Operations and Supply Chain in the Digital Era MSc

Why choose this course

Supply chains are essential for the global economy and a strategic function for many businesses. Across industries, there is a massive shift from traditional-to-digital technologies to ensure operations deliver a substantial competitive advantage and ensure supply chains add-value by being lean, fast and agile.

At Surrey Business School, our Masters in Operations and Supply Chain in the Digital Era is distinctive in the range of business and management modules it offers. This integrated approach ensures that your specialised education in operations, logistics and supply chain management is complete and balanced with a wider appreciation of core business and management issues in the digital era.

What you will study

This programme will provide you with the knowledge needed to scope, plan, direct and control the facilities, processes and people required to transform resources into products and services in a fast changing global business environment.

You will focus on the supply chain management and logistics initiatives of international and UK businesses and their critical importance in meeting customerexpectations whilst minimising service costs.

You will develop an understanding of sustainable practices in global supply networks and purchasing strategies and how to negotiate in a buyer/supplier context.

Importantly, you will receive training in the SAP system, the world-leading enterprise software suite. SAP experience is in high demand, and this programme allows us to provide you with hands-on training and an opportunity to attempt the initial gateway certification. 

This course includes a placement module as a final project, where you’ll take what you’ve learnt and apply it in a relevant organisation. You might take a three-month placement as part of your business consultancy project. The combination of knowledge, ability and skills that you’ll gain on this course will mean that you’ll spend less time training and more time applying yourself to improve businesses. 

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Part-time 24 months October 2018
MSc Full-time (with placement) 15 months October 2018
MSc Full-time 12 months October 2018

Professional recognition

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
CILT accreditation offers the students an introduction to a professional body. Students studying on an accredited course will receive an exemption from the academic requirements for membership at either Chartered Member or membership level of the CILT. It may also reduce the length of experience that they would also require.

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Why this programme?

  • Academic excellence and industry focused – Developed in partnership with an industry-led advisory board, and delivered by a balanced combination of teaching and research-focussed faculty, with published academics.
  • Practical activities beyond the classroom - immerses you in practical learning with company visits, networking events, international case studies and simulations.
  • Access to the latest technology that gives you first hand understanding of how digital economy affects traditional operations and supply chains.
  • Opportunity of an international insight into operations and supply chain management through the exchange of ideas with peers, direct engagement from faculty members, from a diverse range of nationalities and background. You also create your own global network of contacts.


Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. If you do not secure a placement you will be eligible to transfer to the 12 month programme with the same title.

Careers prospects

Operations and Supply Chain graduates can work in any sector that includes integrated logistics services, manufacturing, retail and the public sector. Some of the typical roles include Supply Chain Operations Managers, Logistics Manager, Supply Chain Analysts, Demand Planner and Business Process Analysts.

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Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (full-time)

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Choose ONE from the THREE listed optional modules in Semester 1.
Choose TWO from the FIVE listed optional modules in Semester 2.
Choose between the Dissertation/Business Consultancy Project (MANM406) module and the Placement (MANM426) module, Students can only choose one or the other.

Year 2 (part-time)

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Choose one from three listed optional modules in Semester 1.
Choose one from five listed modules in Semester 2 except any modules previously taken in Semester 2, Year 1.


Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Learning and disability

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (a UK 2:2) or an equivalent qualification from a recognised British or overseas university.

Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted.

Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.

View entry requirements by country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Part-time October 2018 £6,000 £10,300
Full-time (with placement) October 2018 £12,000 £20,500
Full-time October 2018 £12,000 £20,500

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2018-19 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught programmes.

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