Operations and Supply Chain in the Digital Era MSc

Why choose this course

Supply chains are essential for the global economy. Across industries, there’s a shift from traditional to digital technologies to keep operations competitive and supply chains lean, fast and agile.

This course has been developed in partnership with industry, and includes training in SAP, the pioneering enterprise software suite. You’ll also benefit from company visits, networking events, international case studies and simulations. 

This course also offers a wide choice of business and management modules, so you’ll get experience in operations, logistics and supply chain management that’s balanced with a wider appreciation of core business and management issues in the digital era.

What you will study

We’ll teach you how to turn resources into products and services in today’s global business environment. You’ll learn about supply chain management and the logistics of international businesses and their importance in meeting customer expectations while minimising costs. You’ll also learn about sustainability in global supply networks and purchasing strategies, and how to negotiate with buyers and suppliers.

We’ll train you how to use SAP, the forward-thinking enterprise software suite. SAP experience is in high demand, and we’ll give you hands-on training and the chance to get the first gateway certification in SAP.

This course offers an optional three-month placement route, where you can apply what you've learnt in a relevant organisation, subject to securing a placement. If you choose this option, we will help you to maximise the chances of securing a placement.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Part-time 24 months October 2019
MSc Full-time (with placement) 15 months October 2019
MSc Full-time 12 months October 2019

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.


Students are generally not placed by the University, but we give you thorough support and guidance as well as access to a vacancy portal that offers thousands of placement opportunities every year. If you do not secure a placement, you will be eligible to transfer to the 12 month course 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 our graduates have gone on to include:

  • Supply chain operations managers
  • Logistics managers
  • Supply chain analysts
  • Demand planner
  • 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.

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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, Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development 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

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 

Full-time: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Part-time: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Full-time with placement: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.

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 2019 £6,200 £9,500
Full-time (with placement) October 2019 £13,000 £20,500
Full-time October 2019 £12,300 £19,000

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 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 courses.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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