This Masters course is delivered in three distinct stages. During your first stage you will be introduced to key management principles and theories, followed by a secondary stage that is designed to continue to build and develop your existing knowledge. The final stage of the course will focus research and application to live projects, alongside a critical understanding of concepts covered throughout.
Purchasing Principles & Management (20 credits)*
Compare and contrast the strategic links between procurement, purchasing and the notion of supply chain management, this module is aimed at developing your ability to effectively and ethically manage supply as a holistic process.
Strategic Operations Management & Operational Research (20 credits)*
Develop your ability and skills in strategic operational management tools and techniques with an appreciation of operational processes, planning and control systems.
Management Theories & Philosophies (20 credits)*
Critically evaluate the development of management theories and philosophies. This module will examine the history of management theory and use this to illustrate emerging concepts in the field of management study.
Finance & Law (20 credits)*
Gain a critical understanding of the contribution of strategic accounting information to decision making in business. You’ll be introduced to major-themes underlying trading law with commercial and consumer contracts.
Sustainable Supply Chain Management (20 Credits)
The module will explore the strategic need, role and value for logistics, purchasing and supply chain research within organisations in order to achieve sustainable supply chain networks in the future.
Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethics (20 credits)
This module provides you with an understanding of the strategic issues surrounding the practice of corporate social responsibility and its ethical underpinnings in readiness for the workplace.
Advanced Procurement (20 credits)
Examine the strategic internal and external relationships required to manage procurement and purchasing and supply, and the new and innovative cutting-edge procurement and purchasing principles and philosophies.
Research Methods (20 credits)
Develop your understanding and research skills in a management and/or professional development context; critically reviewing a range of research methodologies and methods of providing management information for decision making.
Project / Dissertation (20 credits)
You’ll be required to produce an extended piece of written postgraduate research, involving a significant piece of student-directed learning, based on a detailed investigation into a key area.
Footnote: *Exemptions are available on the above modules to holders of MCIPS and the CIPS Graduate Diploma with the option of entry onto a 18 months Fast Track programme block delivered on weekends. This Fast track programme is only available to start in November 2015.
Learning and teaching methods
The teaching approach involves a blend of styles with an emphasis on an interactive environment. You will learn through lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, and analyses of contemporary issues in strategic procurement management. Part-time delivery is designed around the needs of practising industry professionals and takes place at weekends, where you come to the University’s Treforest Campus for one weekend every six weeks.