  5. Plan and construct routes and schedules in a single depot environment and determine the impact of constraints on road freight vehicle productivity.



Inventory and Operations Management

Aim

    To provide comprehensive overview of the role of Operations in the organisation’s collaborative/constructive working environment, business models and performance, within the overall context of Supply Chain Management/external environment, and enable them to analyse and design effective supply chain operations with the ultimate goal to improve the match between demand and supply.

Syllabus

    The module covers:

     

    • Supply Chain operations analysis
    • Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
    • “Push and Pull” systems
    • Just-in-time
    • Manufacturing Planning and Control Systems
    • Demand Management and Forecasting
    • Sales & Operations Planning
    • Inventory Management
    • Capacity Management, Sequencing and Scheduling


     






Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Analyse and map operations within a supply chain context to identify where activities add values.
  2. Contrast between push and pull systems in order to formulate the future manufacturing operations.
  3. Appraise different inventory and resource management approaches within the supply chain.
  4. Appraise different tools and techniques used in the Manufacturing Planning and Control Systems, including demand planning and master production planning.
  5. Formulate operational strategies for matching demand and supply.
  6. Assess alternative improvement opportunities within the supply chain to address changing markets, risks and sustainability challenges.



Information Systems and eBusiness

Aim

    To provide theoretical and practical knowledge about:

    • The value of information and the role of information systems (IS) for supply chain management.
    • The opportunities provided for the supply chain management operations of companies by applying the information systems, and also the challenges that they will have when implementing the information systems.
    • The role of information systems in e-business and the impacts of e-business on supply chain management of companies.


Syllabus

    The module covers:

    1. The value of information and knowledge management for supply chain management
    2. The ICT landscape across the supply chain; Capturing and sharing information in SC,
    3. The role of information technology in business, supply chain cyber security.
    4. Identifying technology-enabled business change opportunities
    5. Ensuring benefits realisation from technology-enabled business change investments and agile development
    6. ERP systems
    7. E-Commerce and Omni-channel
    8. Quality of SC data
    9. Collaborative Tracking and Tracing

    How the future of logistics ICT will look like; Group assignment introduction


Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Assess the value of information for managing supply chains and recognise the importance of managing information including information quality and data sharing.
  2. Critically evaluate and identify the appropriate information systems required for supporting different functions related to managing supply chains of companies.
  3. Identify the potential opportunities provided by implementing new information systems required for supporting different functions related to managing supply chain of companies.
  4. Recognise and analyse the potential opportunities provided by implementing new information systems for supporting the internal and inter-organisational supply chain operations of companies.
  5. Analyse the potential difficulties of implementing inter-organisational information systems for managing supply chains and the solutions for solving such issues.
  6. Formulate the processes for implementing internal and inter-organisational information systems.
  7. Identify the functionality of ERP systems for managing operations of companies.
  8. Evaluate appropriate eBusiness solutions for supply chain problems.
  9. Recognise and analyse the opportunities and challenges made by development of e-commerce, considering the role of ICT in online selling.
  10. Analyse and practice the applications of data standards in supply chain management systems.



Project Management Introduction

Module Leader
  • John Algar
Aim

    Project Management Introduction (PMI) demonstrates how management respects no boundaries (either in terms of functional silos – departments, etc. or theoretical disciplines). PMI provides additional opportunities to practice personal communication skills, and generally the module provides a basis for personal development and increased confidence and self-awareness.


Syllabus

    The central aims of this module are to develop an introductory understanding of:

    • The fundamental principles of project management applied in the contemporary environment of enterprise projects.
    • The application of the main techniques and processes of project management in a team-based application of the planning/execution/control cycle.



Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Develop an Executive Summary (a concise one page overview of the project) linking the project to higher level organisational objectives.
  • Scope the project by creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).
  • Identify key task sequences and the critical path using network (logic) diagramming.
  • Set up a graphical representation of the schedule using the bar chart (Gantt), and track progress against the baseline schedule.
  • Use knowledge of resource availability to adjust schedules (resource levelling) and establish realistic milestones, lead times and deadlines.
  • Recognise appropriate levels of detail for the scoping and scheduling process, the change management, the progress reporting requirements and the delivery.
  • Develop and manage budgets and cash flow for a project.
  • Have used Earned Value techniques to assess achievement and produce forecasts.
  • Brief and manage consultant project staff on behalf of your organisation.



Physical Network Design

Aim

    This module aims to introduce the concepts and techniques of network theory and analysis and use these to demonstrate how physical networks are designed, redesigned and optimised and how current supply chain trends and challenges are influencing this design.  All aspects of the module are illustrated by the use of practical examples, ranging from manual calculations through to computerised network optimisation software.

Syllabus

    This module will cover:

     

    1. Introduction to Physical Network Design modelling.
    2. Advanced modelling techniques and their application in network design and logistics.
    3. Emerging trends in supply chain network operations and the impact on their design.



Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of practical aspects of supply chain strategy and the underlying cost trade-offs.
  2. Apply the concepts of good design to the analysis of the Physical Network of a Supply Chain.
  3. Evaluate the use of a range of network analysis concepts and techniques and select the appropriate techniques for the design of a new or the analysis of an existing network.
  4. Develop analytical models using a variety of manual and computer based techniques.
  5. Assess the impact of current logistics trends on the supply chain network operations and design.



Warehousing

Aim

    The module provides a thorough grounding in the role and operation of warehouses including the range of storage and handling equipment, the design of warehouses and the use of information technology.  It emphasises on the strategic use of methods to analyse the wide range of available options. Additionally, the module focuses on developing the students’ ability to discern and use appropriate warehouse design techniques.

    This module is taught in light of the wider context of an organisation’s supply chain strategy and, thus, equips students with the means to tackle the warehousing aspects of complex supply chain problems.


Syllabus

    The module covers:

     

    • Introduction to warehousing
    • Conventional palletised systems
    • Automated palletised systems
    • Non-palletised storage and handling systems
    • Order picking
    • Receiving and despatch
    • Warehousing information systems
    • Warehouse design
    • Computer aided design and simulation
    • Warehousing in modern supply chains



Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should have:

  1. A sound appreciation of the role of warehousing within modern supply chains.
  2. A comprehensive knowledge of the range and applicability of equipment types used for warehouse operations.
  3. A practical understanding of recent developments and trends in warehouse technology and information systems.
  4. A conceptual understanding of principles, methodologies and practices employed in the design and management of warehouses and their operations.
  5. A systematic understanding of how warehouse design decisions should be made with regard to the various options for layout, equipment, staffing and operational processes.
  6. The ability to analyse alternative methods of warehouse operations in a systematic way, with regard to layout, equipment, processes and supporting information technology.
  7. The ability to summarise and critically discuss how a warehouse should be designed to meet an organisation’s supply chain strategy.
  8. The ability to assess and evaluate warehousing issues within complex supply chains.



Strategic Management

Module Leader
  • Dr Richard Schoenberg
Aim

    Strategic Management is concerned with the future direction of the organisation; determining its scope, establishing objectives and formulating strategies to achieve them. In order to do this, leaders must understand the needs and priorities of the organisation’s stakeholders, anticipate and react to changes in the organisation's environment and harness and develop the organisation’s internal resources and capabilities.  The overriding aim of this module is to build students confidence in undertaking these activities, so that as leaders they can form and communicate a credible and believable view of their organisation’s future direction and scope.  

Syllabus

     The module will cover:

    • We begin by examining the different levels of strategy and the joint importance of strategy content and strategy process.
    • We then explore strategic management at the business unit level, introducing the notions of industry analysis, resources and capabilities and sustainable competitive advantage.
    • We then turn to corporate level strategy, dealing with issues such as parenting advantage, corporate value creation logics and modes of corporate development.
    • Finally we address the challenge of how strategies can be turned into action and the particular role of strategic leadership within this.
    • Throughout the module a range of tools and techniques for strategic analysis and choice will be introduced.



Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Describe the key issues and concepts involved in formulating both competitive and corporate strategies.
  2. Appraise and differentiate between corporate, business unit and functional strategies.
  3. Evaluate strategic challenges facing organisations.
  4. Think strategically and confidently in making strategic decisions.
  5. Critically apply practical skills and use various strategic management concepts and techniques.



Global Macroeconomics and Business Environment

Module Leader
  • Professor Joe Nellis
Aim

    The main aim of this module is to help tomorrow’s business leaders develop a deeper understanding of the impact of developments in the wider macroeconomic environment – at the national and international levels – on strategic planning and management.


Syllabus

    The module is based on a number of core models and empirical research. 

    Throughout, the emphasis is on the “real world” – theory is included only as an aid to developing a deeper understanding of the practical problems and policy challenges in the context of strategy formulation and analysis of the forces driving change in the external business and economic environment.

    The first set of sessions serve as a foundation, explaining:  how economic activity is measured and interpreted;  the main macroeconomic flows;  what determines the level and changes in national income as well as the meaning of inflationary and deflationary gaps.  The following sessions focus on management of the domestic economy including fiscal policy, monetary policy, economic growth and supply-side policies. International aspects of the macroeconomy are then examined in detail covering:  the balance of payments account, trade policy, exchange-rate regimes and the various exchange-rate policy choices available to countries.  The final session brings together the core concepts and explains the causes of business cycles.


Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Critique the importance and implications of national and international macroeconomic trends and forecasts as a basis for strategic decision making by business leaders.
  2. Describe the drivers of economic activity at the national and international macroeconomic levels and the implications for economic growth.
  3. Evaluate the goals (and conflicts) of macroeconomic management including sustainability of growth, low and stable inflation, a stable currency coupled with a “sustainable” international trade position and full employment.
  4. Critique the policy tools used by governments and central banks in their efforts to manage the economy including: fiscal policy, monetary policy, supply-side policies, trade and exchange rate policies.
  5. Demonstrate practical skills and confidence in preparing an economic situational report for a country as an essential input into the strategic planning process by business leaders.



Organisational Behaviour: Personal and Professional Foundations of Leadership and Change

Module Leader
  • Dr Richard Kwiatkowski
Aim

    In this module you will be introduced to various aspects of people and organisations.  This module combines models, theories and ideas from organisational behaviour, psychology, and sociology in order to provide students with a basic understanding in recognising, understanding and utilising what has been termed the "human factor" in organisations; including ways of conceptualising organisations and how people behave within them.  We shall consider the impact of the external environment; and address notions of organisational change.



Syllabus
    • Culture
    • Development
    • Diversity
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Individual and Organisational Change
    • Individual differences
    • Introduction to People and Organisations
    • Leadership
    • Learning
    • Motivation
    • Negotiation, influence & persuasion
    • Performance Management
    • Personality
    • Politics
    • Self-Awareness
    • Stress, Resilience, Well being
    • the Individual and the Team
    • Values


Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  1. Understand a number of different ways of conceptualising peoplein organisations, including culture, ethics, well-being, diversity, politics, management, performance and change
  2. Understand the importance of relationships at work, group dynamics, effective teams and leadership in achieving effectiveness
  3. Critically engage with various relevant models, theories and ideas in order to enhance personal capability, including identification of gaps in knowledge, skills, and competence, linking to insights regarding one’s personal and professional development agenda, based on sound data and experience.


Elective modules
A selection of modules from the following list need to be taken as part of this course

International Study Tour

Aim

    This is a unique opportunity to experience a differing economic region in the world from a logistics and supply chain perspective.

    The tour normally takes place over five days. Each day you will take part in formal class sessions and group discussions with a company site visit in the afternoon. The site visit will offer you the chance to compare different approaches. The scope of the visits is deliberately kept fairly broad to enable maximum possible exposure and interaction with local executives, academics and alumni.

    On your return you will have gained valuable experience to the benefit of you and your organisation and you will appreciate the diverse nature of logistics and supply chain management in the specified region.

    The module will give you first hand experience of how supply strategies in this region are influenced by different pressures (both internal and external) and you will gain a rich understanding of the differences between logistics and supply chain practices. The valuable opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion and debate with a wide variety of logistics experts in a differing market will serve you well when you return to your organisation.

Syllabus

    This is a unique opportunity to experience a differing economic region in the world from a logistics and supply chain perspective.

    The tour normally takes place over five days. Each day you will take part in formal class sessions and group discussions with a company site visit in the afternoon. The site visit will offer you the chance to compare different approaches. The scope of the visits is deliberately kept fairly broad to enable maximum possible exposure and interaction with local executives, academics and alumni.

    On your return you will have gained valuable experience to the benefit of you and your organisation and you will appreciate the diverse nature of logistics and supply chain management in the specified region.

    The module will give you first hand experience of how supply strategies in this region are influenced by different pressures (both internal and external) and you will gain a rich understanding of the differences between logistics and supply chain practices. The valuable opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion and debate with a wide variety of logistics experts in a differing market will serve you well when you return to your organisation.

    The study tour will combine site visits with talks, lectures and presentations covering contemporary regional logistics and economic issues.  Each day is comprised of formal class discussions and company visits.  The nature of company site visits has been kept deliberately broad and is combined with a range of social events to ensure the widest possible interaction with local executives, academics and alumni.

    A working timetable will be maintained on the portal for your further information, pre-reading, flight details and any other required information.

    Companies previously visited on the study tours include; Walls (Unilever), Philips Lighting, DHL, Maersk Logistics , DKSH, Yang Shang Port, Li & Fung, Coca Cola, Flextronics, Caterpillar and Cosco.

Intended learning outcomes

As a result of this module, you will be able to:

  • Use the knowledge gained to assess critically the logistics and supply chain issues for companies trading in the country.
  • Engage in meaningful discussion and debate with a range of individuals involved in internationally orientated supply chains.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the differences between developed and emerging countries logistics and supply chain practices.
  • Appreciate the diverse nature of logistics and supply chain management in the region and how supply strategies are influenced by internal and external pressures.

Fees and funding

European Union students applying for university places in the 2019 to 2020 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (24 July 2018).

MSc Executive £18,000 *
PgDip Executive £13,500 *
PgCert Executive £9,000 *
  • * Fees can be paid in full up front, or in two equal annual instalments. Students who complete their course before the initial end date will be invoiced the outstanding fee balance and must pay in full prior to graduation.
  • ** This includes tuition fees and endpoint assessment only.

    Under the recently launched Apprenticeship Levy scheme employers can fund apprenticeships for any new and current staff with the right to work in the UK and whose main place of work is England. This programme meets the requirements of the Level 7 Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship. Eligible organisations will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy to cover the cost of the programme. If you think you could qualify for sponsorship under this scheme please consult the information pages on becoming an Apprentice.

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • For self funded students a non-refundable £1,000 deposit is payable on offer acceptances and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee. 
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.



MSc Executive £18,000 *
PgDip Executive £13,500 *
PgCert Executive £9,000 *
  • * Fees can be paid in full up front, or in two equal annual instalments. Students who complete their course before the initial end date will be invoiced the outstanding fee balance and must pay in full prior to graduation.
  • ** This includes tuition fees and endpoint assessment only.

    Under the recently launched Apprenticeship Levy scheme employers can fund apprenticeships for any new and current staff with the right to work in the UK and whose main place of work is England. This programme meets the requirements of the Level 7 Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship. Eligible organisations will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy to cover the cost of the programme. If you think you could qualify for sponsorship under this scheme please consult the information pages on becoming an Apprentice.

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • For self funded students a non-refundable £1,000 deposit is payable on offer acceptances and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee. 
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.



MSc Executive £18,000 **
  • * Fees can be paid in full up front, or in two equal annual instalments. Students who complete their course before the initial end date will be invoiced the outstanding fee balance and must pay in full prior to graduation.
  • ** This includes tuition fees and endpoint assessment only.

    Under the recently launched Apprenticeship Levy scheme employers can fund apprenticeships for any new and current staff with the right to work in the UK and whose main place of work is England. This programme meets the requirements of the Level 7 Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship. Eligible organisations will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy to cover the cost of the programme. If you think you could qualify for sponsorship under this scheme please consult the information pages on becoming an Apprentice.

Fee notes:

  • The fees outlined apply to all students whose initial date of registration falls on or between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019.
  • All students pay the tuition fee set by the University for the full duration of their registration period agreed at their initial registration.
  • For self funded students a non-refundable £1,000 deposit is payable on offer acceptances and will be deducted from your overall tuition fee. 
  • Additional fees for extensions to the agreed registration period may be charged.
  • Fee eligibility at the Home/EU rate is determined with reference to UK Government regulations. As a guiding principle, EU nationals (including UK) who are ordinarily resident in the EU pay Home/EU tuition fees, all other students (including those from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) pay Overseas fees.



Funding Opportunities

For information on the apprenticeship levy please contact our dedicated Cranfield Apprenticeship team at E: masterships@cranfield.ac.uk

Colleague Bursary

Cranfield School of Management is offering a colleague bursary to sponsoring organisations when they sponsor two or more members of staff on one programme in the same calendar year. The colleague bursary represents savings of 20% towards the costs of the tuition fees for each employee. 

To find out more about corporate bursaries, please contact: business@cranfield.ac.uk

Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance England

A Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your Master’s course. You can apply for a loan at GOV.UK

Future Finance Student Loans

Future Finance offer student loans of up to £40,000 that can cover living costs and tuition fees for all student at Cranfield University.

Many of our Executive students are sponsored in some way, either fully or partly by their sponsoring organisation. The use of Salary Sacrifice in the UK can help prospective students and employers reduce the net cost of paying for work related study.  

Salary Sacrifice involves an employee and their organisation entering into an agreement to fund their work related study, with the employee agreeing to a reduction in their salary for a defined period corresponding to an agreed portion of the course fees. 

If you would like to speak to an Employment Tax and Employee Benefits specialist about correctly structuring a work related training Salary Sacrifice arrangement, you can either contact your own professional advisers or Jonathan Berger of PricewaterhouseCoopers by emailing: jonathan.p.berger@uk.pwc.com or Tel: +44 (0) 207 583 5000

For more information visit the UK Government website.

Please note:

  • Cranfield do not take any responsibility for the advice provided and any charges made for the advice between you and the advisers.
  • The principle of Salary Sacrifice described here applies in the UK only. International salary sacrifice schemes may work differently.
  • Cranfield School of Management has no involvement in the structure of this arrangement.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from talented candidates of all backgrounds and a degree is not always necessary. Each application is considered on its individual merit, taking into account both qualifications and work experience. Usually candidates must have two years’ work experience and hold either:

  • first or a second class UK honours degree in a relevant discipline, or
  • international relevant degree - equivalent of UK qualifications.

Candidates who do not meet these criteria may be considered if they have a professional qualification (e.g. from CIPS, CILT, and APICS) together with together with 5 years' post-qualification relevant work experience. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

English Language

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. Our minimum requirements are as follows:

IELTS - 6.5 overall and 6.5 in the writing component

TOEFL - 92 and a writing score 21

Pearson PTE Academic - 65

Cambridge English Scale - 180

Cambridge English: Advanced - C

Cambridge English: Proficiency - C

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III - pass

In addition to these minimum scores you are also expected to achieve a balanced score across all elements of the test. We reserve the right to reject any test score if any one element of the test score is too low.

We can only accept tests taken within two years of your registration date (with the exception of Cambridge English tests which have no expiry date).

Students requiring a Tier 4 (General) visa must ensure they can meet the English language requirements set out by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and we recommend booking a IELTS for UKVI test.

Your career

The Cranfield Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc (Executive) will enhance your supply chain management skills, knowledge and confidence, enabling you to develop your career and take on more demanding projects and roles in the future. The broad course content will allow you to bring the latest academic insights and industry best practice back to your own organisation, or to apply your knowledge from the course to a wide variety of roles and industries.

How to apply

Our students do not always fit traditional academic or career paths. We consider this to be a positive aspect of diversity, not a hurdle. We are looking for a body of professional learners who have a wide range of experiences to share. If you are unsure of your suitability for our Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc (Executive) programme we are happy to review your details and give you feedback before you make a formal application. You can also contact Dr Soroosh Saghiri, Course Director, for more information about the course and your application: s.saghiri@cranfield.ac.uk.

To apply you will need to register to use our online system. Once you have set up an account you will be able to create, save and amend your application form before submitting it.

Once your online application has been submitted together with your supporting documentation, it will be processed by our admissions team. You will then be advised by email if you are successful, unsuccessful, or whether the course director would like to interview you before a decision is made. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.